Airlie Beach Festival of Music 2017 'First Line up Announced'

Posted 2 March 2017
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The 5th Airlie Beach Festival of Music brings 74 acts, including international and Australian legends, to the Whitsundays for 3 and a half days, of spectacular entertainment. It all starts Thursday afternoon with an intimate jam session on the main beach, then an open mike night at Beaches bar. The action fires up on Friday morning in the 18 select venues throughout Airlie Beach. This is the largest event and only one of its format to be positioned in this intimate, coastal and tropical paradise.

The oceanfront festival is situated at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The Main Stage is under a massive marquee looking out onto the Coral Sea, at the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Be immersed in the music emanating from stages throughout this idyllic community, dance on the pristine beach sand and bliss out under the stars, take in the sounds and be surrounded by the inexplicable beauty of the Whitsundays.

This year’s sensational Airlie Beach Festival of Music features iconic pioneers from much celebrated outfits, multi-awarded contemporary singer-songwriters and talented new acts. Passport to Airlie’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ held in August, will see emerging artists from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia,Queensland and Northern Territory, compete to take their prize position on a stage at the festival also. 

Where else would you be but soaking up the atmosphere and embracing this stellar line-up so far:

Leo Sayer (UK), Kate Ceberano, Shannon Noll and The Chantoozies.....

Screen Shot 2017 03 01 at 12.10.53 pm well as the Fabulous 80's Show (featuring Brian Mannix- Uncanny Xmen, Scott Carne - Kids in the Kitchen, Dale Ryder - Boom Crash Opera, Sean Kelly - Models, Mark Gale - Choir Boys), Wanita and her Honky Tony Bar Dwellers, The Hillbilly Goats, 8 Ball Aitken, Lily and King, Innocent Eve, Sun Salute, Rav Thomas Band, plus 61 other great acts yet to be announced including the Passport to Airlie Battle of the Bands winners.

Early Bird tickets for 1 & 3 day passes are available NOW until 31st March at either BigTix or Whitsunday Tickets.

April to September Prices are:
3-Day Pass: $245
1-Day Pass: $130
VIP 3-day Pass: $1,000 includes finger food and all refreshments in the main marquee. 

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It is recommended that you book early as the festival capacity is limited!

For non-locals, Airlie Beach is located 1,000 kilometres north of if you're looking to fly, the Whitsunday Coast Airport is serviced by TigerAir, Jetstar and Virgin Airlines with direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Transfers are available from Proserpine and Hamilton Island airports.

A wide range of quality and affordable accommodation from landscaped caravan parks and backpackers to luxury resorts is available through our partners at the festival website: and

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