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More than 15,000 people crammed into BB Print stadium last year for the Sir Elton John Once in a Lifetime concert. PHOTO: TROY KIPPEN
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GREAT EVENTS DESTINATION
P4.........................Message from Mayor Greg Williamson
Three outstanding acts visit city
P5 .............................................Who are The Living End?
The Living End, Birds of Tokyo and Pete Murray! Three outstanding Australian acts – here in Mackay! This event will be the first time all three have ever performed together. Another first for Mackay. It is a concert that offers a broad appeal and judging by the ticket sales our community has recognised that. The Sir Elton John Once in a Lifetime concert last year certainly put us on the international stage and proved that our team could pull off a seamless and professionally run event. There is no doubt this latest all-Aussie line-up, almost 12 months after the Sir Elton experience, will cement our region as a destination for high-calibre, well-organised events. One of the great regional selling points that we are most proud of as a council is that – like we did for Sir Elton – our community gets right behind initiatives like this. There’s no doubt in my mind that our business owners and residents alike will once again enthusiastically welcome the visitors and help promote the wonderful attributes of our region. This type of event not only promotes the economic wellbeing of our region, it builds on our fantastic community pride. Special recognition must go to the council staff who have worked for many months to make this concert a reality. A lot of planning, negotiation and hard work goes into delivering a huge event like this, so to Andrew Bobedlyk and our MECC crew we say thank you. Sugar City Sounds is going to be fantastic!
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— Mayor Greg Williamson
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AUSSIE ROCK LEGENDS HIT TOWN Taking no prisoners and rolling on, The Living End is here.
THE Living End is Australian rock royalty. Formed in Melbourne in 1994, the band catapulted into fame in 1997 when it released a double A-side single featuring Prisoner of Society and Second Solution; songs that would become festival anthems around the world. The single peaked at #4 on the ARIA singles chart and was certified double platinum soon after its release. The band’s debut album entered the ARIA chart at #1 in Australia and eventually sold over 280,000 copies. The Living End has released seven studio albums with two debuting at #1 on the ARIA chart. Four of their albums have achieved platinum sales with two more achieving gold sales in Australia. The band has won five ARIAs and been nominated 27 times. The band’s blistering live performances have ensured they remain one of Australia’s premiere live outfits and atop of festival bills for nearly two decades. They have consistently delivered hit after hit which has allowed the band to grow a loyal and rabid fan base around the country. Earlier this year the band ventured to Germany to record their, as yet untitled, eighth studio album due out late 2018, with the first taste of the new LP released in June.
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PRISONER OF SOCIETY The seminal hit, released in 1997, spent 69 weeks in the ARIA charts.
WELL we don't need no one to tell us what to do Oh yes we're on our own and there's nothing you can do So we don't need no one like you, to tell us what to do We don't refer to the past when showing what we've done Our generation gap means the war is never won The past is in your head, the futures in our hands 'Cause I'm a brat And I know everything And I talk back 'Cause I'm not listening To anything you say And if you count to three One, two, three! You'll see it's no emergency You'll see I'm not the enemy Just a prisoner of society
And I know everything, and I talk back,'cause I'm not listening to anything you say
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JUMPING TO PLAY IN MACKAY AGAIN The band played their last show in Mackay on a back-up generator BIRDS of Tokyo fans can expect some new tunes gracing their ears when the band takes the stage at Sugar City Sounds. Drummer Adam Weston said the band “jump” at the opportunity to play regional shows. “The opportunities are far and few between, logistically we would love to get out and do national tours at every chance we can but a lot of the time it doesn’t make sense,” he said. “When these one-off events pop up it’s fantastic.” Weston said the new material they will be belting out for their Mackay show is “reactionary” and fans can expect something more akin to hits Lanterns and This Fire. “Expect some of the usual set list numbers but a couple of songs that haven’t been heard before,” he said. With the deadline of Sugar City Sounds looming, Weston said the band was hard at work putting new material together. “It felt really good making a record like Brace, bringing things back to the jam room, but we’ll see where the new material takes us,” he said. “It’s funny with Birds of Tokyo, whatever we tend to work on tends to be quite reactionary to whatever we’ve put out the year before. “It’s going to be quite the opposite of that (album), pop is such a vague word for it, the music is quite emotive, very vocal driven, instead of everything being quite angular and hard edged. “This particular show is perfect timing. We’ve only played two shows this year, we had one in Perth for WA Day in early June, because we’ve just been writing, recording and hanging out.” It’s been almost nine years since the band last played in town, belting out their insistent, bittersweet rock anthems, which have resonated deeply with locals. Page 8
But their last gig was a much more intimate show – so intimate in fact the lights dimmed off their own accord. Weston said due to inclement weather the venue lost power and it was looking like they may be playing an unplugged gig until a back-up generator kicked in. “This gig at the stadium will be much different,” he laughed.
This particular show is perfect timing. We’ve only played two shows this year. The band has lit up the main stage of festivals from Splendour In The Grass to Falls and played arenas as special guests of Muse. They’ve performed to millions on the AFL Grand Final and at the NRL’s flagship State of Origin game. Their music has featured on film and TV and earned them multiple ARIA and APRA Awards. With six albums under their belt and more than 70 of their songs featuring on Triple J, they are one of the station’s three most played artists of this millennium. And now they’re coming to Mackay. New album Brace is out now.
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LATELY I've found When I start to think aloud There's a longing in the sound There is more I could be In darkness I leave For a place I've never seen It's been calling out to me That is where I should be We never carried days on our own But now it's up to us to know The weight of being so much more We will find ourselves on the road On we march With a midnight song We will light our way With our lanterns on On we march Till we meet the dawn We will light our way With our lanterns on As we walk out Without question without doubt In the light that we have found It is finally clear Our day has come And we'll stand for who we are We are ready we are young We have nothing to fear We never carried days on our own But now it's up to us to know The weight of being so much more We will find ourselves on the road On we march With a midnight song We will light our way With our lanterns on On we march Till we meet the dawn We will light our way With our lanterns on We held the light To our faces And realised We were chasing Shadows behind Not worth saving So burn it bright Forever illuminating On we march
LANTERNS With a midnight song We will light our way With our lanterns on On we march Till we meet the dawn We will light our way With our lanterns on In darkness I leave For a place I've never seen It's been calling out to me That is where I should be
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FANS READY TO SEE THE SUN Murray’s solid acoustic offerings are sure to enthral crowds. BYRON Bay singer-songwriter and one of Australia’s most loved musicians, Pete Murray earlier this year announced a stunning remix of his song Heartbeats, by ARIA-award winning Peter Mayes from PNAU. Murray has also dropped a video for the remix, a short film seeking to inspire audiences to cherish the love they share with others while they still can. This remix of Heartbeats is subtle, and truly showcases Murray’s diversity as an artist. Mayes has expertly crafted understated percussion that percolates underneath Murray’s vocal, and propels the track from heartfelt ballad into edgy new territory for Pete Murray. Fans are sure to love this rework of Heartbeats just as much as the original. “I’m excited to try and do things a little differently these days,” Murray said. “This Heartbeats remix from Peter Mayes is a fun new thing for me and I’m stoked with how it came out.” The video for Heartbeats accurately reflects the song’s lyrical theme through an honest and affecting lens. Directed by Corey Donaldson (Alex L’Estrange, Swilo, Sundown Jury), the clip is propelled by a narrative that highlights the thrill of young love, and the devastation that can ensue. Filmed in Murray’s hometown of Byron Bay, the opening sequence of the headland is a recurring setting that powerfully and poignantly closes this stunningly evocative short film. It is moving, and beautiful, just as the song is. Last year was massive for Murray with his ARIA award-nominated album Camacho debuting at number three on the ARIA charts, and a Page 12
packed-out 33 date album tour across Australia. With over one million album sales to his name, the quiet achiever of Australian music is committed to constantly growing as an artist and offering fans new and exciting material with each release. Pumped to hit the road and play acoustic versions of his popular songs for fans across Australia, Murray enthuses.
I love acoustic tours as it’s always great to strip songs back to their bare bones “I love acoustic tours as it’s always great to strip songs back to their bare bones and do cool versions of them. “This tour is going to be a lot of fun and will also be a three-piece tour, something I have never done before in Australia.” With a laundry list of albums, and revered pub sing-a-long hits, Murray’s performance in Mackay is not only a rarity, but a gig that will go down in the annals of history in town. Audiences can expect hits from six time Platinum album Feeler, and five time ARIA Platinum album See the Sun as well as a few special surprises. Murray’s latest album, Camacho, is available now.
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SO BEAUTIFUL Found myself just the other day in the backyard of a friend’s place... FOUND myself just the other day In the backyard of a friend’s place Thinking about you Thinking of the crowd you're in, What you're up to, where you've been, Just thinking You know the clothes that you wear and the colour in your hair Shouldn't change you Now you tell me why is it so, You're bigger than Mighty Joe At least you think so God my fingers burn, Now when I think of touching your hair You have changed so much that I don't know if I can call you and tell you I care And I would love to bring you down, plant your feet back on the ground Threw my smoke down on the ground Turned my head and I heard the sound that reminded me Of the days so young and sweet Always so much fun to me, At least I thought so Now you think you're so damn fine, You could rule the world, No not mine, I don't think so Page 14
God my fingers burn, Now when I think of touching your hair You have changed so much that I don't know if I can call you and tell you I care And I would love to bring you down, plant your feet back on the ground You know the scene that you're in and the people that you've been with Just get to me But you think I'm not as cool As you are so beautiful, Who you foolin'? Well I'm here to tell you babe the game you're in is just a game, so damn pretentious God my fingers burn, Now when I think of touching your hair You have changed so much that I don't know if I can call you and tell you I care And I would love to bring you down, plant your feet back on the ground You think you're so beautiful, so beautiful
As you are so beautiful, who you foolin'?
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TIPS FOR CONCERT GOERS VENUE AND SHOW INFORMATION: BOX OFFICE: The Box Office is located approximately 20m from Gate 2 Bridge Rd, adjacently, on Casey Ave. The Box Office opens at 2pm on show day. CLOAKROOM FACILITIES: The Cloakroom is located between Gates 1 and Gate 2. PASS OUTS: Not available at this event. FOOD AND BEVERAGES: This is a licensed event and there will be a large range of food and beverages available. Food and beverage stalls are cash preferred (not Eftpos). Proof of age photo ID is required to purchase or consume alcohol, and service will not be provided to patrons who are under 18 years of age or intoxicated. The venue reserves the right to deny entry to and/or evict intoxicated patrons or under-age patrons found with alcohol. No alcohol can be removed from BB Print Stadium. BAND MERCHANDISE Will be available – Eftpos accepted. ATM/CASH: ATMs on-site, however in the event of systems-failure and/or expiry, patrons are encouraged to bring enough cash for the concert’s duration. SMOKING: Smoking is prohibited in all parts of the venue except designated smoking areas. FIRST AID: Located on both sides of the field. Please alert event staff if you require assistance. POLICE & SECURITY/ENTRY AND EXPULSION: For your safety, security guards, RSA Marshals and police will be on site. Please be aware that the following patrons may be denied entry to the event: • Any person deemed to be intoxicated and/or disorderly • Any person who does not comply with a request to conduct a bag search or security check • Any person who does not comply with a request from any authorised person including the organiser/promoter, venue staff, security, or regulatory bodies • Any person holding a ticket deemed to be tampered with or unauthorised • No unauthorised/unlicensed vendors allowed WEATHER: The concert will proceed rain or shine. Only exceptionally severe weather conditions will affect the performance so be prepared for either scenario. Umbrellas are not permitted in the venue, so bring a raincoat or poncho if inclement weather is predicted. Page 16
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: • Allow plenty of travel time • Consider public transport options and take advantage of the free Park-&-Ride shuttle service • Take note of drop off/pick up locations and the walking distance thereafter • Park legally and considerately WHAT TO BRING: • Concert tickets • Valid photo ID • Jacket or poncho for inclement weather • Sunscreen and sun hat • Comfortable shoes • Small personal cameras and camera phones are permitted PROHIBITED ITEMS: • Alcohol • Glass (jars, bottles, containers, mirrors and perfumes) • Air horns • Weapons or explosives of any kind (including potential missiles) • Illegal substances • Animals (excluding service dogs such as guide dogs and police or emergency service dogs) • Fires and open flames • Flammable liquids • Instruments • Advanced personal vapourisers or liquid refills for E-cigarettes • Sound systems • Portable laser equipment and pens • Sharpies, markers, paint cans or paint pens • Drones or other remote-control devices • Couches and chairs • Anything studded (belts, wristbands etc.) • Any professional AV equipment, stands or selfie sticks • Eskies and coolers PUBLIC TRANSPORT Buses will start from 2pm (locations to be advertised) Box office Opens: 3pm Gates Open: 3pm Opening act 4pm Pete Murray: 5.15pm Birds of Tokyo: 6.45pm The Living End: 8.15pm (Approximate finish 10pm)
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ALT - Alyssa Brache, Leyon Milner and Taylor Bell - have won the opportunity to perform at Sugar City Sounds.
YOUNGSTERS’ SET OF A LIFETIME Mackay group wins coveted opening slot at Sugar City Sounds MACKAY crowds and the judges were blown away by young local band ALT at Saturday’s Beer and BBQ Festival at Harrup Park, MECC and events manager Andrew Bobeldyk said. “Triple M had been profiling five local acts on air over the last few weeks and we’d seen some amazing talent, but ALT impressed us from the onset by coming into the Triple M studio and performing an original,” Mr Bobeldyk said. “The song, You Don’t Want Me, really captured our attention. “They blew Jay and Dave away and audiences really responded to their honest, upbeat sound.” ALT played off against locals Johnny Breen and band Stylus Crew at Harrup Park in the battle of the bands for a spot on the Sugar City Sounds line-up, and despite being the youngest performers, they quickly won over the judges. “These three talented musicians impressed us so much on Saturday night that I have no hesitation booking them to open for The Living End, Birds of Tokyo and Pete Murray at Sugar City Sounds,” Mr Bobeldyk said. “Sugar City Sounds is an amazing opportunity to play in front of a stadium crowd and potentially impress some of Australia’s biggest musical acts.” ALT is made up of three talented musicians – Alyssa Brache, Leyon Milner and Taylor Bell. The amazing thing about ALT is that they share the lead vocal roles and each play multiple instruments. This makes them an incredibly versatile act. The band met while at school through the Pioneer Valley Country Music Club and forged a friendship which led to the creation of an Page 18
upbeat alternate-country band. Singer Alyssa Brache said the band was very excited by the opportunity and expressed just how thankful they were to the local community for getting behind them. Amazingly, ALT actually travelled straight from the Gympie Music Muster right before their set to play at the finals at Harrup Park.
it’s an amazing opportunity to play in front of a stadium crowd and potentially impress some of Australia’s biggest musical acts Leyon, who is just 17, won the junior section of this year’s Muster which will give him the opportunity to perform at next year’s Gympie Music Muster. He has been praised for his song writing talents, writing most of the band’s material. This will be ALT’s first stadium gig, having previously featured heavily on the Mackay and Whitsunday pub circuit. Alyssa and Taylor are both 18 and Alyssa has started a teaching degree.
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Bike riders wait for the start of the River 2 Reef Charity Ride.
THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO...
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The Mackay region has a lot to offer, from Global Grooves, all the way to touring artists in the weeks surrounding Sugar City Sounds MACKAY TRIATHLON FESTIVAL 2018 Date: September 22 - 23 Location: Mackay Surf Club
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HOTEL SORRENTO BY HANNIE RAYSON Date: September 29 Location: The MECC
RIO TINTO RIVER 2 REEF RIDE Date: September 29 Location: Bluewater Quay
FRANKLY SINATRA – A TRIBUTE TO OL’ BLUE EYES
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MM ELECTRICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND DERBY DAY
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MACKAY INFLATABLE BOAT RACE Date: October 7 Location: Eimeo Beach
16TH ANNUAL BUSH POET’S SMOKO Date: October 7 Location: Nebo Museum
ADVENTURETHON DEMOLISH MACKAY Date: October 13 - 14
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GLOBAL GROOVES Date: October 27 Location: Queens Park
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101 THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU’RE IN MACKAY 1. Take a heritage tour of the city 2. Forest Flying at Finch Hatton 3. Join a running club 4. Visit Lamberts Beach Lookout 5. Buy local arts and crafts 6. Check out Mackay’s artistic laneways 7. Do a farm stay 8. Visit historic Melba House at Marian 9. Try fly boarding 10. Catch a band at McGuire’s Hotel 11. Walk the Kommo Toera Trail in the Melaleuca forest 12. Visit Greenmount Estate 13. Have fish and chips at the Mackay Harbour Lighthouse 14. Go to a luxury wildlife retreat 15. Have some rum and fairy floss at the Sarina Sugar Shed 16. Visit an alpaca and miniature animal farm 17. Go horse riding 18. Visit Nebo Museum 19. Have lunch with a view in Eungella 20. Play lasertag 21. Go beach fishing 22. Have a famous Pinnacle Pie 23. Have a cocktail in one of the CBD bars 24. Go kitesurfing 25. Go gold fossicking out at Clermont Page 22
26. Do some yoga at the beach with Maria at Eimeo surf club 27. In fact, try standup paddleboard yoga with Tanya at Mackay marina 28. See the view from the Hay Point port lookout 29. Walk or ride the Bluewater Trail 30. Picnic at Lords Table Mountain 31. Stroll down Blacks Beach, a 6km-long stretch of beach 32. Go 4WDing at Cape Palmerston 33. Visit the Botanical Gardens 34. Get the paddock to plate experience at Freckle Farm 35. Watch the Mackay Cutters in action 36. Visit Cape Hillsborough to watch the wallabies on the beach at sunrise 37. Go shopping for organic produce at the Greater Whitsunday Farmers Market 38. Have high tea at A Deja-Vu Experience 39. Drive around the cane farms 40. Go golfing 41. Taste some local produce at our weekend markets or many roadside stalls 42. Walk the breakwater rock wall at Mackay Harbour 43. Take a day trip to Keswick Island 44. Visit an exhibition at Artspace 45. Swim in Finch Hatton Gorge
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46. Take a Tiger Moth joy flight 47. Walk out to Wedge Island 48. Go on one of the trail bike tours 49. Go blokarting 50. Drive the Mining and Heritage Trail 51. Visit city boutiques 52. Fish, boat or camp at Eungella Dam 53. Visit Cape Palmerston National Park 54. Catch a redclaw or a barra 55. Take in the city art 56. Have lunch or drinks by the Pioneer River 57. Visit the Orchid House 58. Go cable wakeboarding 59. Shop for sapphires 60. Have some home made scones at The Old Station Tea House 61. Have lunch with a view at the Eimeo Pacific Hotel 62. Explore Eungella 63. Dine in the rainforest 64. Relax at Kinchant Dam 65. See Mackay’s Art Deco buildings 66. Climb Wolfgang Peak 67. Do the Mackay Great Highland Walk 68. Dine at Maria’s Donkey on the Pioneer River 69. See if you can spot a platypus at Broken River 70. Visit Heritage Listed Mango Ave 71. Take a photo with the ‘IMAGINE’ sign in the city heart 72. Go skydiving 73. Kayak at Newry Island 74. Have a swim at one of our 31 beaches 75. Go jetboating 76. Dive in platypus habitats 77. Discover the legend of The Leap Hotel 78. Go for a dip at Bluewater Lagoon
79. Visit Sarina Field of Dreams park lands 80. Catch a big one with Inshore Fishing Mackay 81. Go bowling 82. Fish off the Forgan Smith bridge 83. Go snorkelling 84. Visit one of the famous, historic pubs in the region 85. Check out premier shopping destination, Caneland Central 86. See a show at the MECC 87. Camp at Seaforth 88. See the wallabies and kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough 89. Step back in time at the Clermont Historical Centre 90. Go bird watching 91. Take a day trip to Airlie Beach 92. See the sunset over Town and Far beaches 93. Camp at quaint St Helens Beach 94. Be pampered in the bush at Avatar day spa 95. Shop at the Paxton Night Markets 96. Have breakfast at The Grazing Goat Cafe 97. Witness the Mackay Inflatable Boat Race on Sunday, October 7 98. Hit the races with NQ Derby Day on Saturday, October 6 99. Visit nearby Whitehaven Beach 100. See the big mango at Bowen 101. Grab a bargain at the Incredable Tip Shop Page 23
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