Gold Coast bands in the running for passport to Airlie

Gold Coast’s best live acts are being invited to compete for the chance to perform at Airlie Beach Festival of Music which runs over three days in November.

Winners of the national competition – which Gold Coast band Wayward Suns took out last year – win free accommodation and VIP tickets to the 2018 festival, $1000 cash, 4 – 5 gigs while up in Airlie and the chance to play the main stage the following year.

Seven heats will take place over seven weeks at The Avenue Surfers Paradise, commencing Sunday 5 August. Bands must play a 30 minute set comprising at least three original songs and solo performers up to five-piece bands are welcome to enter.

It is free for bands to enter and for punters to attend the heats.

Airlie Beach Festival of Music runs over three days and features 74 bands – a perfect match for the Whitsunday’s famous 74 islands.

The lineup for the three-day event is as stunning as the landscape it’s set in. Smash Mouth, Killing Heidi, Ash Grunwald, Dave Dobbyn, The Church, Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde, Diana Anaid and the full 25-piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra will perform alongside Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Mason Rack Band, Bustamento, Electrik Lemonade, The Ted Mulry Gang, Marcia Hines, The Hillbilly Goats, Jones Rivers and The Wayward Suns.

To enter the Passport to Airlie battle of the bands, visit and for the full lineup for Airlie Beach Festival of Music, which runs 9 – 11 November, visit

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