Press Release

Whitsunday music festival grows wings

THE Whitsundays’ favourite music festival doesn’t just rock – it roars.

At least this is how Airlie Beach Festival of Music founder Gavin Butlin feels about the announcement of a new partnership with Tigerair.

“It’s massive for us to have a relationship with a company like Tigerair and the reach of their database,” Mr Butlin said.  “They roar, we rock.”

 Tigerair Australia, which initially partnered with the festival in 2015, has signed up to support the 2017 event with a range of exciting new initiatives. As well as flying some of the festival acts into the Whitsundays from November 10-12, Tigerair will be promoting the Airlie Beach Festival of Music and Whitsundays from the skies.

The airline’s in-flight magazine ‘Tiger Tales’ includes a music festival feature in its October/November edition.

Meanwhile booking a flight, accommodation and festival ticket has never been easier, thanks to the addition of booking widgets on the festival’s website

 Special packages including return flights from Brisbane and Sydney, festival passes, and three nights twin share accommodation are now on sale until October 31 and valid for travel from November 10-13.

Packages from Brisbane inclusive of airfares, accommodation and a one-day festival pass cost $545, with a three-day festival pass option priced at $675. Prices from Sydney are $659 and $789 respectively. These are available through the Tiger Travels holiday packages section of the Tigerair website.

Tigerair Australia’s head of corporate communications Vanessa Regan said post Cyclone Debbie the airline, which recently celebrated its 25 millionth passenger, was only too pleased to lend its brand power to the festival and Whitsunday region.

“The Whitsundays region is such an important destination for our core market of tourist and leisure travellers and the fact our services continue to grow in response to increased consumer demand is a win-win for us all,” Ms Regan said.

“We are thrilled to support the Airlie Beach Festival of Music as one of the region’s most popular and iconic music events and we can’t wait to be there to hear it roar this year.”

Tourism Whitsundays sales and marketing manager Tash Wheeler said the support Tigerair had given the Whitsunday region over the past year or so was nothing short of amazing.

  “They supported the Whitsunday SESsions Recovery Benefit Concert in May, which was organised by the music festival committee and raised funds for the SES,” Ms Wheeler said.

“And now they are continuing their support with their sponsorship of the music festival, in November.

“Having an airline partner such as Tigerair supporting the festival will certainly help draw the crowds and help the festival become an even more popular event on the North Queensland social calendar than it is currently.”

The 2017 Airlie Beach Festival of Music is also assisted by a number of other organisations including Whitsunday Regional Council, accommodation partners Mantra Club Croc and atHotel group, Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Whitsundays.

The main stage line-up features headline acts including Leo Sayer, The Chantoozies, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), The Baby Animals, Sneaky Sound System, Shannon Noll, Monsters of Rock, Kate Ceberano and Brian Mannix’s Absolutely 80s Show.

For more information or to book tickets, visit, email or phone 0408 062 816.


Notes for editors & journalists

Only at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music can you see 74 bands alongside 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. With jaw-dropping views from the main tent almost surrounded by the Coral Sea, it’s a party in a tropical paradise.Watch big name acts and discover new talent - there is something to satisfy every musical taste.

Experience a town coming alive to the sound of music. With the music spread throughout 18 venues, the atmosphere is electric. Everything is easy to get to and fully equipped – no need to bring camping chairs.

You can let your hair down in the 18+ main tent while the kids are at an organised children’s camp, or take them to one of the other venues where under 18s are welcome.

And did we mention how affordable it is? Buy a three-day pass and enjoy all this for less than $4 a band.

The Queensland Government is proud to support the Airlie Beach Festival of Music through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Destination Events Program: Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.

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