Events


Townsville North Queensland offers a huge line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing throughout the year. Cheer yourself hoarse at a national sporting match, bask in the sun during Magnetic Island Race Week or enjoy a performance by the world’s finest chamber musicians at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Become part of the exciting calendar of events and immerse yourself in the laid back, vibrant lifestyle. 

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Phelan Groovy

A wise man once said “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” That wise man was Kurt Phelan. Kurt is no stranger to the stage. He has performed major roles in some of the biggest musicals in Australia over the past decade, including Singin’ In The Rain, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and most recently channelling his inner Patrick Swayze onstage in the national tour of Dirty Dancing. Now, he returns home to Townsville with the show that has taken the country by storm and seen a sellout season in New York City. Phelan Groovy is a cabaret of riotous proportions, full of hit songs you thought you knew before, until now. A hilarious night of unabashed laughter where you will get a personal tour inside the mind of Australia’s newest leading man. Part biographical, part celebrity dish and all laugh a minute entertainment. If growing up has taught him one thing, it was to only say 10 per cent of what he thinks, out loud. Well, you get that other 90 per cent (complete with a killer soundtrack.) So, come and share a night with this North Queensland-Gemini’s-rapid-firing mind, and have a good laugh.

27th October 2017

Reception The Musical [Live on Stage]

Original Australian musical comedy about being a Receptionist and customer service… get a group together to see this one! Share your stories… the bar will be open pre-show. A celebration of administration, Reception: The Musical tells the story of a receptionist who finds joy in the manic world of customer service, stationery orders and thinking on her swivel chair. Inspired by true stories from behind the front desk, this cabaret comedy is the office memo you don't want to miss! Written by award-winning writer/performer Bethany Simons and leading Melbourne composer Peter de Jager, this uplifting and hilarious production features a toe-tapping original score. Songs include My Name is Bethany (Not Stephanie), Do You Have Sticky Tape?, and They Ring My Bell.

28th October 2017

Morning Melodies: Sentimental Journey

The Burdekin Shire Council is once again holding a free Christmas themed Morning Melodies event. This year, they’re excited to bring you Sentimental Journey with Vov Dylan and Glenn Amer! Vov Dylan (Australia’s Andre Rieu) and Glenn Amer (the voice of Mario Lanza and the fingers of Liberace) join forces to take audiences on a musical journey filled with great stories and humour and of course great melodies. Join them on a musical journey through over a hundred years of songs from ‘light classical delights’ to the standards of ‘the American songbook’ through to the Musical Theatre hits of recent years, as well as some Christmas favourites. Tickets are free, but guests must reserve a ticket to secure their spot. Tickets are available from their website, by calling them or at Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Desk at 145 Young Street, Ayr.

10th November 2017

Vov Dylon: Sentimental Journey (Live Music)

Australia's Andre Rieu will take you on a musical journey through over a hundred years of songs from ‘light classical delights’ to the standards of ‘the American songbook’ through to the Musical Theatre hits of recent years.  Vov Dylan and Glenn Amer  join forces to take audiences on a musical journey filled with great stories, humour and wonderful melodies. Vov Dylan is an Australian Violinist with music that flows from every fibre of his body.

11th November 2017

Vov Dylan - Sentimental Journey

Vov Dylan is an Australian Violinist with music that flows from every fibre of his body. A third generation musician, Vov was born to the Violin! As a child he became a regular in the Classical music circuit. Alongside the shows, Vov has become a regular in the recording studio where he has now released six studio albums, all of which are available globally and receive frequent airplay on radio stations all over the world.

14th November 2017 to
15th November 2017

Acoustic Guitar Spectacular

Winner of the international 2016 Guitar Masters fingerstyle competition – one of the largest and most prestigious guitar competitions in the world – East Frisian guitarist Soenke Meinen embarks on his first Australian tour as part of the 2017 Acoustic Guitar Spectacular. With Bruce Mathiske – arguably the finest all-round guitarist Australia has produced (The Australian) – and Michael Fix – one of Australia’s Top 25 Guitarists of All Time – Meinen will join forces to weave memorable musical magic. Showcasing a diverse range of guitar talent from across the globe, the Acoustic Guitar Spectacular has been touring Australia annually since 2012 to sell out audiences and rave reviews. Ticket price also includes the opportunity to participate in a 45-minute Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Michael Fix, however numbers are limited and ticket-holders must register their interest with the Burdekin Theatre to obtain a spot. The performance will commence at 7.30pm, with the workshop occurring from 4.45pm to 5.30pm. Tour produced by Red Chair. Red Chair is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Tickets are available from their website, by calling them or at Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Desk at 145 Young Street, Ayr.

17th November 2017

Women in Docs

Women in Docs are an independent, folk pop act (with a little bit of country), based in Brisbane. They have been compared to the Indigo Girls, the Dixie Chicks and The Waifs. With a reputation for stirring and humourous live performances and a vigorous touring schedule, Women in Docs have spent ten years building a fiercely loyal following throughout Australia, as well as touring internationally to win over audiences throughout North America, Europe, New Zealand and China. Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas as women in docs have wooed the world with their award-winning songs and live shows which incorporate soaring harmonies, rhythmic guitar and authentic story telling. Their refreshing acoustic style of music, a little bit country, a little bit folk, is a breath of fresh air at any festival. They are loved worldwide by audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds, deserving recognition as one of Australia’s most enduring independent and hardest working acts.

18th November 2017

Women Like Us - Townsville Brothers Leagues Club

Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are different from other comedians, they’re women, they’re mothers, they’re middle aged and they’re country girls. With more than 70 sold-out shows and packed houses at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival’s Enmore Theatre, Adelaide Fringe and Perth Festival, their candid and unique shows get the crowd crying with laughter. Touring constantly around the Australia, the girls are coming to your town soon. Described as a ‘two Tena pad show’. These stories are untold, laugh out loud, women’s stories. Few sacred cows remain unmilked by these two experienced comic, seven children, four husbands and thirty five years of stage time between them, their material is a hilarious firsthand account of parenting, the beauty industry, getting older, getting fatter, strange surgeries, weird television shows, obsessions, and most importantly, who unpacks the dishwasher. Mandy Nolan, a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, writer for Mamamia, with appearances on ABC's Q&A, SBS's Mums The Word and About Women also a corporate / club comedy performer nationwide. Ellen Briggs, - national Finalist - RAW comedy and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channel's Be A Comedian.

25th November 2017

Leaving Jackson- The Story of Johnny Cash and June Carter

For more than 40 years, Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now Jeff Carter Cash together with Brooke McMullen bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert not to be missed, their onstage performance has to be seen to be believed. This two hour live concert event “Leaving Jackson- The Johnny Cash and June Carter Story” will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Starring Jeff Carter Cash and Brooke McMullen.

10th March 2018