It’s reached the time of year when most people begin saving up for Christmas presents – but our advice is to save a bit more than normal, because Townsville is set to host some incredible live music gigs in the first half of next year.
Here are five must-see shows in 2018.
Hotter Than Hell – 13 January
The lineup features some of the best Aussie rockers formed in the 90s, and is supported by local lads The Koffin Rockers: Hotter Than Hell is bringing the nostalgia of old-school Festivals to thriving regional areas that normally miss out on the big names, and the tour kicks off in Townsville! Catch Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Killing Heidi and The SuperJesus at Kirwan Tavern, with limited tickets still available.
I Love the 90s – 20 March
If pop and hip hop were more your jam in the 90s, you won’t want to miss this: with a lineup of all the big names from Blackstreet (No Diggity) to Sisquo (The Thong Song). The best part? Townsville is the only non-capital city in Australia the tour is stopping at! Make the most of it!
Neil Diamond – 20 March
Need we say more? With hits including Sweet Caroline and Red Red Wine, we’re so lucky to be welcoming this international muso to 1300 Smiles Stadium next March! With support acts still to be announced, do you think we could see one or two locals on stage before the big guy? Tickets are now available here.
Groovin the Moo – 6 May
Returning to Townsville for its 11th year, GTM is famous for bringing big names to the paddocks of regional centres – and has grown such a reputation that tickets are snapped up fast! If you don’t want to miss out, a special Christmas pre-sale begins at 7am Townsville time on 1 December – check out the Facebook event for updates!
Palm Creek Folk Festival – 7-10 June
It doesn’t fall on a long weekend anymore, but that doesn’t stop a number of locals from spending all four days at this Festival! Set in parkland just South of Townsville, Palm Creek attracts the best musicians, dancers, artists and more from around Australia and the world. Tickets for 2018 are expected to go on sale in April – however you can follow the Festival on Facebook to stay in the loop!