SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 2021
An afternoon for the Pets!
Enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon with your best friend browsing the pet market stalls and enjoying the live entertainment.
Both MARS and RSPCA Mackay will be onsite with some adorable adoptions. Live music by Mick Woodbridge from 2pm – 5pm.
– Best dressed pet
– A face only a mother could love
– Mackay’s cutest
– Best Pet/Owner Look-A-LikeReminder that this is a free event pet-friendly with casual seating and BYO blankets or rugs is recommended. NO BYO food or beverages allowed at this event.
While poop bags will be available please bring some with you. All furry friends must be on a leash at all times while attending the event.
Join us for 80s BY THE BEACH with Mango Junction!
So come on down to the Seabreeze Hotel and dance the afternoon away with your favorite tunes.
THURSDAY 12TH AUGUST
Across five years, two studio albums and an EP, Windang’s Hockey Dad achieved more than two coastal kids could ever collectively dream of. Their last effort, 2018’s Blend Inn, ended up being one of the year’s biggest successes for independent Australian music. Not only did it crack the top 10 of the ARIA album charts, but it also notched up four spots in triple j’s Hottest 100, two sold-out national tours and accrued nearly 24 million streams on Spotify alone. Not bad for a pair of kids from a town where its previous biggest musical export was a jingle for a computer store.
Needless to say, when it came to writing Blend Inn’s follow-up, Zach Stephenson (vocals, guitar) and Billy Fleming (drums) could have easily switched to autopilot and followed the blueprint that had lead them to prosperity in the past. However, that’s not the path they chose to take.
Despite the fact the band returned to the exact same studio and used the same producer as Blend Inn – that being Robert Lang Studios and the veteran John Goodmanson, respectively – their third studio album Brain Candy is far from any sort of retread. It’s a textured, contemplative and thoughtful record – a reflection on life written by a band that has ostensibly grown up in public.
Stephenson, Fleming’s friend of over 20 years and bandmate of nearly 10, agrees. “It’s important to keep the fear instilled in you as an artist,” he says. “That sheer terror the night before something comes out is something you can’t replicate – and when people like it, it makes you even prouder of it.”
Listeners were first alerted to the existence of Brain Candy with the release of “I Missed Out” in November 2019. Premiered on triple j and landing at #60 in the Hottest 100 of 2019, the song hones in on cooing lead guitar and steely bass rather than the band’s go-to phaser-laden chords and boom-thwack drums. The song’s confessional, vulnerable lyrics also hone in further on the rawer honesty of previous singles like “I Wanna Be Everybody.”
Put it this way: It’s Hockey Dad, but not as we know them.
In many ways, that MO is reflective of how Brain Candy comes across as a whole. While they’ve created something that is still identifiably theirs, the route that they’ve taken to get there subverts what has come to be expected. Whether it’s the tense, volatile “Germaphobe” and “Heavy Assault,” the unexpected tropical detour of “Keg” or the morose, slow-mo balladry of “Itch,” Brain Candy makes bold ventures outside of Hockey Dad’s immediate sonic spectrum. It’s high risk, absolutely – but, as the album plays out, it reveals itself to be high reward as well.
The album’s title is a none-too-explicit reference to chemical intake to sooth one’s mind. Be it serotonin, antidepressants or something a little more back-alley, there’s a lot of provocative imagery when it comes to such a title – something that certainly isn’t lost on the band. To them, their ultimate brain candy is the music itself.
“It helps, putting pen to paper,” says Fleming. “If you’re feeling wiggy about it, just write about it. When we’re on tour, just sending it… at the end of the trip, you have these albums, and you have these songs that capture those moments.”
Whether you’ve followed their trajectory from grommets to garage-rock royalty, or you’re making your Hockey Dad debut out of pure curiousity, Brain Candy will prove to be one of 2020’s must-hear albums.
FRIDAY 13TH AUGUST
Kick Yer Shoes off, Put yer Hoe Down and Hang on to Yer Britches! The Goats sure know how to raise a ruckus and they’re bringing their up tempo style of Hillbilly Roots and Old Time Blues to SEABREEZE HOTEL, Mackay – and better yet, IT’S FREE!!!!
Australian festival favourites, Golden Fiddle Recipients & 4 time “Bluegrass” Golden Guitar finalists, The Hillbilly Goats, strip back the layers of modern music and transport you on a journey through roots and old time blues. These guys aren’t just a band – they’re a “show” featuring stories and song combined with tap dancing, bones, big harmonies and regular instrument changes. They’ve won several awards and have released 4 studio albums specialising in Mountain Music.
The musical twist on traditional songs The Hillbilly Goats are renowned for with big harmonies and a heavy presence of hard fiddle and fast harmonica have seen them carving their own niche at major festivals nationwide.
Table bookings highly recommended if you wish to dine in before the show.
SUNDAY 15TH AUGUST
Travis Collins, a CMAA & CMC Male Artist of the Year and CMA Global Artist Award-winner, is never more at home than he is under stage lights – world-beating band in tow. It’s this captivating dynamism and essential energy that thrills at the core of supercharged new album, Wreck Me.
For the tireless Collins, the two years since the release of his previous studio outing Brave & The Broken can be measured in country miles. That album stormed the charts, spawned a string of No.1 hits, and launched a sweeping national tour that saw Collins and band bring their expansive sound to audiences far and wide.
Brave & The Broken arrived amid an immensely rich period in Collins’ already enviable career. Then the CMC Male Artist of the Year for two years running, Collins made 2018 his own. Brave & The Broken landed hot on the tail of three Golden Guitar wins for Our Backyard (2017) with Amber Lawrence, and a CMAA Awards sweep in 2017 on the back of Hard Light (2016), which saw Collins take home Golden Guitars for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Single of the Year. Hard Light also netted three No.1 hits.
Rounding out an immense few years, Collins took home the 2019 Golden Guitar for Male Artist of the Year, and opened for US megastars Tim McGraw and Luke Combs.
Wreck Me sets to be the next chapter in an already impressive career.
FRIDAY 20TH AUGUST 2021
Under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
In the last two years, Isaac Butterfield has emerged as one of Australia’s most popular comedians for his dangerous, no holds bar brand of comedy.
From empty dingy pubs to sold-out theatre shows, Butterfield has proven that whether you like it or not, there is an appetite for a wrecking ball of humour in this ever-growing sensitive society.
After being outlawed, banned and slandered by his opposition, Butterfield reemerges in 2021 with his most uncensored and provoking show yet – ‘Outlaw’.
Be warned, this show is not for the faint of heart. Prepare yourself, the outlaw is town.
This show is COVID-Safe and is operating under the guidelines of the Australian Federal and State Governments. If this show is unable to continue due COVID-19, you will receive a refund. It is recommended to wear a face mask at this event, unless State Health guidelines change.
$60 BUY NOW
SUNDAY 22ND AUGUST 2021
The Seabreeze Hotel’s annual Jazz by the Beach returns on Sunday the 22nd of August 2021. This unique event offers Mackay and the greater region an afternoon of great food, refreshing beverages and live Jazz music featuring 5 piece band, The Natural Culture.
“With soulful grooves and impeccable musicianship, The Natural Culture unites the vibrant spirit of world music, encompassing jazz, funk, soul, blues and reggae, everywhere they go. Dynamic, uplifting and fun, their music is a harmonious combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing. Crowds can’t help but let loose to their infectious energetic tunes ” – The Natural Culture
Relax on the lawn with a blanket or reserve a table in our bistro to wine and dine with friends overlooking Lamberts Beach. So come on down to the Seabreeze Hotel and dance the afternoon away with Jazz by the beach.
THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2021
UNDER 18 YEARS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.
After 3 best-selling studio albums, 2 EP’s and over 12 years of national and international touring, Owen Campbell has cemented himself as one of Australia’s premier alternative blues/rock exports. He has performed in many corners of the world from the USA, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong, India and even performed at the highest blues festival in the world, The Himalayan Blues Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Every album upon release has hit the Top 10 on iTunes Blues Charts in over 10 countries. One of which “Sunshine Road” reached Number 1 on the overall charts (Australia), knocking Adele of the top spot in 2014.
Owen brings a thumping oceanic-like repertoire to performances all over the world. His smouldering guitar work runs from bluesy riffs and soulful finger-picking to lap steel guitar solos using a shot glass slide. His gritty caramel vocals makes this blues maven a global favourite.
“My parents were a big influence,” says Owen. “They introduced me to such an awesome collection of music from such a young age. Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Band, The Rolling Stones. I always loved the variety and diversity to their sounds. My sound has bits of country, soul, roots, and rock. I love the variations.”
Late 2019/2020 has seen the release of Owen’s 5th studio album “Rolling Thunder of Love” which debuted at number 2 on the independent music charts.
$23.50 BUY NOW
THURSDAY 2ND DECEMBER
Fresh from the announcement of their forthcoming fourth album, Hello My Beautiful World out Friday 20 August via Wonderlick Recording Company, today Holy Holy shares their irrepressible new single The Aftergone (feat. CLEWS). To mark the release, the sonic masterminds have announced a national tour in November and December. Holy Holy’s exhilarating live spectacle will commence on Thursday 5 November in Perth, and continue throughout Margaret River, Bunbury, Torquay, Frankston, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart and Launceston.
Recorded in a series of modest studios and spare rooms in Tasmania and Victoria, Holy Holy’s fourth album, Hello My Beautiful World is perhaps their most fully realised. Built upon a foundation of electronic beats and rolling synths, the record combines lush string arrangements, May-esque guitar riffs and chanted vocals to produce a heady and persuasive mix. The record moves fluidly through a collection of feverish moods and atmospheres, unfolding unpredictably and building to a series of fierce and manic highs. It’s a dense and ambitious record suited to close and repeated listening.
Like many records you will hear throughout 2021, Hello My Beautiful World was largely forged in the midst of Australia’s lockdown period. The pair didn’t tackle the album entirely on their own – Japanese Wallpaper added distinctive texture and flair across the album, CLEWS, meanwhile, have their voices featured on the incessant, electric cut The Aftergone, and of course there is the hyperactive, fiery guest verses of Melbourne rapper Queen P on Port Rd. Throw in the flourishes of composer Toby Alexander’s string arrangements, plus collaborations with The Presets Kim Moyes, and you’re looking at a record that sees the band redefining itself as a powerful force in the Australian songwriting landscape.
Featuring lead single Port Rd. feat. Queen P, the grandiose second single How You Been and recent arresting album track Believe Anything, Hello My Beautiful World is an accomplished release from a band that is certainly not short on accomplishments. With their three full-length albums to date, the duo have built a loyal and dedicated fanbase with over 100 million streams across their body of work and multiple gold and platinum singles hanging on their walls. If that wasn’t enough, there are nominations for ARIA Awards, J Awards and National Live Music Awards to take note of, all maintained through their fanatically attended live shows and unique songwriting.
Hello My Beautiful World will be released through Wonderlick Recording Company on Friday 20 August.
TICKETS ON SALE: Monday 19th July from 10:00 am
TUESDAY 22DN FEBRUARY 2022
The Kevin Bloody Wilson Show is not just a concert performance, for most, it’s a full on event and an opportunity to tick from your bucket-list a chance to see Australia’s most unique International comedy legend. Kevin has become a national institution – a must see for any person wanting to see absolute original Australian comedy.
If we were asked to nominate one individual to best define Australian humour, for most of us, the name Kevin Bloody Wilson immediately springs to mind. His recently released biography ‘DILLIGAF, The Life And Rhymes Of Kevin Bloody Wilson’ is a raucous, earthy, in depth look at perhaps one of the only Australian comedians who has not bowed to the pressures of political correctness.
Kevin Bloody Wilson’s story is remarkable. He has become a part of Australian Culture, a part of who we are and how we define ourselves. His DILLIGAF attitude is a quality to be envied.
He’s been listed in Who’s Who, his entire body of work has been preserved for future generations with the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra and his fan base stretches from Broken Hill to Buckingham Palace.
It’s also a known fact that nobody tells Australian stories better than Kevin Bloody Wilson. His peers agree:
“The world’s funniest Australian” Billy Connolly
“I love Kev. My favourite is Livin’ Next Door To Alan.” Paul Hogan
“Hello John, is the funniest song I’ve ever heard in my entire radio career.” John Laws
Kevin Bloody Wilson is also the only international artist who can shift seamlessly between an outback pub to the hallowed halls of the London Palladium.
His record sales are now nudging the four million mark. Without traditional media support, all of Kevin Bloody Wilson’s albums and DVDs have achieved Gold Sales status globally, with many reaching Platinum, and one, ‘Kev’s Back’, awarded an amazing quadruple Platinum. Kev’s recordings can be found in such diverse locations as Outback Australia to Antarctica. From Big-Rig road trains to the console of Prince Charles’ Aston Martin.
It seems ironic that twenty-five years ago, Kevin Bloody Wilson was being arrested for performing his songs in public, yet on Australia Day in January 2010, he was officially nominated for Australian Of The Year for doing exactly the same thing.
Now, Kev tours often in Australia and internationally, always to large audiences of adoring fans. He maintains his stringent tour schedule because of his love of live shows, and the incredibly interaction he has with the multitude of fanatical Kev fans worldwide.
Well done Kev, you’ve done us proud. Don’t miss the legend in a venue near you!