MECC festival and events co-ordinator Leah Edwards with Mackay-born performer Tia Gostelow and Mayor Greg Williamson.
MECC festival and events co-ordinator Leah Edwards with Mackay-born performer Tia Gostelow and Mayor Greg Williamson.

New festival featuring local performers announced

HOMEGROWN talent will be on show when a music festival with a twist is held in Mackay next month.

Featuring performances from local artists like the nationally acclaimed Tia Gostelow and up-and-coming electronic music producer Clovr, the event will have something for everyone – but there is a twist.

You won’t even have to leave the comfort of your couch to get down, get groovy and enjoy the line-up of local talent.

The MECC will host the innovative Mackay Festival Sessions event, which will be live streamed across Mackay Regional Council’s social media as well as by local radio stations.

Held over four consecutive Saturday nights, audiences will get a taste of music, dance and even a visual artist who will create an artwork on stage during the event.

The event was planned after the Annual Mackay Festival of Arts had to be cancelled.

Mayor Greg Williamson, who will MC the event, said he was looking forward to the array of local talent that would be on show.

Mayor Greg Williamson will MC at the online music festival, Festival Sessions, in August. Picture: Ashley Pillhofer
Mayor Greg Williamson will MC at the online music festival, Festival Sessions, in August. Picture: Ashley Pillhofer

“Council knew we needed to do something – not just provide some entertainment value to the community, but also to support our local musicians, dancers and artists.

“Many of these entertainers have had months without paying gigs – so this is a great way to jump-start the local music scene again.

“And it’s a great line-up of music.”

Alternative singer Tia Gostelow grew up in Mackay and launched her debut album Thick Skin in 2018.

Mackay-raised musician Tia Gostelow will return to the MECC stage next month to headline an online music festival, Festival Sessions. The event will feature local DJs, dancers, singers and artists and will be live-streamed across the region. Picture: Ashley Pillhofer
Mackay-raised musician Tia Gostelow will return to the MECC stage next month to headline an online music festival, Festival Sessions. The event will feature local DJs, dancers, singers and artists and will be live-streamed across the region. Picture: Ashley Pillhofer

Her emotive crooning vocals can be heard on national radio stations and she has played alongside some of the country’s most successful bands.

Ms Gostelow said she was looking forward to getting back on stage in Mackay, where she will be joined by her former singing teacher.

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“It has been such a long time since I’ve been back in Mackay and playing here,” she said.

Ms Gostelow was set to embark on her first American tour but the trip was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Festival Sessions will launch on Saturday, August 8, and finish on Saturday, August 29.



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