Townsville City turning into a stage for Festival 2018

Date published: 26 March 2018

Queens Gardens and Jezzine Barracks will be transformed into stages for Festival 2018 and the Commonwealth Games over the coming days.

Queens Gardens is now closed for the construction of two Spiegeltents and a large outdoor stage as the backdrop for headline acts such as Peter Helliar, Lior, Caiti Baker and Ian Moss.

Jezzine Barracks and parklands will remain open, but a small section will be fenced off for the construction of the stage. The Jezzine stage will host the official Festival Opening and Closing Events and a live broadcast of the Commonwealth Games.

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said she was excited to see both Queens Gardens and Jezzine Barracks get transformed for Festival 2018.

“It’s really great to have iconic Townsville locations transformed into stages for Festival 2018 and the Commonwealth Games,” Cr Greaney said.

“I can’t wait to see Queens Gardens with the two Spigeltents set up and to see all the colour and movement throughout the Festival – there is so much happening, it’s very exciting.

“It’s going to be an amazing 12 days and Townsville is really going to come alive with culture, music, theatre, art and sport next week. I’d really encourage everyone to go online or to the ticket shop and book their tickets soon so they don’t miss out.”

Festival 2018 will officially open 4 April at Jezzine Barracks with Strand Park and Queens Gardens opening on the following nights.

Tickets are available now from Council’s website or the Box Office at Townsville Civic Theatre and Riverway Arts Centre.

For more information about Festival 2018 visit or view the full program here.