Headline acts for North Australian Festival of Arts concert announced!

Date published: 16 May 2019

San Cisco and the Young Lions will headline a free community concert at Strand Park for Townsville City Council’s inaugural North Australian Festival of Arts in July.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said a free concert is a great way to draw young people and families into the city and to NAFA.

“For Festival 2018, Thundamentals held a free concert at Strand Park and it was a huge success,” Cr Hill said.

“We wanted to continue this and give residents and visitors to Townsville a chance to see some of Australia’s best acts for free.

“San Cisco and Young Lions are popular bands that have visited Townsville before and I’m sure we can expect even bigger crowds than last year.

“This will really showcase that Townsville knows how to put on a show and is the capital of events and culture in North Australia.”

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said talented locals have also been given the chance to play on the NAFA stage.

“Marrow Lane – our Youth Music Competition winners – and the Neck of the Woods People’s Choice winners will perform at the concert alongside San Cisco and Young Lions,” Cr Doyle said.

“It is amazing to be able to give locals a chance to put themselves on a major stage with big name artists like this – we want NAFA and the Northern Fringe to continue supporting our local talent.”

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said a free concert is a great way to attract visitors to the region and into the CBD.

“Townsville will come alive with music, art, culture, sport and dance throughout July and a free concert is sure to bring people into the CBD,” Cr Greaney said.

“Strand Park has the beautiful backdrop of Magnetic Island and the coast – it’s such a great location to hold open air concerts.

“There will be plenty of events and activities happening at Strand Park and right across the city – there is definitely something to suit everyone.”

The free concert joins a NAFA and Northern Fringe line-up that includes Strand Ephemera, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, punk-cabaret show Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club and Theatre iNQ’s Vagina Monologues and many more.

Where: Strand Park

When: 5:30pm – 9pm, Thursday 18 July