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North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event returns in July, with Australian rock legends ICEHOUSE and Killing Heidi named today as this year’s off-track headline entertainment.
Lead singers Iva Davies and Ella Hooper were in Townsville today for the announcement along with leading Supercars drivers Jamie Whincup and Will Davison, Watpac Regional Manager Bryan Glancy, GIVIT CEO and Founder Juliette Wright and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill.
ICEHOUSE was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame in 2006, being described as one of the most successful Australian bands of the 80s and 90s following international success with hits such as Great Southern Land, Hey Little Girland Electric Blue.
Killing Heidi shot to fame in 1999 with their breakout single, Weir and their debut album Reflector which claimed four ARIA awards in 2000 including the coveted Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Group.
Both bands will perform on the Saturday night of the event under the Watpac Big Top with the concert presented by Jim Beam.
Today’s concert lineup announcement comes after leading national construction company Watpac, announced it is continuing to support for the event, signing on for a third consecutive year as the naming rights partner of the event.
GIVIT, which supports the flood appeal, was named as the official charity of the event. Supercars is supporting the flood appeal with more announcements to come.
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship CEO Sean Seamer said Supercars is committed to supporting the Townsville community after the impact of the unprecedented monsoon caused earlier this year.
“Townsville has been a part of the Supercars family for more than a decade 10 years and we know how difficult the past few months have been for the region,” Seamer said.
“The drivers have a great connection with local residents that have spent over a decade supporting this event and everyone is looking forward to getting to Townsville in 100 days’ time.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the countdown was well and truly on with only 100 days to go until the blockbuster event.
“The Watpac Townsville 400 will attract thousands of visitors to Townsville, create local jobs in the tourism industry and provide an economic boost to the whole region,” Ms Jones said.
“For those visiting Townsville, there are a diverse range of tourism experiences on offer, from exploring the city along The Strand and atop Castle Hill, to snorkelling off Magnetic Island and witnessing Australia’s longest single drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls.”
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the quality of entertainment and acts coming to Townsville as part of the Supercars event will get everyone racing to be involved, not just the rev-heads.
“Townsville is the events capital in Northern Australia and it’s great to have the support of Supercars who are bringing this event and these incredible performers to our city,” Cr Hill said.
“It’s always great to have such successful Australian bands visiting Townsville and bringing visitors to the region – ICEHOUSE and Killing Heidi are sure to attract everyone to the Supercars, not just those who want to watch the races.”
The Watpac Townsville 400 After-Race Concert presented by Jim Beam will be held on Saturday 6 July at Reid Park following the opening race of this year’s event.
The Queensland Government is proud to support the Watpac Townsville 400 through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.
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