Rock­ers head­line Car­ni­vale

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Mark Mur­ray

VET­ERAN indie rock­ers Eskimo Joe have been booked to bring in the 25th an­niver­sary of Port Dou­glas Car­ni­vale.

In a huge coup for the sil­ver an­niver­sary event, the chart­top­pers will head­line a stacked pro­gram from May 24-26 in what is shap­ing to be the most power-punched fes­ti­val yet.

Gui­tarist Stu Ma­cLeod said the band was de­lighted to ac­cept the birth­day bash in­vite for an ex­clu­sive Tropic Rock con­cert at Rex Smeal Park.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to soak­ing up some sun and play­ing some tunes,” Ma­cLeod said.

“We drove up to Port Dou­glas once when we were per­form­ing in Cairns. It’s an ab­so­lutely stun­ning place.”

The multi-award win­ning trio have a pocket full of hits af­ter burst­ing onto the scene with their de­but al­bum Their fol­low up,

re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim, but it was their third al­bum that saw them be­come a house­hold name. The ti­tle sin­gle won an ARIA for Sin­gle of the Year, peaked at num­ber six on the Aus­tralian charts and spent 19 weeks in­side the top 20. It came in at num­ber two on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2006, go­ing on to re­lease it in the US in 2007.

The eight-time ARIA award win­ners said Port Dou­glas could ‘ex­pect the un­ex­pected’.

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu said she was thrilled to se- cure the band for the ‘Sun­shine and Sil­ver’ themed event. She said or­gan­is­ers were putting the fin­ish­ing touches to an ex­cit­ing pro­gram.

“This year Eskimo Joe cel­e­brated its 21st an­niver­sary with an Aus­tralian tour, and just like Car­ni­vale, you have to be good to last that long and keep fans com­ing back for more,” Ms Leu said.

“What Car­ni­vale fans can ex­pect in 2019 is more of the fab­u­lous com­edy and raz­zledaz­zle of the sala­cious cabaret and breath­tak­ing cir­cus show Won­der­land Spiegel­tent, the street pa­rade, fam­ily beach day, the long­est lunch, the seafood ex­trav­a­ganza and lots, lots more.

“May is a beau­ti­ful time in the trop­ics and we want old friends and new to come and stay, mix with the lo­cals and get a real feel for what life is all about in our spe­cial part of the world.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book your tick­ets to­day, visit www.car­ni­vale.com.au.

Eight-time ARIA award win­ners Eskimo Joe will play a one-off show at Rex Smeal Park in Port Dou­glas on May 25,

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