Cairns Blues Festival’s Annual New Years Eve Bash

Come and celebrate the New Year with the Cairns Blues Festival at Machans Beach Community Hall.

This has become an institution over recent years and is not to be missed!

Entry $15 at the door - 6pm - Kids FREE
Food and Bar provided (no BYO)

There are plenty of Air BNB's in Machans if you want to avoid having to get home and enjoy New Years Day at beautiful Machans Beach.  

Three live Acts!


Carinda Christie

Carinda Christie's act is all acoustic. She sings, plays acoustic guitar, Dobro Slide guitar and stomp box and lights up the show with humorous and entertaining anecdotes about life and music. Her repertoire of diverse energetic originals, leaning towards a folk, pop, rock and blues combination appeals to audiences of all ages.


Dan's Blues Explosion

Well known Cairns Drummer Dan Solowiej of Johnnos Blues Bar fame has put a rockin blues band together that will rattle the walls of the old hall!!! Drums, piano and guitar (and who knows what other instruments or musicians) plus the gravelly blues that only Dan can deliver. This is going to be some night.

The Barron Brothers

Local lads Dan, John and Matt will start off the night with some old favourites just to get your toes a tappin and the room a shakin’.  These guys know how to get the party started
so make sure you get in early for a decent dose of NYE fun as only can happen at Machans Beach.

About the Artists: Cardwell Blues by the Sea #2

Craig Phelps & Neville Wilson

Wilson Phelps

Neville Wilson and Craig Phelps are both singer-songwriters who have had solid solo, band and entertainment management careers. Each are widely known & respected, they worked together in Darwin and have now joined forces to bring their unique styles and panache to North QLD. You can expect passionate guitar solos and haunting harp riffs, they are sure to get you grooving. their repertoire of rock, folk and blues with a splash of rockabilly, ensures that there is something for everyone. Add in their fun-loving antics and cheeky interactions with the audience and you will be consistently entertained. The combination of their beautiful harmonies and the obvious comraderie create a magic that would take most a decade to achieve.

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin is an award winning Blues and Roots artist based in North Queensland. He has toured extensively, both throughout Australia and overseas, and has performed in several shows on the famous Bourbon St. New Orleans. He released his first album “Castle Hill Blues” in 2012 and his second album “Shake Ya Hoodoo” in 2016. Tim has supported such artists as Tim Friedman, Jeff Martin, The Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, James Reyne and the Commitments as well as his mentor Willie Hona (Herbs). Tim has a vast musical repertoire ranging from Blues, Reggae and Rock to Soul, Funk and Easy Listening.

Cairns Blues Explosion

Cairns Blues Explosion

Cairns Blues Explosion are a blues/rock band from Cairns, North Queensland. They are all accomplished musicians with years of combined experience under their belts. The band consists of: Gordon Sheard on lead guitar Chirs Ellis on bass guitar Steve (Harpo) Ceprow on harp Dan (Solo) Solowiej on drums and vocals. The Cairns Blues Explosion style and verve will keep you dancing all night.

Lyle Bray

Lyle Bray

Lyle Bray is a young, talented artist from Cairns. At 19 years of age, he’s only in his second year out of high-school as a nifty multi-instrumentalist and lyricist. With his blissful voice and courageous, yet flawless guitar capablity and wisdom, he’s the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Cairns band MACHINE MACHINE, where he not only writes the heart-felt lyrics for their original tracks; but also contributes to their funky fresh and psychedelic sound. He’s down on an adventure to the beach for some rockin’ blues vibes; don’t miss out!

Howlin Dingoes

Howlin' Dingoes

Original, high energy, punchy blues and didj with elemens of funk, swing and rock. Driving bass, didjeridoo, screaming harp and shredding guitars bring solid grooves and a BIG stage presence. The band members are mature musicians with decades of experience. The Dingoes command attention and keep it, with a big dynamic range from slow blues to Texan boogies and lively swing that gets people dancing. The artists are: Jimmy - Bass, didj and vocals Les - Harp and vocals Mark - Drums Ian - Guitar and vocals Alex - Keys and vocals

Johnny Green

Johnny Green

Johnny Green of the famous Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys. Imagine a Hank Williams/T-Bone Walker hybrid blasting from the wireless in a sleek 1950’s cadillac with fins bigger than Texas, and the thump of thunderous rain sizzling in the desert sun all around, and you have something close to the feel of The Blues Cowboys. Johnny will be joined by his son, Hank Green of Hank Green’s Blues, who was raised on a diet of blues and boogie woogie. He started playing the ukulele at 3yrs of age and at age 6 he taught himself guitar from Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Little Walter and T-Bone Walker records. At the age of 9, Hank was playing guitar in his father’s legendary pub band, Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys. Six years later, Hank fronted his own band with Johnny “Thurnderbolt” Gray on drums and Ezra Lee on piano. Their rockin’ bluesy style has made them popular across Australia. Hank’s debut album, “Swampturtle” was released in 2012 and he is featured on Ezra Lee’s 2012 album “Cashed Up ‘n’ Crazy.”

Ezra Lee Musician

Ezra Lee

Ezra started playing piano at the age of four, learning the Floyd Cramer tune “Last Date” from his father Ed Matzenik. Ezra used his father’s record collection to teach himself the boogie woogie and barrel-house piano styles. Ezra was a fairly late starter, not joining his first band until he was thirteen; but by age fourteen he had joined the legendary Australian Pub Band “Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys” and toured with them for eight years. He has produced six studio albums: Preston Rockabilly #2 (2008), You Can’t Stop a Freight Train (2009), Motor Head Baby (2014) and Boomerang Boogie (2016). From Tamworth to Byron Bay, Vegas to Barcelona, Ezra Lee is a star. His spirited vocals, broody 1950’s pin-up good looks and his modern take on rock ‘n’ roll, boogie woogie, country and blues will entertain and keep you rockin’ all night long.

Stax of Horns Blues Brothers Revue

Stax of Horns: Blues Brother's Revue

Australia’s best tribute to the iconic BluesBrothers. You don’t need to “wait till the midnight hour” to “shake your tail feather.” Introducing: Dan Solo drums and vocals Darren Michael Howie vocals Kylena Vigus vocals Gordon Sheard on guitar Lochie Gaylard on Bass and vocals We give you stax of veterans of the Australian Rock and Blues circuit. Keyboards are shared between: Kirk Steel, Tim Canning and Bob Howlett. Michael Rivett is an award winning Tenor Sax Player and Ross Polls is on Trumpet. Expect a mix of Motown music from the sixties and seventies in the style of Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Otis Redding and Rufus Thomas.