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Spiderbait set to Unleash Rock on Port Douglas for Carnivale 2021

It’s been a while between epic live gigs in the Far North, but with the promise of Spiderbait headlining Carnivale 2021, faith in rock will be restored!

It’s been a while between epic live gigs in the Far North, but with the promise of Spiderbait headlining Carnivale 2021, faith in rock will be restored!

PORT DOUGLAS Carnivale is scheduled to take place from May 14 to 21, 2021 with the Tropic Rock Concert headlining Spiderbait to be held at Rex Smeal Park on Saturday, May 22.

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Spiderbait, Janet, Kram and Whitt unleash their thrash-pop. Image Credit/ Spiderbait

Spiderbait are three mates, Janet, Kram and Whitt, who hail from the Riverina country town Finley in NSW. Over the years, the trio have taken on the Australian music scene on their own terms, bashing out an idiosyncratic style of thrash-pop.  25 years later they remain rock solid friends with their band enjoying great success in both mainstream and alternative rock scenes. 

Spiderbait has topped Australia’s Aria charts and triple J’s Hottest 100, created gold, platinum and double platinum albums, and enjoyed sell-out shows around the country. They’ve headlined tours and played show-stopping sets at every festival from Splendour In The Grass and Big Day Out to MeredithFalls Festival and A Day On The Green.


And now they’re coming to our town!

The Carnivale crowd can look forward to Spiderbait belting out all the classics like Black Betty, Calypso, and Buy Me a Pony. Check out the Youtube video below to. see Spiderbait unleash!



Cairns-based Machine Machine will support Spiderbait at Port Douglas Carnivale. Image Credit / Machine Machine

Spiderbait will be supported by Machine Machine, a Cairns-based four-piece band who describe themselves as psychedelic motherfunkers.

You may have stomped to the good vibes of Machine Machine at Grass is Greener Festival, Yungaburra Folk Festival, Airlie Beach Festival of Music or down on the Cairns Esplanade.

Inspired by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Sticky Fingers, Parliament Funkadelic, Sublime, The Delta Riggs and Herbie Hancock, they will be the perfect crowd-warmer for the Spiderbait set.


Port Douglas Carnivale back on the Agenda!

The upcoming Port Douglas Carnivale, which was cancelled last year for the first time in its 25-year history, is back on the agenda with a full line-up of events.  Festivities will open with the Wonderland Spiegeltent on Friday 14 May, featuring seductive sword-swallowers and bubble-gum-wielding burlesque artists in its circus, cabaret and comedy show.

The following Friday, 21 May, will bring the Longest Lunch at Rex Smeal Park, with food by esteemed Ochre Restaurant and drinks by Wolf Lane Distillery, Hemingway’s Brewery and Barrier Reef Brewing Co. 

Later that day Port Douglas will transform to host the Macrossan Street Parade, with market stalls, amusement rides and a spectacular fireworks display to draw a crowd of thousands. 

Saturday 22 May will also see a Family Beach Day on Four Mile Beach, with a skydiving and kite display, a sand sculpting competition, face painting and beach hockey included in the day’s activities. 

Further information is available at www.carnivale.com.au


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[…] Locked in for May 21-23, Port Douglas will come alive with another memorable event featuring the iconic Macrossan Street Parade, Family Beach day, Longest Lunch and the Tropic Rock concert headlining Spiderbait. […]

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