Eskimo Joe to headline Carnivale's 25th birthday bash



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'Expect the unexpected' says Eskimo Joe lead guitarist Stu MacLeod (middle) of their May 25 Port Douglas concert. IMAGE: supplied

AUSTRALIA'S favourite indie rock band Eskimo Joe will lead the charge at party central when Port Douglas celebrates Carnivale’s 25th anniversary next May.

The multi-award winning trio was delighted to accept the birthday invite for Eskimo Joe’s exclusive Tropical North Queensland performance at the Tropic Rock concert in Rex Smeal Park on May 25, warning fans to “expect the unexpected”.

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

“We drove up to Port Douglas once when we were performing in Cairns. It’s an absolutely stunning place. Our fans can expect the unexpected.”

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said there would be lots happening for locals and visitors in the week leading up to Carnivale, with live music and foody fun in a mix of free and ticketed events.

"Our theme for the silver anniversary event is appropriately ‘Sunshine and Silver’,” Cr Leu said.

“We are thrilled to have secured Eskimo Joe for an exclusive Tropic Rock event. 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.

“What Carnivale fans can expect in 2019 is more of the fabulous comedy and razzle-dazzle 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,” she said.

“We are putting the finishing touches to an exciting program to celebrate 25 years of Carnivale in Port Douglas.

“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.”

The draft program so far:

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Festival Theme: 25 years of Carnivale – Sunshine and Silver
(all events are hosted and managed by third parties except where indicated)

Friday 17 May 2019
Spiegeltent at Dixie Park – Ticketed event
7pm till 10:30 pm

Saturday 18 May
Cabernet Cabaret – Black tie / themed – Ticketed event
7pm to 11pm

Sunday 19 May

Jazz & Shiraz Twilight Cruise – Ticketed event
Port Douglas Marina

Tuesday 21 May
ROCK The YACHTY – Balcony TV Hosted – Ticketed event


Wednesday 22 May
ROCK The YACHTY – Balcony TV Hosted – Ticketed event


Thursday 23 May
Latin Pool Party – pool side – Free event
7.00pm to 10.30pm


Friday 24 May
Longest Lunch at Rex Smeal Park – Ticketed event
11.30am to 3.30pm

Out @ Carnivale – Free event
8pm till Midnight

Macrossan Street Parade – Free event
5.30pm to 8pm
(Council run event)

VIP / Sponsor Function – Invitation only event
Post Parade
(Council run event)

Fireworks to Finish
At end of parade – approx. 8.15pm
(Council-run event)


Saturday 25 May
• Family Beach Day, Four Mile Beach – Free family event
10am to 2pm (Low tide 11.15am)
• Beach cricket – 11am – 2pm
• Beach tennis – 12noon
• Opening ceremony – 10am
• Sand Castle competition – 10am to 1pm
• Kite flying – 11.30am to 3pm
• Skydiving display, Treasure Hunt (Council run event), Saturday Surfside Sesh – 2pm to 6pm
• Free family entertainment
• Tropic Rock featuring Eskimo Joe, Rex Smeal Park – Ticketed event
7pm to 11pm

Includes: Licensed event, Food outlets, Refreshment outlets (Council run event)


Sunday 26 May
Kids’ Concert
10am to 12noon
Free family concert
Sunday Seafood Sesh, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina 11am to 5pm
Includes: Range of food outlets, live entertainment



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