Your must-have guide to Elton John concert

Council helped secure the event — one of only four venues Sir Elton John is playing on this Australian tour — with support from its Invest Mackay Events Attraction Program.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the national and international exposure this worldwide superstar’s visit was generating, as well as the direct economic benefits, made this signature event an extremely worthwhile investment.

He said of 15,000 concert-goers set to pack BB Print Stadium Mackay for the concert, about 5000 were visitors from outside the region.

“That amounts to an estimated visitor expenditure of more than $3 million.

“The REMPLAN economic modelling is based on 5000 domestic visitors staying two-and-a-half nights.

Cr Williamson said there were other economic benefits.

“For example, 8000 meals are being prepared locally for sale at the venue on Friday nightt,’’ he said.

“There will also be an economic boost from locals spending at eateries and bars on the night of the concert and the day after.

“We also have our Elton John Still Standing Street Party in the City Centre on Saturday, which is sure to attract a crowd wanting to soak up the Elton John-inspired atmosphere,’’ he said.

“That will be a good boost for businesses, restaurants and cafes in the City Centre.”

Interestingly, about 200 concert-goers are from overseas, including New Zealand, Spain, United States, Denmark, Israel, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

>> Proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar in partnership with council

All you need to know:

> Elton John Factsheet about the concert and venue

Elton John free park and ride shuttle bus service

Park your car and hitch a free bus ride to and from the Elton John Once In A Lifetime concert at BB Print Stadium. Free shuttle buses will run at regular intervals from 4pm until 7.30pm from the following six locations:

BUS 1Caneland Central Shopping Centre, Matsuura Drive Bus Stop
BUS 2MECC, Alfred Street Bus Stop and; –  Nebo Road, Coral Cay Resort Bus Stop
BUS 3Mackay Turf Club
BUS 4Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre, Malcomson Street Bus Stop
BUS 5Northern Beaches Central, Northern Beaches Bus Stop, Mackay-Bucasia Road (near Bowls Club)

At the conclusion of the concert the shuttle buses will commence return services to the six drop-off points..

Plan your night and allow for the crowd

Elton John is the biggest event in history to be held at Mackay’s BB Print Stadium.

The advice for concert-goers is to understand services will be at capacity and to plan for early travel in advance. Consider changed traffic conditions and road closures (plus no unauthorised vehicle access to the immediate-surrounding concert precinct), and allow enough time for queues, security checks, and cloaking upon entry to the stadium. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, increased security and surveillance measures, including bag-size restrictions, will be in place.

Road closures

Changed traffic conditions will be implemented from noon Friday, September 22, affecting Casey Avenue, Juliet Street, Bridge Road and Leisure Court to ensure the safety of all patrons at the event.  

> Casey Avenue will be closed from noon Friday, September 22.
> Bridge Road between Milton and Lamb streets will be closed by 4pm Friday, September 22.
> Traffic restrictions will be in place along Juliet Street between Black Street and Casey Avenue by 4pm Friday, September 22. Vehicles wishing to utilise the Vigoro Club’s off-street car park will be granted access until it is full.

Taxis

A designated taxi rank has been set up at the corner of Lamb Street and Bridge Road (behind Mackay Table Tennis) for the concert.

Parking

There is NO parking permitted immediately surrounding the concert precinct and all patrons are encouraged to make use of the FREE Park-&-Ride shuttle service.

Limited PAID parking, payable on the night, from 5pm until full, at:

> Mackay Vigoro Grounds onfield parking only – Parking is available via the Juliet Street entrance only.
> Harrup Park Country Club onfield Parking only – Parking is available via the Lamb Street entrance only.

As there is limited parking the best method of transport is the free shuttle bus service.

Drop-off and pick-up

For people wishing to drop passengers off and pick them up in a central spot, the only designated drop-off and pick-up point is located on Lamb Street.  

Please note - there will be no access to the immediate concert-site precinct, except for mobility impaired patrons who will require a valid Disability Parking Permit and corresponding authorised concert ticket.

Mobility impaired parking and access route

For those patrons displaying a valid Disability Parking Permit and holding a corresponding authorised concert ticket, drive along the Milton Street end of Bridge Road, turn into Leisure Court and drive straight into Casey Avenue. You will be granted access to park in the stadium car park.

Fans Still Standing Invited to after-party

Elton-Mania is gripping the Mackay region.

And to ensure the vibe from Friday night’s concert keeps rocking, a street party will be held in the City Centre the following day (Saturday, September 23).

Economic Development and Planning Committee chair Cr Amanda Camm said the family-friendly street party would be held from 10am to 2pm in Wood Street between Victoria and Gordon streets.

“With plenty of visitors in Mackay for this concert, we wanted to ensure there were activities the following day to entice them to extend their stay,’’ Cr Camm said.

“We’re inviting people to visit the City Centre for brunch the day after the Elton John concert,” she said.

Festivities at the street party will include a “Countdown-inspired” live broadcast from Triple M Mackay and the Whitsundays’ Jay and Dave.

“There will also be a best-dressed competition, performers, kids craft, free face-painting, quirky photoboards and a photobooth,’’ Cr Camm said.

“Elton John in concert will also be playing on a large 3m by 4m LCD screen,’’ she said.

“That will ensure the vibe from the Elton John concert will continue long after it winds up Friday night. “Come along, bring the family and enjoy a day out in the City Centre.”

>> More details on the Still Standing Street Party at mackaycitycentre.com.au

Check out region’s Top 10 Greatest Hits

To help locals and visitors celebrate Sir Elton John’s visit to Mackay, council has created a collection of the Greatest Hits of the Region.

A total of 10 memorable experiences have been included, such as doing the “wallaby rock” at Cape Hillsborough and flying like the Rocket Man through the rainforest at Finch Hatton.

Rocket Man fans who grab their jet packs and explore the region could win a $1000 prize package, including a weekend away at a local beach house, half-day fishing trip for two people and two scenic island flights.
To enter, Tiny Dancers need to dance their way around the Hits of the Region and upload a photo to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #feelthelovemackay.

The last chance to enter the Greatest Hits of the Region competition and Feel the Love is Sunday, September 24.

>> More details online at mackay.qld.gov.au/feelthelove

City businesses #feelthelove

Mackay Regional Council’s #feelthelovemackay business challenge has been accepted by businesses and Rocket Man festivities have been out of this world.

Local businesses were challenged to create an Elton-inspired meal or drink, dress up their staff or business, or hold an Elton-themed event to celebrate Sir Elton John coming to Mackay.

Council has received a wide variety of photo entries ranging from Elton-themed karaoke nights to Elton-inspired days at local coffee shops.

Local business 9th Lane Grind held an Elton-themed day and showed it’s No Sacrifice to get involved.

Staff dusted off their feather boas while offering a range of Elton-themed sweets, donuts, tarts, drinks and savoury options for the day.

Economic Development and Planning Committee chair Cr Amanda Camm said the business challenge would be open until noon Thursday (September 21), with the winning entry announced that afternoon.

“Triple M Mackay is one of the major sponsors for the campaign and have offered a $2500 advertising package for the winning entry,’’ Cr Camm said.

A panel of three judges will decide the winner, including Mayor Greg Williamson, Community Engagement Chair Cr Fran Mann and Economic Development and Tourism Manager Teona Cousin.

>> To enter, go to www.mackay.qld.gov.au/eltonjohn