Festival goes mental

Published: 19 Jun 2019

They're ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and have 25 Top 40 Australian hits.

They're Mental as Anything and they're coming to Mackay in July.

Mayor Greg Williamson said "The Mentals" would headline the main stage at the G&S Engineering Food and Wine Day on July 20.

"The Mentals are a legendary Australian pop rock band that have had more hits than you can poke a stick at," he said.

"Ask any long-serving Aussie publican what their most prominent jukebox plays have been over the last 40 years and songs like 'The Nips are Getting Bigger', 'If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too', 'Too Many Times' and 'Live It Up' will undoubtedly be on their lists," he said.

Mental as Anything's Greedy Smith said there were a variety of reasons why The Mentals had been drawing crowds in the thousands since 1977.

He said a catalogue of hit songs was a factor, as people knew the songs, but it was mostly just because Mental as Anything's music made people feel good.

The legendary Aus-rockers won't be the only drawcard at our region's biggest outdoor food and wine event.

"Our Festivals team has gone all out this year - there will be two stages hosting 13 bands, a kidzone, more than 30 food vendors and one cracker of a long table brunch," Cr Williamson said.

"The Local Long Table Farmer's Brunch is something council is putting on in partnership with the Greater Whitsunday Food Network.

"All the food and beverages come from local farms and producers and the menu is curated by talented food artists and chefs."

The G&S Engineering Wine and Food Day will be held at Queens Park from 10.30am to 5.30pm.