Enjoy a weekend of wonder in September

After organising the successful digital event Mackay Festival Sessions last month, Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre staff are looking forward to hosting their next big event.

September Weekender will feature three events over three days from September 25-27.

The event will see people back through the doors of the MECC or seated on the lawns outside the facility to watch all the entertainment on the big screen.

Mayor Greg Williamson said it had been a challenging year for the MECC, but they were adapting well in the face of adversity.

“The arts and entertainment industry has faced unprecedented challenges in the wake of COVID-19, but the MECC has an approved industry COVID Safe plan in place and is excited to welcome socially-distanced crowds back,” he said.

“Events like this are important for our community as they boost morale and provide residents with an opportunity to get outside the house and socialise with friends and family.

“COVID Safe planning will ensure this event is hosted in a safe and welcoming environment for everyone who attends.

“Whether you choose to sit indoors in the MECC auditorium and watch the entertainment live on stage or enjoy the fresh air, street food, outdoor bar and big screen on the lawns outside the MECC, you will not want to miss this event.”

Cr Williamson said September Weekender would feature three shows capturing the wonder of cabaret, burlesque, circus and live music.

“There really is something for everyone, with family-friendly shows featuring acrobatics and light-hearted comedy, to adult-only burlesque performances and live music.

“We are also committed to supporting local artists and all pre-show entertainment will be provided by local performers.”

September Weekender entertainment guide:

Chores – Supported by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
Friday, September 25
On the lawn or in the MECC auditorium
Gates and doors open at 5pm, local entertainment at 5.45pm and show at 6.30pm

The perfect event for the family, Chores is the story of two young rascal boys playing in their messy bedroom before their mother’s alarming screams send them into acrobatic action. This show is the perfect mix of comedy and chaotic acrobatics. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Tickets: $15 theatre seat, $20 for a two-person lawn circle, $40 for a four-person lawn circle

Club Briefs – 18+ event
Saturday, September 26On the lawn or in the MECC auditorium
Gates and doors open at 5pm, local entertainment at 5.45pm and show at 7.30pm

Cult cabaret hooligans Club Briefs present a wild romp of disco dancing, circus, variety show and burlesque featuring a hand-picked selection of guests from across the world of queer cabaret. Expect a pumping soundtrack and ridiculous performances from the Briefs boys.
Tickets: $25 theatre seat, $40 for a two-person lawn circle, $80 for a four-person lawn circle

Karen Jacobsen – Mackay to Manhattan – PREMIERE
Sunday, September 27
Halls 1 and 2, MECC
Doors open at 9.30am, 11am local entertainment and show at 11.35am

The MECC is delighted to present the premiere of Karen Jacobsen’s part concert, part motivational experience, Mackay to Manhattan. Following the story of a small-town girl from Mackay with big dreams of becoming a professional singer. You may recognise Karen as the original Australian voice of Siri in iPhones. A choice of 3 brunch meals and tea and coffee is also included with your ticket to this show.

Tickets: $48.50 each, including brunch, tea and coffee

Tickets to these events can be purchased at the MECC.

Street food boxes and antipasto platters can be pre-ordered with tickets. There will also be a variety of food options available to purchase at the bar or from food vendors in the lawn area.

Residents are advised that only picnic blankets are permitted for events on the lawn; no chairs, beanbags or umbrellas are allowed.