ARIA Hall of Fame inductees the Hoodoo Gurus and Australian rock legends Baby Animals have today been announced as the Friday night concert acts for the 10th anniversary of Supercars in Townsville.
Baby Animals lead singer Suze DeMarchi visited Townsville today to make the announcement while leading Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin and James Courtney were also on hand, to help kick start celebrations for the 10th anniversary.
The addition of the Hoodoo Gurus and Baby Animals follows Supercars announcement in February that fellow Aussie rock legends, John Farnham and Daryl Braithwaite will headline the Saturday night performance. Both concerts will be presented by 4T0 FM, part of the Triple M Network.
The Hoodoo Gurus were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 following 25 years of success at home and abroad. They’ve sold over 500-thousand albums since their debut in 1981.
The Baby Animals have been one of Australia’s most popular rock bands since forming in 1989. Their debut album was a multi-platinum No.1 smash, leading to three ARIA Awards and global tours with Van Halen, Bryan Adams and the Black Crowes.
Supercars Chief Executive Sean Seamer says today’s major announcements add to what is already a huge line up of entertainment on and off track at this year’s Watpac Townsville 400.
“We expect these two nights of all Aussie entertainment to pack the big top at Reid Park along with the strongest on-track line-ups in the events history including the much-loved Aussie grunt of the Touring Car Masters,” Seamer said.
“These acts among the biggest names in Australian music history. To have them on stage at across two massive nights is great news for our fans who have helped to make the Townsville event a huge success in the past decade.
“This event has delivered more than $300 million into the economy and one million room nights in the past ten years and we anticipate more visitors to the region in July to celebrate.”
Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said the Townsville 400 is one of Queensland’s must see major events.
“This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Townsville 400 and what better way to celebrate than listening to some Aussie rock legends,” Ms Jones said.
“The stellar line up of entertainment and the Supercars action draw visitors from around Australia and world to Townsville.
“Each year more than 100,000 Supercar fans visit Townsville for this event, generating millions of dollars for the Townsville and Queensland’s economy.
“Visitors to Townsville should take the opportunity to explore North Queensland where life is ‘Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next.’
Supporting the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the very first time in Townsville on track will be the popular Australian Touring Car Masters, featuring legendary cars and drivers from the history of Australian motorsport.
The grid includes racing legends Jim Richards, John Bowe and Glenn Seton who race in a who’s who of classic muscle car machinery.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill is thrilled that this year’s event will feature a huge all Aussie entertainment line-up and the Touring Car Masters on-track as part of this year’s celebrations.
“This year we are celebrating the history of Supercars in Townsville, and what better way to do that than to have some of the most historic names in Australian motorsport on track at Reid Park for the very first time,” Cr Hill said.
“To have three-days of great on track racing matched by two nights of entertainment by some of the biggest names in Australian rock will really make this year’s Supercars event in Townsville one to remember.
“I hope local fans take advantage of the local resident discount and gets along and support this year’s event, as it is one they won’t want to miss.”
Also featuring on-track for the first time in Townsville this year will be the ECB SuperUtes series, while the Dunlop Super2 Series and the popular Toyota 86 series will return in what will be a memorable weekend in North Queensland.
The 2018 Watpac Townsville 400 will run from 6-8 July. Tickets through Ticketek.