Cairns Festival heats up with triple j favourite Amy Shark performing live

One of Australia's hottest young musical talents Amy Shark will light up the Cairns Esplanade main stage tonight as the headline act for the first full day of Festival 2018.

Securing Shark for a headline gig is a major coup for Cairns. Her hit tune Adore scored the number two spot on last year's Hottest 100, and the Gold Coast-raised singer-songwriter also won Aria Awards for Best Pop Release and Breakthrough artist. Her music is gaining traction in the United States, with Shark playing several massive festivals this year.

Shark will be supported by local acts Twelve Ballet and In the Element from 6pm.

With the GC2018 Commonwealth Games in full swing, punters can also catch the sporting action will be shown live on the big screens at the Lagoon and on the Eastern Events Lawn.




6.00pm Twelve Ballet (indie alternative)

7.00pm In the Element (indie roots)

8.30pm Amy Shark


1.00pm Esthers in the Lagoon (interactive comedy theatre)

8.00pm Trade Winds by Polytoxic (water-based multimedia dance performance­)


10.00am Spart Workshops (Sport meets art, interactive fun until 2pm)

11.00am Hero Street (interactive games and theatre)

2.00pm Art-tivity (interactive games and art-based play)

3.00pm Gigs for Kids (variety of children’s entertainment)

5:00pm Polytoxic message (origami workshops for Lagoon installation)

ART EXHIBITIONS (all locations, open every day)

Cairns Esplanade Big Design – Outdoor gallery of public artworks designed by local students

Tanks Arts Centre Mixed Blood – Contemporary Indigenous cultural expression

UMI Arts Centre You and Me – Members’ exhibition

Cairns Art Gallery Project Another Country: Passage – Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan

The Nightingale and the Rose – Del Kathryn Barton

Weipa Series – Fred Williams

Gather, Gathers, Gathering – Manggan