Cairns Summer Sounds

Cairns Summer Sounds

Cairns Performing Arts Centre & Munro Martin Parklands
February – May 2021

Stay & Play

Live music is back in 2021 and Cairns is hosting some of the big names in Aussie music at the Cairns Summer Sounds. With a stellar line up of acts across February, including Tones And I, Bernard Fanning, John Butler and Amy Shark, it’s the perfect time to visit. Catch a show or two (or more!) and enjoy all that the Tropical North has to offer.

Find out more about each act below, or scroll down to start planning your trip to Cairns.

Exclusive deals for ticket holders

Cairns Summer Sounds ticket holders are able to access exclusive deals at the below accommodation partners:

15% off at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Book online here.

20% off  Riley, Flynn and Bailey Residences^ by Crystalbrook Collection
Book online here and use the promo code SUMMERSOUNDS

Must show proof of ticket purchase. ^Bailey Residences 1-3 bedroom residence apartments only. Studio rooms are not available with this promo.

Summer Sounds Tones And I

Tones And I

Saturday 8 May 2021

Riding a wave of success, Tones And I, and her outstanding pipes, have reached all corners of the globe making her one of the biggest names in pop music. Experience her palpable energy and staggering voice firsthand in Cairns.

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Summer Sounds John Butler

John Butler

Saturday 22 May 2021

Philanthropist, environmental activist, master guitarist and so much more. This man is the goods and his live performances are something else; soulful, meaningful and powerful.

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Summer Sounds Bernard Fanning

Bernard Fanning

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 February

Bernard Fanning has accumulated one of the most celebrated and distinct songbooks on the Australian rock spectrum. As the well – known frontman for one of Australia’s most loved Rock Bands Powderfinger, his iconic voice has sound-tracked a nation.

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Summer Sounds Amy Shark

Amy Shark

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 February 2021

Ahead of her massive national tour, Queensland born eight-time ARIA award-winning, singer-songwriter Amy Shark is preparing to knock our collective socks off with two huge shows at CPAC.

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While you’re here…

Discover what to do, where to eat and places to see around Cairns.

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  • February is a great time to explore the region’s waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes with the revitalising rains filling up the waterways.

  • Heading to Cairns with your family? Discover family-friendly activities during your stay.

  • Rusty’s Markets are open Friday to Sunday and is full of wonderful tropical delights. Stock up on fresh fruit and veges or head down for breakfast, lunch or a coffee.

  • Always take care at swimming holes and waterfalls and heed the advice from National Parks. Only swim where it is safe to do so and never venture into flooded waters. Sometimes it’s safer to admire from afar.

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