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Huge band to headline major Mackay event

THEY are ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, they have 25 Top 40 Australian hits, they're Mental as Anything and they're coming to Mackay in July.

After captivating crowds for the past 40 years, Mental As Anything will headline the G&S Engineering Food and Wine Festival on July 20 this year.

Mayor Greg Williamson said "the Mentals” would headline the mains stage at the event.

"The Mentals are a legendary Australian pop rock band that have had more hits than you can poke a stick at,” Cr Williamson 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 number of factors as to why the Mentals had been drawing crowds in the 1000s since 1977.

He said having so many hit songs was a factor, as people knew the songs and had probably even danced to them at some point, but that it was mostly just because Mental as Anything's music made people feel good.

Cr Williamson said the legendary Aus-rockers wouldn't be the only drawcard at our region's largest outdoor food and wine event.

"Our Festivals team has gone all out this year - there will be two stages hosting 13 bands, a kid zone, more than 30 food vendors and one cracker of a long table brunch,” he 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 some seriously talented food artists and chefs.”

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

Entry to the festival is free, however tickets to the Long Table Brunch are selling fast and should be pre-purchased from

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