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Odyssea comes to Hedland

Published on Friday, 23 June 2023 at 11:48:48 AM


Renowned Australian artists will converge on Port Hedland as part of a new major music and arts event encompassing six days of entertainment.

The Town of Port Hedland is proud to launch Odyssea – Hedland Music and Arts Journey, bringing Australia’s most prolific artists and national treasures to the Civic Centre Gardens from Friday 18 - Sunday 27 August 2023.

Surf rock band King Stingray will headline the Odyssea event with a concert on Saturday 19 August, with support from West Coast favourites South Summit, Perth Indie-Rock band Spici Water and Broome local Adele Oliver.

Port Hedland Mayor Peter Carter said he was thrilled to announce the exciting new annual event.

“The Hedland community has missed having an annual music and arts event and I’m pleased to be able to reveal our plans for a fresh new offering spread over two weekends,” Mayor Carter said.

The double arts weekend will open with a chance for people to dust off their dancing shoes with the electronic sounds of Fremantle DJ Josh Grainger, alongside roving performances, interactive lighting installations and delicious food offerings.

Rounding out the opening weekend will be the free Kids Day Out dedicated to children and young families, with Australian music icon Peter Combe performing his greatest hits for the young and young at heart.

The second weekend will include the Big Ole Comedy Night on Friday 24 August, while on Saturday 25 August, Port Hedland will welcome the Adelaide Fringe Festival sensation 27 Club. The event finale will include a closing party on Sunday, 26 August with Afrotropik Beats, which includes Seychelles musician, Grace Barbe and support acts from Soukouss Internationale and Tina Zando Band.

“The Council thought carefully about how to design an event that appealed to a range of different groups within our community and enabled shift workers to participate,” Mayor Carter said.

“As a result, Odyssea was created – a music and arts journey across two weekends in August with a different style of entertainment on offer each day.

“There is something for everyone on offer at Odyssea – an event that pays homage to our home by the sea and all the different adventures on offer over the two weekends.

"We also thank BHP for supporting this community event as our Principal Partner."

BHP General Manager Port, Cindy Dunham, said they were pleased to support the event.

 “BHP is proud to sponsor the inaugural Odyssea Hedland Music & Arts journey, celebrating talented local artists from right here in WA.”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring the Pilbara community together through music and entertainment.”

Details of the full event will be released over the coming week, with tickets on sale on Friday, 23 June. For more info, visit: 


Odyssea – Hedland Music & Arts Journey will launch on Friday 18 August, closing on Sunday 27 August and encompass the below events:

  •         Friday, 18 August – Opening Night Dance Party
  •          Saturday, 19 August – Headline concert with King Stingray
  •          Sunday, 20 August - Kids Day Out with Peter Combe
  •          Friday, 24 August – Big Ole Comedy Night
  •          Saturday, 25 August – 27 Club
  •          Sunday, 26 August – Afrotropik Beats

Local and touring food trucks will be onsite offering a delicious array of food for purchase as you enjoy the main stage entertainment across each weekend.

About King Stingray

Propelled by the instant success of their debut track “Hey Wanhaka” in October 2020, accidental lockdown anthem “Get Me Out”, and current groove-laden dance jam “Milkumana”, King Stingray have soared to unexpected heights. They recently won both first and third prize in The Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition, Australia’s most prestigious and lucrative songwriting competition.  

Big Ole Comedy Night

Hear from Western Australia’s most outstanding stand up comedians Chris Shin, Jon Pinder, Brodi Snook and Janelle Koenig. The night will also feature three-time nominee for Most Outstanding Show of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Damien Power, who is widely regarded as the most exhilarating voice on the Australian comedy circuit.

About 27 Club

This must-see show will get you praying to the rock gods for more. This live rockumentary features music and stories from the likes of Joplin, Winehouse, Cobain, Morrison, and Hendrix, each the voice of their generation. Saluting the fated members of the 27 Club will be Australian rock icon Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah, Bob Evans) with Zkye Compson Harris, Carla Lippis (Mondo Psycho), Dusty Lee Stephensen and Wanderers. Come as you are to this mind-blowing celebration of the legends who will forever be 27 and the legacy they left behind.

Afrotropik Beats

Join Tina Zando, Soukouss International and Grace Barbe for an afternoon of nourishing rhythmic music.

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