THE Mackay Australia Day (M.A.D.) Festival will go ahead at Mackay showgrounds - rain, hail or shine.
M.A.D. Festival organiser Lawford Edwards said there were no plans to cancel the festival if it was raining next Thursday, January 26.
"Bring your boat if you have to," Mr Edwards said.
"The stages will be undercover so unless we get a call from the Australian Concert Productions advising us to cancel, then the concert will still be on.
"No umbrellas will be allowed either - that's a part of the terms and conditions.
"But concert goers should dress to the weather conditions on the day."
Mr Edwards said it was a long process to organise the line-up.
"The Big Day Out festival is on in Sydney the same day as our festival, so there were quite a few acts I couldn't get for this year's performance," he said.
"Our biggest performers this year will be D12, 360, Dead Letter Circus and The Butterfly Effect."
Ticket sales were going well but residents needed to hurry up if they wanted to save some money, Mr Edwards said.
"We're expecting a lot of last-minute ticket sales.
"Tickets will be on sale at the gates on the day as well.
"But Mackay doesn't seem like a big pre-sell ticket town for festivals. I'm not sure why that is.
"We want to make the festival bigger and better each year."
- Pre-purchased tickets will cost $90, from The Code Bar & Nightclub, Global Product Search and Hot FM and $96.60 from www.oztix.com.au
- Tickets purchased at the gates on the day of the concert will cost $100
- The only public transport will be taxis, as no buses will be running to and from the festival
- The gates to Mackay showgrounds will open at 10am and the last performance will be at 10pm
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