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North West Festival announces more acts 

Having recently announced the first annual North West Festival, set to take over the heart of the Pilbara Region, Port Hedland, Sunset Events are thrilled to be adding two amazing bands to the bill. Joining the Hilltop Hoods at the Port Hedland Turf Club on Saturday 18th August are The Living End and The Cat Empire.

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The Living End are quite simply one of Australia's greatest living rock bands. The infamous trio of Chris Cheney, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan (who replaced Travis Dempsey in 2002) have released six classic albums, two of which have gone to number 1 on the ARIA charts. They have won countless awards including ARIA’s, APRA’s and Jack’s and hold the record for the most consecutive entries in triple j’s Hottest 100, making the cut every year from 1997 – 2006.

After emerging out of Melbourne's rockabilly scene in 1994, The Living End were an instant sensation. Their first major single, the double A-Side of “Prisoner of Society” and “Second Solution” became the biggest selling Australian single of the 1990's. It spent an amazing 69 weeks in the charts and both songs are now considered Australian classics up there with tracks AC/DC's “Long Way To The Top” and Cold Chisel's “Flame Trees”.

The trio then went on to release album after album of solid rockabilly based punk rock, spawning hits like “Roll On”, “Who's Gonna Save Us”, “What's On Your Radio”, “White Noise” and their latest anthemic track “The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating”. They are festival veterans and The Living End now take their place at the top of the pile - as one of the most dynamic and hardworking bands in Australian live music history.

In an industry where few bands survive beyond the first album, The Cat Empire have consolidated themselves as a world class touring band over the past decade.

This is a rare success story, which shows that a combination of hard work, great songs, a good vibe, a genuine vision, and a little bit of luck go a long way.

While it looked as though The Cat Empire had come out of nowhere, it was very much the determination and design of front man Felix Riebl which made this band a solid reality on the Australian Music scene with the release of their debut album back in 2003.  Felix met a few of the early recruits (Ollie, Will and Ryan) in a youth jazz project and then set about recruiting front man/trumpeter Harry Angus, followed by DJ Jamshid Khadiwala. The result was a truly unique sound of ska, jazz, funk and rock fused together with some sultry Latin undertones.

Teeing off with their breakout hit, the highly infectious “Hello”, the band has now sold over three quarters of a million albums and dvds in all corners of the world.  They have headlined global festivals, won ARIAs, played on Letterman and Leno, toured many times over to ever increasing international audiences, and will without doubt, bring plenty of party vibes to Port Hedland.


Festival Info

The one day event is proudly offering camping facilities, included in the ticket price, for those heading to Port Hedland from around the region. Please find more information on this below.

To stay in the loop on all things North West Festival, register your details here and get all the dirt first! Here’s some additional information on the area and the festival itself.


Port Hedland is one of the key towns in the Pilbara region of WA and boasts the largest tonnage export port in the world. Considered the centre of the Pilbara, Port Hedland is pivotal to delivering benefits to the economic position of our fair state and country. The awareness and growth of the town is growing exponentially due to the sheer quantity of resources exported from the Port.


The region features stunning natural landscapes with a primary colour palette of red, blue and gold. This truly unique town is synonymous with its red dirt, a border of ocean and stunning native flora.


The town boasts a long history with the original inhabitants, the Karriyarra people naming the area Marapikurrinya, for the hand shaped formation of creeks off the natural harbour.  Indigenous rock art can be explored, and the town offers a wide range of leisure activities including fishing, whale watching and observation of the annual protected flatback turtle nesting.


One of WA’s most stunning national parks, Karijini is very close by, as is Millstream National Park. Tourism destinations such as Broome are a mere half-day drive away. Port Hedland features an international airport and is a short flight from Perth and South East Asia.



We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering camping facilities to those keen to head to the event from towns outside Port Hedland. We encourage you to bring a swag or tent, pull up a patch and take advantage of the toilet and shower facilities on offer.


We’re also very happy to advise that camping is included in the ticket price. More information on what is on offer and the conditions associated with camping at the festival are available on our website.


Please note that those who do camp will not be able to move their vehicles from the camp grounds until 6AM the following morning. More details will be available online and upon ticket purchase.



For those out of towners, we strongly advise you to take advantage of the free camping facilities on offer as accommodation in Port Hedland, as you may be aware, is extremely tight. However, if you do wish to investigate this option, we suggest heading here (.)



Tickets will go on sale at 9AM on Friday 25th May from, moshtix outlets, and selected North West outlets or by phoning 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

General Admission tickets will be available for the excellent value for money price of $129 +BF.


If you fancy experiencing the North West Festival in style, the VIP ticket option could be the one for you. VIP tickets are $295 +BF and include;

  • Exclusive access to a VIP Area which includes a shaded bar area and excellent stage views
  • Delicious hot dinner served in the VIP area
  • VIP bar access with four complimentary alcoholic drinks and four complimentary soft drinks
  • Festival stubbie holder
  • Separate VIP toilets


There will be two types of VIP and GA tickets available – one, a standard festival entry ticket and the other, festival entry with Camping. Please note, if you wish to camp, you MUST purchase the ticket option with Camping. You will not be able to change your ticket on the event day to a Camping ticket.

We are pleased to offer tickets to Under 18s for $65 + BF through our Family Registration program. Minors will be able to attend the event if accompanied by their parent at ALL times. More information can be found on our website.

Stay tuned for more general festival information coming your way soon.


The First Annual North West Festival

2pm, Saturday 18th August, 2012

Port Hedland Turf Club, Port Hedland


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