It was the early seventies when Ed Kuepper from legendary Brisbane based pre-punk pioneers The Saints wrote: ‘(I’m) Stranded.’ 

Stranded in the Whitsundays
Stranded in the Whitsundays Poster

According to Ed, “The Saints left Queensland before the overbearing police state stuff started happening – I mean Bjelke-Petersen (later the Premier) was there, but he wasn’t as powerful – that happened more in the late seventies going into the early eighties.”

I'm Stranded - The Saints Iconic Poster
I’m Stranded – The Saints Iconic Poster

Fast forward to March 2020 when Covid first hit Australian shores, we all know and have lived through the difficult 20 months or so, of; lockdowns, border closures and many would say, almost police state style governing yet again.

Stranded in The Whitsundays isn’t about making any political statements or comparisons to the Bjelke-Peterson era.  We recognize that was a whole different ball game under a completely different style of conservative government to the current Annastacia Palaszczuk Labour State gov now.

Stranded in the Whitsundays pays homage to one of Australia’s all-time great songs…”(I’m) Stranded” in a tongue-in-cheek, juxtaposed kind of way, creating this celebratory week of Australian music featuring; three times, all-time, Aussie Hall of Famers.  All of which will be playing four nights in one of the most picturesque Australian settings: Daydream Island Resort, Whitsundays. 

We were also a little creatively inspired by one of our favourite TV shows in the 70’s, Gilligan’s Island, when both choosing the venue and working with our fav artist, Ben Brown, who kindly produced the event poster art for us.

With great pleasure, we are stoked to announce the heavyweight line-up featuring an absolutely legendary triple bill of Australian Hall of Fame Icons!

Sunset in the background with Daryl Braithwaite on stage with the band at Daydream Resort
Jimmy Barnes on stage at Daydream Resort

Three HALL-OF-FAMERS, Four GIGS in total

Get away and escape the early onset of winter in the tropics to enjoy exclusive, intimate, sunset shows featuring Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite and Richard Clapton, all playing your favorite songs over four evenings. Both Daryl and Richard will take to the stage solo on the first two nights (May 16th, May 17th ) and then enjoy these two iconic Aussie Hall of Famers perform back-to-back shows on the Wednesday night (May 18th). And last on stage on the Thursday night (May 19th), Jimmy Barnes wraps up a great week of Australian music with an extra special show.

Red stage back ground with drummer, with Richard Clapton at the forefront singing
Richard Clapton on Stage

Now that Australia’s vax rates are well over 80 percent nationally and the national opening plan is pretty much being adhered to, Anastacia has guaranteed QLD’s state borders are officially opening on Dec 17, and QLD’s gov has proclaimed they will be staying open! 

We would particularly like to personally thank all the existing, original Daryl Braithwaite and Richard Clapton package holders for their patience, belief and trust in Music in Paradise, understanding that we’ve had to reschedule several times now, and ensure you all, that you have priority!

At the same time, we are also very excited to announce to Jimmy Barnes fans that you will also be rewarded by this initial release of a very limited, select bunch of packages going on sale to MIP members.

So please get in touch with our MIP sales team promptly – click on the enquiry button below to secure your spot at Stranded in the Whitsundays. Get in early as you all know this will sell out fast! Enquire here before this is released to the general public later this week.

Helicopter view of Daydream Resort in the Whitsundays
Helicopter view of Daydream Resort in the Whitsundays – What a beauty!

Ben Horvath