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31 December, 2021

Cairns Summer Sounds to return in 2022 with an exciting lineup

Cairns Summer Sounds is returning in 2022 with some of the biggest names of the Australian music scene set to perform at Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) in February, including the latest announced artist, Vera Blue.

By Isabella Guzman Gonzalez

Vera Blue will be appearing at Cairns Summer Sounds 2022 - Image Supplied

One of Australia’s most exciting touring acts, alternative rock band Ocean Alley, will open Cairns Summer Sounds on February 4 and 5, kicking off a string of shows presented by Council and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) at CPAC.

Vera Blue is coming back to Cairns with an exciting show on February 11; Julia Zemiro, Brian Nankervis and the legendary RocKwiz Orkestra will bring RocKwiz Live! to the stage February 26, along with some surprise special guests. 

Additional artists performing at Cairns Summer Sounds will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Singer-songwriter Vera Blue said it was thrilling for her and her band to return to Far North Queensland with Cairns Summer Sounds. 

“I am so excited, but I’m also quite nervous about returning to the stage, but I love to be able to sing my songs with the audience again,” she said. 

“Me and the band, we haven’t been to Cairns in so long; we’re very excited to return, we love the energy of our Cairns fans, and this time we’re hoping to stick around longer and get to explore.” 

Ms Blue said that she was most excited about reconnecting with her audience face to face. 

“The audience in Queensland is quite different, there’s a lot of excitement, but they’re very chill at the same time,” she said.

“There’s just something exceptional about playing somewhere hot; I like being on stage sweating, feeling the energy, giving my all to the audience. 

“It’s just an amazing chance to reconnect with everyone. But safety is first, so we have to go with the flow and follow the protocols, and I ask the audience to be safe as well.” 

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the calibre of the artists and the respective shows would boost the city’s economy. 

“This year’s series resulted in more than 6000 ticket sales, with over a quarter of those attending coming from outside the Cairns region,” Cr Manning said. 

“This newly announced series of shows will entice visitors to our region, providing our local hotels and traders with a boost during our traditionally slow season. 

“We all know that the arts and entertainment community was one of the hardest hit by the COVID pandemic, so it is fantastic to see the industry getting back on its feet, and we are delighted to see these artists coming to Tropical North Queensland.”

The Cairns Summer Sounds stage will also allow artists like Vera Blue to rekindle with fans after COVID-19. 

“This will be a show with lots of colours. My fans can expect the old songs they love, some new ones, and we will also play my latest single. So there will be lots of energy and moods,” Ms Blue said. 

“I want to say to my Cairns fans, stay safe, and I cannot wait to see you again.” 

For Cairns Summer Sounds tickets, visit  or call 1300 855 835.

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