Concerts and Performances
Whether it’s to make your audience laugh, cry or sing along to their favourite tunes, the MECC has helped bring some incredible acts to life on stage.
Multiple space options and sizes are available, including theatre-style capacity of approximately 1,500 and open-air stadium events for up to 12,000.
Our tech capabilities are exceptional (one of the best in regional Australia), and our production and planning team are experts in their field.
Your concert, live show or performance act is in excellent hands at the MECC.
Our 1000+ seat auditorium has been expertly acoustically designed to allow for the best possible sound, while all seats are laid out to provide wide-range views for every audience member. Furthermore, this space can be curtained in half to create an intimate atmosphere for smaller scale events, such as private conferences, forums or even training sessions.
This capacity includes all pit and wheelchair seats in.
We have two plenary halls available, that offer countless arrangements and configurations to suit small to large-scale events – extending to a maximum capacity of 1500 people. These spaces incorporate a PCO office, registration desk, breakout rooms, retractable raked and flat floor seating, operable walls and a multipurpose space, which can be used for a range of audio-visual needs – such as live television broadcasts.
Please note – the halls have retractable walls and can be combined to create bigger spaces.
*layout capacities factor in a stage + projector screens. Capacities subject to use of retractable raked seating and room requirements.
The North Foyer offers a spectacular space for any performance, as well as cocktail-style events and conferences – thanks to the beautiful natural ambience of floor-to-ceiling glass walls. This space is complemented with a lengthy bar space and café area, with windows and doors opening to our iconic fig tree – which can be set with lighting options that create a striking indoor/outdoor area. Two mezzanines with outdoor terraces above the foyer are the perfect option for breakout spaces or a intimate meeting space as well.
The Lynette Denny Space (or ‘The Space’) is as an experimental or ‘black box theatre’ performance space, featuring black walls and a flat floor. The simplicity of the space allows for event organisers to create flexible stage configurations and encourages audience interaction and engagement. A part of our local identity, The Space is named after Lynette Denny - a prominent member of the Mackay arts community, co-founder of Mackay Musical Comedy Players and a teacher of classical ballet and theatrical dance since 1964.
From international outdoor rock concerts to national sporting events – the BB Print Stadium Mackay is a proven open-air events powerhouse. Did you know MECC catered for crowd of 14,000 at the Elton John concert? The stadium is home to the QCCS Mackay Cutters and consists of a western grandstand that can accommodate 2000 people including a function room, 12 corporate boxes 6 corporate suites and broadcast box.
Whole venue 12,000
- Grandstand general seating
- Grandstand open-air corporate boxes (level one)
- Whole field
- The hill (grassed area)
- West Mound Hill (grassed area – standing only)
- Field concert seating
Fresh quality produce combined with exquisite presentation and outstanding service provides a winning recipe for your event. Seasonal menus are crafted to showcase our abundant regional food culture, while personalised menus provide flavour experiences your guest will remember.
Our technical capabilities are limited only by your imagination. As one of the most technically advanced convention centres in regional Australia, our team will bring your event to life from start to finish. Lighting, audio, rigging and virtual live streaming technology are just the beginning of your dream event.
Let us help you plan your event today!
Speak to one of our friendly Business Development Officers on (07) 4961 9700