Kira Puru


4.30PM - 5.30PM

Fearless and disruptive, Kira Puru is back to remind us all why she is a pop icon for the modern age. Both on-stage and online, Puru has earned a reputation for captivating crowds as a razor-sharp performer with a personality to match.

Gathering a cult following with her hypnotic debut, Tension, Kira’s star is ever-rising. Her second hit Molotov landed at #75 on triple j’s Hottest 100, and most recent offering, Talk With Me, currently sits at #1 on triple j’s most played. Widely respected as one of Australia’s biggest voices, Kira has played at festvials and performed with artists such as Peking Duk, Thelma Plum and Yungblud.

“She’s the party queen we don’t deserve, but most certainly need” – THE MUSIC
“A unique presence in Australia’s pop landscape” – PURPLE SNEAKERS
“..stadium-ready swagger.” – MUSIC JUNKEE


Kate Miller-Heidke


7.50PM - 9.00PM

Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk, musical theatre and opera. 

She has released five top 10 studio albums including O Vertigo!, Nightflight, and Curiouser, which reached double platinum sales and featured the multi-platinum hits ‘The Last Day On Earth’ and ‘Caught In The Crowd’. In 2009 she and her collaborator Keir Nuttall became the first Australians to win the grand prize in the International Songwriting Competition for ‘Caught in the Crowd’

Her work has been nominated for ARIAs in categories as diverse as Best Pop Release, Best Adult Contemporary Album, Best Classical Album, Best Cast Recording, Best Comedy Release and Best Australian Live Act.

Trained as a classical singer at the Queensland Conservatorium, Kate has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer. She has performed several roles for the English National Opera, and in Jerry Springer The Opera at the Sydney Opera House. 

Her debut opera as a composer, The Rabbits (based on the book by Shaun Tan and John Marsden), was commissioned by Opera Australia and premiered at the Perth Festival in February 2015, followed by sold out seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It won 4 Helpmann Awards including Best Score and Best New Australian Work. 

With her collaborator Keir Nuttall, she has written the music and lyrics to Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical, which premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company and played throughout 2019 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It won five Helpmann Awards, including Best Original Score. They also composed music for Twelfth Night (2018) and As You Like It (2021), both for Melbourne Theatre Company.

After competing at Eurovision – Australia Decides on the Gold Coast in February 2019, Kate was unanimously chosen by both the jury and public votes to become Australia’s representative at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Kate’s heartfelt performance and the out-of-this world staging of her original song Zero Gravity won her first place in her semi-final, a top ten placing in the Grand Final, and the coveted Marcel Bezançon Award for Artistic Achievement. 

Kate’s latest album, Child In Reverse, was released in October 2020 to enormous critical acclaim, debuting in the top 10 of the ARIA Charts. In March 2022, Kate released her latest single ‘You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore’ featuring Jaguar Jonze, alongside a new Deluxe Edition of the album with ten bonus tracks.

The Appointments


3.00PM - 4.00PM

The Appointments’ roots/ indie rock sound distills rock, blues, reggae and a fine-ass record collection into a flavour of their own. Crafting melodies over funky-reggae-rock dancefloors, The Appointments are equal parts reflective song writers, and inhibition shattering groove machines. In constant calamity, The Appointments’ dish up a healthy dose of honesty and positivity via blues licks, ethereal live moments, and intoxicating dancefloors.

Sonically, the Newcastle/ Awabakal country-based band draws from Bob Marley, Ben Harper, My Morning Jacket, John Butler Trio, Van Morrison, The Police, Arctic Monkeys, Ocean Alley, Chronixx and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

To date, the band has shared the stage with Sydney legend, Andy Clockwise and The Rions through their tours and travels on the east coast of Australia.

Brothers Rhys (Guitar, Vocals) and Eli Love (Drums, Vocals) have been lifelong musical collaborators, joined by former housemates, Kurt Speirs (Bass) & Duncan Brown (Percussion/Keys)

Boo Seeka


6.10PM - 7.20PM

Boo Seeka is the soulful, genre-bending solo project of Australian singer-songwriter Ben “Boo” Gumbleton.

Boo has built an incredibly strong foundation in his home country; he has been nominated for Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of The Year, has three tracks ARIA certified Gold, was featured on fellow Australian artist Hayden James’ 2022 albumLIFTED as well as hit the stage as his 2022 tour support, and has performed at multiple iconic Australian festivals including Splendour In The Grass and Beyond the Valley. Now, he looks to spread his reach even further across the globe.

Boo has kicked off 2023 with unstoppable force. He’s currently on a headline regional tour across Australia, touching down in 25+ markets. With three sold out headline Australian tours under his belt, it’s no surprise ticket sales are quickly rising as this tour continues.

Boo’s talent has not gone unnoticed, as he recently inked a worldwide deal withKygo’s Palm Tree Records.

This exciting new partnership, alongside his new publishing deal with Australian powerhouse Mushroom Publishing, and signing with Untitled Artist Management as their flagship signing, 2023 issue to bring Boo Seeka’s music to even greater heights.

Food and Beverage


With thousands flocking to RH Taylor this summer for Maitland River Regatta, we always make sure that we have plenty of delicious food and drink on offer for the whole family to enjoy.

From community sausage sizzles, burgers, pizza, gozleme, mexican, loaded fries and more, there is something to cater for everyone. 

If you are a stallholder and are interested in having a site at the event in 2023, please contact us at [email protected] or give us a call on 02 4931 2801.

Get Involved


Maitland Events is seeking volunteers to assist in the delivery of Maitland River Regatta.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people, work as part of a team, give back to the community and learn new skills whilst having a lot of fun in the process.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Australia Day or any of the other flagship events, contact the Maitland Events team on [email protected] or call 02 4931 2801



Stand out from your competitors, build your brand and reach your target market with a Maitland Events sponsorship package.

Benefits of sponsorship:

  • Maitland Events can help build brand awareness via pre, during and post event promotions in a difficult to reach market
  • Help to launch your products and services into the marketplace through a targeted marketing campaign consisting of direct mail, digital marketing and social media promotions
  • Gain access to a diverse range of contacts through the Maitland Events network
  • Expose your brand to local, interstate and international audiences
  • Align with a premier event that helps you increase your credibility in the industry

As a major sponsor, businesses will benefit from direct community exposure as well the opportunity to leverage the well recognised Maitland Events brand.

For more information on our different Sponsorship packages please contact the Maitland Events Team on 02 4931 2801 or email [email protected]

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Getting Here

This Australia Day there will be a range of activities in Maitland Park.

There are plenty of way to get to and from the event. See below for more details. 


Wherever possible guests are being encouraged to use public transport to get to and from the event.

Maitland Railway Station is only a 15 minute walk from the event site.

Please visit for full timetable information.

There are a range of transport options including bustrain and taxi.

With Maitland Train Station being only a short 15 minute walk from the event site, catching a train into the event is one of the easiest ways to get here.

Visit Transport NSW for the latest timetables and to plan your trip to and from Maitland Park.

There are a range of car parks available around Central Maitland if you choose to drive to Maitland Park:

  • Riverside Car Park
  • Sempil Street Car Park
  • Elgin Street Car Park
  • Riverside Plaza Car Park
  • Pre School Lane Car Park

Each of the car parks listed has accessible parking available.

With the amount of people attending the event, parking can become an issue for some.

Taxi Services will be available throughout the event weekend.

To organise your journey to and from the event, contact Maitland Taxis on 02 4933 7333, 131 008 or

Maitland Events is committed to making our events a safe, inclusive and enjoyable event for all.

For people with a disability or those with accessibility requirements coming along to our events who would like further information on the site specifics or require alternative arrangement assistance prior to the event, please feel free to check out our accessibility page or contact the Maitland Events Team on 4931 2801 or email [email protected]

We are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have involving our event.

Make it a weekend and book a country farm stay, cosy cottage getaway, eco retreat or funky guesthouse. Find out more here.


Maitland River Regatta will be held RH Taylor Reserve, Lorn and Lorn Beach, 

The event will run from 3.00pm – 8.00pm with the Regatta running from 3.00pm – 7.00pm. 

The event is free to attend, however the Regatta is $15.00 per boat (1-2 people).

Dogs are permitted on site, however they must be on a leash and with their owner at all times.

We ask that dog owners respect the event site as well as other event attendees by picking up after your dog.

We expect crowds of around 6,000 – 8,000 people so we ask that you don’t bring any dogs with an aggressive nature to the event.

There will be a range of activities available for event attendees.

Please visit our Entertainment and Activities page for more information. 

There will be a number of food stalls at the event.

Please see our exhibitors page for further details closer to the event.

Food and Beverage


At Dive in Cinema, we always make sure that we have plenty of delicious food and drink on offer for the whole family to enjoy.

From community sausage sizzles, burgers, pizza, gozleme, mexican, loaded fries and more, there is something to cater for everyone. 

If you are a stallholder and are interested in having a site at the event in 2023, please contact us at [email protected] or give us a call on 02 4931 2801.