Friday, 23 February 2018

The City of Mandurah is excited to announce Eskimo Joe and Samantha Jade will join the stellar festival line-up at the Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter.

These two WA headliners will add to the 20th year anniversary celebrations which will take place on Mandurah’s eastern foreshore on March 17 and 18.

Since taking out the 2012 X Factor Australia win, Australia’s sweetheart Samantha Jade went on to accumulate a collective 81 million streams, released a single with Pitbull (Shake That), starred as Kylie Minogue in the TV miniseries The INXS Story (for which she was nominated for a Logie), and released her debut album NINE. She also had a guest starring role in the iconic Australian TV series Home & Away, and launched her debut cosmetic collection with Models Prefer in Australia.

Last year, she completed a critically acclaimed debut UK and European tour. Having recently returned to Australia, Samantha Jade is finishing her new album, set for release in April. Samantha will perform at 7.45pm on Saturday at Crab Fest, hot off the stage as a headline at Sydney’s iconic Mardi Gras festival.

Eskimo Joe will rock the stage on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. The band has successfully straddled mainstream commercial success while managing to keep their alternative music roots secure.

Along with numerous tours of Australia and performances at huge events like Live Earth, Big Day Out, Splendour In The Grass, and Sundance Film Festival in Utah, their music has been released to great acclaim across the world. With festivals and sold out tours, the band has come a long way from their humble beginnings as much loved indie rock kids in Fremantle.

Crab Fest has a long history of offering a unique experience for all ages and tastes, and this year’s event will be no different. This year the free, two-day festival includes over 100 hours of free entertainment, including local and international acts across four stages, celebrities, unique food experiences, waterway activations, live music, a spectacular anniversary-edition fireworks display and Mandurah’s famous Blue Manna crabs… plus a few surprises!

Mayor Rhys Williams said Mandurah Crab Fest was a highlight in Western Australia’s event calendar and the 20th anniversary event was not to be missed.

“Crab Fest showcases what we all know, that Mandurah is such a special place with plenty on offer - from our waterways, our people and our relaxed alfresco lifestyle,” he said.

“The final touches are being put on this year’s Crab Fest and I’m really excited, it’s shaping up to be another crowd-pleaser with something for everyone.”

The award-winning Mandurah Crab Fest is Western Australia’s biggest free regional event and showcases the best food and entertainment the Peel Region offers.

This year marks the Crab Fest’s 20th year of delighting local, national and international visitors, with more than 100,000 people enjoying last year’s event.

The festival is an integral part of the state’s annual event calendar and delivers economic and social benefits to local businesses and the community.

Mandurah Crab Fest was awarded back-to-back Gold in the Major Festivals and Events category at the 2016 and 2017 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards, hosted by the Tourism Council of WA.

The City is eagerly awaiting the results of the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be announced this evening. Last year the event claimed Bronze in the Major Festivals and Events category against a field of strong contenders.

The Mandurah Crab Fest is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions. The festival is also proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the LiveLighter message.

For details on Western Australia’s largest free regional event, visit