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Thirsty work for Thirsty Merc at i98FM Convoy

The i98FM Illawarra Convoy organisers have announced a big line-up of music artists, including Thirsty Merc and Ricki-Lee, for the Free Family Fun Day on November 19


Returning for its 19th year in 2023, the i98FM Illawarra Convoy has locked in its main stage musical acts for the accompanying free Family Fun Day to be held on November 19 at Shellharbour Airport Albion Park Rail.

Multi-platinum selling ARIA nominated singer-songwriter, Ricki-Lee will take the stage with back-up dancers, for her first ever performance at the Convoy free Family Fun Day.

Since she was discovered on Australian Idol in 2004, Ricki-Lee has become a household name and is one of Australia’s most loved popstars! With a string of hits to her name, the powerhouse vocalist from the Gold Coast has sold over a million records globally and has had almost 100 million streams of her music with four number ones on the ARIA Dance Chart and UK Club Chart, 15 ARIA Top 20 singles, three ARIA Top 10 Albums, and a Top 10 single on Japan’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart – earning herself six gold, five platinum and four double platinum certifications as well as a nomination for the prestigious ARIA Award for Song Of The Year.

Ricki-Lee, who recently released her new single ‘Point Of No Return’, will also be joined by ARIA nominated Aussie rockers Thirsty Merc to provide the main stage sounds for the big day.

Having released four critically acclaimed albums, over 250,000 album sales under their belt, a finalist in the APRA Song of the Year for ‘20 Good Reasons’ and receiving five ARIA Award nominations, Thirsty Merc have found their way into the fabric of Australia’s musical landscape.

Thirsty Merc formed in Sydney in 2002 releasing their debut EP, First Work, in September 2003, before being signed to Warner Music. The band’s big break came in 2004 with the release of their debut, self-titled, album which included the hits ‘Someday Someday’ and ‘In The Summertime’ (the theme for Bondi Rescue since 2006). Thirsty Merc are currently in the midst of their national “20 Good Years” tour.

Ricki-Lee will entertain the convoy crowd on November 19

Supporting the two major artists are The Goat featuring Tim Stevens, local cover band Altered States, 2022’s Convoy Band Competition winners The Vandastruts, plus Kate Young, Angie Childs and friends, and Polly Hazelton.

All artists are provided to the free community event thanks to a generous $50,000 Entertainment Sponsorship provided by Bluescope, a sponsorship proved to Convoy since 2017.

The free Family Fun Day will also include over 65 food, market and trade stalls, Kye’s FMX Jam motocross demonstrations, Eljay’s Freestyle Junkyard Show, Cars for Convoy, Touchdown Helicopters joy flights, Kids rides, Little Big Rigs, and static displays from Transport NSW, Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank, State Emergency Service, and St George Illawarra Dragons and of course the arrival of the truck and motorbike Convoy.

“We are looking forward to another huge family fun day this year to celebrate the amazing efforts people have gone to throughout the year fundraising for Convoy and families in the area doing it tough due to life threatening and life limiting conditions” said Convoy manager Mark Rigby.

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Truck and motorbike registrations, raffle sales and merchandise will be on sale very soon, both online and from a brand-new purpose-built Convoy shop which will be unveiled in the coming weeks at Croome Lane in Albion Park Rail.

“The support of Convoy continues to amaze me every year,” says Convoy founder Marty Haynes.

“There are so many groups these days fundraising throughout the year and the free family fun day is our way of saying thanks to these groups, and celebrating their successes, while also showing families in the area that Convoy supports, that we’ve got your back. Lock in into your diaries, because on Sunday 19th of November, we’ve got ourselves a Convoy!”

The i98FM Illawarra Convoy will depart under police escort from the South 32 Illawarra Coal’s West Cliff Colliery on Appin Rd at 8am on Sunday, November 19 and follow a route that will take them down Mt Ousley through Warrawong and past Stockland Shellharbour, through Albion Park Rail, then into the Shellharbour Airport for the Free Family Fun Day.

For further info see the i98FM Convoy website at

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