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FAST & LOUD FESTIVAL: A guide to the action on land and water

The 2023 Fast and Loud Festival is set to light up Lake Macquarie in October with an incredible lineup of action on and off the water.

Get fast with exhilarating boat races, car shows and a stack of onshore action and turn it up loud with exclusive live performances, markets, roving entertainment, and kid’s activities.

The event will be held across 3 key locations in Lake Macquarie at Warners Bay Foreshore, Rathmines Foreshore and Speers Point Park. Check out the guide to what’s on below.

Fast & Loud Festival Guide

Lake Macquarie
Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 October

Saturday 14 October

Offshore Superboat Championships

Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping spectacle as the waters of Lake Macquarie roar to life with a fleet of super boats reaching mind-blowing speeds of up to 240km per hour! The Offshore Superboat Championships, renowned as a pinnacle in marine motorsports, are set to enthral spectators as a diverse array of boats vies for the coveted championship crown across six exhilarating races. Launching from the scenic Marmong Point Marina, make sure to secure your spot along the picturesque Warners Bay Foreshore for the best front-row view of this high-octane action!

Australian PowerBoats Grand Prix 202

Prepare to have your heart race faster than a powerboat hitting 0-100km/h in under two seconds! It’s a spectacle you won’t want to miss as these compact yet incredibly powerful boats go full throttle in the Australian Powerboat Grand Prix, set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Macquarie. Get ready to witness the adrenaline-fueled showdown of these watercraft champions!

Skunkhour supported by SF Wrens

Come and enjoy a wonderful night of live music with Skunkhour supported by SF Wrens under the stars at MAP mima in Speers Point Park. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and picnic. There will be a bar on site selling a variety of locally sourced beer, wine and cider as well as soft drinks and snacks including packets of crisps and chocolate bars. A can of beer or a glass of wine is $8. Soft drink is $3 per can and snacks are $3.

Sunday 15 October

Offshore Superboat Championships

Prepare to be awestruck as a phenomenal fleet of super boats descends upon the tranquil waters of Lake Macquarie, unleashing their furious power and clocking speeds of up to a breathtaking 240km per hour. The Offshore Superboat Championships hailed as a pinnacle in the realm of marine motorsports, promise a spectacle like no other. Join us in witnessing a thrilling array of boats go head-to-head in a fierce battle for the coveted championship title, spanning six thrilling races across the picturesque expanse of Lake Macquarie. This is a maritime event that promises to be nothing short of sensational!

Australian Powerboat Grand Prix 2023

Get ready to have your pulse race faster than ever before! In a mind-blowing display of power and speed, these nimble yet immensely powerful powerboats can rocket from 0 to 100km/h in a mere two seconds. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-fueled spectacle as these compact marvels of engineering go head-to-head in the Australian Powerboat Grand Prix, right here at the scenic Lake Macquarie. It’s an event that promises to leave you breathless and exhilarated, a must-see for all thrill-seekers and water sports enthusiasts!

Feast Fest

Get ready to savour a day of delightful outdoor dining at its finest! Picture a colourful array of market stalls, each offering a tantalizing taste of culinary wonders. From food trucks dishing out a diverse range of cuisines that will make your taste buds dance with delight, to a dedicated kids’ zone ensuring family fun is at its peak, and live music serenading the scene with infectious vibes. Plus, don’t forget to explore the unique stalls brimming with local treasures waiting to be discovered. Even your furry, four-legged friends on leashes are invited to join in the festivities. Make sure not to let this waterside culinary celebration slip off your calendar!

Show and Shine

Get ready for a spectacular showcase of speed and style at the Show and Shine car display! The BMW Driver’s Club is thrilled to be part of this automotive extravaganza, open to a wide range of vehicles, from vintage classics to muscle cars, custom creations, hot rods, and even motorbikes. Entry to this thrilling event is absolutely free, but make sure to have your display vehicles enter through the main gate on Park Road, right across from the swim center. For other visitors, ample parking is available in the general parking area to the west of the swim center. And that’s not all – on the big day, expect to groove to live music, explore enticing stalls, indulge in delicious food, coffee, and refreshing beverages, all while marveling at an incredible display of speed boat racing on the lake. This promises to be a day of high-octane fun and entertainment that you won’t want to miss!