What’s New in Urban 2011

by | 20 Mar, 2011

News From Urban Country Music Festival

New venues, a rodeo and a new concert will help make Caboolture’s 2011 Urban Country Music Festival a stand out.

While festival favourites would be returning, the new additions would inject extra excitement into the April 29 to May 2 festival.

“We’ve got a brand new ticketed concert on Sunday, May 1, this year, aimed at our more “urban” audience with a top line-up featuring Evermore, Thirsty Merc, The Potbelleez, Amy Meredith and Sinead Burgess.”

“We’ve still got our big concert for country fans on Saturday, April 30, and it has charting American star Joe Nichols headlining a great line up including James Reyne, The McClymonts, Jonah’s Road and 2011 Toyota Star Maker Luke Dickens.”

Mayor Sutherland said the heart of the festival had moved to Caboolture Historical Village this year.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing how the village buildings work with all of the activities we’ve got planned,” he said.
“We’re going to be using the Village Hotel as a venue for the popular Bluegrass Brunch on Sunday morning and the Bush Balladeers on Saturday, which is now a free event. Pioneer Cottage will feature a walk-up stage for talented newcomers and St Laurence’s church will host the Urban Country art exhibition.

Mayor Sutherland said the popular Urban Blaze concert would be kicking off the festival this year from 5pm on Friday April 29 at the Showgrounds Paddock.

Last year’s Voice of Urban Country, Beenleigh country pop duo BRADE will feature along with The Bostocks, Paul Costa, Jetty Road, fireworks and the Urban Blaze bonfires.

“But if rodeo action is more your style, make sure you’re ready for the heart-stopping, adrenaline pumping action of the first ever Urban Rodeo, presented by the National Rodeo Association and the Caboolture Show Society,” he said.

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“It’s also on the Friday night and tickets, which are $20 for adults and $12 for children, can be bought at the rodeo arena gate.

“There will be team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, bareback bronc riding and more.”

On Sunday you can start your day with Sunday Gospel, held from 10am to 4pm at the Showgrounds Paddock. Also on Sunday a new Johnny Cash and Slim Dusty Tribute Show will be held in Rodeo Stadium in the Showgrounds. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Tickets to the Saturday and Sunday night concerts are $65 each for adults and $30 each for children if purchased beforehand.  For details see the festival website at www.urbancountry.com.au

The festival, presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council, is supported by major sponsors Caboolture Shire Herald and Grand Prix Mazda.

The Urban Country Music Festival is benefiting from funding under the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP) whish is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland.

A state-wide program is committed to enhancing existing events in regional Queensland, as well as assisting in the establishment of new events.

Since the EQRDP began in 2001, more than $16.4 million has been invested in 762 regional events, an indicator of the important role these events play in their communities and wider Queensland.