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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Get Yourself To The Urban Country!

It’s the Labour long weekend and there’s nothing to do. Any form of entertainment decides to holiday when you’re on holiday. But no fear! This Labour long weekend, like many passed, is the Urban Country Music Festival. And the style has changed.

Usually hosted around the Moreton Bay Regional Council - Caboolture office block, the Urban Country Music Festival has moved to the nearby showgrounds.

Friday starts off with a big bang… or orange, flickery fire. Once the sun goes down we ignite our own fire ball, starting the Urban Country Music Festival with the infamous Urban Blaze. The crowd sit on blankets and rugs, their own grog at hand, watching the wonderful line-up of entertainment alongside a bonfire. People watch others take part of the Tuff as Nails Competition followed by the musicians: The Bostocks, Paul Costa and Jetty Road. Closing this pyromaniacs dream are the fire twirlers. So head on over to the Caboolture showgrounds!

Friday isn’t just for the urban country fans. Other activities include the Ladies Barrel Race, Team Roping, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Bareback Bronc, Rope and Tie, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling and my personal favourite, Bull Riding.

If you do love country, be a part of the crowd Saturday night as the main country concert begins. Set your eyes on the feast of country stars such as the 2011 Toyota Star Maker Luke Dickens as well as The McClymonts and James Reyne. The 2011 Urban Country Music Festival Ambassadors, Jonah’s Road will be there as well! And for the first time, an American act takes part of the country stage: Joe Nichols! All of this will be held at the Alex Bar Oval.

Once again, Saturday offers you non-music options. Think you've got a beautiful ute? Head on over to the Beaut Ute Competition at the showgrounds. If that’s not your thing, there’s a lot of stuff happening at the Historical Village. They’ve got a Bust Poets Breakfast, a Village Stage, the Next Gen Station, a Village Hotel and a Songwriters Café, as well as the wonderful Historical Village itself.

Sunday must be the biggest day of them all, with the urban concert hosting some big names. On stage from 5pm at the Alex Bar Oval will be Sinead Burgess, Amy Meredith, Thirsty Merc, Evermore and the Potbelleez. However, if they’re not your thing and you really want a country music dose, head on over at the showgrounds for the Tribute Show. There you will hear a tribute to Slim Dusty and Johnny Cash with Dave Reynolds. Just like Saturday, the same activities are being held at the Historical Museum.

Another interesting aspect being held on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm at the Historical Village is the Walk Up Stage. Think you have a talent? Can you sing? Play guitar? Do 10 back flips in the air before landing? Then walk up on stage and show it off!

And on Monday, the day most shops are closed, the day when you have absolutely nothing to do because of Labour Day, the Urban Country Farewell Concert is being held. Over at the Historical Village you will see the Busking Championship Winner, the Voice of Urban Country Winners, Sista Burley, Champion of Champions Showcase, Don Costa, Uncle Bob’s Jug Band and The Vibe end off everything.

What does 101.5FM have to do with everything? We’ll be there live at the Blaze as well as hanging out at the media hub. But something that you might personally enjoy are the FREE Double Passes we’re giving away! There’s one for Saturday and one for Sunday. All you have to do is simply let us know what concert you’d like to be in the draw for. Call us on 07 5499 1423 or email us on Winners will be drawn on the Drive show, Friday 29.

Want to know more about the Urban County Music Festival? Go to and click on the 'Urban' button.