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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Morayfield Goes Country

This year’s Urban Country Music Festival is set to sizzle, and Morayfield Shopping Centre will be offering sneak previews as the excitement builds.

Line dancers, Dayboro country star Rob Black, and Redcliffe balladeer Rod Brandt will take the shopping centre by storm during a week of entertainment ahead of the Labour Day long weekend festival.

From Monday April 18 to Thursday April 21 and on Easter Saturday April 23, the Urban Country Music Festival Road Show will showcase country music, line dancing and heaps more.

Highlights include Rob Black performing at midday on Monday, April 18 followed by Stanthorpe’s Amanda Halloran at 1pm.  Bush balladeer Rod Brandt takes to the stage on Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm and Saturday at 11am while line dancing groups will strut their stuff at 11am on Wednesday and 11am and 6.30pm on Thursday.

Whether you love country music or just fancy the idea of doing something different with the family, then check out the road show at the shopping centre to start planning your visit to this year’s festival.

From Friday April 29 to Monday May 2, the Urban Country Music Festival’s four days of mostly free events will be based at the Caboolture Historical Village which will provide the perfect nostalgic backdrop for buskers, bush balladeers, activities for the kids and country markets.

There are two very special concerts offered this year. American sensation Joe Nichols will headline some of the best in the business at April 30’s More Country than Urban concert which also features James Reyne, The McClymonts, Jonah’s Road and 2011 Toyota Star Maker winner Luke Dickens.

On May 1, Evermore will take to the More Urban than Country stage, in a line up that also includes Thirsty Merc, The Potbelleez, Amy Meredith and Sinead Burgess.

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

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

The Urban Country Music Festival is benefiting from funding under the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP)

The EQRDP is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland.

A state-wide initiative, the 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.


What: The 2011 Urban Country Music Festival.
Where and when: Friday, April 29 to Monday, May 2
Caboolture – between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in South-East Queensland.
Featured artists: Joe Nichols, Evermore, James Reyne, Thirsty Merc, The McClymonts, The Potbelleez, Jonah’s Road, Amy Meredith and more.
Where do I get more information? Check out the festival website at  or ring the hotline on 1800 810 400.