Easter Saturday Rock N Country festival draws crowd to Beaudesert
DESPITE the threat of rain over the Easter long weekend, hundreds turned up to Jubilee Park on Saturday to enjoy a day of music and family fun.
The show featured local musicians including Keith Dunn as well as performers from further afield including Ipswich singer songwriter Kim Wright whose last two singles made top ten on the iTunes charts, duo Chasing Velvet from the Gold Coast and music veteran Bagman.
Food vans, face painting and dancing in the park were all part of the day, with visitors happy to make a gold coin donation to the farmers' drought relief fund.
Event organiser Khan Sheenan said he had been worried about the turn out, given that weather forecasters had earlier predicted a 90 per cent chance of storms on the day.
"But we have had more than 500 people turn up, they are loving it and we will definitely be doing it again," he said.
by Larraine Sathicq
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Beaudesert Rock n Country Festival to feature country singer Kim Wright
SONGWRITER and country singer Kim Wright is coming to Beaudesert this weekend to take his place on the main stage for the Rock N Country Festival at Jubilee Park.
Mr Wright, who had a hit run on iTunes with his debut single Man of the House last year, said he was looking forward to the event.
"I love Beauy, and the festival is going to be a full day of family fun," he said.
"There will be non-stop entertainment by performers including myself, Keith Dunn and Bagman.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing him."
Mr Wright said his first single was written in Tamworth last year and made it into the iTunes top 10.
"I wrote the song with the legendary Allan Caswell and it was released in June last year," he said.
"That three weeks in Tamworth was the first big stint I had away from my kids, who are aged 8 and 10, and it was a bit painful.
"Before I left, I pulled my boy aside and told him he was the man of the house and I wanted him to look after the girls, so that's where Man of the House came from."
The Ipswich-based singer had another hit in March when he released his single This Old Bar, which also made the top 10.
"It's a bit of a comical story about calling in sick to work, lying to your wife and going to the pub," he said.
"I wrote it with a mate of mine (Liam Kennedy-Clark) and performed it at the Gympie Muster.
"That was the first time my wife had heard the song so it was a bit of a surprise to her but it got a very good response with airplay."
Mr Wright said he would be releasing an EP this year but his songs were available on all digital platforms and he was looking forward to performing them live for the Beaudesert audience.
"I will be on stage for the Rock N Country Festival about 10.30am on Saturday," he said.
"So if you're going to be throwing anything at me, throw either bottles or cans because they are worth 10c each and that's how I can make some money."
by Larraine Sathicq
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Beaudesert Rock 'N' Country Festival seeks sponsors
A brand new music festival to be held at Jubilee Park on April 20 will raise money for drought relief.
A joint initiative of not for profit youth, family and multicultural employment service, Into People Inc and the Australian Government’s JobActive program, the Beaudesert Rock ‘N’ Country Festival aims to raise $20,000 for farmers battling through another long, hot summer.
Into People’s Khan Sheenan said organisers simply wanted to offer the people of the Scenic Rim a fun and entertaining day out while also helping those affected by the dry conditions.
“There are some farmers who are really struggling out there,” he said.
“They aren’t making as much money.
“With the drought impacting in such a way, it can be quite problematic for them to push on and keep their farms.”
Mr Sheenan said the family event would be for the entire community, with entry via a gold coin donation and he encouraged everyone to attend.
“Beaudesert has been screaming out for entertainment,” he said.
“The music will be predominantly country, with a little rock splashed in there later in the evening.
“There will be a wide variety of food available, including vegan and vegetarian options.
“We will also be giving preference to local performers, businesses and market vendors.”
Mr Sheenan said it was estimated Jubilee Park could fit about 1500 people and it was expected that up to 4000 would attend at different times across the day, so a market featuring 100 stalls would be set up nearby to help cater to overflow.
He said almost 3000 people had already indicated interest on Facebook prior to the commencement of the marketing campaign, and organisers were blown away by the amount of support and seeking sponsorship in order to attract some big name performers.
At this stage, they have country superstars James Blundell and Troy Cassar-Daley in their sights.
But to secure the duo’s talents and additional entertainment like rides for the kids, they need the community to get behind the fundraising effort.
“We have enough for the basics at the moment,” Mr Sheenan said.
“We are chasing sponsors and the more funding we can get, the more entertainment we can put on.”
Sponsorship packages, which include advertising benefits, are available for consideration.
There are five options, ranging in price from $150-$4000.
A Go Fund Me page has also been set up in the hope $5000 will be raised prior to the event.
To donate, visit gofundme.com/beaudesert-rnc-festival-drought-relief-fundraiser
If successful this time, there are already plans to move the festival to the Beaudesert Showgrounds in future years to involve more people, enhance the atmosphere and keep the action centred around the CBD.
“If we can repeat and build and make it bigger and better, Jubilee Park won’t be big enough,” Mr Sheenan said.
More information can be found at beaudesertrncf.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/beaudesertrncf
The Beaudesert Rock 'N' Country Festival 2019 is proud to have Pro Music and Takamine Guitars come on board as a major sponsor.
With that said we are privileged to receive a strap, gig bag and a Takamine guitar signed Aussie country legend Troy Cassar-Daley that will be raffled off on the day with some other goodies.
So be sure to attend and purchase your raffle tickets to have a chance to lucky winner.
Entries will close at 6 pm.
Raffle will be drawn 30 mins before event finishes.
Winner must be present to receive prize.