Lee Kernaghan, Brad Cox, Casey Barnes, Andrew Swift and more to play the inaugural Goulburn Valley Country Festival on Sunday, April 10.
Headlined by Lee Kernaghan, with Brad Cox, Casey Barnes, Felicity Urquhart, Andrew Swift, Cass Hopetoun and The Davidson Brothers, plus many more incredible artists, the Goulburn Valley Country Festival promises to be a jam-packed day of country fun!
Due to the impact of COVID-19, ongoing restrictions and border closures, the inaugural Goulburn Valley Country Festival was set to take place on Sunday, October 31, 2021.
The rescheduled April 10, 2022, event will feature a whip-cracking demonstration and line-dancing, as well as food trucks, a smokehouse barbecue, whip-cracking demonstrations, rides, market stalls and on-site bars.
To get music fans ready for the day, organisers have confirmed the playing times, with the Shepparton Showgrounds gates opening at 11am, an official Welcome To Country at 11.30am and live music commencing from 11.40am. The music will continue all day with Kernaghan taking the stage at 8pm to wrap-up the evening.
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Brothers Aidan and Rhett McLaren of Red Hill Entertainment (who also run Land Of Plenty and Inverloch Sounds of Summer) are the driving force behind the Goulburn Valley Country Festival.
For Aidan, it is about celebrating all things country and the local Goulburn Valley region.
He says, "We’ll have some great local food and drink offerings, as well as the Goulburn Valley Country Music Showcase, which will see four local artists perform on the big stage. These four acts are all incredibly talented and were selected from over 50 applicants." .
The winners of the Goulburn Valley Country Music Showcase are Jade Gibson, JB & Me, Kane Vincent and Madi Walker.
“The support so far for Goulburn Valley Country Music Festival has been sensational,” adds Aidan. “After such a challenging 12-months for the live music and events industry, to have people show this level of support for a new event is just wonderful. We can’t wait for the show itself., and to see so many people back having a great time together. I think it’s also going to be really special for the artists. For many of them, this will be one of – if not the – first shows they’ve played in over a year. We feel very lucky and grateful and can’t wait to celebrate all things country with everyone.”
Picking the Goulburn Valley for the festival was an easy decision for organisers. They are no strangers to putting on events in the region and feel a real affinity with the area. Their hope is to drive more people into the region, showcasing everything it has to offer and supporting the local area.
“For those from greater Melbourne and outside of the Goulburn Valley, be prepared to fall in,” says Aidan. “Our ticketing and attendee data shows that a lot of people are travelling from outside of the area to attend. The knock-on effects of this to local business is immense as many of these people will be staying overnight in Shepparton, and most likely exploring some of the amazing places the region has to offer. The event itself also engages many local contractors and businesses. It is also a chance for the community to connect with each other and share an enjoyable day out with family and friends of all ages. After the last two years we’ve all had, I think that’s really important and something we are all looking forward to.”
For more information, please visit www.goulburnvalleycountrymusicfestival.com.au
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