Urban Country Music Festival
My family and I pulled up a stump and headed to Caboolture (Only a short drive of 44kms from Brisbane) for the May long weekend in 2010 to see some of the biggest names in country music at the Urban Country Music Festival.
What a great weekend, we attended so many free events and concerts every day (which was a nice suprise as the budget is very tight these days). We checked out the incredible machines at the Beaut Ute Show, enjoyed the Songwriters Cafe, had a delicious breakfast and listened to Bush Poets, tapped our toes at the Bluegrass Brunch and abosultely loved the entertainment on the free stages in the Town Square.
My personal favorite was the Sunday Night Urban Blaze event which was free and BYO. It had awesome artists performing on stage and I enjoyed sitting next to the bonfires, watching the firetwirlers, tough as nails competition and the fireworks spectacular.
The kids also had a blast. There were lots of free activities and things for them to do. They were entertained for hours at Dusty's Kids and by the roving entertainers and workshops.
The Saturday Night Concert was also a highlight of the weekend, although I had to purchase tickets it was well worth it to see Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, Amber Lawrence and Luke Austen on the same stage.
I can't wait for the 2011 concert which I hear has US heart-throb Joe Nichols, James Reyne, The McClymonts, Jonah's Road and 2011 Toyota Starmaker Luke Dickens.
The 2011 festival also has a number of new events including a Sunday Night concert, Rodeo, Silm Dusty and Johnny Cash Tribute Show and Sunday Gospel Concert. Plus a new festival precinct which means that all the events and concerts are in the one handy location.
A lot of our friends only stayed for the day, but my family and I wanted to expereience this great festival for the whole weekend and soak up as much festival fun as possible so we decided to camp. There was also a free shuttle bus service so it was easy to get around the Caboolture CBD without the hassle of parking.
I can't wait for the 2011 Festival, i'm sure it will be bigger and better than ever. I found the website very useful with everything from getting directions to the venue, from camping information, performing artists and everything in between.