Don your cowboy boots and head on down to the 2012 Urban Country Music Festival. Attracting visitors from far and wide this is a unique festival that will appeal to country music fans and non country music fans alike.
Spanning the four days over the May long weekend (4-7 May 2012) the festival is a non stop hive of activity spread primarily across 3 precincts, all within walking distance of each other.
The majority of the festival is FREE, there are just 5 ticketed events - the Friday and Saturday night concerts, Bush Poets Breakfast, Urban Rodeo and Line Dancing & Clogging Socials. Tickets can be pre-purchased via the website at a discounted price, or at the gate.
The opening concert on Friday night features high profile artists including Shannon Noll, Beccy Cole and Lee Kernaghan. The Saturday night concert sees country giants Troy Cassar-Daly and Adam Harvey take to the stage. The Urban Blaze concert on Sunday night features not only musical greats, but food, rides and a spectacular fireworks display.
Spend the days exploring the Village Precinct's food and market stalls, multiple stages and musical acts, and check out the buskers scattered throughout the village. Put on your dancing shoes, head to the Urban Dance Tent and have a go at the Clogging and Line dancing workshops - open to all ages and all fitness levels. Or for something a little more laidback, head to the Songwriters Cafe and chill out to the soothing sounds of country songwriters while sipping a coffee, or perhaps a wine or cold beer.
For the shoppers, Sunday is the best day with hundreds of stalls that are in addition to the daily festival markets. No doubt my husband will slip off to check out the Beaut Ute Competition and the Stockmans Arena displays. And with a whole area and stage devoted to children's entertainment and activities that include painting and giant games, there is something at this festival for the whole family.
The festival concludes with a Farewell Concert on the Monday featuring emerging and established country music performers.
There is far too much going on at this festival to list in one article so check out the website or the program for more details.