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CELEBRATING 60 YEARS

Mount Isa Rodeo ropes in top entertainment line-up

Mount Isa’s famous rodeo is renowned for its entertainment outside the arena, with talented singer-songwriter Mick Lindsay set to launch his new show as the headline act for this year’s rodeo.

Isa Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said she was thrilled to announce Mick Lindsay was returning “by popular demand” to the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere, being held from August 12 to 14.  Melbourne-based country rockers Deep Creek Road and talented country stars Tori Darke and Karrie Hayward will round out the rodeo entertainment.

“Mick is brilliant live, he was so popular last year that it’s going to be exciting to see how he will up the ante for the biggest night of our event, the Saturday night of rodeo weekend,” said Ms Flecker.

Mick’s distinctive vocals and high energy guitar have proved a popular hit with rodeo audiences. According to Mick, “I can’t wait to kick up some Isa dust, they know how to have a good time in the Outback!”

Songstress Tori Darke will rock the rodeo stage as support act to Mick Lindsay on Saturday night (August 11). Since she stepped into the public arena as a 16 year old, Tori has been dubbed as one of the most promising young country artists by the Australian music scene.

Her latest album “Silver Lining” debuted at #1 on the Australian ARIA Country Chart an #7 on the ARIA International Country Chart.

Melbourne-based Deep Creek Road will kick off the rodeo entertainment on Friday, August 12.  A five-piece country rock band fronted by dual lead singers Steve Simmons and Jaime Holland have just celebrated their first #1 single with their song, “What if I was Willing” which also reached #8 on the Country Music Channel (CMC). Talented young country star Karrie Hayward, who hails from Gympie, is making her Isa Rodeo debut performing during lunchtime and dinner breaks.

Ms Flecker said preparations were well underway for the 58th annual Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, the largest and richest rodeo in the southern hemisphere.

“Our event has three days of international-standard rodeo competition, but we put just as much focus on what’s happening outside the arena for our rodeo-goers,” said Ms Flecker. Apart from the live concerts, there is a free Wednesday night rodeo street party, a free Friday night family mardi-gras, sideshow alley, Fred Brophy’s Outback boxing troupe, bush poets breakfast and much more.

This year will also see the rodeo’s popular Swag City expanded in a new location, with three to five day packages available.

For more information visit www.isarodeo.com.au or phone (07) 4743 2706.  Like us and share us on www.facebook.com/isarodeowww.twitter.com/isarodeo and www.youtube.com/mountisarotaryrodeo     For accommodation and holiday ideas visit http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/destinations/outback/

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