Big Stars for Big Party

Announced today is the entertainment schedule for the 2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo reflecting the history, present and future – a perfect tie in with the 50th Isa Rodeo Celebrations.

Mental as Anything, Adam Brand, Kirsty Lee Akers, Dianna Corcoran, Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds make up some of the big names confirmed to perform at the Isa Rodeo in August this year.

Ensuring that there is as much entertainment in and out of the rodeo arena, the Rodeo organisers have secured these acts to cater to all interests and deliver a line-up reflective of the 50th Isa Rodeo celebrations. Completing the entertainment on offer is the inclusion of local artist Tommy Maxwell who will kick off the first show of the event.

Mental as Anything are Aussie rockers famous for hits ‘The Nips are Getting Bigger’, ‘Live it Up’, ‘Mr Natural’ and ‘Too Many Times’ just to name a few. Like the Isa Rodeo, they have successfully survived and exceeded for many years and have become legends within the music industry.

Mental as Anything band member, Greedy Smith said, “We’re excited about playing at the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo. We’ve even got a song about it on our upcoming album TENTS UP called “Bucking Hard”. We’ve been to the Isa quite a few times over the past 30 years but it’s been a long time between drinks. We’ve always found a happening crowd up there and I hope the cows are still kind.”

Country superstar Adam Brand is by far one of the hottest acts around – his sell out shows nationally, chart topping hits and string of Golden Guitar and CMC Awards cements his place as a major drawcard entertainer. “Since I started out 10 years ago it’s always been my ambition to perform at the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo…. an iconic event that I’m absolutely excited and proud to be a part of. You’ll see me all weekend taking in all the sights & sounds from watching the events. Look out Mount Isa here I come!” said Adam when asked about the event.

Making their mark and garnering attention is Chic Frontier, an all girl group made up of Amber Lawrence (2008 Golden Guitar Best New Talent and Best Female Nominee), Aleyce Simmonds, Dianna Corcoran (2008 Golden Guitar Best Female Winner) and Kirsty Lee Akers (2008 Golden Guitar Best New Talent Winner, 2007 Toyota Star Maker). These ladies of country having been wowing audiences across Australia and it is predicted their stars are set to rise. In between shows, Aleyce Simmonds said, “It’s going to be HUGE!!! We’re looking forward to showcasing our individual styles and also singing some great hits that the crowd will be familiar with”.

The Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo management team are proud to announce the schedule of entertainment for the 2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo is as follows:

Saturday 26 July

  • 7pm XXXX Rodeo Ball (Xstrata Entertainment Centre)

Tuesday 5 August

  • 6.30pm: Isa Hillside Twilight Markets (Frank Aston Hill)

Wednesday 6 August

  • 6.30am: Zonta Bush Poets Breakfast (The Buffs Club)
  • 7.30pm: The Bull Pit “Man Against Beast” (Kalkadoon Stadium)

Thursday 7 August

  • TBA: CreateitMakeitLiveit.com.au Cowboy & Cowgirls Golf Day (Mount Isa Golf Club)
  • 10am: Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce Best Dressed Premises Presentation (Venue TBA)
  • 7pm: Mailman Express (Buchanan Park Race Club)

Friday 8 August

  • 9am: Rodeo & Time Events (Kalkadoon Stadium)
  • 7pm: Mardi Gras Street Parade (George & Sutton St)
  • 7.30pm: Fireworks – time subject to change (George & Sutton St)
  • 8pm: The Bull Pit “Man Against Beast” (Kalkadoon Stadium)
  • 8pm: Tommy Maxwell (Xstrata Entertainment Centre)
  • 9pm: Dianna Corcoran & Kirsty Lee Akers (Xstrata Entertainment Centre)
  • 10pm: Mental as Anything (Rodeo Forecourt)

Saturday 9 August

  • 9am: Rodeo & Time Events (Kalkadoon Stadium)
  • All day: Bell & Moir Ute Muster (Xstrata Entertainment Centre)
  • 10pm: Amber Lawrence & Aleyce Simmonds (Rodeo Forecourt)
  • 11pm: Adam Brand (Rodeo Forecourt)

Sunday 10 August

  • 8am: Buffs Recovery Breakfast (The Buffs Club)
  • 9am: Rodeo & Time Events (Kalkadoon Stadium)
  • 6.30pm: Chic Frontier (Rodeo Forecourt)
  • 7pm: Cowboys & Cowgirls Night (Kalkadoon Stadium)

In addition to the above, the glamorous XXXX Angels will return in 2008 and will be provide entertainment at intervals across the 3-day rodeo carnival.

The largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo will be held from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August 2008. With this year bring the milestone 50th Rodeo coupled with a record bounty on offer to competitors, the event is preparing for what will be its biggest year ever.

For further information about the 2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706. Interviews with artists available in July 2008 – please contact Rodeo HQ to register your interest.