John Farnham brings The Voice to the Isa Rodeo

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is celebrating 60 years in August, with a massive entertainment lineup led by Australian legend John Farnham performing live inside the Isa Rodeo’s famous red dirt arena.

Australia’s most successful solo artist, Farnham is known for good reason as The Voice, and leads a brilliant lineup of Aussie artists Lee Kernaghan, Birds of Tokyo, Busby Marou, Casey Barnes, Brad Cox, Oakwood and Blake O’Connor all heading to north-west Queensland from August 8 to 11.

John Farnham said he was really looking forward to performing in the red dirt of the famous Isa Rodeo arena.

“It’s my first time at the Isa Rodeo and I can’t wait to perform at this iconic Outback Queensland event,” said John. “It’s been a tough time in this region after the floods and stock losses, so it’s going to be a great time for people to come together and enjoy themselves for a few days.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the line-up was an added boost to the profile of the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere.

“This stellar line-up is testament to the event’s continued success, which again saw it win the Best Regional Festival and Event at the 2019 Australian Tourism Awards,” Ms Jones said.

“This event is a celebration of music, outback culture and the coming together of communities for the Year of Outback Tourism, which is about promoting regional Queensland and encouraging visitors to get out and explore our state.”

One of Australia’s most popular contemporary rock bands, Birds of Tokyo will fire up the stage, kicking off the Rodeo Rock concerts on Friday night (August 9). Sixteen-time ARIA Award nominated, Birds of Tokyo’s current single, `Good Lord’ is currently one of the most played songs on Australian radio. Support act is Melbourne country rock act, Oakwood.

The Saturday night concert (August 10) will feature country rock legend Lee Kernaghan, who is looking forward to performing songs like `The Outback Club’, `Boys From The Bush’, `Hat Town’, `She’s My Ute’ and `Australian Boy’, which are modern day anthems for a generation of Australians living and working on the land.

Kernaghan said playing the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo had been on his bucket list for many years.

“It is a legendary event and I can not wait to get back out there … it has been too long,” he said. “I can remember playing with the king, Slim Dusty, in Isa on his show many years ago and also doing a show at the Irish Club way back in the first few years of my touring career but to be playing the Isa Rodeo this year will definitely be one of the highlights of my 2019 Backroad Nation Tour. Looking forward to seeing everyone for the party to end all parties at the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo in August.”

Lee will be supported by Golden Guitar finalist Casey Barnes, who is making a massive impact on the Australian country music scene, and the current Toyota Star Maker 40th Anniversary winner, Blake O’Connor.

All rodeo tickets, accommodation, packages and tickets for the John Farnham Live in the Arena concert go on sale this Wednesday, May 15.

Mount Isa is gearing up to host a week of rodeo festival including the free Isa Street Festival featuring a live concert by Thirsty Merc lead singer Rai Thistlethwayte organised by the Mount Isa City Council on Wednesday (August 7); Bush Poets Breakfast (August 8) and much more.

The Isa Rodeo has won Australian Tourism Awards in the Festival and Events category – Gold (2018), Silver (2017) and Gold (2016).

The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and promoted as part of the It’s Live! In Queensland event calendar, worth $800 million to the state’s economy.

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Rodeo Rock Concert Series Artists Price
Friday, August 9 Birds of Tokyo + Oakwood Included free in rodeo ticket price ($45)
Saturday, August 10 Lee Kernaghan + Casey Barnes + Blake O’Connor Included free in rodeo ticket price ($50)
Sunday, August 11 (LIVE IN THE ARENA Concert) John Farnham + Busby Marou + Brad Cox + Blake O’Connor + Dee Jaye Bux Tickets from $49 + booking fee


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