Townsville Rock Fest goes country

Townsville’s iconic rock festival will feature some big names in Aussie country music this year.

The line up includes Troy Cassar-Daley, the McClymonts, Judah Kelly, Homegrown, Tony Cook, Brooke ‘Josie’ Roberts and local rock band Bad Influence.

While Townsville Rock Fest was formally known for its heavy rock acts, event organiser Marion Lawrence feels that country music is a huge market that, until now, hasn’t been given the platform it deserves in the city. 

The McClymonts band 

“We are sure the stellar line-up will entice people to travel to Townsville from all over the region to attend the festival this year,” she said.

“Country music has a huge following, so we thought why not bring the best of both worlds to our concert?”

Hard rock lovers won’t be disappointed, with organisers announcing Bad Influence a local rock band support act to play the ‘Rock by Night’ experience.

Marion said the festival has grown from a grassroots movement to an event that was gaining the attention of international artists.

“Since the July launch we have been inundated with artists from all around the world showing their interest in being part of next year’s line-up,” she said.

“I feel that this event will get bigger each year and be a huge part of the Queensland festival calendar.”

All proceeds from the festival will go towards supporting Townsville’s local businesses and charities.

“We haven’t strayed from our original intent for this festival, which is to make a platform for charities to raise money, to buy local and support Townsville business,” Marion said.

“In addition to celebrating the best in live music, everything generated from this concert will have a direct economic and social impact on our beautiful city.”