Festival’s success

SATURDAY NIGHT: Dale Duncan and Tom Maxwell entertained festival-goers at the Port Football Club on Saturday night.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Dale Duncan and Tom Maxwell entertained festival-goers at the Port Football Club on Saturday night.

The 35th Port Pirie Country Music Festival brought together the best of independent country artists from across Australia for the ears of hundreds of festival goers. 

From October 11 to 14, people came from as far as Newcastle and Melbourne to hear the sweet sounds of Australia’s best, creating what the Northern Country Music Association says was one of the most successful festivals they have had for years. 

“I think people come because of the artists we had. Justin Standley was on X-Factor and is very well-known. We had top the independent artists come”, Maureen Bishop the president of the association explained. 

“We bring all the top artists in Australia to the festival including Allan Webster, Dale Duncan, Tom Maxwell, Michelle Little, Justin Standley, Dwayne Elix, Cactus Martens, Bev Branson and Graeme Hugo.” 

With one concert seeing 130 people attend, the association believes they were really able to find their target audience through advertising, noting that not everyone enjoys the genre of music. 

“People get the idea that it is going to be country and western. It is no more the western music, it is the middle of the road music, plus your balladeers. People have the wrong impression.”

Maureen describes the atmosphere of the festival and friendship of the artists as ‘unbelievable’. 

“People were walking out the door saying ‘Pirie has got the most friendly people and they are one big happy family’. “We have already planned next year, 10-13 October.  We are also planning 2020. We have to look that far ahead.”