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Get your cowboy hat and boots ready because in August 2021, NQ’s Rock’n Country is bringing together the best national and local country music entertainers for Mackay’s first ever 3-day country music festival. This exciting event is anticipated to draw thousands to Mackay from all across North Queensland, with proceeds going to Variety – the Children’s Charity. Australian country music legends Lee Kernaghan, Graeme Connors, Troy Cassar-Daley and The Wolfe Brothers are headlining the festival, accompanying a total of 27 Australian country music acts!

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The brains behind NQ’s Rock’n Country is local Mackay businessman, Geoff Baguley, a determined country music fan who believes it shouldn’t be the case that there are no major country festivals in the north. “Country music is getting bigger and bigger all the time and us North Queenslanders want to see Australia’s best acts without having to travel south.”

Geoff is also a passionate long-term supporter of Variety – the Children’s Charity and its annual Variety Bash.“Looking after Queensland kids is what Variety is all about, says Geoff. “I couldn’t think of a better charity to support than one that looks after our kids.”


Geoff is confident that NQ’s Rock’n Country will be a memorable weekend of great country for a great cause. “I want to see NQ turn up in droves.  Utes lined up for miles.  The more people that turn up the better.  If we are going to be able to attract the best acts, we need to show them our support. With having a break from stage shows – thanks COVID –  I know that every single one of our acts are keen to get back up there and will rock the stage. No-one will be going home dissapointed that’s for sure!”


Dust off your wranglers, shine your boots and get ready QLD!

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Mackays inaugural country music festival may have taken a detour in 2020, but the festival has been given the go ahead for 2021.

Due to the pandemic in 2020 the festival was postponed but event organiser Geoff Baguley is excited to announce that the festival is not only planned to go ahead in August but will be even bigger and better than planned first time around.


“NQ’S Rock’n Country will now be a massive three-day event, which we are so excited to announce to everyone. So, everyone lock it in for August 20-22, it will be a festival that you don’t want to miss”, said Mr Baguley from Yeehaa Events.

“We will be bringing even more talented artists to the show and spreading it over three days, giving more artists the chance to showcase their voices and encouraging more visitors to the region helping to boost the local economy.

With a new year also brings a new naming sponsor for the 2021 event. We are excited to be partnering with QCCS for the festival. Without the ongoing support from our sponsors we would not be able to bring such amazing talent together,” said Mr Baguley.

QCCS manager Craig Bogaarts stated that they are very proud to support Mackay’s first three-day country music festival.

“With the outstanding mix of artists, and those behind the scenes bringing this event to life, it promises to be an event worth adding to your social calendar,” said Mr Bogaarts.

The inaugural festival has also received incredible support from local businesses who are sponsoring the three-day event. These sponsors include Mackay Regional Council, DGH Engineering, Inspec Industries, Bullet Bikes and GB Industries who are all Gold sponsors of the event.

Along with Payne Print, Transit Tyres, Commercial Mine Recyclers, Linked Group, AE (Anything Environmental) Easyloc, Local Building Maintenance, Mickala Group, Moss on Wood, P. Comino & Sons, M&P Services, TFH, Kix Country Radio, Channel 7 Mackay and 4MK who are the events Bronze sponsors.

Mayor Greg Williamson said it was tremendous to see QCSS NQ’s Rock’n Country festival back on the regional event calendar.

“Council is proud to be able to support this fantastic festival that will undoubtedly draw considerable out-of-town crowds,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Mackay residents are proud of our local country music performers and our region, so it’ll be a great opportunity to show off,” he said.

“Council welcomes the extra exposure it will bring for our local talent and our region’s tourism attractions.

“The flow-on benefits for an event like this are numerous, and local restaurants, accommodation, tourism and retail providers will definitely benefit from the boost.”

Again, the event will be supporting Variety – the Children’s Charity which supports kids and families who are facing challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with a disability.

Variety – the Children’s Charity helps kids to gain mobility, to get out and about in the community, to communicate, achieve independence and increase their self-esteem. They help those kids who miss out, allowing them to be able to join in.

The event will be raising funds through-out the duration of the festival as well as through ticket sales in Variety’s Heart lottery were a grand prize of $10,000 is on offer.

Talking with Country Campfire Podcast

We caught up with Alex from Country Campfire podcast and talked about the QCCS presents NQ’s Rock’n Country festival happening in August later this year.

Geoff and Alex talked all things festival including the line-up, what there is for campers such as the campers only bar and stage, and what ticket holders should expect from Mackay’s inaugural three day country music festival.

Check it out here, and make sure you follow them on Spotify and Facebook to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of country music.

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Mackay Mayor shows off his Boot Scootin’

The event team caught up with Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson and fellow Councilor Belinda Hassan to talk about the upcoming festival and what it meant for Mackay. The Mayor also took the opportunity to showcase his dancing skills!

Check out the video here

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