Official “REBOOT” Entry Details

   NQ’s Rock’n Country “REBOOT” Competition

NQ’s Rock’n Country’s Reboot Competition has been designed to present a unique competition, offering an opportunity to move forward as an Australian Country Music Artist, on a world class platform. The competition will target exceptionally talented artists, who have put their careers on hold, for almost two years and are lacking confidence to be involved in the industry, with the uncertainty and risk to solely focus on their music career, following so many unexpected challenges, especially in the recent months.

NQ’s Rock’n Country “REBOOT Competition” will see three finalists judged, and selected by leading artists within the industry, the opportunity, to open the main stage at NQ’s Rock’n Country 2022 with a 30 min set. (1st Place– Sunday, 2nd Place – Saturday & 3rd Place – Friday).

The three winners will battle out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd on stage 3 on Thursday 18th August and the crowd will vote on place getters.

In addition to the opening the main stage on their day of the festival, each winner will also win:

  • A set on stage 3 (in addition to opening).
  • Flights & accommodation for two people to come to Mackay for the festival.
  • VIP Tickets for two people to attend the festival – this will also include gifts of NQ’s merch.
  • Backstage access, with opportunities to meet your favourite artists, with a VIP experience at the festival.
  • All three winners will perform on the festival marquee stage on Sunday morning with Pete Denahy as people enter the festival grounds.

The first-place winner will also receive the following:

  • Photo shoot – for advertising & social media.
  • Personalised Merch Kit – with artist logo.
  • Return flights to Nashville.
  • Recording session in Nashville (one original song).


  • Applicants must be emerging artists that were not working full time in the music industry during COVID.
  • All applicants are required to post a short video of themselves on their personal Instagram wall, performing a song along with a short introduction and the reason why they are applying
  • Applicants must tag @nqs_rockn_country on their entry video
  • Entries open 8am Wednesday June 1st and close midnight 30 June 2022.
  • Four leading artists (Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Casey Barnes and Fanny Lumsden) will view all videos and select 3 finalists.
  • The three finalists will battle it out for places on Thursday 18th August 2022 on The Moggy’s Group stage 3 at the festival, in front of a live crowd. The audience will vote on places for each finalist.
  • Friday morning will see the 3rd finalist open the main stage with a 30 minute set.
  • Friday afternoon will see the 3rd finalist play on the Moggy’s Group stage 3 for approx. 45 minutes.
  • Saturday will see the 2nd finalist open the main stage with a 30 minute set.
  • Saturday afternoon will see the 2nd finalist play on the Moggy’s Group stage 3 for approx. 45 minutes.
  • Sunday morning will see all finalists play together with Pete Denahy on the Ma’s Pizza Festival Marquee stage as patrons fill the festival grounds.
  • Sunday will see the winner open the QCCS main stage with a 30 minute set.
  • Sunday will see the winner play on the Moggy’s Group stage 3 for approx. 45 minutes.
  • All three finalists receive flights and accommodation for 2 people to Mackay for the festival week.
  • All three finalists receive a backstage and VIP pass for 2 people for the full 3 days.
  • The winner will receive a photo shoot session for posting on social media.
  • All three finalists receive a NQ’s Rock’n Country 2022 merchandise pack.
  • The winner will receive specially made merchandise with their logos.

The winner will receive a Nashville trip including return flights and the opportunity to record an original song on Music Row.