Sydney Country Music Festival Brings Thousands To Bella Vista Farm
More than 6500 visitors from across Australia flocked to Bella Vista Farm Park on Saturday for the 2014 Sydney Country Music Festival.
Revellers filtered onto the historic farm park from midday on a glorious Sydney spring afternoon that provided the perfect conditions for country fans.
Fans were treated to performances by a sizzling line-up of artists including McAlister Kemp, The McClymonts, Beccy Cole, Wagons, Chelsea Basham, The Viper Creek Band, Ashleigh Dallas, Luke O’Shea and the finalists of the Silver Saddles talent search.
Also on offer was line dancing, whip cracking, The Hills Shire Music School’s ‘Jam Barn’ with country band ‘The Plough’, the Beaut Utes Show, country kids’ activities and more.
“The Sydney Country Music Festival has now grown from a few hundred attendees in the first year to more than 6500 in 2014. We are expecting it to grow even further in 2015,” Mayor Jefferies said.
“We’ve already locked in significant headliners for next year, with Adam Brand and The Wolfe Brothers confirmed to play and the event scheduled to go for two days.”
Over the course of his career, Adam Brand has earned three Platinum and five Gold albums. He has been nominated four times for the ARIA Best Country Album award and is the winner of 12 Golden Guitar Awards at the Country Music Awards of Australia, including multiple wins in the Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year categories.
The Wolfe Brothers captured the attention of the nation when they were voted into second place in the final of Australia’s Got Talent in 2012. The Wolfe Brothers consists of two brothers, Nick and Tom Wolfe, and, guitarist Brodie Rainbird and drummer Casey Kostiuk and describe their work as ‘modern country’.
Mayor Jefferies said that Bella Vista Farm Park is a proven major event facility, and feedback from fans has been overwhelmingly positive about hosting a country music festival in Sydney.
“The Sydney Country Music Festival was a great success and I want to thank Council staff, Catapult Creative, Power Creative and all the event sponsors for making Saturday such a wonderful occasion.”
“Not only did the event showcase some fantastic Australian country talent in the form of McAlister Kemp, The McClymonts and Beccy Cole to name a few – but it also helped to unearth some very talented young artists via the Silver Saddle Competition.”