Cloncurry gears up for the Battle of the Bush

Caitlyn Shadbolt headlines the Battle of the Bush in Cloncurry on Friday.
Caitlyn Shadbolt headlines the Battle of the Bush in Cloncurry on Friday.

Mount Isa’s One Night Stand on Saturday is not the only big music event in the North West this weekend.

Cloncurry has its own music festival on Friday night (April 21) when Battle of the Bush comes to town.

The Australian Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) is presenting the inaugural event at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre and it showcase local talent and new and upcoming artists.

The event is open to bands and solo artists in open and junior categories with prizes up for grabs.

AJRA fundraising officer Jennifer Hetherington said they had 15 registrations to take part in the night.

“We’ve got bands, solos, duets and a few juniors taking part,” Ms Hetherington said.

“We’ve got a bar, a great variety of food, kids entertainment, a rodeo demonstration and market stalls –  it’s just a good family event.”

The main performer on the night will be Caitlyn Shadbolt and she will be selling merchardise and doing autographs back stage.

The 20-year-old Gympie performer came to prominence in 2014 when she spent 12 weeks performing to millions of viewers on the high rating national music show, X Factor, where she achieved a Top 5 position.

She will also be doing a singer-songwriter workshops at 3.30pm Friday and you can still register for that at AJRA.Cloncurry@hotmail.com.

The Battle of the Bush begins 6pm Friday.

The event is raising funds for local young AJRA participants to travel to the US later this year to compete with an Australian team.