The voice is finally here - John Farnham will play his first Mount Isa Mines Rodeo when he lead the entertainment line-up at the 60 year event in August.
Farnham leads a lineup of Aussie artists including Lee Kernaghan, Birds of Tokyo, Busby Marou, Casey Barnes, Brad Cox, Oakwood and Blake O'Connor heading to north-west Queensland from August 8 to 11.
John Farnham said he was looking forward to performing in the red dirt of the famous Isa Rodeo arena.
"It's my first time at the Isa Rodeo and I can't wait to perform at this iconic Outback Queensland event," Farnham said.
"It's been a tough time in this region after the floods and stock losses, so it's going to be a great time for people to come together and enjoy themselves for a few days."
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the line-up was an added boost to the profile of the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere.
"This stellar line-up is testament to the event's continued success, which again saw it win the Best Regional Festival and Event at the recent 2018 Australian Tourism Awards," Ms Jones said.
"This event is a celebration of music, outback culture and the coming together of communities for the Year of Outback Tourism, which is about promoting regional Queensland and encouraging visitors to get out and explore our state."
One of Australia's most popular contemporary rock bands, Birds of Tokyo will fire up the stage, kicking off the Rodeo Rock concerts on Friday night (August 9) and their current single, `Good Lord' is one of the most played songs on Australian radio.
Support act is Melbourne country rock act, Oakwood.
The Saturday night concert (August 10) will feature country rock legend Lee Kernaghan, who is looking forward to performing his classics like `The Outback Club', `Boys From The Bush', `Hat Town', `She's My Ute' and `Australian Boy'.
Kernaghan said playing the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo had been on his bucket list for many years.
"It is a legendary event and I can not wait to get back out there ... it has been too long," he said. "I can remember playing with the king, Slim Dusty, in Isa on his show many years ago and also doing a show at the Irish Club way back in the first few years of my touring career but to be playing the Isa Rodeo this year will definitely be one of the highlights of my 2019 Backroad Nation Tour."
Kernaghan will be supported by Golden Guitar finalist Casey Barnes, who is making a massive impact on the Australian country music scene, and Toyota Star Maker 40th Anniversary winner, Blake O'Connor.
All rodeo tickets, accommodation, packages and tickets for the John Farnham Live in the Arena concert on the Sunday night (also featuring Busby Marou, Brad Cox and Blake O'Connor) go on sale this Wednesday, May 15.
Mount Isa is gearing up to host a week of rodeo action including the free Isa Street Festival featuring a live concert by Thirsty Merc lead singer Rai Thistlethwayte organised by the Mount Isa City Council on Wednesday (August 7), Mailman Express horse race (August 8), Bush Poets Breakfast (August 8), Fred Brophy's Outback Boxing Tent and more.