Friday, March 3, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Country Icons Return

Last year’s NQ’s Rock’n Country Festival brought people from across north Queensland to the Mackay region to enjoy three days of the best national and local country music entertainers, and 2023’s event is looking even bigger.

The festival announced its first round of artists last week, headlined by country icons and fan favourites Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers and Shannon Noll.

Troy Cassar-Daley was only in the sugar city last year with his good mate Ian Moss and will be making the trip twice this year, again with Ian for Legends on the Lawn in May and secondly with a bunch of other mates at NQ’s Rock’n Country in August.

Troy can’t get enough of Mackay and Mackay can’t get enough of Troy’s genuine storytelling and musicianship.

Drawing on the quietude of folk, the honesty of country, the edgy emotions of the blues and the fearless spirit of rock’n’roll, Kasey Chambers has become one of Australia's most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation and will be bringing her decade-spanning discography back to Mackay stages.

Audiences will be screaming at the top of their lungs when Australian music’s everyman Shannon Noll takes to the NQ’s Rock’n Country stage in August, with the legend expected to sing hit after hit.

Rounding out the festival’s first announcement are the Wolfe Brothers, Kaylee Bell, Adam Brand, Southbound xo, Andrew Swift, Catherine Britt and Christie Lamb.

NQ’s Rock’n Country is a supporter of Variety – the Children’s Charity, raising over $40,000 for the children’s charity at last year’s festival.

WHAT: NQ’s Rock’n Country

WHERE: Mackay Showgrounds

WHEN: Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20


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