What do Lee Kernaghan, Isaiah Firebrace and John Paul Young have in common? They’re all talented musicians and big names in entertainment who have their sights set on Bundaberg.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre was a mecca for great entertainers and had already showcased a number of outstanding performances.
He said a stellar line-up was still to come, including big-name musicians, tribute acts and more.
“The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre has something for everyone as far as musicians go with some great national and international musos on their way,” he said.
“There are many more exciting artists finalising plans to perform in Bundaberg and we’re looking forward to making some announcements soon.”
Mayor Dempsey said other venues in the region also provided the perfect space for entertainment.
“The Bundaberg Multiplex offers maximum flexibility, state-of-the-art facilities and professional in-house services all under the one roof,” he said.
“Council also has a strategic vision to revitalise our CBD to feature new civic and cultural arts infrastructure, providing even more entertainment opportunity for the region in the years to come.”
Musician Isaiah Firebrace
One top entertainer on the list is Isaiah Firebrace of X Factor Australia fame.
Hailing from the small country town of Moama on the Murray Rver, Isaiah first stepped into the spotlight in 2016 when he was crowned winner of the eighth season.
Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said the following year was a big one for the star, who performed in the Eurovision Song Contest grand final with his single ‘Don’t Come Easy’ and toured nationally with pop songstress Jessica Mauboy.
“We are extremely excited to have Isaiah and other talented musicians performing in Bundaberg,” Cr Peters said.
“Isaiah's hit single ‘It's Gotta Be You’ has grabbed global attention and his performances have been hailed as nothing short of amazing.
“This calibre of entertainment is definitely not to be missed!”
Cr Peters said there were plenty of other big names in music scheduled to appear in Bundaberg later in the year.
“Country music superstar Lee Kernaghan will be hitting our stage on Friday, 23 August as part of his Backroad Nation tour,” she said.
“We will also have the iconic John Paul Young performing on Thursday, 27 June with a show that will have you dancing like it is 1979.”
Busy year in music
Cr Judy Peters said big-name entertainers had shown keen interest in performing in the Bundaberg Region, with an impressive list of musos having already taken to the local stage.
“This year the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre has played host to a myriad of performers including popular Aussie band John Butler Trio and the Killer Queen Experience,” Cr Peters said.
“These shows were a huge hit with residents, selling out soon after being announced.
“We look forward to hosting the many more amazing acts that are coming to the Bundaberg Region this year.”
Many venues attract talented musicians
It's not just the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre that draws talented musicians to Bundaberg. There's a vibrant local live-music scene with details online every week from our partners, Bundy Gig Guide.
Private venues host some big names, such as Australian Country music legend Bill Chambers who recently performed at Oodies Cafe.
If jazz is more your thing, the amazing Sarah Collyer will be at the Railway Hotel on Sunday, 25 August.
There have been recent performances of classical music with more to come.
Dr Hook performance postponed
Unfortunately the Dr Hook concert scheduled for 25 September has been postponed because of illness.
Lead singer Dennis Locorriere has received treatment recently for prostate and kidney issues.
Doctors have asked that he rest for the next six to 12 months.