THE Deni Ute Muster has superstar US country singer Carrie Underwood performing later this month. But organisers of the Mildura Country Music Festival, which will begin later this month, won’t be following suit in spending big money on a high profile act. MICHAEL DIFABRIZIO sits down with festival co-ordinator John Arnold to discuss the event’s strengths, challenges and outlook for the future.
MD: You’ve been involved in the festival for 30 years, what makes country music special?
JA: Remember back to rock ‘n’ roll, the Elvis Presleys and Buddy Hollys and those people evolved from country music. I guess it’s a generational thing depending on your style of music and we cater for everyone at the festival. Traditional type of music, more contemporary. The success of it being we’ve stuck to the mixture over the years. it’s free entry, independant artists, there’s no major label artists – these are people who pay for their own products and do their own promotion and all that sort of thing. I say to local people, here’s your chance to see some of the best entertainers in Australia. Many have gone on to have world careers and travel overseas.
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