While some events attracted their largest crowds ever, Saturday night's Main Concert was still the most popular event at the fourth QUT Urban Country Music Festival held in May 2007.
An estimated 32,000 day visitors enjoyed an action-packed festival that boasted 500 artists across 10 different stages, firmly cementing Caboolture as the place to visit to enjoy one of the main country music events in the country.
Perhaps the most successful event, apart from the Main Concert, was the Nova Ford Beaut Ute competition, which was also on Saturday, and held at Centenary Lakes.
The day started thick with mist but that didn't stop the keenest of enthusiasts from arriving early to find a prime parking spot for their pride and joy. As the mist slowly lifted shiny, dirty, feral, feminine and restored utes were revealed in all their glory with the display quickly growing in number like an explosion of mushrooms.
In all, 136 entries competed, including 78 from outside Caboolture and 10 from interstate. Tasmania was even represented in the ute count which was up from 75 last year.
A family favourite, the Urban Blaze Concert and Fireworks attracted its biggest crowd ever with 3500 enjoying the top-notch entertainment and a "Tuff as Nails" competition in the glow of crackling campfires.
The 1500 Glow Sticks seen bobbing around the concert added an extraterrestrial feel to the night, which culminated in a massive fireworks display.
The Main Concert at the Caboolture Showgrounds again received strong support with about 6500 festival patrons enjoying well-known headline artists Jimmy Barnes, John Williamson, Adam Brand, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole and The McClymonts.
When early bird tickets first went on sale in late 2006 for the Main Concert, 1000 tickets were sold within weeks. Make the most of this saving opportunity and look out for early bird tickets for the 2008 concert when they become available in early December.
Planning for the 2008 Urban Country Music Festival to be held 2-5 May has already started. New events and confirmation of artists will be added to the website during the coming months so remember to visit www.urbancountry.com.au to keep up-to-date with the latest in festival news.
Urban Country marks its fifth birthday in 2008 and organisers would love to hear what you would like to see at the fast growing event. Would you like to attend a B&S Ball, which artists would you prefer to see perform and do you have any fun ideas for events and activities? A full feedback section can be found on our website.
Festival organisers appreciate all the feedback received so far and are working through the information, including the 438 visitor surveys done over the festival weekend.
Statistics from the surveys revealed:
• 53.6 percent of visitors were from regional Queensland
• 6.7 percent of festival visitors surveyed were from interstate
• Estimated spending at $168 per person indicates an income to Caboolture businesses of $1.68 million.
Many community groups in the region also benefited from the festival, collectively sharing in the $78,000 raised from the various services provided over the long weekend.
Organisers of Caboolture's Urban Country Music Festival are proud to produce for country music enthusiasts their own "little bit of country music heaven" and welcome your feedback on ways to make the festival bigger and better.
Hope to see you in May 2008.
For more information on the 2007 Festival contact 1800 810 400
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