A po­tent mix of mu­sic and V8 power

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

FAST cars and rock ‘ n’ roll are prov­ing a hit for V8 Su­per­car bosses and this year Townsville 400 fans will get a dou­ble dose of en­ter­tain­ment. Yes­ter­day, race or­gan­is­ers an­nounced the ap­pear­ance of Sneaky Sound Sys­tem plus a hot dance act line-up on the Fri­day night of the Townsville race, with an­other con­cert fea­tur­ing Wolf­mother and Thirsty Merc to fol­low up the fol­low­ing evening. The dou­ble dose of en­ter­tain­ment fol­lows last year’s hugely suc­cess­ful INXS con­cert, which was packed to the rafters with about 12,000 fans see­ing the leg­endary Aussie rock band. V8s supremo Tony Cochrane, a for­mer en­ter­tain­ment pro­moter, has struck upon a ter­rific for­mula by com­bin­ing the thrills and spills of the race day ac­tion with rock con­certs in the evening. It is a po­tent mix for spec­ta­tors, pro­vid­ing ter­rific value for money. The Townsville 400 is in its third year af­ter tak­ing out the best event on the V8s calendar in 2009. The Townsville event, held dur­ing July when the weather is at its best, has be­come firmly en­trenched as one of Queens­land’s premier tourism draw­cards. Crowd num­bers have lev­elled out at 150,000 for the three days and mer­chan­dise sales are the best on the V8 calendar. For en­ter­tain­ment-starved North Queens­lan­ders, reel­ing from the ef­fects of Cy­clone Yasi and floods, it will come as a wel­come re­lief. The month of July in Townsville is fast gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the liveli­est in Aus­tralia for sports, com­mu­nity and cul­tural events. Along with the V8s race, there’s the an­nual Townsville Cup for thor­ough­breds and the worl­drenowned Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic. It pro­vides tourism pro­mot­ers with a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to show­case the North at its best, par­tic­u­larly to south­ern­ers, who are freez­ing in front of open fires. The CBD mall will be up and run­ning be­fore the V8s, so it is im­por­tant that off-track ac­tiv­i­ties in­cor­po­rate the best of what the city’s heart has to of­fer.

Hay­den stumps up

Crick­et­ing le­gend Matthew Hay­den will visit Ing­ham and Tully to­day to put a lit­tle bit of sun­shine into the lives of em­bat­tled lo­cals. Hay­den will present scores of com­mu­nity and sport­ing clubs with the Townsville Bul­letin’s $ 260,000 worth of Bounc­ing Back grants to help them re­cover post-Yasi and the floods. He will also launch a pro­mo­tion to help bat­tlers by giv­ing away 250 travel vouch­ers, val­ued at $ 300, cour­tesy of Jet­star and the Townsville Bul­letin. It’s our way and Matthew’s way of help­ing peo­ple put some much-needed colour and sun­shine back into their lives.

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