A potent mix of music and V8 power
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.