Shepparton News

Country festival postponed

- By Caitlyn Grant

The Goulburn Valley Country Festival has been postponed to next year due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The inaugural event was set to be held in October at the Shepparton Showground­s but has been postponed to the new date of Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Festival co-founders and brothers Aidan and Rhett McLaren regretfull­y made the switch to next year, as the original date simply ‘‘wasn’t going to be possible’’.

‘‘We had the option of postponing the festival to next October, but we’ve been so overwhelme­d by the positive response from the Goulburn Valley community, with so many people buying tickets and looking forward to the event, that we really wanted to make it happen as soon as possible,’’ Aidan said.

The hit line-up of country artists has carried over to the 2022 date, with headline act Lee Kernaghan set to hit the stage followed by special guests Brad Cox, Casey Barnes, Felicity Urquhart and other up-and-coming acts.

‘‘One thing we definitely know is that people are really missing seeing live music and can’t wait for live concerts to come back,’’ Aidan said.

‘‘When the live scene comes back, the positivity, excitement and energy at those first few shows is going to be something really incredible. I can’t wait to see that energy in Shepparton come April.’’

The day wouldn’t be complete without the planned whip-cracking demonstrat­ions and line-dancing, with the addition of food trucks, a smokehouse barbecue, rides, market stalls and on-site bars.

Four lucky local country musicians are also being given the chance to perform at the event, as part of the festival’s own Goulburn Valley Country Showcase.

‘‘We love being able to give really talented local artists the chance to perform on the same stage as some of the biggest acts in the country,’’ Aidan said.

Applicatio­ns are open now via the Goulburn Valley Country Festival website.

Tickets are on sale for the April 2022 date; refunds for those unable to make the new date are available via their ticketing providers.

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