Shane Howard performs at the Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival.
Shane Howard performs at the Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival.

Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival: one for the locals

MURWILLUMBAH Country Roots Festival has opened its doors for locals to enter free on Friday.

Organiser Lou Bradley said the special offer, which will allow residents of the 2484 postcode to enjoy the festival’s opening day for free, was in response to the community’s support for the festival.

Gates open at 1pm on Friday. Locals must present current photo ID at the gate to take advantage of the offer.

“We have had an overwhelming amount of local support and many local musicians that want to be part of the festival and so we thought we would make Friday a locals day,” Ms Bradley said.

“We will have major acts like Brothers Three, Brisbane act Pierce Brothers, Vicki O’Keefe doing a tribute to her dad Johnny O’Keefe, and The Hillbilly Goats as well as local stars The Round Mountain Girls and a shed full of local bands and a new stage just for Friday – The Blues Shack, that will feature the finest local blues acts.

Archie Roach.
Archie Roach.

“This is our way of saying thank you to locals for their support and to make sure that everyone in the area has a chance to experience the very first Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival.”   

The festival will begin on Friday and will run until Monday at Murwillumbah Showgrounds.

Top picks


2.30pm: Grand opening with Lou Bradley. The festival organiser sets her other duties aside momentarily to take to the stage.

4pm: Round Mountain Girls. The Tweed Coast roots band takes to the main stage.

8.30pm: Pierce Brothers.


1pm: Karl S Williams

3pm: Bill Chambers

6.30pm: Shane Howard. The former Goanna frontman has pursued a solo career since his band disbanded in 1987. He’ll take to the stage again at 4.30pm Sunday.

10.30pm: Busby Marou


10:30am Line Dancing with Murwillumbah Cosmic line dancers. All welcome.

8.15pm: Round Mountain Girls

9:30pm: Kasey Chambers


11am: Cadillac Rockers

4pm: Richard Clapton

6.30pm: Archie Roach


In addition to free Friday tickets, locals can get 50% off adult three-day passes by presenting this article at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds ticket booth, until sold out. The ticket booth will be open on Thursday from 10am-6pm.


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