New music festival coming to Toowoomba's Mills Precinct
MICK Lindsay was sick of waiting for someone to create a country music festival in Toowoomba - so he did it himself.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter will bring some of southern Queensland's best country artists to the Garden City next month for the inaugural Backroad Bash Music Festival at the Mills Precinct.
Mr Lindsay, who has headlined shows across Australia, said the genre had a strong following in the Darling Downs and deserved a music festival.
"I guess Toowoomba has been crying out for a music festival," he said.
"I know there wasn't much of this genre you could go along to, apart from CMC Rocks or something like that.
"There's never been a music festival for this genre.
"It just hasn't happened for years, so I thought I'd make it."
Mr Lindsay will be joined by up-and-coming artists such as Josh Setterfield, Natalie Pearson, Brook Chivell, Bridget O'Shannessy and Brooke Lambert.
He said it was important to foster the next generation of country music talent, considering how established a select few names were in the industry.
"I wanted to give a few up-and-comers the chance to have a big stage," Mr Lindsay said.
"There's a small industry, and everyone on the top likes to keep their piece of the pie, but ... this will give the artists just below those names a chance to shine.
"Country music is diversifying a lot. I love traditional country music, but the thing that I love is people just having a good time and music that brings happiness.
"There's a lot of pop and rock music that have incorporated that country feel to the sound."
The Backroad Bash Music Festival hits the Mills Precinct on February 3, starting from 2pm.
For tickets, head to the website.