Country music fest a drawcard

Shannon Beattie and Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Pilbara musician Bradley Hall.
Camera IconPilbara musician Bradley Hall. Credit: Supplied

Country music is set to light up the Civic Centre Gardens in Port Hedland this weekend with the launch of the inaugural Red Country Music Festival.

The free, family-friendly festival will be held over two days with a welcome to country by traditional landowners kicking off the celebrations at 6pm on Friday night.

The festival will continue from 2pm on Saturday to coincide with NAIDOC Week. Organisers are promising a feast of entertainment such as indigenous art and dance workshops, food stalls and markets, complemented with high-energy performances by indigenous and non-indigenous artists.

The festival is the brainchild of local Nyiyaparli man and established musician Bradley Hall, who is looking forward to bringing The Bradley Hall Band to the Port Hedland Civic Centre Gardens.

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Hall has performed various shows across Hedland and surrounding regions for years, following his dream of bringing live music back to the Pilbara.

“This event is really about bringing the local Pilbara community together to enjoy awesome music from some of Australia’s best and also giving local artists a platform to showcase their talents,” he said.

Hall hopes the festival will get bigger every year and eventually become a drawcard for tourists to visit the Pilbara.

“We have so much talent in this region and it’s such a beautiful part of the country, it’d be great if one day people started travelling to the Pilbara to come to the festival,” he said.

Headline acts include The Black Sorrows, Amber Lawrence, and Phillip Walley-Stack, and hip-hop artists Downsyde are also set to perform.

Lawrence and Hall are releasing a song together which they will be performing at the festival for the first time in what will surely be a can’t-miss debut.

For more information, visit redcountrymusic.com.au.

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