Strumming a super line-up for Ballina Country Music Festival
GET the checked shirts out and mosey on down to Ballina this weekend.
That's because, y'all, it's country music time.
The Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival will be held from Friday through to Sunday, with a special guest appearance by X Factor contestants Brothers 3 on Thursday night.
Publicity officer Garry Lavercombe said this year's festival - the fourth - would have a mix of new entertainers and some favourites from previous years.
"We want to keep the festival fresh," he said.
Among the acts that have been to Ballina before are the Round Mountain Girls, Christian Power, the Hillbilly Goats and Brothers 3, who have performed at Ballina each year since the festival began - and have now gone on to be stars on X Factor.
The three boys will be playing at the Cherry Street Sports Club in a free gig on Thursday from 7.30pm.
The boys will meet fans at the club from 3pm to 4pm.
On Friday there will be a free community concert at Missingham Park from 6.30pm featuring Felicity Urquhart, the Luke Austen Band, Pete Denahy and The Button Collective. On Saturday, River St in Ballina will be closed between Moon and Cherry streets from 6am to 6pm. And the 4 Highwaymen will play at the Cherry Street Sports Club on Saturday night in the only ticketed event at the festival. Tickets cost $25 and are available at the club.
Get behind the festival
Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival organiser Carol Stacey said the budget for the annual event was $86,000.
Ballina Shire Council chips in $20,000, Reside Living is this year's major sponsor and local licensed venues will also contribute.
She said in order to keep the festival going, community support was needed for a fundraising raffle, of which 10%of proceeds would go to the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club. First prize is $1000 cash.
The festival features about 30 acts performing mostly free gigs across seven venues
Go to the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival website for more details.