COUNTRY SUN: Central Coast Country Music Festival's main event on Sunday, August 11, at Memorial Park, The Entrance, attracts all ages for a relaxed day of music and fun.
COUNTRY SUN: Central Coast Country Music Festival's main event on Sunday, August 11, at Memorial Park, The Entrance, attracts all ages for a relaxed day of music and fun.

It's a little bit country at annual music festival

THE new face of country music has wider appeal than ever and will be on display at this year's Central Coast Country Music Festival from August 9-11.

About 12,000 people are expected to join in the fun over the three days, with the main event at Memorial Park, The Entrance from 10am-4pm on the Sunday.

Upcoming star Chelsea Berman is among the featured line-up, along with Lizzie Steadman, Christie Lamb, The Viper Creek Band, Sunny Cowgirls, Amber Lawrence and Veronika Lawson.

Run by Central Coast Council, community partnerships manager Glenn Cannard said for those not fans of traditional country music, the festival had "artists inspired by today's pop, rock and alternative genres".

He said great music, a host of fun activities and the beautiful backdrop of The Entrance established the festival as a Central Coast institution during the past 19 years.

"The longevity and success of this festival is due to its broad appeal - attendees include country music fans and music fans in general," he said.

"We see families, young people and older members of the community all having a great time."

As well as performances on the main stages, there will be buskers, The Entrance markets, food stalls, rides and other activities.

That includes line dancing demonstrations, whip cracking and other activities for the grandkids.

Performers will also feature at Long Jetty, Bateau Bay, Wyong and Wamberal venues over the three days, including local stars Whiskey Business - who took out Best Band and Most Popular Band at Tamworth in 2018 - at Diggers 4pm on Saturday.

The Coastal Country Band (aka the Helen Goss Band) is among performers that bass guitar and vocalist Rowley Rushbrook says are "playing for a more mature audience" at the Central Coast Country Music showcase at Bateau Bay Bowling Club from 6.30pm Saturday.

The band has only been together about 12 months, combining their talents for the same concert last year, but Rowley said they have "all played about 30-year apprenticeships somewhere else".

You can expect a bit of the Eagles and Tom Petty on the play list.

Other special guests are the Michael and Lorraine Wilks duo, Ross McGregor and young star Ben Seymour.

For the festival program, go to centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/council/country-music-festival-2019.


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