Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Search for New Slim Goes On

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Search for New Slim Goes On

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WITH another year about to be written into the archives, it's time to survey the Australian country music scene, and try to determine what has changed over the last 365 days. The answer is aprobably not a lota.

The bush ballad festivals which have surged strongly over the past five years or so are still on the improve, while club-run country music festivals, which provided competition for everyone from five to 85 years of age, seem to be continuing on their downhill run.

Since the turn of the century so many of these have ceased to exist, while others have chosen to specialise in an attempt to keep afloat, hence the birth of juniors-only festivals, or, to go to the other extreme, Golden Oldies exclusively.

The Bundaberg club can hold its head high, with the Easter Round Up remaining unaltered, but still attracting a reasonable attendance, although falling short of the crowds of the first half of the 1990s.

The really big annual national events, Tamworth, the Gympie Muster and Bungendore, still continue to flourish, as does Paul McCloud's Easter Weekend at Tambar Springs. …

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