Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hottest New Acts to Kick Start 2019

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hottest New Acts to Kick Start 2019

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Byline: Jann Houley

THE inaugural Kick Start music festival promises to set CQ on fire -- literally -- when it kicks off Thursday at 1pm at Yeppoon's Maurie Webb Park.

Colt Seavers frontman Dave Somerville is a professional bull rider and stuntman who's worked with Tom Cruise on The Last Samurai and Heath Ledger on Ned Kelly.

Nothing is off limits for this rockabilly outlaw during his daredevil performances, including setting fire to the band's instruments.

Their music's just as hot if rave reviews from this year's show in Tamworth are anything to go by.

But the real hero behind this new event on Rockhampton's music calendar is Gary Vincent, who runs On Hire Rentals on Thozet Rd.

Vincent's showing me his hand-painted TARDIS portaloos as he relates how he came to spend the past eight months pulling together his latest gig after a five-year hiatus.

A talented muso in his own right -- he played guitar professionally around Sydney's surf beaches -- Vincent turned to instrument sales and events management after his first glimpse of Lammermoor Beach enticed him to come live in CQ.

"The big beach, the blue water, the few islands on the horizon ... I knew this was where I was meant to be," he said.

Locals will remember the Rockeze music shop Vincent ran on Musgrave St between 1991 and 1996 before he moved on to full-time events management.

What they won't know is from how far back he had to haul himself to help others make their music.

"I was in the army when I broke my back," he said.

"It was one of those classic 'you'll never walk again' scenarios; it took me nine years but I beat the odds."

By the late '90s, Vincent had brought such star acts as Smokey, Thirsty Merc and The Superjesus to the region.

He also helped his wife Christine raise their five kids. …

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