Please note javascript is required for full website functionality.

Latest News

21 September, 2020

FNQ scores worlds first Covid safe country music festival

Sound Australia is pleased to announce that Far North Queensland will become the very first place on earth to host a COVID-Safe country music festival

By Phil Brandel


Sound Australia is pleased to announce that Far North Queensland will become the very first place on earth to host a COVID-safe country music festival, with The Savannah Summer Series landing in Cairns and Mareeba on October 1-3.

Originally scheduled to see a host of local, national and international country music heavyweights land in Cairns on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend for Savannah In The Round, festival organisers had to postpone the full weekend event to 2021.

Instead, the reimagined Savannah Summer Series will see top Australian talent playing in a COVID-safe way while giving Queenslanders a taste of what’s to come next year.

Sound Australia’s James Dein said they have managed to work with health authorities in navigating the COVID minefield.

“As gatherings and the regulations around social distancing are relaxed in a measured way it’s important to us and to the economy of the region that we keep the music playing,” said Mr Dein.

“Savannah in the Round was always conceived as an event to bring the Tropical North Queensland community together, as well as drive interstate tourism and shine a light on the amazing talent this country has to offer. It’s never been a more important time to deliver on.”

On the bill is one of Australia’s most loved country music icons, Lee Kernaghan and he’ll be joined by a long list of hot Aussie country acts, including Casey Barnes, newcomers The Buckleys, SaltbushSix, The Roadtrippers, The Ayres Rockettes and Camille Trail.

“I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone at the Savannah Summer Series in Cairns and Mareeba next month. I’ll be jumping up on stage with the boys from SaltbushSix to knock out some classics and I also get to officially announce the Savannah in the Round 2021 Festival and Lineup. See you in North Queensland in October!”

The Savannah Summer Series will visit Cairns’ Salt House on October 1 and Mareeba’s Rodeo Grounds on October 2. The fun continues on October 3, when the 2020 Great Northern Bullriding Series rolls into town, offering up another day jam-packed with entertainment for the entire family and over $4,000 in prize money for the winner.

Free camping on Saturday night at the Mareeba’s Rodeo Grounds, clothing stalls, food and some of the toughest bulls from around the state only sweetens the deal!


  • Allocated table and chair seating.
  • High chair seating and standing area.
Friday, 2 October 2020 - MAREEBA RODEO GROUNDS
  • Mosh pit to be replaced with allocated table and chair seating.
  • Open area mid-field for General Admission pod allocation, BYO camp chairs.
  • Grandstand reserved seating.
For more information go to


Most Popular

© 2020 The Express Newspaper - Providing Local News for Mareeba, Atherton, Cooktown, Kuranda & across the Tablelands.