Townsville band King – whose blend of rock, rap, blues and, yes, country sounds odd on paper but really works in practice – are on the bill for the DirtnDust Festival at Julia Creek in Queensland this week. The festival will be held from 11 to 13 April. Partly I wanted to flag that King are playing – and partly I thought any festival called ‘DirtnDust’ needs a mention on a country music website!

Also appearing is Jer Gregg, a New Americana artist from Nashville. So the music alone makes this festival worth a visit – but there also seem to be horse races, bull ride and something categorised as ‘gum boot and slush events’.

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