Queensland is (as far as I know) the only state in Australia that grants a public holiday so its residents can go to a show – and even then, it’s only Brisbane residents who get the holiday to go to the show. But, then, the Ekka is not just any show. And the Ekka has a country music competition.

The Ekka is celebrating the 140th show this year, and one of its major drawcards is the Country Music Showdown presented by Ringers Western, returning for its fourth year in 2017. With last year’s prize pool worth over $11,000, the Ekka wants to increase the opportunities available to the winners this year. So the prize pool is up to a whopping $12,500, with cash prizes included. This year the naming rights sponsor is Ringers Western, a country ringers clothing brand born in Queensland.
The Showdown is a great platform for emerging country music singers and singer-songwriters to compete and perform in a unique and friendly competition exposing them to the greater aspects of the music industry. The competition will be held on Sunday 20 August (the final day of the Ekka) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (exact times TBC) with a mix of a Junior (ages 12 to 16) and Open Category (ages 17 and over) Competition.

For more details and a link to enter, visit: