Jimmy Barnes to rock Gympie’s Rush 2017 concert

Australian rock royalty is coming to Gympie to help celebrate 150 years of the region’s heritage.

In recognition of this major milestone, Council is bringing Aussie Rock legend Jimmy Barnes to headline Gympie’s Rush 2017 concert to be held at Albert Park on Saturday 14th October 2017.

Mayor Mick Curran said this promises to be one of the biggest events in Gympie’s history.  “Jimmy Barnes is an Australian icon, someone who truly represents a fighting spirit and determination to rise above life’s challenges, providing enormous inspiration to others,” Mayor Curran said.

“This year’s Gympie Sesquicentenary (G150) celebrations mark the 150th anniversary since the discovery of gold by James Nash.  Jimmy is the perfect fit to help our region celebrate where we’ve come from and how far we’ve grown since that time.”

Jimmy Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock ‘n roll. His nickname “Barnesy” conjures up images of rock music at an ear-splitting volume – both as a solo artist and the lead singer of Cold Chisel – as well as soul standards given a unique reading.  Over his 40+ year career, Jimmy has been through it all, and lived to tell the tale which he did in his bestselling memoir, Working Class Boy, and is about to do it again with a second volume, Working Class Man, due for release later this year. Along the way, Jimmy has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock ‘n’ roll artist and his live shows are legendary for their intensity.

Jimmy will be supported by some of Australia’s rock icons including The Black Sorrows, The Voices – Reece Mastin, Jason Singh(Taxiride), Katie Underwood(Bardot), and Paul Gray(Wa Wa Nee), and local artists Brooke Schubert and TotoSenda. Special guests comedians Frank Woodley and John Fleming(Scared Weird Little Guys) will Emcee the concert.

Gates open at 3pm, for a 4.30pm start. Rides, food and drinks, and a licensed area will be available.

The Rush 2017 concert forms part of the Rush Festival running from 5 to 21 October, with a full program of music, visual arts, film, comedy and outdoor events.

As a special G150 gift for the community, General Admission is only $10 and children 12 & under free. To purchase tickets, visit www.rushfestival.com.au

About Rush Festival

Rush Festival is a celebration of creativity, arts, culture and heritage that ignites the Gympie region with colour, music, dance, art, theatre, film, poetry and fun throughout the month of October. Rush Festival’s diverse collaborative program creatively entwines grassroots events and celebrations with the internationally acclaimed Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival, Gold Rush Festival, and Widgee Bush Balladeers.

From art competitions, master classes, and debates to theatre, concerts, comedy acts, and family fun there is something for everyone to enjoy and experience during Rush Festival. The festival welcomes people from all walks of life to enjoy, engage, create, learn, grow, film, play, act, dance, sing and connect in the Gympie region.

In 2017 the Gympie Region is marking its 150th anniversary since the discovery of gold by James Nash. Originally discovered in October 1867, this particular month is also widely recognised as the founding date of the Gympie Township.

Come for a day or stay for the month to truly engage and appreciate this unique region during the Rush Festival.

For further details of all events, including times, locations, and how to book tickets, visit the Rush Festival website at www.rushfestival.com.au

Information about travel and accommodation options can also be found on the site.

For live updates and event announcements, follow Rush Festival on social media.

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