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Country Music Showdown

Ekka's Country Music Showdown 

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) presents Ekka’s Country Music Showdown. Queensland’s rising country music stars will have the opportunity to showcase their talent and get a true live music experience when they are backed by a live band.

Contestants will also have a chance to win a place in our “Wildcard Workshop” with performance coach and Judge, Rob McGowan, before they take the stage. 

Warm up your vocal chords, dust off your boots and show us what you’ve got at Ekka’s Country Music Showdown. 

Heath Milner  – 2016 Open Category Winner


“My Ekka Country Music Showdown experience was lots of fun - great band and the judges were very approachable. Great experience for any up and coming Country Music artist. Being given the opportunity to be on the Gympie main stage as one of the prizes was an awesome opportunity. I am looking forward to using the rest of my prizes this year. Thank you to the Ekka." Heath Milner


Felicity Kircher – 2016 Junior Category Winner 

"I had an absolutely amazing time performing at the Ekka Showdown Competition.  Over the past three years of entering, I have met so many awesome people and made lots of new friends. There are many talented Artists who compete at Ekka's Showdown and I was thrilled and humbled to find myself the winner for 2016!  I'd like to say a big thank you to the fantastic band who are always inspiring and helpful and a special thank you to the Ekka organisers for running such a fabulous event which gives young Artists like me an opportunity to shine and perform in front of an enthusiastic Ekka crowd!  Finally, I wish to thank the many Sponsors who have contributed to the amazing prizes including Troy Cassar-Daley for his generous Scholarship Package to the Junior Academy in Tamworth!" Felicity Kircher

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the Ekka was about bringing the country to the city and encouraging the development of new talent in all industries, including the arts. 

"Ekka wouldn't be Ekka without country music," he said. 

"Ekka's Country Music Showdown is about unearthing the best of the best and providing a platform for these artists."

Aspiring musicians with a passion for country music - enter now.

See you at Ekka’s Country Music Showdown in 2017! 

For general enquiries, contact the Entertainment Department on 07 3253 3900 or via email at