Competition Overview 

Ekka's Country Music Showdown presented by Ariat Australia sees musicians aged 12 years and over compete in the ultimate search for Queensland's next country music star. Now in its tenth year, the competition offers rising musicians the chance to battle it out for career-boosting prizes worth more than $20,000 by performing two songs at the XXXX Stockmen's Bar & Grill on Saturday 17th August 2024.

In the 2023 competition, our finalists performed with a live band to a panel of industry expert judges:

  • Michael Turner - The Gympie Music Muster Talent Search and Head of Mothertone
  • Rachael Dixon - Artist Manager at Secret Sounds Management
  • Stephen Green - CEO/Publisher at SGC Media
  • Sari Abbott - Singer-Songwriter (Open Section Guest Judge)
  • Keely Ellen - Singer-Songwriters (Junior Section Guest Judges)

There are two categories: Junior (ages 12-17) and Open (18+) with a prize pool of over $20,000 from Ariat Australia and our amazing prize partners.

Terms & Conditions can be found below.

For more information, please contact our competition coordinator.

2023 Prizes

$20,000 + in cash and prizes

2023 Winners

1st Place Open Winner - Beth Lucas

1st Place Junior Winner - Sarah Savannah

Contact Competition Support
Name: Tony Laffan