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Country Music Showdown

Ekka's Country Music Showdown Presented by Ringers Western 

Ekka’s Country Music Showdown presented by Ringers Western is now in its fourth year and is a place for rising stars to showcase their talent and catch their big break, along with the chance to share in more than $12,500 worth of cash and prizes.

Music artists aged 12 years and over will get a true live music experience when they’re backed by Brisbane based live band the Kelly Gang.

For the very first time, applicants will also go in the draw to win a ‘Wildcard Workshop,’ where stage coaching mentor and Judge Rob McGowan will show them the ropes of live performance before they take the main stage.

Last year’s competition unearthed Felicity Kircher, the Junior Category Winner and Heath Milner, the Open Category Winner - Heath went on to become a contestant on The Voice AU, where Coach and music icon Boy George gifted the talented teen a ticket to Nashville to continue his music dream.

The first prize in the junior competition is valued at almost $5,000 and includes the sought-after Troy Casser-Daley Ekka Country Music Scholarship to the Tamworth Academy of Country Music, while the prize for the Open Category winner, also valued at almost $5,000, includes a studio recording session with Tarmalin Sound.

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

Troy Cassar-Daly Scholarship to the Tamworth Academy of Country Music 2017

"I was the youngest in my group, and at 12, I was blown away by how comfortable I felt in the presence of all the talented Mentors, Teachers, Artists and Students... I believe we have come away from the Junior Academy course a better person, musician, singer, artist and team player.  We had so much fun and I will never forget one of the best weeks of my entire life! I can't wait to go back again and learn more in the years to come." 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."

Check out the amazing prize list!

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

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