WHAT A DAY: A big crowd is expected for Day on the Plain at Big Skies.
WHAT A DAY: A big crowd is expected for Day on the Plain at Big Skies.

Jimbour to come alive with stars of Aussie rock

THE Western Downs is no stranger to putting on successful, large-scale events - as evidenced by the 10,000 music lovers who flocked to the bi-annual Opera at Jimbour event in 2017.

This year the Western Downs Regional Council is inviting visitors far and wide to join them on the stunning Jimbour Plains for the inaugural Big Skies Festival, with a backdrop of one of Australia's grandest colonial mansions, Jimbour Station.

Kicking off with the iconic Dalby Picnic Races on April 28, Big Skies features seven days of events, finishing with the much anticipated Day on the Plain rock concert at Jimbour Amphitheatre on May 5.

Boasting the likes of music greats Wendy Matthews, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Glenn Shorrock, Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde, Richard Clapton and the Eurogliders, it is set to be the largest rock concert west of the Great Dividing Range.

With expansive area to sit and enjoy the music on, guests are invited to bring a picnic blanket or camping chair and relax on the grounds of Jimbour Homestead.

Visitors will have plenty to choose from for their day's dining, with 40 food stalls of delicious options for the crowds as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for purchase.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the musical talent coming together for the first ever Day on the Plain was a wonderful experience.

"We are incredibly lucky to be hosting musicians of this calibre all together for Day on the Plain,” he said.

"We are in for a great show, and what better setting than the Jimbour amphitheatre and our big sky country to watch their performances.”

With gates open from 10am, visitors are encouraged to take the day at their leisure, coming for one or all six acts and soaking up the spectacular setting.

One act sure to draw the crowds is the darling of Australian music, Wendy Matthews, whose songs delight audiences with her range from ballads through to pop and jazz genres.

Adding to the line-up will be Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, who have spent decades at the forefront of Australian music delivering their trademark high-energy live shows.

Perth outfit the Eurogliders, comprised of singer Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch, have chalked up an impressive swag of awards, four albums and numerous chart toppers.

Also on the line-up, Glenn Shorrock, with a career spanning over 40 years, is one of the elder statesmen of Australian contemporary show business and is doing "some of his best work right at the moment.”

Hailing from New South Wales, singer-songwriter Richard Clapton is a household name, with both albums and songs clocking up time in the top 20 hits charts, and is sure to delight crowds.

Crowd pleasers Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde have also teamed up to deliver a blistering set of musical favourites.

Purchase your tickets at www.bigskies2018.com.au