It’s traditionally been a man’s world, but there’s a changing of the guard at this weekend’s Groundwater Country Music Festival, with female performers making up almost 50 per cent of the acts.
Forget Stand By Your Man. Girls are taking centre stage at this weekend’s Groundwater Country Music Festival. Melody Moko, Lily Grace and Melanie Dyer are set to perform at the Gold Coast Groundwater Country Music Festival.
The popular festival, rescheduled after a delay due to coronavirus, kicks off at Broadbeach for three days starting Friday. While the pandemic has played havoc with the music industry, organisers have still been able to assemble a stellar line-up, with females making up 47 per cent of the acts set to perform.
In the rough-and-ready world of country music that’s no mean feat, with females making up less than a quarter of the performers two or three years ago.
Northern NSW performer Melanie Dyer, who was able to enter the state through the border bubble, said it was “incredible” to have such a high proportion of girls on the festival line-up. “It’s awesome to see,” she said. “It will be great to be part of a festival with such a high proportion of women on the bill.”
Other big names include Troy Cassar-Daly, Casey Barnes, Adam Brand and the Wolfe Brothers.
Pictured: L to R, Melody Moko, Lily Grace, Melanie Dyer
Article by: Jeremy Pierce. Photography: Nigel Hallett