More than 10,000 Australian music lovers will make history this Saturday April 22 at the most remote triple j One Night Stand gig ever, hosted in the Outback Queensland town of Mount Isa.
All gig-goers need is a ride in, a swag and their finest pair of cowboy boots, as they kick up their heels to the sounds of Aussie artists like San Cisco, Tash Sultana, The Smith Street Band, Thundamentals, and triple j Unearthed winner Lucky Luke.
Home to the largest production of copper, silver zinc and lead in the world, Mount Isa is big on mining, but small in population, with a roll call of around 23,000 people.
The city, as a music arena, sings outback charm with the ochre-coloured Selwyn Ranges creating a backdrop for Akubra-wearing characters especially at the infamous Mount Isa Rodeo, the third largest in the world.
Mount Isa City Council Communications and Marketing Officer, Jasmine Barber, says the One Night Stand will showcase the city's vibrant and cultural community not often seen, while economic benefits will be huge.
“We don't always get the chance to have touring artists visit us, so we are embracing this opportunity whole-heartedly,” said Ms Barber.
Music lovers can check out prehistoric fossils at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, views from the city lookout and an Underground Hospital used by civilians in World War II.
Tourism operators are grasping their own slice of the action, creating customised tour packages for revellers.
“Mount Isa City Council and Mount Isa Entertainment and Tourism Venues (MIETV) have been busy preparing for a major influx into the city and working with accommodation providers and local businesses to make sure they have the support to enjoy this great opportunity,” said Ms Barber.
“Visit Outback at Isa for a One Night Stand tour package, “The Isa Quickie”, will give you an underground mining experience, a tour through Mount Isa, and a visit to the beautiful shores of Lake Moondarra.”
Business Manager of MIETV, Angi Matveyeff, says the One Night Stand gig is a great opportunity to show off Mount Isa's hidden gems, and is keen to share her local tips with festival goers.
“My favourite thing to do in town is watch the sunset, from the lookout, from the lake or just out in the bush. I haven't met a sunset I didn't like yet,” Ms Matveyeff said.
Sydneysiders and Melbournians can expect a scenic 26-hour road trip to “The Isa”, or fly over with a short stop in Brisbane. Queenslanders can fly direct from Cairns Townsville or Brisbane.
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