Live Bands & Performers

Our nightly entertainment program will include some of Australia’s top bands, including Mental As Anything and the return of the always popular 1RAR Rock Band!


2017 Entertainment Program

Tuesday 19 September
William Barton – Opening Concert
Warren H Williams – Opening Concert
Pixie Jenkins – Opening Concert
MSB Didge Kids – Opening Concert
Kieran McCarthy – Opening Concert
Gypsy Soldiers – Opening Concert

Wednesday 20 September
Warren H Williams
Pixie Jenkins
MSB Didge Kids – Didgeridoo Workshops
Travellin’ Still with Pete Denahy
Kieran McCarthy – Main Stage
Gypsy Soldiers – Main Stage

Thursday 21 September
Warren H Williams
Pixie Jenkins
MSB Didge Kids
1RAR Jazz Band – Sunset Extravaganza Charity Dinner
Kieran McCarthy – Main Stage
Gypsy Soldiers – Main Stage

Friday 22 September
Australian Dunny Derby XXXX Gold Live Concert on main stage featuring Mental as Anything,1RAR Rock Band and Christian Power & Lonesome Train

Saturday 23 September
1RAR Rock Band – Grand Parade
Christian Power & Lonesome Train – Festival Finale – Main Stage
Kieran McCarthy – Main Stage
Gypsy Soldiers – Main Stage


Mental As Anything

With 12 albums between 1979 and 2009, Mental As Anything can call themselves art pop pioneers – blending left-of-centre lyricism, blue-eyed soul and rock into a distinctively Australian context, providing chart success and mainstream appeal. Their contribution to the Australian music landscape was formally recognised in 2009 with their induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame. 

Mental As Anything’s studio albums sales success is clear. Their 4 platinum accreditations for their studio albums and many more gold awards – alongside constant tour activity, perpetuate a strong and enduring career. Their Greatest Hits collections boast further accreditation achievements, compiling their classic singles like The Nips Are Getting Bigger, If You Leave Me Can I Come Too, Live It Up; each enduring pop classics with a strong legacy – alongside many more anthems.   Approaching their 40th Anniversary Mental As Anything announce a proud new chapter in their career – with new singles ‘Shake Off Your  Sandals”  and  ‘Goat Tracks in my Sandpit’.  Greedy Smith and Martin Plaza continue the Mentals legacy with James Gillard (ex-Mondo Rock), Martin Cilla (The Atlantics) and drummer Jacob Cook.


Outback Festival Winton 2015

1RAR Rock Band is BACK!

The Band of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RARBand), is a highly regarded component of the Australian Defence Force in North Queensland.  Performing in a variety of ensembles this Band will cater for a wide range of musical tastes including Big Band, Marching Band, Rock Band, Jazz Band, Dixie, Brass and Saxophone ensembles.




William Barton

We are delighted to announce that William Barton will feature in our 2017 Indigenous Cultural program.  William Barton is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers. William has composed works for didgeridoo and orchestras, string quartets, jazz and rock bands as well as collaborative contributions with some of Australia’s leading composers.
Major Commissions include writing for members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony as well as for contemporary dance company’s such as the Leigh Warren and Dancers which the work Breathe was premiered at Womadelaide and at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012. In 2008 the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony committee commissioned William as one of three composers for the Australian segment of the ceremony which was broadcast to a world wide audience.
William has performed as a solo artist as well as collaboratively with orchestras, string quartets and mixed ensembles, traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands. He has recorded 5 albums and contributed to several more recordings with notable artists both domestically and internationally.


Warren H Williams

Warren H Williams is one of Australia’s most highly dedicated Aboriginal musician and songwriter from Hermannsburg in Central Australia.  Warren started playing guitar at the age of six with his father Gus Williams and has gone on to win and be nominated for many music awards during his career, collaborating with the legendary John Williamson, Amos Morris, and emerging artist Dani Young to name just a few.  In 2007, Warren H Williams wrote the first ever Central Australian Indigenous musical “Magic Coolamon” and in 2015 Warren made his directorial debut, writing and directing two episodes of the Aboriginal television series “Our Place” for ICTV.
Warren H Williams is also the longest serving broadcaster on CAAMA  (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) Radio.




Pixie Jenkins

Pixie Jenkin’s fiddle playing is uniquely Australian, and with his amazing energy, story telling and humour, he has become one of the most recognisable artists in the industry. He’s also one of Australia’s most eclectic and talented entertainers, playing roots, bluegrass and Irish folk styles with an incredible dexterity and finesse.
Pixie has been a support artist and toured and recorded for some of the biggest names in the world, Bob Dylan to Cher; Jimmy Barnes to John Williamson and has been a studio musician on the recordings of 100s of other artists.
Australian Country Music ‘Golden Guitar’ awards winner, John Williamson has stated that “Pixie Jenkins is the greatest fiddler Australia has produced”. Pixie is often referred to as an ‘Icon’ (The Australian 2011) and a “living legend’.


Christian Power & Lonesome Train

Australia’s favourite rockabilly rebels, Christian Power & Lonesome Train, the Wollongong based trio, well known across the country and beyond, for their good time appeal with fans of all ages, will be bringing their high energy old time rock n roll show to music lovers in Winton for the Outback Festival in September.
Lonesome Train are in high demand across the country and can be seen playing at the major music and culture festivals. The boys were nominated last year for Australia’s most prestigious entertainment industry award, the MO Award, alongside names like ACDC & The McClymonts.  Lonesome Train are also honoured to travel the world to bring all the fun to troops serving overseas in war zones and areas of conflict as they have for N.A.T.O. and U.N. peacekeepers in Afghanistan, Israel, United Arab Emirates, East Timor and Solomon Islands. ’Apart from being really exciting when you fly into a war zone you have seen on T.V. and putting on all the combat gear, these tours fill all of the entertainers and comedians with such a huge sense of well being and national pride, and feels like in a small way, we are doing our bit for our country while leaving a positive effect on the people we meet. As an entertainer, the goodwill these tours create, feels like the most important aspect of my career’ says Christian.


Kieran McCarthy

Kieran is a professional Solo Entertainer. It has been his full-time occupation for 28 years.  He has played in venues all over Australia ranging from 5 star Resorts to Rock and Roll Pubs. His repertiore is huge and varied which allows him to cater for a wide range of functions. He plays guitar, sings and uses electronic drum loops.
Kieran has written and recorded 6 Albums all of which have been successful. He has won numerous songwriting awards.
Kieran is based in Airlie Beach which is the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on the tropical Queensland Coast of Australia. He works regular nights along Airlie’s tourist strip and Island resorts.





Gypsy Soldiers

After wandering the earth for over a decade, she stopped for a while in the town of Mackay.  Music was abundant there and amongst a killer jam session she found him full of soul.  In 2012 a local publican encouraged them to join forces and booked them gigs naming them The Weapon Heads. People expected heavy metal and without enough scream metal songs up their sleeves, they became Gypsy soldiers (3rd best band in the world according to some random drunk guy).  They changed all there solo bookings to duos, with 2 guitars, 2 vocals, percussion and a love of music to share.  Patrick Gill shreds on guitar with melodic riffs and rhythmic beats and Natasha Hardiman sings with attitude and all her heart and soul.  With a mixture of many different influences they have a soulful, bluesy, funk rock sound and Crossing many different genres.
They love to play covers in their own unique way and have many originals written from a collaboration of life experiences and nonsense.  They are hoping to record some of their original music by the end of the year.


Travellin’ Still with Pete Denahy – the Songs of Slim Dusty

When Slim Dusty’s Travelling Country Band played their last full show with Slim in 2002, the band members all went their separate ways.  Fast-forward to 2016, at the Slim Dusty Music Festival in Kempsey, NSW, they found themselves on-stage together for the first time in years.  And it felt like only yesterday as the old songs, friendships and memories came flooding back. One comment from an audience member, “This show has to go on the road!” got them all thinking, why not?  There aren’t many bands around where all the members were part of the Slim Dusty Show!
So, Rod Coe, Mike Kerin, Jeff Mercer, Rob Souter and Peter Denahy have decided to take the show on the road.  And what an experience this will be; five musicians who will be sharing stories, some of their own music and of course the songs of Slim Dusty which will sound pretty darn genuine because they’ll be played by his own band!



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The MSB Didge Kids

Far North Queensland’s skilled group of 12 high school students from Mount St Bernard have been sharing their culture and diverse musical talents around Queensland since 2015.  In 2016 with a talented and dedicated group of parents, teachers and Principal behind them, the MSB Didge Kids undertook a very successful two-week Queensland tour, performing 13 shows at 12 schools over 8 school days and travelling over 4,000kms. One of the many tour highlights for students was their performance on centre stage at Dream World on the Gold Coast. Following that show, the production company responsible for staging the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games have approached the Didge Kids to discuss an opportunity to be a part of an ‘Indigenous in local communities’ groups performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  We are so excited for you to meet the talented MSB Didge Kids at the 2017 Outback Festival!


The Memphis Moovers – Roving Entertainment

The Memphis Moovers will entertain you with their ‘Music on the Moove’ as they rove around Elderslie Street and the Eric Lenton Memorial Recreation Ground.
You will also meet Moovin’ Balloonin’ – a zany character who will balloon model all the favourites.  Great for the kids and the big kids!