It’s that time of year again and Aussie Bush Idol is making its way to the Culcairn Hotel.
Organiser Korey Livy, who got his start on Australian Idol in 2006, stressed to The Border Mail the competition would encompass all kinds of music, from jazz to rock.
“We want people from any genre,” he said.
“This event is not about country – it’s about any music. We even had a metal band last year.”
Those who haven’t had much experience before will be catered for in the novice and amateur categories, while there is a semi-professional category for singers who could play a whole set.
“By doing this, I hope we’ll get more people interested,” Livy said.
He started the grassroots competition last year because he didn’t feel there was any platform on the Border for emerging musicians to get a leg up.
“We have such great local talent, so let’s check it out what we’ve got here,” Livy said.
The initiative is supported by local businesses to encourage live music, with more than $5000 in cash and prizes in the pool.
There will be three qualifying heats on August 28, September 25 and October 30.
This will be followed by a wild card draw on November 27, ahead of the grand final on December 3.
For those who want to enjoy a cold drink on the night, there will be a courtesy bus running from Albury-Wodonga.
To register, visit koreylivy.com.au.