Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers now only place to catch home-grown Aussie music stars on sold-out national shows

Meg Mac | The Preatures | Josh Pyke
September 18 to 27

Listen up – the country’s hottest music talent is heading to Toowoomba for the 2015 Carnival of Flowers and the event is now one of the last chances to catch the star acts who have sold out across the country…

2014 Triple J Unearthed Winner and soul idol songstress Meg Mac has completely sold out her 2015 national Australian tour. The tour kicks off in Fremantle and continues on to Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne, before wrapping up things in Brisbane early October.

The entire “Never Be” tour by Meg Mac has exhausted allocations for all tickets in Australia, meaning that the 2015 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is the only place to catch her performing live to the crowds inside the Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival at upper Queens Park. Meg Mac performs her brand of deep and catchy Memphis soul with a youthful twist on Friday the 18th of September at 7.30pm on the Main Stage.

Sydney rockers The Preatures are also close to sold-out on their national tour. They perform on the Main Stage at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers on Friday the 18th of September at 9.00pm.

In a major coup for the Carnival, uber-cool, ARIA artist Josh Pyke will be performing with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra on the Main Stage on Sunday the 20th of September at 7.45pm.. His new album But For All These Shrinking Hearts was released on July 31 and already has generated rave reviews nationally and untouchable ratings for his shimmering folk music.

The huge musical lineup is testament to the appeal and reach of Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, which merges incredible local talent, produce and stars, with leading national names. It combines fashion with gardens, music with food, shines the light on the paddock to plate movement and most importantly, it involves the community and celebrates an incredible regional city in a truly international way.

The Heritage Bank Live Concert Series opens on Friday, September 18 at 4.30pm with Melbourne folk/indie rocker Ben Wright Smith, before Thelma Plum takes over, singing her beautifully crafted acoustic tunes, followed by the 2014 Triple J Unearthed winner Meg Mac and critically acclaimed The Preatures.

Playing over both Saturday and Sunday is the indie-pop duo of Sunshine Coast-born brothers Tim and Sam Aitkin as Hoo8Hoo. They were sensationally ambushed just last week by Cody Simpson as they busked in Sydney, and will play the guitar he gifted them (see YouTube for more)!

On Saturday, the music magic continues, with Brisbane-based Triple J star Neighbour (Ryan Neighbour), Indie pop music maker, the Sunshine Coast-born Sahara Beck, Oz superstars Pseudo Echo, rockers Taxiride, and The Boys in the Band celebrating the greatest hits from the biggest bands of all time.

Sunday kicks things up a notch with neo-soul meets alternative-pop band Inigo, before the earthy sounds of The Audreys, then The Beautiful Girls’ amazing surf-roots-reggae, followed by the magic of ARIA performer Josh Pyke, who’ll be ending the weekend with tunes from his new album ‘But For All These Shrinking Hearts’ performed with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra.

Event Details:
· Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers: September 18 -27, 2015
· Check the evolving program at www.tcof.com.au or on www.facebook.com.au/CarnivalFlowers
· Details of all organised garden tours, including the hop-on, hop-off bus and the morning and afternoon guided tours are available and can be booked online at www.tcof.com.au or by calling Stonestreet’s Coaches on (07) 4687 5555.
· Ticket details for the Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival, including the Heritage Bank Live Concert Series, can be viewed at www.tcof.com.au. Tickets will be on sale from Friday, July 31.
· Accommodation packages will be available at http://www.tcof.com.au soon.

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