Local members of the Boomtown band, with Queensland Music Festival artistic director James Morrison (second from left) at Wednesday night’s launch of Gladstone musical Boomtown.
Local members of the Boomtown band, with Queensland Music Festival artistic director James Morrison (second from left) at Wednesday night’s launch of Gladstone musical Boomtown. Brenda Strong

Musical talent on show as excitement builds for Boomtown

THE countdown is officially underway for Gladstone's very own musical extravaganza, Boomtown.

Billed as "a production so epic that no stage can hold it", Queensland Music Festival artistic director James Morrison launched the event at Gladstone Marina on Wednesday night.

The $500,000 four-night free event will be held from Thursday, July 18 at the Gladstone Marina Park Foreshore.

Featuring a 300-strong cast of mainly local performers, it tells the story of Gladstone's past 50 years and how industry has shaped the community.  

The launch delivered a taste of Boomtown's talent, including local stars George Cartwright, 13, and Elizabeth Osborn, 12.

Mr Morrison said the event couldn't take place without the wealth of musical ability that producers had discovered in the Gladstone region.

"We came to Gladstone and held a "musical audit" and we were astounded," he said.

"I really think Gladstone's next commodity boom could be musical talent."

Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Observer.



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