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Troy Cassar-Daley headlines the 4th Blue Water Country Music Festival in Port Stephens, June 5 – 8, bringing country to the coast. The Festival will be held over the June long weekend in picturesque Port Stephens, one of Australia’s great holiday destinations – just one hour north of Newcastle and two hours north of Sydney on the NSW Coast.

 Judging by the level of interest from both performers and potential visitors, the magnificent Blue Water paradise of Port Stephens will again provide a spectacular backdrop to many venues, as well as attracting a premier line-up of established country music artists.

Are you a great talent waiting to be discovered? 

The Blue Dolphin Awards, the premier event of the Festival, celebrates new talent in Australian Country Music and could be the ideal start for you. This year’s competition is open to amateur, semi-professional and professional artists aged 18 to 30 years in the Singer/Songwriter and Lyrics categories.

The Awards are sponsored by ACCOM Nelson Bay, a long established real estate company experienced in holiday letting, offering professional advice on a wide range of holiday accommodations across the whole Tomaree Peninsula.

First prize carries $1,000, plus a recording contract sponsored by Rod & Jeff McCormack from Music Cellar Recording Studio and a trophy. Runner-up receives $350 and a trophy, while 3rd place getter wins $100 and a trophy. The first three place getters in the Lyrics section will each receive a Certificate.

The Awards will be hosted at Nelson Bay Golf Club, which offers a magical backdrop to this very special event on Saturday 6 June 2009, from 10am. Entry forms can be found on the country music web site.

Past years’ winners like Kaylah-Anne and Melanie Dwyer have both gone on to carve successful country music careers. 

We can’t have a music festival without buskers. This year the Blue Water Busking Titles is attracting interesting performers. Entrants will be able to busk in designated areas from 4pm Friday 5th June to 6.30pm Sunday 7th June. Judges will patrol the official busking areas during those dates at random times. Official judging and award presentation will be held on Monday, 8/6/09 at 11am on the CBD Stage, Stockton Street, Nelson Bay. Five acts will be chosen to perform and 3 will be selected as finalists. It’s not too late to enter.

The 2009 overall winner of the Blue Water Busking Titles will win a cash prize of $400, a trophy and certificate. Second and 3rd place winners will receive respectively, a cash prize of $250 and $100 and a certificate.

The Festival, sponsored by Business Port Stephens and the Nelson Bay & District Business Chamber, kicks off in Apex Park with the Blue Water Stampede and Official VIP Launch Friday at 6pm.

Cruise boats which pass the day sailing among the dolphins in the Port Stephens waterways will offer twilight dinner cruises with country music. This is a unique concept in Country music, ‘Bringing Country to the Coast’. Artists and activities will be spread across Port Stephens shire, including Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, Soldiers Point Bowling Club, Tilligerry RSL, Tea Gardens Hotel, and in Nelson Bay at d’Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay Diggers and the Seabreeze Hotel.

Port Stephens FM100.9 will be playing country music all weekend supporting our Festival artists on air. They are also sponsoring the large marquee in Apex Park on Government Road in Nelson Bay CBD. The park will be abuzz all day Saturday and Sunday, June 6 & 7. Nelson Bay Town Management Information marquee will give away the official program, merchandise and artists’ CDs for sale, while a variety of site stalls will add product and colour.

From Apex Park, wander on down to d’Albora Marinas between 12 to 3pm over the weekend to be entertained with sparkling water and boats bobbing as a spectacular background. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to visit also.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club has a full program of artists all weekend, some ticketed and others at no cost. The Festival headline act is Steve Passfield & Handpicked in concert with Troy Cassar-Daley on Sunday, June 7. Show starts at 7pm with Troy on stage at 9pm. Tickets $35 on sale now from the Club and selling fast. Call 4982 7173 to book.

Salamander Shopping Centre’s program will provide entertainment for all the customers visiting the Centre, with a strong focus of activity at Salamander Sound Music shop near K-Mart. The full Festival program is on our web site.

The All Seasons Salamander Shores Hotel will host some of our headline performers during the Festival. Try the new Steak Restaurant at this venue while enjoying their country music performances.

Who’s your favourite country music artist? 

Over the long weekend in June, tap your feet, clap your hands to the music of Troy Cassar-Daley, Steve Passfield & Handpicked, Kirsty Lee Akers, Victoria McGee, Brumbys Run, Dianne Lindsay Trio, Dale Hooper, Morgan Evans, Ruckus, Tracy Killeen, The Wolverines, The Kickin’ Cash Show, Kelly Hope, Kel-Anne Brandt, Kaylah-Anne, Wildseed, Col Thomson, The Junes, Pat Drummond & Karen Lynne, Bruce McCumstie, Rob Wilson, John Wilson, Lee J Collier, Daxton and Bec Willis, at venues across Port Stephens, home of the Blue Water Country Music Festival.

Enjoy a beer? Prefer a glass of wine? 

Climb aboard a coach for the Murray’s Brewery & Port Stephens Winery and Wonganella Estate Tours, departing twice daily on Saturday and Sunday from adjacent the Visitors Information Centre at the corner of Teramby Road and Victoria Parade. 

During the Festival both venues will be offering visitors the opportunity to taste their products, enjoy live country music entertainment and delicious, locally-produced gourmet lunches and afternoon teas. 

If you prefer a cold beer, at Murray’s Brewery and Port Stephens Winery you will find the full range of their on tap craft beers: ‘Ales with Attitude! 

Wonganella Estate Winery offers you the opportunity to appreciate their fine wines while relaxing, surrounded by 35 acres of natural bush and picture perfect views.

Troy Cassar-Daley’s new CD ‘I Love this Place’ is climbing up the charts. 

You will be able to say “I Love This Place” too, once you immerse yourself in our Blue Water Country Music Festival in Port Stephens.

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