Australia: Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest QLD

Plenty of tightly crossed fingers paid off for festival goers when Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest got the green light to go full steam ahead with its three jam packed days of Aussie music. Not an easy gig amid covid snap lockdowns and unpopular border closures, but festival director Jimmy Budgen together with his band of loyal hard workers, musos who were ever so grateful to be performing as well as ever faithful festies made sure this festival, now in its 10th year, was a resounding success.

Mitchell Creek near Kandanga in the Mary Valley is two hours north of Brisbane and this year, 3500 people camped on Jimmy’s scenic 100 acres to soak up good music on two alternating stages, eat good food from food vans, quaff byo drinks and mingle. Zero access to internet was the icing on an already fabulous cake.

Easy drive into Mitchell Creek
All set up in the volunteer area

For not one minute of one hour did we not realise how privileged we were to be sitting out under balmy blue skies which morphed into starry milky way nights, enjoying non stop music from 10am to 11pm in an enviable Aussie bush setting.

The calm before the storm of amazing music

Without further ado, I’d like to thank our good friend Lorrie for signing us up as festival volunteer rubbish picker upperers. Not knowing what to expect, we were blown away by the hundreds of really nice people we met, easy going and laid back whose sole aim was to chill out and enjoy all the good stuff on offer. We loved it.


The nights were ours since it was too dark to work, so it was an easy thing to sit around the volly camp chewing the cud with fellow vollies or drag our chairs to the arena and be entertained by a fine line up of Aussie musicians.

Ian Moss
Her Way to Hell – all female ACDC band – photo credit Deb Neill photographs
The Amanda Emblem Experience
Relaxed and easy
Soul Men Blues Bros minus Elwood – he’s stuck in NZ. Jake carried off the showman performance to perfection.
Photo credit:
Mason Rack
Colour aplenty
Standing tall and proud to a rousing national anthem and an Aussie flag overhead
Gypsy Grind and its fabulous coffee
Covid reminder

Mitchell Creek is one well organised festival that delivers on many levels. Tickets for 2022 are already on sale. Read more here

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