Mount Isa Mines Rodeo with the Indigenous Rodeo Championships will be a cracker

There will be a record number of riders to provide thrills and spills on the arena and then at night Guy Sebastian and Baker Boy will come out to rodeo rock at Isa

From August 11 to 14 August 2022 catch the biggest buckle battle in the Southern Hemisphere with Australia’s largest rodeo prize pool of over $300,000 – shown here is 2021 cowboy champion Fred Osman– photo Stephen Mowbray

In mid-august the biggest buckle battle in the Southern Hemisphere will take place at the world famous Mount Isa Mines Rodeo with in addition for the first time ever the event will incorporate the Mount Isa Indigenous Rodeo Championships.

Now Rodeo Week will provide four days of non-stop action commencing on Thursday 11 August and run through until Sunday 14 August 2022. 

While a record number of riders are set to compete for Australia’s largest rodeo prize pool of over $300,000, on stage some of the country’s biggest names in music including Guy Sebastian and Baker Boy lead three nights of Rodeo Rock.

For Bella Mackenzie the atmosphere is electric getting ready for the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo 2022 – photo Aaron Skinn

The Mount Isa Mines Indigenous Rodeo Championships Concert on Thursday evening 11 August will deliver big time – led by Baker Boy, the Sundowners Kalkutungu Dancersthe Desert Dust Dance Group and local DJ Deadly Jacobwho opens for Baker Boy.

The Yolŋu superstar Baker Boy (Danzal Baker) relishes keeping people on their toes.

He’s revelling in a nostalgic side with his first single since 2021’s acclaimed debut album Gela.

The dancer, rapper and singer has reimagined Bernard Fanning’s acoustic folk ‘Wish You Well’ as a feel-good hip-hop anthem alongside the Powderfinger front man himself.

In April 2022 the Fresh Prince Of Arnhem Land went viral with his high-energy rendition of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ for triple j’s Like A Version. Mashing up the Brit-pop classic with the Baha Men’s ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ (shook!), Baker Boy flowed it all out in his Yolŋu Matha tongue and played Yidaki.

See all the local beauty talent compete riding on nothing but a smile including these Community Quest entrants Melissa Kirk, Tammy James and Phoebe Ryder

Leading Rodeo Rock on the Friday evening and fresh off his 2022 sell-out and record breaking T.R.U.T.H. Arena tour, is one of Australia’s most well-loved artists, Guy Sebastian (AM).

The only Australian male to boast six #1 singles and three #1 albums in ARIA chart history, he is undeniably one of this country’s most successful and enduring artists of all time. 

As the first-ever Australian contestant at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, which attracted 200 million viewers, Sebastian finished in fifth place. 

Guy has shifted well over 7 million combined units worldwide, has over 725million streams world-wide, while attaining 69 Platinum certifications and 8 Golds certifications since he first exploded through our TV sets and into our hearts as winner of the inaugural season of ‘Australian Idol’ back in 2003.

Riders of all ages will be competing at the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo – here Rodeo royalty Bob Holder and Mount Isa young cowboy Byron Kirk agree to play fair at the 2022 event – photo Aaron Skinn

He continues to shine on TV as a popular and winning Coach on The Voice, and recently sold out 23 arena shows to recording breaking capacity. Guy is an avid community minded man of soul with his philanthropic work with The Sebastian Foundation.

Twin brothers Jack and Patrick Pierce of the Pierce Brothers will also play on Friday night. The high energy duo has been a staple of the Australian indie-folk/blues and roots scene since they exploded on the stage in 2014, starting their career as buskers on Bourke Street in Melbourne.

While they’ve toured all over the world, it was during the 2020 lockdown that the boys took to the studio for six weeks and created their most ambitious record yet, Into The Great Unknown.

Headlining on Saturday night are country-rock titans, McAlister Kemp, one of the most successful Australian country acts of the last decade.

From the breakout success of their debut album All Kinds of Tough’in 2010, through their incredible live shows, and their additional two albums Country Proud (2012) and Harder to Tame (2014).

The Yolŋu superstar Baker Boy (Danzal Baker) and Guy Sebastian are ready to rodeo rock at the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

Drew McAlister and Troy Kemp’s work is packed with hands-in-the-air rockers like “Hell Yeah”, “Hard Work” and “Country Proud” along with anthems like “It Don’t Buy You Love”, “Fight Me” and “All Kinds of Tough”. Their new single ‘Paid for Drinking Beer’ is out now and set to rock the Isa stage!

Starting the party on Saturday night is star of Raised Like That and Small-Town fame James Johnston. A country boy born and bred in Wingham; James Johnston has built a sound that is capturing the hearts of listeners everywhere and is a definite crowd favourite.

The Mount Isa Mines Indigenous Rodeo Championships will be held on Thursday 11 August 2022 in partnership with Mona Aboriginal Corporation at Buchanan Park Events Complex, George and Sutton Street Mt Isa QLD.

While the full Mount Isa Mines Rodeo program will provide four days of non-stop action commencing on Thursday 11 August and run through until Sunday 14 August 2022. 

Tickets are on sale now at: Isarodeo.com.au