Banding together at Lismore Show
RE-MAINS frontman Mick Daley dropped by the Lismore Showground yesterday to check out the equipment Under The Tent ahead of tomorrow’s main show.
With legendary Australian rocker Ed Kuepper headlining this year, the Re-mains will have some big shoes to fill when they follow him on stage about 10.30pm.
“Our job is to keep them dancing after Ed,” he said, with only half a tongue-in-cheek.
“We’ve been watching Ed for years, so it shouldn’t be a problem. It’s a great honour to play with him.
“He’s playing with the Bad Seeds these days and we’ve always aspired to being the country bad seeds, so following Ed may give us some added impetus and momentum.
“We’ll be playing our stuff and it’s a pretty hic line-up, so it’s all in keeping with the show and its rural roots.”
Under The Tent organiser Darren ‘Sideshow’ Bridge was putting the finishing touches to preparations yesterday – as well as squeezing in a rehearsal with Dougal Binns and the Wino’s, who he’ll be playing with tomorrow night.
“All is in place and we’re ready to roll,” he said.
“I just want to thank everyone who helped out, but also a big thanks to Jimmy Willing who started this idea a few years ago with the Cock and Bull tent.
“We totally acknowledge Jimmy and what he did to change the face of the show.”
Show president John Gibson said that everything was looking great for the 125th North Coast National.
With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting clear skies until Sunday, Mr Gibson was keeping his fingers crossed.
“Everything’s on, except for some of the circus acts,” he said.
“They got bogged in Victoria after the floods, but the last we heard one truck got through and is on its way.
“We had to cancel the showjumping because of the wet ground, but everything else is on at this stage.”
Mr Gibson said it could be shaping up to be one of the best shows in years, with attendance numbers higher than he had seen for a first day for some time.
“Apart from the Arena Spectacular, there are some very strong competitors lining up for the rodeo. We have 500 head of cattle, making ours the biggest cattle display in regional NSW, not to menton the new rides,” he said.