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Five acts you just can’t miss at the Goodna Jacaranda Festival

If you’ve been on the fence about whether to attend the Goodna Jacaranda Festival later this month it’s time to get off and lock it in.

Since it began 50 years ago the festival has cemented itself as a popular community celebration, renowned for top notch performances by artists from Ipswich and beyond.

This year’s event from October 27 to 29 at Evan Marginson Park in Goodna will be no different with a solid line-up locked in. Here’s a taste of what you can expect at this year’s festival.

Ashley Denning

No stranger to Ipswich, Denning is a former Goodna Jacaranda Festival talent quest winner who has performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas. Combining her passion for singing, acting and dancing, she featured as Mimi in the musical Rent (2015) and Rose in the Secret Garden (2016).

Tony Q Band

With a sound like no other, this band guarantees an energetic show. The band came together at the start of 2016 after lead singer Tony, a soldier in the Australian Army, returned from active service in the Middle East. Since then it has made a massive impact on the south-east Queensland country music scene and its following continues to grow nationwide.

Brisbane Terrace trees date back to Great Depression

THE jacaranda trees on Brisbane Terrace at Goodna are renowned for their stunning annual displays but what is perhaps a little less well-known is that the trees in fact date back to the Great Depression.

They were planted by work gangs in 1932 and have stood the test of time, enduring three major floods – in 1955, 1974 and 2011. About 20 of the original trees remain and continue to delight each year with their vibrant flowers.

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the blooming of the trees coupled with the festival was a major highlight for the community each year.

“It’s hard to imagine the work gangs who planted these trees would have expected at the time that their efforts would still be brightening up our community all these decades on. The trees and the festival are a real testament to the resilience and strength of community spirit here in Goodna,” Cr Tully said.

Chandler Jay

One of Queensland’s finest young talents, singer/pianist Chandler’s enthusiasm and ability will have you questioning how he could be just 13 years of age. Be among those who can say they saw him perform live on his way to the top.

Children will go wild for Kids Corner

Children’s entertainment has been given a major boost for this year’s festival.

Let the kids burn off their energy with dance, tumbling and circus workshops across the weekend.

What’s more, it’s completely free. For a detailed program of performances and attractions check out the festival’s website here.

The Fortunate Sons

The world’s greatest tribute to America’s greatest band: Creedence Clearwater Revival. With original vintage gear and instruments, accurate costumes and spot-on musical ability, you might just think you’re watching the real thing.

Festival a celebration of community

When the inaugural Jacaranda Festival was held in 1967 celebrating and supporting community was front of mind.

Fifty years later, nothing has changed. Current Goodna Community Association president Mathew Taylor said celebrating community spirit remained at the festival’s core.

“The festival is a great celebration of our community. It brings everyone together and gives us the opportunity to support each other and grow as an even more connected community,” Mr Taylor said.

“Be it a small community group, local business or anyone else, it’s a great event to get involved with.

“I think families can expect that there’s something for everyone, so the whole family can enjoy the festival.

“The atmosphere is always fun and friendly.”


If progressive-alternative rock is your thing, Dangerpenny is your band. Described as a relentless quartet, expect a combination of rebellion, passion and individuality in their performance.

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