Entering The Competition

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All contestant/entrants are required to complete an entry form, media release, section entry and agree to HCMF terms and conditions. 




Instructions For The Competition

  1. Please read carefully all Terms and Conditions of the Competition Rules, Hall Etiquette and Media Release 

2. Then carefully fill out ENTRY FORM AND MEDIA RELEASE. You may upload your charts for the band.  This may be handy as people often forget to bring them on the day!! Not Essential Though

3. Finally click ENROLMENT SECTIONS FOR CONTESTANTS Choose the ticket to your section you are eligible for, enter the heats you wish to perform and go to the check out to pay!

1. Terms & Conditions

  • Amateurs Only: – The definition of an amateur performer is a person who does not make a paid career out of performing. Contestants cannot enter if they are employed (receive remuneration) from a music career or Hughenden Country Music.

  • Material: – All material must be country. Exceptions only apply to Novelty Sections.

  • Judges: – The decision of the judges will be final and No Discussion or Correspondence will be entered into regarding their adjudication. The judge’s opinion is just that, based on their knowledge and experience in the country music industry and should be accepted in the spirit that it is given.

  • Backing: – All backing must be Live. No musical effects, music machine or drum machines. Synthesisers/Keyboards can be used as a piano sound only. Guitar pedal effects are permitted. Note: Disqualification will result if you ignore this rule.

  • Sound and Stage: – Equipment will be provided and will be the only equipment used on stage. (Drums Supplied). Anyone requiring a keyboard must supply their own.

  • Nominations: – A Contestant will only appear Once in any Section. No Late Nominations will be taken. (Note: Under No circumstances will there be any refund of Nomination Fees).

  • Contestants: – All Contestants must register with the Stage Manager at least 30 minutes in advance of their particular section, and be prepared to perform in the order they are placed. Failure to do this will result in being declared absent. At No Time is any contestant allowed to approach the judges or adjudication area. Failure to abide by this rule may result in disqualification.

  • Backing Band: – If the Backing Band is required, contestants must supply Four Copies of legible Chord Charts.

  • Dress Code: – All contestants and backing artists must be suitably dressed. Under NO Circumstances will thongs or singlets be permitted on stage. Contestants are reminded that country style dress form part of their performance and will be judged accordingly.

  • Duo Vocal: – Two Contestants Only. Backing Band may be used.

  • Age Groups: – At Age of Competition:

  • Pee Wee – 8 Years and under.  (Not yet 9)

  • Juvenile – 9-12 Years  (Not yet 13)

  • Junior – 13 – 17 Years.  (Not yet 18)

  • Adult – 18 Years and over

  • Duo Vocal – Open to all ages

  • Instrumental – Open to all ages.

  • Golden Oldies – 50+

  • Newcomer – Open to all ages

  • Local – You can enter in your age bracket for entries from Praire, Winton, Richmond, Julia Creek to Mount Isa.

  • Official Areas: – The office, judges and sound mixing areas are not for congregation for contestants or friends. Please keep away from these areas unless you have official business.

  • Adjudication Sheets: – Score Sheets will be available at the conclusion of the festival after Presentation.

  • Stage Behaviour: – Under No Circumstances will verbal discrimination be tolerated on stage. Alcohol Must Not Be Consumed on Stage.

  • Finals: – First placegetters ONLY will appear in the Finals. A Different Song must be sung to that performed throughout the weekend. It does not need to be a song pertaining to the section you won in. Each person will appear ONCE ONLY in the Finals with the exception of DUO.

  • Presentations: – The Committee requests that all section winners will remain in their performance outfits until after the presentations and photos.

  • Prize Money and Trophies: – Will be awarded to the first, second and third placegetters in each section.

  • People’s Choice Award: – This will be determined by a count of votes from audience voting forms.

  • Personal Items: – Hughenden Country Music Festival will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to such items. Responsibility lies with the owner.

  • Judging Style: – Contestants will be judged on many areas including, country content, use of stage, expression, timing, suitability of material, microphone technique, pitch, breathing, appropriate dress, presentation, diction and entertainment value.

  • Photos and Filming: – Contestants agree to photos, filming and recording of their performances for promotional and website purposes specific to Hughenden Country Music Festival.

Please |
The Committee of the Hughenden Country Music Festival reserves the right to alter the Rules and Conditions at their discretion without prior notice and may cancel any section should there be insufficient nominations.
The Committee apologises for any omissions, late acknowledgements or errors that may or may not appear in the program
All Contestants hoping to be included for the Grand Final on Sunday must have an extra song prepared as No Contestant will be allowed to perform a song that they have already sung in the competition. 

2. Entry Form & Media Release 

Entry Form and Media Release


Entrants and performers, please agree to our terms and conditions, media release & submit.

Then Click on the Enrolment Section for Contestants, next click on the Ticket Section that you are eligible and pay for your entry into Festival 

Enter entrant(s) name(s).
Enter mobile e.g. 0412345678
Enter Address e.g Unit 1, Smith Street.
Please enter D.O.B for Junior / Juvenile / Pee Wee Entrant(s).
If Backing Band is required, please supply four copies of legible chord charts.
As an Entrant in the Hughenden Country Music Festival, I hereby give my permission for my photograph or my child’s photograph taken over the duration of the festival to be used in media promotions and on the official website, Facebook and for any other media release. Please check both.
If you wish to be considered for the Academy Award it is ONLY for Junior (14-17yrs) Age Bracket please indicate here.

Questionnaire (CMAA)


For Junior entrants 14-17 years of age by July 2024.

Who have checked the box at the bottom of the Entry Form that they would like to be considered for the CMAA Academy of Music Scholarship PLEASE FILL IN THIS FORM ALSO.

*Please Continue To scroll down after filling in Entry Form to Section 3 Enrolment Section for Contestants*

3. Enrolment Sections for Contestants


Contestant Entrants and Performers please click on the Ticket Sections that you are eligible and pay for your tickets.

Instruction snapshots if you are having trouble enrolling with the Sections and Heats for the competition
First Step
Second Step
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PeeWee Section Contestant ticket 2023
Junior Contestant Ticket 2023