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Fri 22 Mar 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Kangaroo Flat Sports Club, Dower Park 1C Station Street, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo Region

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Dinner & Show: $30.00
  • Show Only: $17.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Aussie country music star Paul Costa is set to make his long-awaited return visit to Bendigo – kicking off his national tour and celebrating his barnstorming new single, Big End of Town. Paul will present a very special, intimate acoustic show tailor-made for his Bendigo audience at Kangaroo Flat Sports Club in March.

The last time Paul and his band played in Bendigo the show sold out, and he still rates it as one of the most enjoyable gigs he’s ever done. He can’t wait to get back to the Goldfields! “Bendigo is always a special place to perform for me,” he says. “I’ve enjoyed lots of support and made some great friends there. They are always a crowd which likes to join in and have fun as part of the show.”

And fun is very much on the agenda this time around. Following his head-turning performance at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival, Paul has decided that the rest of 2013 is going to be a year on the road, a year given over to the joys of live performance. “All the songs on the new album, Wheels & Steel, were picked with live shows in mind,” he says. “I wanted to record an album of songs that I would really enjoy doing on stage. In Bendigo it’s going to be a three-piece acoustic show which makes it up-close and personal, and sometimes spontaneous – and that always equals a lot of fun!”

One of the highlights of Paul’s show will undoubtedly be Big End Of Town, the big new song co-written with Tamara Stewart. It’s a song about struggle and courage, which will resonate strongly in every regional city. “The idea for this song came about when I saw a television commercial for the last NSW state election,” says Paul. “I can’t remember which side of the political fence it was aimed at, but a woman on the commercial asked, ‘are you working for the people or the big end of town?’. Then it just hit me! This song could mean different things to different people, but I think it’s healthy for everyone to not only ask questions but demand answers and hold the big end of town accountable.”

Big End Of Town is the second single from Paul’s current album Wheels & Steel, which was released last year. The first single, Tractors & Bikes, co-written with Tamara and Drew McAlister, rocketed to the top of the Country Music Radio Top 30, propelled by Paul’s trademark strong hooks and electric guitar grunt. Big End Of Town also pushes the up-tempo envelope. The song is driving and instantly memorable – a modern country classic. The theme of Big End Of Town – especially relevant in an election year – continues Paul’s commitment to using his music to stimulate debate about the kind of society we want to live in.

Another of the songs from Wheels & Steel, Shine, was adopted by Mission Australia as its official anthem – and Paul has since devoted many hours to fundraising projects for the charity. He and his team are currently working with Mission Australia to organise more campaigns and money-raising events during 2013.

With Bendigo as the kick-off for a big year on the road, Paul said he can’t wait to get started. “We are going to be touring extensively through the year,” he says. “We’ve got many festivals and shows already locked in, with a lot more to come!” Don’t miss Paul Costa’s Bendigo gig – this is one that will sell-out fast!

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Paul’s current single Big End of Town is out now. Check out the video clip