New music tour rocks Quorn

A unique tour of Australian Country Music known as 500 Miles of Music made a stop in Quorn at the weekend, drawing a crowd of about 400.

Created in inspiration of the Big Red Bash, John Simpson decided to put a travelling concert together to enable more people across the state to experience the show.

"I have always wanted something like the Big Red Bash in South Australia. I work in film, tv and live sound and I thought wouldn't it be cool if SA had something like the bash. Then thought what if it was a moving one that went to many towns, so they benefit along the way," he said.

The event received two rounds of funding, one was $10,000 through the Regional Events and Festivals Program (REFP) and the other was from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal providing $19,000.

Mr Simpson says the funding provided by the government has helped them secure the event for next year.

"The funding has secured it for next year. It means this event will make a small profit and we can donate 15 per cent of our profits too.

"Now we can start locking in artists," he said.

Sunday's program saw artists Adam Harvey, Brad Butcher, Aleyce Simmonds, Matt James and Michaela Jenke take the stage in front of the Quorn crowd.

David Ridgeway, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment says he is pleased to support and encourage regional events and festivals. "Tourism is a vital economic driver for regional South Australia. The regions account for a quarter of the state's population but generate nearly half of SA's tourism expenditure," he said.

"We want to encourage more South Australians and interstate and international visitors to get out and about and experience the very best that SA has to offer, spending time and money in our regions and growing our tourism sector," Minister Ridgway said.