Ergon Network Stage

Live entertainment every night

Found in the Schwarten Arena, the Ergon Network Stage will host some of Beef2024’s biggest and most exciting acts to date. 

From a free family entertainment program, crowd favourite events like The Great Debate, a significant cultural program headlined by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and some of the best live entertainment Rockhampton has ever witnessed, the Ergon Network Stage has a program packed with something for everyone.  

And when this absolutely jam-packed week of entertainment comes to a close, the Schwarten Arena will play host to the elegant Beef Australia Gala Beef Ball, presented by NAB, James Cook University and Mater. 

Stage highlights

THE GREATEST BEEF BANGER COMPETITION

Kickstart your week at Beef2024 on Brighter Super People’s Day with the greatest beef banger competition that Beef Australia has ever seen. This isn’t just any event; it’s your ticket to being part of the Teams’ flavour-packed journey to France.

The butchers have carefully crafted four uniquely flavoured sausages including a the ‘Bronco beef and onion banger’, the ‘Smack rod beef and crispy chili banger’, the ‘Bloody Mary banger’ and the ‘ Drunk drover beef banger’ and they need YOU to taste, judge, and vote for the banger that truly stands out from the rest. 

The winning banger will then carry the hopes and dreams of the Australian team as they take it all the way to the prestigious 2025 World Butchers Challenge in France.

This is a free event with a General Admission ticket but limited to 150 participants so book a spot to get in on the action!

Date: Monday, 6th May 2024
Time: 12.00pm – 12.45pm 

CAMERATA 

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, two-time Helpmann-Award Nominated and nationally acclaimed orchestra have established itself as one of Australia’s leading chamber orchestras, captivating audiences with their distinctive sound and captivating performances.  

Camerata will be performing their Four Seasons Reimagined concert, bringing with them an international array of composers, not least of all Vivaldi, but also Max Richter’s smash hit ‘Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons’, Piazzolla’s tango-inspired ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’ and the British composer, Roxanna Panufnik’s sensual ‘Four World Seasons’ to Beef2024. 

This concert has become one of our most iconic works to date, thrilling audiences wherever it is played! 

Date: Tuesday, 7th May 2024
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

THE STAR MAKER STORY

Starring James Blundell, Gina Jefferys, Kirsty Lee Akers, and introducing the 2024 Starmaker Winner.

What do the names Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Travis Collins, James Blundell, Beccy Cole, Gina Jefferys, Kirtsy Lee Akers Kaylee Bell and Brad Cox all have in common? 

Apart from being some the most important country music artists in Australia, they all had their country music careers significantly boosted by winning the Star Maker. At Beef2024 come reflect on the years of Australia’s best known and most successful talent quest for young Australian country music singers. 

Hosted by the coolest couple in country, the 2007 Star Maker winner and multi–Golden Guitar Songstress Kirsty Lee Akers will joined by her husband Jesse Anderson, both who’ve gained fans across the country with their much-loved appearance on Channel 9’s ‘The Block’. 

Date: Wednesday, 8th May 2024
Time: 8.00pm – 9.30pm

THE WOLFE BROTHERS

It has been an amazing 12 year ride for The Wolfe Brothers.

They first found fame on Australia’s Got Talent, and after placing second they were signed to a management company, followed by a recording contract and then were hired by Lee Kernaghan to open all of his shows and also to play in his band, a working relationship that lasted 10 years.

After what the brothers describe as the best possible apprenticeship any band could have and learning so much from Lee The Wolfe Brothers have achieved over their career four #1 and two #2 ARIA Country Albums that have delivered 19 #1 singles on the National Country Music Chart.

With nine Golden Guitars under their belt and 4 ARIA nominations they are now Australia’s most awarded country rock duo in history.

Date: Thursday, 9th May 2024
Time: 8.30pm – 10.00pm

PIA PRESSURE

Pia Pressure is bringing the beats to the RB Sellars Hats n Heels! Get ready for a high-energy set filled with bangers, throwbacks, and some classic boot-scootin’ country music!

Known for her passion for music, magnetic presence, and knack for creating the perfect vibe, Pia Pressure is the go-to DJ for an electrifying and unforgettable night.

Based in Brissy, Pia Pressure is a highly sought-after open-format DJ with a track record of rocking events Australia-wide, including themed nights and performances at festivals like Seafire to crowds of 70,000.

So grab your hats, wear your dancing heels, and get ready to party with Pia Pressure! 

Date: Friday, 10th May 2024
Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm

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