AICM students Kyle Salisbury, Jake Whittaker, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Blake Wardle, Letisha Young, Olivia Nolan and Aidan Patrick.
AICM students Kyle Salisbury, Jake Whittaker, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Blake Wardle, Letisha Young, Olivia Nolan and Aidan Patrick. Contributed

AICM storms Voice of Urban Talent Search

GYMPIE'S Australian Institute of Country Music stamped its authority on the 10th annual Urban Country Music Festival in Caboolture last weekend.

Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) students provided a three-hour showcase as well as contesting the Voice of Urban Talent Search.

The showcase was an opportunity for Gympie musicians to dazzle partrons with their talents.

Taking part were Gympie bands Something in Latin, Playback, Two 'n' Fro and Caitlyn Shadbolt and Aiming High along with solo artists Aidan Patrick, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Olivia Nolan and Leticha Young.

Running at the same time as the showcase was the Voice of Urban Talent Search, staged in the Stanmore Hall at the opposite side of Caboolture's historic Village Precint.

With many AICM students participating in both events, rushing between the two venues became a frantic challenge.

Gympie musicians thrived under the pressure during heats as Two 'n' Fro, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Aiming High and solo artist Olivia Nolan reached the finals.

The finals Sunday evening were held at the Centenary lakes Function Centre and a large audience ensured an electric atmosphere.

Two 'n' Fro won the junior section while Caitlyn Shadbolt and Aiming High clinched the senior section. In the open section, Olivia Nolan lifted third.

AICM stagecraft mentor Karen Thomsen was thrilled with the results.

"The AICM featured in all of the sections and did exceptionally well," she said.

Equally impressed was Tamworth and country music identity and journalist Cheryl Byrnes.

"I was so impressed with the students from Gympie because I had seen the attempt at growth from the previous year in the competition," she said.

"It was a pleasure to have judged them."

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