8 July, 2024

Meet pigs and real cowboys

COWBOYS and cowgirls prepare for a week-long hoedown courtesy of The Reef Hotel Casino with five days of entertainment and live music including the PBR cowboys, and music by Anais Campbell and The Pigs at The Reef Stampede.

By Isabella Guzman Gonzalez

The Pigs are bringing an insane hillbilly show to this year’s Reef Stampede at The Reef Hotel Casino. Picture: Supplied
The Pigs are bringing an insane hillbilly show to this year’s Reef Stampede at The Reef Hotel Casino. Picture: Supplied

From July 10 to 14, the country fun is at The Reef Hotel Casino with a five-day galore of cowboys, country and hillbilly, and non-stop hoedown. 

As the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) cowboys head up to Cairns to another round of Cowboys of Origin, they are making a pit stop at the casino on Friday and Saturday for The Official Hoedown of the PBR, featuring exclusive meet and greet opportunities with the bull riders themselves as well as a swag of live entertainment featuring some of the best in the industry. 

Local gal Anais Campbell will kick off the week with two solo shows on Wednesday and Thursday and starts the weekend with a bang rolling out originals and covers with her unique acoustic country cheeky charms from 7pm.

Special guest country rocker Robbie Mortimer, who doubles as a PBR performer and country star, will jump on stage for a few tunes on Saturday night and then a crowd favourite, hillbilly-comedy band. The Pigs returns to BAR36 for two shows on Friday and Saturday.

The Good Ol Boyz host the Beenleigh After Party in the Sports Arena on Saturday night rolling out the party tunes until late while Big Pups wind the festivities down with a chilled country Sunday from 7.30pm.

Guitarist, mandolinist and singer for The Pigs T-Bone (Sean Curtis) said the five-piece band would put on a hilariously life-changing show.

“We’re a family of pigs, I’m T-Bone pig and my brother Stretch pig also plays guitar and sings. We have Cousin Shamus on the standing drums and Cousin Bert on the double bass and we’re bringing Cousin Montz all the way from Tasmania to play the banjo,” he said. “This year’s going to be even wilder, it will be fun, fun, fun. We love to have as much fun and be as silly as possible. We do lots of supercharged versions of pop songs in a bluegrass country style and many famous originals like ‘Macho Moisturiser’.

“It’s wild, you’ll dance the night away, you’ll laugh, you’ll make new friends, potentially find the love of your life and all your dreams will come true.”

For more information on the 2024 Reef Stampede, visit


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