Wendy Matthews to perform

Multi-award winning singer Wendy Matthews has delivered some of Australia’s most evocative and loved songs over the past three decades.

Although best known for her ARIA-award winning 1992 hit, The Day You Went Away, Matthews can claim credit for a string of timeless Top 20 singles, including I Don’t Wanna Be With Nobody But You (with the Australian supergroup Absent Friends), Token Angels and Let’s Kiss (Like Angels Do), Standing Strong and If Only I Could.

Fans will rediscover many of Matthews’ hits and recent releases when she brings her soulful sound and gypsy style to the Multicultural Carnival & Wine Fiesta in Weeroona Park on March 4 as part of the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.

In a wide-ranging career, Matthews has toured with music legends ranging from Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) to Rod Stewart and Cher, fronted leading bands Models and Absent Friends, and become a nationally treasured artist, winning six ARIA awards.

The Day You Went Away, from her second solo album, Lily, shot to the top of the Australian music charts and was named the ARIA Single of the Year in 1993.

Matthews’ appearance will be a highlight of the two-day Multicultural Carnival on 3-4 March, which will offer non-stop music over two days.  This year’s festival has been extended to 9pm on Saturday, 3 March.

The Multicultural Carnival will have audiences swooning to the operatic Italian Tenor Raffaele Pierno, stamping their feet to The Brazilian Reggae sounds of Kimmy & Crew and mystified by the Australian trio, The Flumes.  

Stanthorpe’s own Mitch King – currently making waves around the nation -  will join the line up along with popular locals The Cole Train and Whiskey Gully.

Festival favourites, Electrik Lemonade, Dan Hannaford, The Little Steely Bros, will also be returning to Weeroona Park.

The Multicultural Carnival will also capture the arts through entertainment for Italian, Korean Brazilian, and Aboriginal people.

Tickets to the Multicultural Carnival & Wine Fiesta are $10 and will be available at Heritage Bank Stanthorpe from 8 February or at the Weeroona Park gate. Admission is free for persons 17 years of age and under.

The Multicultural Carnival & Wine Fiesta is part of the main weekend of the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, which will also feature a street carnival, grand parade and Queensland Grape Crushing Championships (March 3 only) and Market in the Mountains.