"Ask for forgiveness not for permission. No rules, no limits. The closest to punk the Blues will ever get. Raucous and manic."The 19-Twenty lads have been performing their high-energy sonic-party nationally, headlining sell-out shows and festivals in all states and territories. Constantly on the road or in the sky, they have toured seven times around Oz and performed gigs throughout Europe including Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany. Performing anywhere and everywhere, this straight-up 100% independent act have been blazing throughout Europe and Australia and gaining new music fans/fiends from their live shows
Blood, Guts & Firetrucks
Blood, Guts & Firetrucks is a power pop band from Wollongong, NSW. BG&F formed in Lismore, NSW in 2011 after studying music together at Southern across University. With an ear for high energy guitar hooks and singalong melodies, the band refined their sound and released their debut EP, The Wrong Way in 2014 followed by an East coast tour. After some time away from the spotlight, singer/songwriter Ryan Beveridge reformed the band and released single Fire in the Snow in 2019, with plans for a steady stream of new music and high energy live performances throughout the year.
Brad White is a unique performer that was a mainstay in the Orange scene and is now based in Wollongong. Brad combines a fusion of genres to create a sound that he has made his own. Whilst a gun with loop pedals Brad is known for his soaring voice and unique style.
What sets Bill apart is his dedication to the Blues. While he borrows influences from various different genres, his music is always deep rooted in the Blues.
“Bill Barber is the next in line to become one of Australia’s Blues greats” – Lloyd Spiegel “Bill is a fantastic young Blues player who keeps getting better and better every time I see him” – Geoff Achison “The most exiting musician I’ve heard in a very long time” – James Blundell
The Chesterfield Band
The Chesterfield Band started in the kitchen with Tess and Cam writing and singing together. They decided to enter a competition for local songwriters. They won, and with the money, they recorded and released their first single under the band name “My Dad & I”. 6 months and a whole heap of shows later the duo ran into an old friend of Cam’s, Dylan. He was performing in the same music festival with another band. In a spur of moment decision the guys invited Dylan to play drums on a song and that was that, they’d formed a band.
Straight outta the factory. Dan Demos brings stomping bluegrass, folk ballads and tales of the blues playing a style tinged with elements from the early blues and lyrics derived from the trials and treasures of modern life. He’ll keep rockin’ until his fingers bleed or his leg falls off
Dear Violet, are a young Australian trio from the Illawarra. Their enchanting harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitar are beautifully unique. They are known for their eclectic range of songs, from indigenous, folk, jazz, country modern and originals. There will be a song for everyone to enjoy. Sit back, relax and enjoy their hypnotic tunes.
DevOcean are an Illawarra based ambient world music duo. Their sound is a warm fusion of Indian mantra, soaring melodies, loops, beats & guitar. Beck's deep synth & angelic voice soar on an earthly bed of Phil's warm voice & rhythmic guitar, together creating a uniquely uplifting and meditative sound. They join forces with Rachel Nokes of 'Ray of Light Yoga' Bulli. Rachel's Yoga teaching weaves together a gentle and uplifting practise of body, breath, heart & humour, encompassing her many years of yoga teaching in the Illawarra and Internationally. Together, this Yoga to Live Music session is an experience not to be missed!
Electric Blues Collective
Ferocious Chicago blues for people who are restless for music with vibe and drive. With wingtip shoes, powder blue jackets and wayfarers on, the EBC bring you a blues party to conquer those beige nights in front of the TV.
The party vibe this 4 piece produce is the reason the EBC are quickly becoming one of the biggest names in the festival scene today. Wowing fans new and old at each event, the EBC are fast tracking their way to being a must see show at each festival around the country they play.
Gabadoo is a Djirringanj man from the Yuin Nation, born and raised in Bermagui NSW. He has been creating hip hop, R & B and urban funk music for over ten years, and is known for producing soul–infused beats and clear, dynamic vocals.
For Gabadoo, music is a way to express his feelings about his life, family and experiences. Making music has helped Gabadoo overcome some anxiety in the past, providing a creative outlet and a way to escape the challenges of everyday life. A father of four, Gabadoo loves spending time with his young family.
Genevieve & The Stones Throw
Genevieve Chadwick has been likened to the great Janis Joplin… called ‘a female John Butler’… and ‘Australia’s answer to Melissa Etheridge’. She’s an extraordinary performer who exudes raw energy by the bucket load and manages to touch the very soul of her audience. The review most descriptive of Gen is that she “… looks like an Angel, roars like a Lion and plays guitar like a Demon”. And that description holds just as much truth today as when she first played Eastern Lounge back at the tennis club in 2010, and blew em’ away! Gen plays her own original brand of Blues and Roots – poignant songs full of rich melodies, sung with a voice that’s confoundingly gravel-like and smooth all at once. Genevieve is currently touring with her crack 3 piece band - “The Stones Throw” - featuring top Sydney musicians Mick Malouf on Bass and Dave Fester on drums. Do not miss this show!
Born on the South Coast of NSW Australia, GOTU has crafted their own unique sound featuring steel string guitar, nylon guitar, violin, djembe, Native American flute and didgeridoo. Their inspiration comes from a wide range of musical styles from classical violin and guitar, to 1970’s psychedelic rock and blues, creating a raw earthy flowing sound fuelled by the soul, for you find yourself lost amongst it.
It’s a new take on old standards. At the core of Grizzlee Train is the wailing of vintage blues rock, but it’s drenched with a modern vigour which gives the band a sound that is all their own. Born & raised on a diet of Creedence & Zeppelin, it’s no secret that the dynamic two-piece draw from a time well before their own. But it’s the injection of pure live energy which sets them apart and grants them a place among the world’s modern bluesmen.
Jane is an electric violinist who works with loops to build an orchestra from scratch, playing a mix of folk and post-minimalist original music. Regularly performing in her hometown of Wollongong, Jane also writes soundtracks for games, film and comics, as well as creating sound installations.
John Kane & Andy Gordon
John and Andy are performing songs from their first album collaboration 20 Good Summers. Andy is an acclaimed singer songwriter with five albums under his belt. John was a founding member of ARIA award and six Golden Guitar winning band the Flying Emus and has a very successful career as screen composer, songwriter, musician and producer. Andy’s keen musical sensibilities and vintage Gibson electric guitars mixed with John’s more traditional songwriting roots and prowess on his Martin guitars, mandolin and banjo make a perfectmusical bed for the stories they tell; Stories of earned wisdom, connection and community, family and simple pleasures, time and place, set largely in Kangaroo Valley where both John and Andy live.
Engaging, emotional and witty, Kay is an indie-folk singer-songwriter with a remarkably agile, engaging, honest, soul-bearing voice and a wry, dry-ice sense of humour. Her songs are truly stories set to melody, by turns relatable, humorous and heartbreaking.
Kenny Bartley & The Midnight Feast.
Kenny Bartley is a energetic and often funny singer-songwriter that will entertain you with stories and grooves That will make you smile and tap your feet. Joined by the talented bunch that are “The Midnight Feast” they bring together a sound that will have your musical senses tingling!!
Little Quirks Band
“These Quirks have the nous and charm of the greats. Deft songwriting and performers of depth and levity.
Watch ‘em rise” – TIM ROGERS (You Am I) Jan ‘18
The Little Quirks are a young, all girl trio made up of sisters, Abbey and Mia, and their cousin Jaymi from
the New South Wales, Central Coast. Although the girls are quite young they have been playing together for over three
years. They have a raw indie folk sound with a unique blend of mandolin, acoustic guitar and drums
(and occasionally cousin Alex on bass). They have a natural ability to produce mesmerising three part
harmonies that combine to create their distinct ‘Little Quirks’ sound.
The shows of singer & guitarist Matt Tonks have earned a reputation for a unique haunting power with his lyrics, songs and instrumental music leading audiences far from the beaten track. Two time finalist for APRA Songwriter and Best Live Performance Awards (MusicOz Awards) Tonks takes flight into an often unexpected world of mesmerising songs and spontaneous sound. Matt recently joined forces with renowned musicians Syd Green, Stu Hunter and Jonathan Swartz for an upcoming release “Bird.Tree. Men.
Melanie has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as having a voice of ‘the utmost delicateness’, as a ‘songwriting gem’ by The Australian. Based in Candelo in southern NSW, Melanie has recorded Eleven albums and EPs including her latest solo album, 'Song to Sing on a Saturday Night' and this August's release duo album 'The World Has A Gentle Soul' with Steve Appel. Melanie's critically acclaimed album The Cloud Appreciation Society was long - listed for the 2013 Australian Music Prize, Quatre Chemins for the 2015 Australian Music Prize, and she was nominated for an APRA award in 2011.
Mem Davis brings an intimacy to the stage with raw, heartfelt songs entwining love, loss and social inequalities. Supported by Sandy Gill on cello, her delicate style draws on traditional folk inspirations.
Pete Cornelius has been a working musician since the age of 13. He continues to expand his repertoire and impress his audience with his toneful guitar and soulful vocals. Pete’s style is difficult to describe but is steeped in heartfelt blues, greasy funk & soul with Americana overtones. His authentic sound and original songwriting is unique to Pete and does not disappoint.
Pete’s skill is recognised internationally. He has a swag of awards and albums and maintains his status as one of Australia’s best guitarists.
Rach Brennan & The Pines
Rach Brennan & The Pines promise a sound that is completely their own.
The singer-songwriter’s sunny spirit is embedded in their captivating live performances. Bolstered by their distinctive close-knit vocal style; Rach Brennan & The Pines sing of friendship, innocence and the unabashed naivety of falling in and out of love.
With 2018 spent selling out hometown venues and riding the wave of their irresistible summer jam ‘Why You Always Gotta Fight Me’, Wollongong five-piece Ruby Tuesdays are ready and raring to go for another year! Announcing a huge tour from March through into May, Ruby Tuesdays are bringing their acclaimed live performances to venues right up and down the east coast - a bristling new live show for 2019 that can’t be missed.
Salt & Steel
Salt & Steel are fiery and soulful, with a sound that has been described as both beautiful and wild. These bohemian rockers are all about balance and this flows into their music as it moves through both the light and dark. With an earthy folk, rock, roots and blues sound matched with a whole lot of raging passion, these women hit the stage like a storm, carrying with them foot stomping rhythms and hypnotic melodies.
The Barren Spinsters
They look like a two piece, sound like a five piece, and move like a hair piece. Frontman Brendon Houlahan plays guitar with his hands, bass with his feet, and sings with his face. Matt Tennant belts the drums really hard, sings a little bit, and wears really dumb shirts while doing it. Together, The Barren Spinsters deliver 70s blues rock with a modern thrashy twist. Much the same way that Wolfmother doesn’t.
The Dave Orr Band
Playing the blues is never as simple as it seems. It’s a balancing act between virtuosity and feel, rawness and finesse. Many try, but few seem to nail it like DAVE ORR. At the heart of his music is that unmistakably raw blues guitar. It’s the sound of late night whiskey bars, of musicians stretching themselves and just letting loose.
The Kite Machine
Loud, frenetic and obnoxiously on point, The Kite Machine are a prog-inflected groove rock band from Geelong, Victoria (Australia) Originally formed in 2011 by front man and guitarist, Levi Anderson and subsequently joined by drummer Kane Sherriff and Bassist Liam Brennan the trio have developed an international cult following amongst the indie music scene with tight jams, wry witticisms and manic riffs their signature.
The Ninth Chapter
The Ninth Chapter possess a powerful ability to groove. Layering elements of funk, blues and folk, the Australian six-piece revel in exciting songwriting that takes listeners on a diverse musical journey. With over a decade of touring and three EPs to their name, the band will be unveiling their first full-length record in 2019.
The Water Runners
Tight harmonies, strong musicianship and great sense of fun combine to deliver a high-energy blend of bluegrass infused original music. With a brand new CD for 2019, pull on your best boots and come see why The Water Runners have been a hit at festivals and venues from Sydney to the Snowy and beyond.
"2018 was a breakthrough year for the Wollongong act with Triple J spin time, and over half a million digital streams. Taking inspiration from the likes of Neil Young and Bob Dylan and The Beautiful Girls, The Wolf Gordon Trio straddle the boundary of folk, blues and alt-country in a vibrant mesh of pumping half time grooves, folk tales and catchy harmonica breaks."
Yasmine Russell (2018 Busking Comp Winner)
Wollongong based Harpist Yasmine Russell has played and studied the harp for more than 30 years, and has over 25 years’ experience performing her craft.
In the past year, she has performed at the Sydney Domain, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, and won 1st Place in the Jamberoo Busking Competition, 1st place in the Open Busking Championship in Narooma NSW, also winning The People’s Choice and Best Instrumentalist, and a Finalist for the Australian National Busking Championship.