WITH only two weeks to go before the Great Southern Blues Festival opens its gate on the October long weekend in Narooma on the NSW Far South Coast, Festival organisers today confirmed they had experienced the strongest pre-sales in the event’s 16 year history.
“The return to Narooma has proven to be a success and our patrons have shown it with their feet by the record pre-sales we’ve had to date. The Great Southern Blues Festival has regained its status as one of the most highly regarded blues festivals in Australia,” festival organiser Neil Mumme said.
“Narooma is ready for our patrons and we are ready for them. The international performers are excited about being a part of the Festival and the Australian acts love this event. It’s back to what we do well and what our patrons love.
“If people are still to finalise their plans for the long weekend and want to come to the Festival, now is the time to do it. The venue has a 'Strictly Limited Capacity' as part of the approval conditions. Pre-purchasing will ensure not having to be turned away at the gate on the Labour Day long weekend especially if you plan to drive a distance to attend the event.”
The line-up of international acts on each day of the Festival includes Chris Cain from the USA launching the overseas stage attack on Friday, October 4.
Four international performances will bring the Blues Festival alive on Saturday October 5 when Charlie A Court (USA), Watermelon Slim (USA) with Fiona Boyes, The Holmes Brothers (USA) and Popa Chubby & Sari Schor (USA) form part of the line-up.
As the Festival winds up on Sunday October 6, the international acts continue with Chris Cain (USA) performing again as well as Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (USA).
Patrons can call the Festival Info Line on (02) 4476 2996 or go to www.bluesfestival.tv for more information or to purchase tickets.
Musos head to Narooma for Telstra Road to Discovery
Seventeen aspiring musicians from across Australia have been selected to perform at the Telstra Road to Discovery semi-final event which will be held at the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma on Sunday, October 6.
The seventeen performers and songwriters include; Jennifer Renee (Kalgoorlie), Tom Dockray (Melbourne), Darcy Fox (Moe), Paige Court (Port Pirie), Luke Thomas (Townsville), Christopher Coleman (Hobart), Imogen Clark (Bowen Mountain), Colin Lillie (Alice Springs), Olivia Hally (Fitzroy North), Danny Bau (Mandurah), Jesse Teinaki (Somerset), Angie McMahon (Alphington), Angharad Drake (Brisbane), John Lingard (Bendigo), Helen Shanahan (Perth), Josh Rennie-Hynes (Delaneys Creek) and Grim Fawkner (Burney).
Since its inception more than a decade ago, Telstra Road to Discovery has served as the launch pad for some of Australia’s brightest musical talents including Jessica Mauboy (2003), who has achieved incredible international success, Neda (2009), Harry Hookey (2010) and Melody Pool (2012).
Each of the 17 artists will perform a live acoustic song at the Semi-Final event being held at the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma (Smyth Oval) on Sunday October 6 between 12.00pm and 2.30pm, and will be hoping to nab themselves a place in the final event with an incredible prize up for grabs.
One performer and one songwriter will win a Telstra Road to Discovery 12-month music mentorship package, including a return trip and showcase performance at the Americana Music Festival, local gigs in Australia and face to face time with some of the nation’s biggest music names, plus a $14,000 tailored music development fund.
Plus, for the first time in the program’s history, Telstra is partnering with international superstars Bon Jovi to create an exciting development opportunity for two finalists, one performer and one songwriter, to perform as the opening act for the band’s entire ‘Because We Can’ Australian tour in December 2013.
But before they take to the stage in Narooma, all 17 musicians will participate in a two day music mentoring boot camp in Sydney where they will gain an insight into the music business and valuable knowledge from some of the industry’s most influential figures including Josh Pyke, Andy Bull, Stephen Wade, Ella Hooper, Matt Fell, Kris Furst and more on topics ranging from publishing and touring, through to song construction, performance and publicity.
Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for ACT and Southern NSW, Chris Taylor, said the Telstra Road to Discovery program attracts a high calibre of talent from across the country and this year’s entrants are no exception.
“The semi-final event is a great opportunity for local residents to see performances by some of Australia’s rising musical talents as well as the winners of last year’s program, Melody Pool and Gena Rose Bruce,” said Mr Taylor.
At the end of the semi-final, 10 artists will progress to the next stage of the program: competing in the final event which will be held in Melbourne on October 30.