MUSICFEST 2013 has now added cruisy songwriter Mat McHugh and his new(ish) band, the Separatista Sound System to its Saturday line-up.
McHugh, whose music is described by Beat magazine as “surfer-cum-roots”, established his name nationally as a songwriter and performer with his former band The Beautiful Girls. He has toured with John Butler across the United States and Canada, played sell-outs in Japan, toured Europe, the UK and Brazil and recently returned to touring in Australia with his first-ever solo tour.
Nominated for ‘Blues & Roots Work of the Year’ at the APRA Music Awards of 2008 for his song, “I Thought About You” (written by Mat), he has had three further nominations for Blues and Roots work of the year. McHugh’s fourth album with The Beautiful Girls, Spooks, debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Independent Chart and reached No. 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.
He has since released two solo albums, Separatista (2008) and Love Come Save Me (2012) and an EP, Go Don’t Stop (2011). Mat McHugh’s style crosses genres – reggae, roots, blues, even folk – and his gritty, direct songwriting has immense appeal for its raw honesty and lean uncluttered musicality. Mat and the Separatista Sound System will be a highlight of MUSICFEST 2013.
With Stonefield, David Bridie and Kira Puru and The Bruise all performing on Saturday March 9th (with an equally impressive line-up on Sunday 10th), MUSICFEST 2013 is an event not to be missed.
To buy tickets, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au, or call PHILLIP ISLAND WINERY, 03 5956 8465
GET ON THE PHONE, or online… bookings are now open for MUSICFEST Phillip Island 2013.
Bigger and better, and now running over two days on the March Labour Day long-weekend, Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10, tickets are still only $40 (inc GST) for a day ticket; and just $60 (inc GST) for a two-day event ticket.
That’s among THE BEST music festival ticket-prices in the land.
To buy tickets, call the winery on 5956 8465, or go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au and click on the secure BUY TICKETS link.
The line-up of performers on each day will put some of Australia’s most exciting rising stars on the Phillip Island Winery stage in the natural amphitheatre on the lawns in the old cow paddock next to winery.
Heading the bill is ‘earth-rock’ sister act, the amazing STONEFIELD – four sisters, Amy, Hannah, Sarah, and Holly Findlay from Darraweit Guim. Young they may be, but they’ve played the prestigious Glastonbury Festival in the UK, at Pyramid Rock, and are now signed to Wunderkind/Warner records.
Check them out on this You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0HzB8eD3ys
You can see and hear STONEFIELD up close at MUSICFEST, don’t miss this chance… STONEFIELD is headed for the world.
Also heading the bill is the acclaimed songwriter and performer DAVID BRIDIE. Formerly frontman for iconic Australian bands Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake, DAVID BRIDIE has been an indelible a part of the Australian rock music scene for two decades.
The country/bluegrass virtuosity of the DAVIDSON BROTHERS is also on the bill, as is soul/blues ‘Black Arm Band’ performer KUTCHA EDWARDS and his band, plus the amazing voices of KIRA PURU and the BRUISE from Sydney, and O’Neill Surfboards ambassador, songwriter LAURA HILL from SA.
And there is also one more major feature act to also head the bill… but you will have to wait for our next announcement (we’re currently contrained due to other appearances).
There are also local stars from Phillip Island and Bass Coast, including BERN CARROLL, the BREWERS OF DISTINCTION, and more, appearing on the both main stage and the winery stage.
For the full line-up, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au
To hear some of the line-up, click through the following You Tube links:
DAVID BRIDIE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1dPl7ezkBE
LAURA HILL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vezRYSb340w
KUTCHA EDWARDS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKBsWhdpx1Q
THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LMrWbhF5So
KIRA PURU and the BRUISE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kadQrTuGSqM