Wingham Akoostik Festival line up announced

Bill Chambers playing at a sold out gig at Wingham's Bent on Food.
Bill Chambers playing at a sold out gig at Wingham's Bent on Food.

Aussie music icons James Reyne, Grace Knight and Rick Price head the exciting and diverse line-up announced for this year’s Wingham Akoostik Festival, being held from October 17 to 19. 

Alongside the Australian musical legends, multi-instrumentalist Blake Noble returns to his homeland from his adopted city of Seattle, USA, to join the festival line-up. 

Announced at an exclusive, sold out event last night with special guest Bill Chambers, the  full list of artists includes more than 24 acts, including Caravana Sun, Minnie Marks, Mojo Bluesman, AFRO and the Ultimate, Tom Richardson, Galleri, Floyd Vincent and  Swamp Stompers. 

James Reyne has a music career that spans four decades, and more than two million album  sales under his belt. With well-known hits such as ‘The Boys Light Up’ and ‘Reckless’,  Reyne is well-known for both his success as lead singer of Australian Crawl, and as a solo artist, having released his most recent album, Thirteen, in 2012. 

Grace Knight is the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed band, Eurogliders,  and a highly successful solo artist in her own right.

This ‘jazz diva’, whose career began in  the UK in the seventies, has also appeared on the ABC mini series Come In Spinner and the long-running TV show Neighbours. 

Rick Price came to fame in the early nineties, with top 40 songs such as ‘Walk Away  Renee, ‘Not a Day Goes By’ and ‘Heaven Knows’.

With his most recent album released in  2011, Price also co-writes and produces music for other artists including Becky Cole, Gina Jeffreys, Adam Brand and Tina Arena. 

Alongside the musical performances, the Wingham Akoostik Festival includes a vibrant array of activities and entertainment, such as circus performances, roving entertainers, market  stalls and a variety of workshops. 

A highlight on this year’s program will be the ‘Getchya Music to the Masses’ workshop for  budding performers, with Jake Stone from the band BLUEJUICE, and Thom Rawle from  Papa Vs Pretty providing their insights. 

This year the Akoostik festival will be run at the Wingham Showground over three days, kicking off on Friday night October 17, and continuing throughout the weekend, with onsite camping available. 

Other performers over the weekend include Holly Who, Suntara, The Travelling Teardrops, Matt Zarb, MD West, The Last Train, Up in Annie’s Room, Harrys Lookout, Jake Davey and Peggy van Zalm.