The inaugural Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival , a not-for-profit community event is set to celebrate local food & music with highlights including a stellar line-up of Bluegrass musicians, a BBQ cook-off, a Pickers comp and family friendly entertainment in the Byron Bay hinterland – Bangalow Showgrounds, Saturday 2 August, 2014.
Amateurs, chefs & professionals are all in with chance to win $1000 first prize in the BBQ cook-off! It’s the only one of its kind accredited by the Australasian BBQ Alliance and ‘Burger Mary’ – self-proclaimed BBQ enthusiast – will preside as the official judge.
A Pickers comp – Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin/Fiddle – will attract a $250 first prize and local schools will be hosting a day of $2 games for the kids raising money to fund arts in schools programs.
The Bluegrass line-up features Bellingen folk The Mid North whose old-time Mountain Music, Gospel, Pop and Front porch won them Tamworth Country Music Festival gongs earlier this year. Bluegrass 5 piece The Stetson Family who’s high lonesome country-folk, reached US chart status with ‘tales of love gone wrong, snake-handling preachers and wandering down life’s crooked highway’; and perennials of the festival circuit, 7 piece string outfit The Morrisons who regale with their alt-country, bluegrass, old-timey and folk, alt bluegrass lead the bill along with an impressive collection of local Bluegrass musicians.
The mercurial Starboard Cannons have just released their second album ‘The Brave and the Valiant’ (Vitamin Records). A successful crowd funding campaign testament to their growing appeal. New Queensland band River Mountain Riot will deliver spry, traditional Bluegrass and Heartworn Highway take time out between recording in the studio and their Treehouse residency to perform, folk, roots, and country along side the eponymous Barkers Vale Brothers – troubadours with a penchant for 1920s-1950s radio programming, traditional bluegrass, old timey, roots and swing.
Nashville raised local and festival organiser Fletcher Potanin, inspired by the compelling musicianship of the grass-roots collective the Northern Rivers Songwriter Sessions, saw both the need and desire to create greater accessibility to audiences and musicians. The festival is a collaboration with festival artistic director, Ash Bell of the Starboard Canons. With the support of the local community, all proceeds raised will benefit arts and cultural initiatives in the Northern Rivers. “I feel the sustainability of the creative wealth that’s become synonymous with our region is worth preserving. ”
So dust off your double denims and be prepared to experience irrepressible hootin’ and hollerin’, some maudlin winsomeness and sheer, infectious joyousness.
Tickets on sale now at Oztix. Includes a tasting plate.
Adult $40 |Family Pass $65* [on the gate Adult $50|Family Pass $80]
*Oztix booking fee applies. Children under 18 free. Adult & Family passes include a tasting plate!
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