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Northern New South Wales newest festival – Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest – is all about showcasing the diversity of the industry and this is evident in the programming. With 60 acts performing across three stages over four days, it was something of a mammoth task when it came to working out the individual programs for each stage. Each stage operates under its own ethos and aims to showcase the different facets that make up the country-roots genre. The festival is all about the music – and sharing it in an organic way – something which shines through in the individual line-ups for each stage.
For organiser and musician Lou Bradley, it has been a labour of love pulling together the bill for each stage, which features many of her friends and professional peers. Ensuring each stage had its own independent style was essential. “The three stages are three different ways an artist in these genres can and do perform,” says Lou. “Under bright lights as a main event, in the shed or backyard with friends, and in the lounge room or local hall for a trusting audience to sit quietly and listen.”
The main stage, aptly named the Wollumbin Stage, which is the Indigenous name for Mt Warning and the surrounding World Heritage listed rainforest that is a backdrop to the festival, will launch the festival will a full line-up on the Friday. It features the perfect introduction to the weekend. The line-up across the four days of the festival features Lou and a host of great musicians, including Brothers 3, Shane Howard, The Good Oak, Busby Marou, Wilson Pickers, Bob Corbett, Bill Chambers, Kasey Chambers, women in docs, Harry Hookey, Damian Howard, The Flood, Archie Roach, The Audreys, Richard Clapton and Sara Storer, to name a few. The enviable bill on the Wollumbin Stage, which kicks off daily at 1pm and runs until late, features a veritable who’s who of the Australian music industry.
Programming the Wollumbin Stage was all about creating a good mix and fusion of artists. “I’m trying to create a mix on each day that takes the audience on a journey from warming up, to warming down,” says Lou. “I’m not too fussed on the idea of each night finishing off with a bang, I’m interested in finishing each night on a relaxed high. I think this festival is displaying some of Australia’s highest quality acts. There is a big number of artists at this festival that revolve around the roots of music and where it comes from – the songs. I am very focused on high quality songwriters and artists that deliver them, either past or present – young or old.”
With this in mind, Lou has managed to pull together an impressive bill across the Wollumbin Stage over the four days, the full programming of which will be released in the coming weeks. “I have programmed the Wollumbin Stage to show off the best Bluegrass, mountain folk, country, rock, alt country and old Aussie favourites that have influenced the songwriters in some level along the way,” she says.
A sneak peek of the full line-up on each day on the Wollumbin Stage shows headliners such as Kasey Chambers, Sara Storer and Busby Marou wrapping up different evenings. Each day there are nine incredible Australian artists excited to be showcasing their musical wares, while facing the majestic Wollumbin. The other two stages – The Men’s Shed Stage and The Opry Stage – will also feature their own impressive program.
There is now also the chance for festival-goers to camp onsite across the four days of the event. There will be up to 500 unpowered sites, which can host up to four people on each site, and up to 150 powered VIP sites. Check the festival website for details.
The Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest is held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds in Murwillumbah NSW, 45-minutes north of Byron Bay and 45-minutes east of Nimbin. Day, weekend and four-day passes are available from www.MCRFest.com For more information and tickets, please visit www.MCRFest.com