Southern Sets - CANCELLED
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From reggae to 80s funk to alternative folk country rock, musicians from Melbourne, Byron Bay, Perth and The Great Southern are set to rock new music festival Southern Sets in Albany on Sunday, April 5.
The afternoon and evening music festival which will operate across two stages at Eyre Park in the heart of Albany has been organised to supplement and provide a new experience alongside the food and wine festival Taste Great Southern.
The festival, overlooking the picturesque lake at Eyre Park, will feature great food and wine on the Saturday as well as an afternoon and evening of contemporary music on the Sunday.
Byron Bay-based singer, ukulele player and drummer, Bobby Alu will deliver his reggae style music as the sun sets, followed by Melbourne band Sex On Toast with their fusion new jack swing combining elements of jazz, funk, rap and rhythm and blues. & #8203
During the afternoon Perth-based alternative folk country-rock group Little Lord Street Band and a fantastic line-up of local musicians, including The Kris Nelson Band, Los Car Keys and Diggin the Jig will play across both stages.
;Sex on Toast has been entertaining fans at festivals across Australia and New Zealand since 2014 with their choreographed stage act and complex arrangements that have an audience up and dancing.
Their single Oh Loretta
was released in 2015 with an accompanying video featuring Molly Meldrum.
Their EP, Rough
was released in 2018.
Bobby Alu's music is inspired by his Polynesian heritage and according to his website, in his live performances, fans can expect "a fresh, simple sound with tastes of Polynesian ukulele, Pacific beats, catchy songs, tasty harmony and powerful log drumming on a bed of slick style".
He has several albums to his name including bobby Alu, Take it Slow, Bay Sessions, Skippin Stones, Bobby Alu & The Palm Royale
and the most recent Flow
released in October last year.
Perth-based The Little Lord Street Band won the WAM Best Country Act and were winners of the 2018 WAM Song of the Year (Country), but the band say they are more than a country band with music that celebrates rock, blues, pop and country.
Albany trio The Kris Nelson Band centres on multi-award winning indie/folk artist Kris Nelson with music that blends lyrical folk and the energy and styling of indie.
Over the last 15 years, he has toured Canada, and the United States as well as frequent tours of the eastern States.
Albany music regulars, Tony King on bass and Paul Myers on drums have joined Nelson to form the trio.
Denmark based world music ensemble Los Car Keys will also perform at Southern Sets with its fusion of African and South American music.
The band includes Barry Heydenrych on guitar and charango, Marie Limondin on violin, Helen Heydenrych on ukulele and percussion, Peter Usher leads on vocals and guitars and is joined by backliners and vocal harmony duo Simon Neville on vocals, bombo, djembe and mandolin and Louise Duxbury on vocals, u-bass and percussion.
Fiddle based dance band Diggin the Jig is also from Denmark and will be playing Celtic tunes and favourites from the Americas featuring everything from haunting melodies to rollicking sets of dance tunes.
The event will be MC'd by freelance presenter Dianne Bortoletto.
Wine, beer, cider, cocktails and food are available for purchase at the event.
General tickets, which include entry and souvenir tasting glass for adults cost $60 pre-purchase or $70 at the gate; tickets for children (12 to 17) are $25 pre-purchase or $35 at the gates; children under 12 are free.
All children must be accompanied by a guardian.
A Weekend Pass is also available for pre-purchase for $70, which provides general admittance to both Southern Sets and the Albany Wine & Food Festival (Valued at $20) on Saturday 4 April with entry, souvenir tasting glass, complimentary wine tasting, complimentary cooking demos, live music and face painting.
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