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Savannah In The Round Brings More International Superstars To The Tropical North

12 July 2022 | 11:35 am | Mallory Arbour

Savannah in the Round will return from September 30 - October 2.

Mackenzie Porter

Mackenzie Porter (Image: Supplied)

Less than three months out from one of Australia’s most exciting camping and live music destination events, Savannah In The Round continues to expand, with the announcement of even more live music, extra surprises, and even more reasons to visit the tropical north!

Having already announced global country music superstar Brad Paisley alongside a massive list of national talent, Savannah in the Round is now pleased to welcome country star Mackenzie Porter to the Savannah family and to Australia for her first tour down under.

Also joining Savannah in the Round 2022 will be rising country music star Amy Sheppard. Best known as co-lead singer of Sheppard, she recently made her foray into the country music world with her first solo song Nothing But Wild back in April, blowing audiences away as she did!

The additions don’t end there; Savannah in the Round also welcomes Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas to the Far North family. Best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His band The Roving Commission features Squeezebox Wally on Piano Accordion, Ben Franz (The Waifs) on bass, Dave Folley on drums (Tex Perkins) and bright new talent on guitar and vocals, Brooke Taylor with Mick’s unique mix of folk, roots, and country. Savannah audiences will also score front row seats to see Big Pups at their Savannah debut.

In addition to hosting two of the world’s biggest names in country music, Savannah in the Round will also welcome beloved FNQ indigenous outfit Black Image Band to the bill, alongside local independent country Aurelle Brunjes, Tropical North Queensland artist Yazmindi, and the return of 2021 festival highlight Al Boulton Band.

The new additions to Savannah in the Round sit alongside an already massive line-up including Jon Stevens, iconic folksters The Waifs, rock legend Tex Perkins performing his critically acclaimed show The Man in Black, Absolutely Everybody’s favourite popstar Vanessa Amorosi, Aussie rock idol Shannon Noll and homegrown country boy Adam Brand.

Further broadening the event’s scope is Yolngu Surf-Rock outfit King Stingray, rising folk rock duo Pierce Brothers, classic Aussie rockers like Richard Clapton, Ross Wilson, The Black Sorrows and more, alongside all the country hitmakers of the moment like McAlister Kemp, Rachael Fahim, Darlinghurst, Southbound, James Johnston, Kirsty Lee Akers, The Buckleys and Blake O’Connor.

Following on from a massively successful debut in 2021, which made national headlines, served over 11,000 hungry music fans and far exceeded the expectations for an event in the heart of a global pandemic, Savannah in the Round festival organisers have stated that 3-day festival and camping tickets for the 2022 event have already surpassed the previous year, several months out from the event.

“Despite numerous lockdowns, line-up changes and the most challenging year in Australian music history, Savannah in the Round’s debut year was a major success. Not just for North Queensland, but for Australian events as a whole,” said James Dein. “The fact that we’re already seeing this kind of uptake in festival and camping tickets this far out proves that the people of Australia are hungrier for live music than ever. They’re ready to get back out and explore. We couldn’t think of a better place than Tropical North Queensland to do it!”

Nestled in the picturesque heart of Mareeba – home of the Muluridji people, Yirrganydji people, the Kuku Yalanji people, the Djungan people, the Bar-Barrum people and the Walkamin people – where endless golden sunsets are overshadowed only by the sheer beauty of the natural landscape, Savannah in the Round has staked its claim as one of the most visually stunning events in Australia.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Mark Olsen said Savannah in the Round was the perfect starting point for a holiday exploring the Atherton Tablelands and Savannah Way.

“Combine a great weekend of music with an extended holiday chasing waterfalls and tasting produce across the Tablelands or driving west to see iconic landmarks like the Undara Lava Tubes and Cobbold Gorge,” Olsen said. “Events like Savannah in the Round are vital for regional dispersal encouraging visitors to venture further into a destination to discover its hidden attractions.”

In addition to world class music, Savannah in the Round will also host an Indigenous cultural program, community entertainment, local produce and goods, paddock to plate, and a full range of accommodation options, from drive-in campsites, Rent a Tent and luxury glamping, right through to five star options and transfers through accommodation partners in Cairns and Port Douglas.

With vaccination requirements easing, mask mandate rules on airplanes likely to be lifted shortly and endless possibilities and activities for all ages, there’s never been a better time to escape the southern chill and head north for Savannah in the Round festival.

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Savannah in the Round will return from September 30 - October 2.

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