It was great to see a country music festival back in the Hunter, but headliner Billy Ray Cyrus has left longtime fans disappointed after his set at Roche Estate’s Crossroads in the Vines country music festival over the weekend.
But that didn’t dampen the party atmosphere and great live music with the Aussie undercard including locals The Viper Creek Band really proving why the Australian country music industry is healthier than ever before.
The Newcastle Live crew were on hand to sample everything the newest festival on our local calendar had to offer… And we weren’t let down. 12 hours of Music, sunshine and fabulous food. We had to mention the food… Who can resist a Bao Brothers trio!
You don’t get any more “true blue” than John Williamson and after a minor technical issue, that saw John unplug and leave the stage, the Aussie legend soon returned and battled through his case of “Bali Belly” to deliver a set that had the crowd singing along to his classics. You still got it John, and we love you for it.
Lee is our mate
Crowd favourite, Lee Kernaghan took to the stage urging everyone to “turn on all your appliances”. “There are no rules here tonight,” he says. “Turn your flash on, record, whatever you please”.
Kernaghan then proceeds to woo the crowd with his unique blend of Aussie showmanship and songwriting skill and at one point showed off his Jerry Lee Lewis-esque keyboard playing skills before climbing into the crowd to fulfil a request to do a “shoey”.
Beccy Cole is the hero we all need
She’s crass and she’s honest and Beccy Cole apologises for nothing (and nor should she). As she sings an Irish song for the love of her life and fellow band member Libby O’Donovan the crowd are right behind every word. It was the first time introducing O’Donovan to the crowd as ‘her wife’ “sorry, not sorry” declares Cole. Later sculling a schooner of beer in true Beccy Cole style. We love you Beccy.
He broke a few achy breaky hearts
Finally, after an amazing day / night of Aussie country music, an obviously shaky Billy Ray Cyrus takes to the stage for his headline set shaking his backside and taunting the crowd with items he may or may not throw to them for souvenirs. There’s no denying the vibe for “don’t break my heart, my achy breaky heart” but it isn’t enough for the crowd that has held out all day to see one of their idols.
There’s no denying Billy is a legend and much as been said about his set online already, so we’re not going to rub salt into the wound because Crossroads in the Vines was amazing for Roche Estate, Aussie Country is on point and we can’t wait to see this festival return in 2019.