The Hunter Valley’s very own Cosmic Country Weekender, Dashville Skyline has dropped the first round of it’s 2016 line-up.
Nestled in the pristine bushland oasis affectionately known as ‘Dashville’, This year’s line-up for Dashville Skyline boasts an Australian rock icon, international guests and a stellar array of our nation’s new generation of songwriters.
Leading the festival’s roster is Brian Cadd, a man who is bonafide music royalty.
“Brian Cadd is an absolute living legend. For me I think he represents a huge part of what this festival is about… supreme songwriting” Festival organiser Matt Johnston said.
Cadd is joined on the Skyline line-up by San Franciscan folk and bluegrass band The Brothers Comatose. Led with sweet and furious energy by the Morrison brothers, Ben and Alex, the five-piece has been whipping American music lovers into a frenzy. Now they’re heading to Dashville to continue their feel-good pilgrimage.
One of Australia’s finest folk and country ensembles, The Wilson Pickers will also be on the bill, along with one of the Hunter’s best singer songwriters, Melody Pool.
The bumper first round Skyline announcement is rounded out by Melbourne’s Americana heroes Raised by Eagles, country rockers The Hello Morning, Perth’s gifted songwriter Davey Craddock and his band The Spectacles, dreamy chanteuse Jess Ribeiro, Woodburn’s banjo-slingin’ balladeer Karl S. Williams, the formidable presence of Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Irish-born, Canadian-based songwriter Irish Mythen, and Tamworth’s angel-voiced troubadour Andy Golledge Band.
This year’s event will also see the return of the immensely popular Sunset Super Round, which proved to be a “jewel in Skyline’s crown”. Last year, artists on the bill stepped on to the main stage to pay homage to their favourite songwriters. The audience was treated to Holy Holy’s full-blooded cover of Neil Young’s ‘Southern Man’, Melody Pool and Ruby Boots’ duet on Lucinda Williams’ classic ‘Fruits of My Labor’ and William Crighton’s dark take on Neil Diamond’s ‘Solitary Man’.
Organisers have shifted this year’s Skyline to a Friday and Saturday, with a Sunday wind-down similar to that enjoyed at this year’s Gum Ball.
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketbooth.