North Queensland music festival calls in more talent

Mareeba's Savannah in the Round to feature more than 40 artists.

Sound Australia has announced changes to the line-up for its Savannah in the Round music festival.

Several artists could not travel to the Mareeba event on 1-3 October because of interstate COVID restrictions, forcing organisers to “revamp and broaden” the program.

New performers include John Butler (pictured), Sheppard, San Cisco, Ian Moss, Sneaky Sound System, Adam Brand, Sara Storer, Russell Morris and Brian Cadd, Glenn Shorrock, Beccy Cole and Caitlyn Shadbolt, among others.

Festival Director James Dein said he was “absolutely gutted” to lose 20 top-quality acts, including Lime Cordiale, Tex Perkins, Shannon Noll, The McClymonts and Fanny Lumsden.

“Thankfully, we live in a country that’s rich with musical talent from end to end,” Mr Dein said.

“Something we would never do is compromise the quality of the event we’re delivering for the tropical north, so rest assured the 20-plus new artists we’re welcoming to the event will make for an incredible celebration of music – something we all need now more than ever.”

With the new line-up topping more than 40 artists, including industry legends and current chart-toppers, the three-day celebration will be the premier music destination on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

The event will also host an Indigenous cultural program, community entertainment, local produce and goods and paddock to plate dining experiences.

A range of accommodation options is also available, from drive-in campsites to tent rental and luxury glamping.

Five-star accommodation options with transfers from Cairns and Port Douglas are also available.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said Savannah in the Round was an opportunity to celebrate Queensland’s resilience while showcasing home-grown talent.

“I hope visitors extend their stay beyond the long weekend, supporting local tourism operators while exploring the many natural splendours of the tropical north,” Ms Lui said.

Tickets for Savannah in the Round are available on the event’s website.