Middle Rock Coastal Rhythm + Blues Festival

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Middle Rock Holiday Resort
Nelson Bay, NSW

IT'S BACK.....

Middle Rock Coastal Rhythm + Blues is on again for 2019.
So rally the gang, shake out your picnic blankets and come and enjoy awesome music, entertainment for the kids and a wonderful atmosphere.
Backing onto Tomaree National Park, our camp grounds is the perfect spot to sit in tranquility and enjoy the soulful tunes and coastal beat of our East Coast talent.

We love for the whole family to come, so again this year the kids are FREE!!

With Jumping Castles, temporary tattooing and face painting to entertain, the kids will not be disappointed with day.

Terms and conditions apply, children must be 12 years and under and must be with a responsible adult who holds a valid ticket to enter complimentary.

With variety of food trucks to keep you well fed and our Rockpools Bar to keep your thirst at bay, your day will be one to remember!!!

Middle Rock Coastal Rhythm + Blues is a licensed event, NO BYO ALCOHOL or NON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Food and water is permitted.

Opening for 2019 will be the amazing Vena Klymo, kicked back and enjoy her coastal vibe.

Our old friend James Bennett is returning for 2019, James is an Alternative Roots/ Folk artist from Newcastle NSW. No stranger to playing live, James incorporates 12 & six string guitars, weissenborn lap steel, stomp box & harmonica into his performances & has been playing to audiences across the East Coast of Australia for the last seven years.
Along the way James has supported for much loved Australian artists such as Diesel, Wendy Matthews, Ian Moss, The Black Sorrows, Rick Price & Dan Sultan.

Harry's Lookout is a Novocastrian Rock, Blues and Folk group and are currently in the process of recording their their first full length album "Cause and Effect". " We're very pleased with the way things are coming together and can't wait to get some new music out to everyone soon!"
The band regularly appears along the coast including: Sydney, Pacific Palms, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Oldbar and Catherine Hill Bay.

The Swamp Stompers play funky rock and blues with heavy grooves. Emerging from the dirty backwaters of Lismore (NSW), the band sounds like the musical lovechild of John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Searing slide guitar, contrasting dual-lead vocals, catchy guitar riffs and dubstep inspired didgeridoo soundscapes give this original blues-rock band an irresistible flavour combination that will leave you with an insatiable hunger for more.

Having met at Southern Cross University in Lismore back in mid-2012, founding members Corey Legge (guitar/lead vocals) and Mitch Broadhead (drums/backing vocals) set about building a monster. Initially the creature only required one very sturdy leg and a broad head, but it was soon decided that this swamp-creation was missing one vital feature. The lightning bolt of inspiration came early in the piece when bassist, vocalist and circular-breathing extraordinaire Luke Ligtenberg slithered into view, adding the final element to bring the three-pronged colossal to life.

Since this fateful merging of musical minds, The Swamp Stompers have set about earning themselves a significant reputation as one of the most promising up-and-coming acts to emerge in recent years. The powerhouse trio, which as of 2018 features Oliver Morley-Sattler behind the kit, has stomped their mark on prominent Australian festivals such as Caloundra Music Festival (QLD), Blues at Bridgetown (WA), and the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (NSW), with rave reviews from punters and peers alike.

Marshall & The Fro Drop Career Retrospective ‘Live at The Backroom’Whether with his classic outfit ‘The Fro’, orin various other guises, Byron Shire local Marshall Okell has become one of the most enduring faces of the blues and roots festival scene in Australia, and for good reason.With an incredible work ethic and commitment to live performance,and with four excellent studio albumsin his wake, Marshall has been called upon to get the party started at most bluesy festival for the past 10 or so years.For someone so rooted in the live touring circuit it may come as a surprise that Marshall has waited for album number fiveto release a live recording. Recorded in iconic Byron Bay venue The Great Northern Hotelto a frothing crowd of devotees, new album ‘Live at The Backroom’ traces Okell’sstory from the opening track of his 2007 debut album‘Marshall & The Fro’, through to brand spanker ‘Taxi’.The ‘Marshall and The Fro namehas been relaunchedfor this release with Luke ‘Fergo’ Ferguson, Nick Lemits, and Ben Cox supplying world class vibes on this collection of crowd favorites

Cass Eager
Named by folk-blog Timber and Steel as‘Janis Joplin and Ben Harper’s love-child’, Cass Eager’s mix of raw soul, husky blues and light-hearted ditties are all punctuated with her unique whisky-soaked vocals. Emotive, slightly raspy, at times tender andat times powerful, Cass’ authentic voice is always the driving force of her music. Internationally renowned but defiantly grassroots, Cass Eager isoneof those rare artists that’s mastered everything from the foot-stomping blues to a sensual slow burner. She’s been called ‘oneof the best female singers in Australia’by Richard Glover (ABC), ’the girl with the golden voice’ (Daily Examiner), and Diesel claims ‘she has a voice so sweet she could sing the phone bookand you wouldn’t get bored’. Cass’ music has taken her to some of the world’s most far-flung places. Performing indiverse locations from CBGB’s in NYC to the beachfront huts of Dili has given Eager a depth and richness that comes from experience. She’s done several ‘tours of duty’entertaining Australian troops, from Egypt to East Timor (with Paul Kelly and Peter Garrett), the Middle East to the Solomon Islands. She’s toured through North America and Canada –alone waith her acoustic guitar; alongside Ash Grunwald; and with US musician Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo; ex-Wilco). Cass also performed for Prince Harry during his Australian visit, and after being invited back for a repeat performance, endedup giving the prince guitar lessons. Cass plays with her band, or alone, and while both are different magnificent beasts, onething is constant –her voice. It carries like the wind and slams you right in your gut where you want it to. She also loves a good story and a good laugh, and Cass’ shows are just asmuch abouther heartwarming and entertaining tales as they are about the music. ‘One of Sydney’s most gifted singer-songwriters, whose refreshingly honest, almost Joplin-esque like voice is hers alone, and whose songwriting will spellbind the listener.’(The Music) A finalist for Best Group and Best Female Vocalist in the Australian Blues ‘Chain’ Awards and Best Blues/Roots Artist in the MusicOz Awards, Cass’EP‘Down OnMy Knees’ was voted ‘Top 10 Album’of the year inRhythms Magazine

BOOK your accommodation or campsites with Middle Rock Holiday Resort. Packages are available through www.middlerock.com.au or contact our office 02 4982 1162 or rockpoolsevents@middlerock.com.au

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