Emerging artists will have a rare opportunity to join an incredible line-up of some of the country’s most prolific performers thanks to the Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest. The inaugural festival, which is held from 2 – 5 October, has just announced the addition of a surprise fourth stage dubbed The Porch, which will provide new and emerging artists with the opportunity to perform. The Porch stage aims to offer festival goers an eclectic mix of busking style performances during the main stage intervals.
Festival organiser and ARIA nominated country musician Lou Bradley designed the additional stage to add diversity to the already huge festival line-up. She encouraged musicians who want to be part of the growing festival to express their interest to be involved. “We are calling for any aspiring and emerging country, roots and bluegrass artists to apply to be part of the Festival and play on The Porch stage over the four days,” she says. “It’s an exciting and unique opportunity for artists who would not otherwise have the opportunity to showcase their work to a large festival audience.”
With 60 massive acts already confirmed across three uniquely themed stages, interest and support for the debut event is growing by the day. So far some of Australia’s top artists, local residents and other industry professionals in the area have shown their support by coming on board to help make Northern New South Wales newest festival a huge success. The four day festival is already sporting a coveted line-up featuring the likes of Kasey Chambers, Sara Storer, Bill Chambers, Busby Marou and Archie Roach, to name a few.
“This festival is first and foremost about celebrating music and the diversity of the Australian music scene, and that’s why we’ve received such a huge and positive response,” says Lou, who cites she has been blown away by the support received thus far. “There’s so much talent and creativity in Australia at all levels and we want to make sure that artists of every calibre are represented and have an opportunity to be part of the Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival.”
For Lou, the inclusion of The Porch stage was a chance to showcase music how it should be – in a raw and real approach. “The inspiration for the addition of The Porch stage comes from my early days busking on the streets of Sydney,” she says. “Busking remains personally one of my favourite types of gigs. I still do it, and love it. It’s raw and a little confronting, and it’s really up to the people walking by to stop and listen or get involved, so it can be really satisfying and a lot of fun! Artists playing on The Porch stage will not be revealed until the day to help create an authentic street performance atmosphere. It’s a pop up stage; artists will simply show up during the main stage breaks, put their hats out and play. It’s a simple and somewhat unstructured format but that’s how busking works and I think that environment often brings out great things in artists and the audience!”
Artists interested in being part of The Porch stage at Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest are encouraged to get in touch via the official website.
The Murwillumbah Country Roots Fest is held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds in Murwillumbah NSW, 45-minutes north of Byron Bay and 45-minutes east of Nimbin. Day, weekend and four-day passes are available from www.MCRFest.com There is camping available onsite for the event, with up to 500 unpowered sites, which can host up to four people per site, and up to 150 powered VIP sites. For more information and tickets, please visit www.MCRFest.com