An eclectic banquet of talent promised as Queenscliff Music Festival 2018 drops its second lineup
Joining the already announced Courtney Barnett, Sarah Blasko, Kasey Chambers and The Whitlams, ARIA award-winning rock legend and vocal powerhouse Dan Sultan and the Sahara's Sultan of Shred Bombino (described by Noisey as '...the world's best guitarist') are leading a stellar international second lineup for Queenscliff Music Festival 2018.
Running from Friday 23 - Sunday 25 November, the UK will lend QMF singer-songwriters Ben Ottewell (vocalist and lead guitarist in Gomez) and China Bowls with reggae rising star Mike Love showing the love from the USA.
On the local front, the latest recruits will showcase a range of ethnicities and genres, from reggae and rock to jazz, folk, blues, roots and RnB. Melbourne will be represented by a range of talents, with singer-songwriter and Milk Records! co-founder Jen Cloher bringing the musical musings, hauntingly beautiful duo Charm of Finches wowing crowds with their stunning ballads, Wergaia woman and sensational harmoniser Alice Skye bringing ethereal melodies and triple j darling Ali Barter showcasing her stories on the stage. NSW-born dynamic blues-rock ensemble Grizzlee Train will bring rollicking riffs to keep feet stomping and Tasmanian heartstring-pulling rock goddess Maddy Jane will bring her catalogue of high-rotation anthems.
Skinnyfish Sound System will bring the highest calibre of Indigenous Australian talent re-imagined into a backdrop of big beats and tribal vocals, Zimbabwean born singer-songwriter Thando will bring the soul, European twins Amistat will bring the folk, New Orleanian inspired Horns of Leroy will bring the big band sounds and African and Latin rhythm ensembles The Senegambian Jazz Band and Ella Trinidad will bring the hip-swinging grooves. Up-and-comers Alana Wilkinson, the soulful Wanderers and Australian/Japanese duo Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai round out the impressive list.
The second line up announcement is:
Ben Ottewell (UK)
Charm of Finches
China Bowls (UK)
Horns of Leroy
Mike Love (USA)
The Senegambian Jazz Band
Skinnyfish Sound System
Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai