This September the Mitchell Creek Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest is returning to the beautiful and serene Mary Valley in the Noosa Hinterland for three days of some of the best Rock’n’Roll and Blues musical acts emerging from and touring our delightful corner of the world. With over 150 acts gracing the two stages back to back, there is sure to be something to tickle every rockers’ fancy over the long weekend of groove. With free camping sites under the stars in the breath-taking aussie hinterland bush, plenty of awesome food and better people, what more could a festival goer ask for? This festival is a little different than most. Rather than packing in as many festival goers as possible, crowding every square inch of paddock, this intimate event has a limited number of tickets to ensure the purity of enjoyment for each and every patron and the chillest of vibes while you rock out with your nearest and dearest.
The line-up is insane and exactly what you’d expect from a quality sunshine coast festival. The line-up includes the very chilled and up-beat Caravãna Sun, reminiscent of acts such as the Cat Empire, with an infectious groove and more style and personality than you could shake a stick at. The boys are gaining notoriety with sell-out local shows and support sets with the band’s idols, Fat Freddy’s Drop. Caravãna Sun are riding the wave from the European festival circuit and dropping in on local festivals appearing at the Woodford Folk Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival and Twilight at Taronga Zoo, and now the Mitchell Creek Fest.
“Chilled but never laconic, fun but never disposable, infectious but never overbearing.The boys let loose in a personality-filled set full of smooth, soulful lyrics and big bouncing gypsy-ska grooves, with Toulouse, AYA and GAIA all massive crowd-pleasers.” – The Music 4/5
“Perfect soundtrack to your summer”
One act I’m particularly excited to finally see on our side of the island is the emerging funky rockers, The Tommyhawks of Western Australia. The Tommyhawks are a rockin’ all-girl four-piece who explode with gutsy, saxy, blues-fueled songs. Their music finds that sweet spot between rollicking folk melodies and downright, hard-driving, punk-infused blues. Frontwoman Addison (Axe) – Axe’s voice is ‘both raucous and angelic’, combine that with dark sax harmonies and a home-made electric mandolin and you’ll be left with some dirty little goose bumps. With their first gig in March 2014 they hit the ground running with gigs almost weekly, rocking out at all the local WA haunts and supporting Courtney Love’s Perth show. They’ve had the crowds dancing at Fremantle’s Hidden Treasures Festival, the iconic Bridgetown Blues Festival (WA) and Nannup Music Festival (WA). Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival will see the girls venture to the land of the East for the first time and they’re tickled-bloody-pink about it. Full of more collective energy than a bunch of year ones on excursion to the zoo; be prepared for 1-part delicate, 9-parts hair-raisingly-raw vocals; deliciously melodic bass which is more in the pocket than your grannies hankie, dirty sax and distorted hooks that’ll haunt you for days.
Obviously, there’s plenty more where that came from, with names like Evol Walks, Backsliders, Cheap Fakes, the Soul Men and Phil Barlow and the Wolf gracing the lineup, but how much is it going to cost you to experience this little slice of musical heaven? Well, that depends on you. There are 7 different ticket packages, ranging from single day passes, to full weekend VIP passes for you and a buddy. Prices start at $95.00 for a single day adult’s pass, but for more information visit the Mitchell Creek Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest event site.