New Townsville Fest Showcasing Emerging Musos

Byron Bay's Kyle Lionhart joins a lineup of Australia and North Queensland's best new talent performing at the inaugural Neck of the Woods Festival. IMAGE: Supplied.

With Neighbourhood Sessions’ backyard pop-up gigs garnering a loyal following this year, organisers will step things up a notch next month with the inaugural Neck of the Woods: a Neighbourhood Sessions Festival.

Neck of the Woods isn’t your average Festival: it’s not a lineup of headline acts from around the world, it’s a showcase of the incredible emerging talent from Australia and, more specifically, North Queensland.

Kyle Lionhart (Byron Bay), Timberwolf (Adelaide), Michael Galloway (Melbourne), Nic Cassey & Friends and Bree Tranter (Sydney) will join a group of NQ’s finest: Greta Stanley, Leanne Tennant, Dan Baker, Jacob Long, Lost for Ideas, and more.

Event co-organiser Nicole Cross said hosting a Festival of this size had been in the works for some time now.

“We have been dreaming about putting on a large-scale festival in Townsville for quite a while. Sam [Wright: co-organiser] has been putting on original music events in Townsville for a few years prior to the Neighbourhood Sessions events starting in January 2017,” said Nicole.

“We teamed up and put on a small-scale festival in October 2016 called Neighbourhood Festival. After building momentum throughout 2017 with our Neighbourhood Sessions events, we have built a little audience and it seemed like the perfect time to put on this Festival – we wanted to keep the momentum going.

“I think there is quite a lot about Neck of the Woods that sets it apart from usual music gigs in the region. For us, one of the most exciting parts about Neck of the Woods is the venue – a beautiful lush property in Hervey’s Range. It is an outdoor Festival with camping available (perfect for cosy campfires and marshmallow roasting in July). We will have food trucks at the event (Suns Chinese Dumplings, The Happy Wholesome Kitchen, The Coffee Tree, Gluten Free Love and Bootleg Coffee Co).

“The event is family friendly, which I think has been a big drawcard for many people as quite often, live music events are not family friendly. The festival is BYO drinks – which I think also sets the event apart from many others as it is less expensive. We have quite an exciting lineup of both local acts and larger profile touring acts.”

Venture into the mountains for Neighbourhood Sessions’ Neck of the Woods Festival on 8 July. Day passes and camping tickets are both available, and can be booked here.

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