Queenscliff Music Festival announces its second lineup of artists

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 are leading a stellar 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, and hauntingly beautiful duo Charm of Finches wowing crowds with their stunning ballads.

Wergaia woman and sensational harmoniser Alice Skye brings ethereal melodies, 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, and European twins Amistat will bring the folk.

New Orleanian inspired Horns of Leroy will bring the big band sounds, The Senegambian Jazz Band fuse Afro jazz, deep world music beats and funk to create some truly awe-inspiring rhythms and melodies, while 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 Queenscliff Music Festival runs Friday 23 – Sunday 25 November 2018. For more information and full line-up of artists announced to date, visit: www.qmf.net.au for details.

Image: Horns of Leroy (supplied)