29 March, 2024

Country music sensation lines up for Savannah

AMERICAN country music sensation Kip Moore has bolstered an already star-studded line-up for this year’s Savannah in the Round to be staged in Mareeba this October.

Country music sensation lines up for Savannah - feature photo

The US country star’s appearance at the festival is a coup for Mareeba, given his 2024 Australian tour takes in mostly capital cities and only one other regional centre.

The gig at Savannah is part of Kip’s Nomad World Tour this September and October, backed by one of Australia’s most exciting country music artists, James Johnston who will also grace the stage at the Mareeba festival.

Prior to his appearance at Savannah In The Round – which will run over the weekend of October 11-13 at the Mareeba Rodeo grounds – Moore will start his run of headline shows in Sydney.

Last visiting Australia and New Zealand for his sell-out 2023 headline tour, which included an epic headline performance CMC Rocks, Kip’s southern charm is as smooth as ever.

With fans craving more of the genre-blending songsmith, this highly anticipated return is sure to blow roofs off arenas and theatres across the country.

Kip had a flying start to his career, releasing his debut album Up All Night in 2012. Hailed as “the best by a new country artist this year” (Taste of Country), the project became an instant success achieving platinum status in the US. 

With millions of records sold and more than 2.9 billion streams worldwide across the following decade, Kip released his anticipated fifth studio album, Damn Love, in 2023. Featuring 13 tracks that he co-produced, the album cemented Kip as a country music powerhouse, proving time and again his craftmanship and lyricism.

A truly remarkable performer, Kip is renowned for his signature sound and blistering live performances. 

He achieved a career high last year, when he sold more than 44,000 tickets in South Africa, playing sold out stadiums in Cape Town and Pretoria and opening the door for country music and the debut of the Cape Town Country Music Festival.

Kip has gathered a massive fan base in Queensland, with his first performance at CMC Rocks in 2016, returning in 2017 and 2023, and performing an ultra-special show at the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton in 2018. 

“This year’s Savannah in the Round will be a homecoming for country music,” festival director James Dein said.

“Kip is no stranger to Queensland, having played the launch party of the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton in 2018 and headlining CMC Rocks in 2023, and I look forward to showing him the beauty of the Tropical North - yet another side of this gorgeous state of ours.

“As for James Johnston, Savannah in the Round was his first main-stage festival show back in 2021, so he’ll forever be a favourite here in North Queensland.”

Kip and James join an already heaving lineup including The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus, Jon Stevens, The Wolfe Brothers, John Williamson, Troy Cassar Daley, Vika & Linda, Mahalia Barnes, Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley, The Whitlams Black Stump and more. 

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