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28 September, 2022

See the artists live at Savannah Main stage, big top and bull bar

There will be a wide selection of some of Australia's and the world's top artists set to perform on the stages at Savannah this weekend, have a look at some of them here.

By Rhys Thomas

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Brad Paisley


REGARDED as one of country music’s most talented and decorated male solo artists, Brad Paisley will take Savannah’s Main Stage on Sunday night to cap off a tremendously gifted line-up of musicians.

Over the past two decades, the American star has accumulated a substantial number of awards due to his song writing and legendary showmanship including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, just to name a few.

Paisley has written 21 of his 24 number one hits and in 2008, became the first artist to achieve 10 consecutive Billboard Country Air-play number one singles. He has also amassed 3.9 billion on-demand streams



AFTER numerous tours around the world, multiple ARIA Awards and platinum albums, the Waifs are bringing their world-renowned sound and style to Savannah in the Round this year.

With a career spanning more then 25 years off the back of relentless touring and ground-breaking records, the close-knit band is excited to play on Savannah’s Main Stage on Saturday night.

The Waifs have built a career out of continually circling both Australia and the world, from bustling cities to the farthest regional and coastal towns. 

Vanessa Amorosi


Vanessa Amorosi’s song-writing and dynamic vocal range has seen her sell over two million records worldwide and be awarded sixteen ARIA and APRA nominations since the beginning of her career.

Her debut album “The Power” reached the top spot in Australia, number seven in the United Kingdom, number one in Hungary and the top 10 in several European countries.

This was followed by a European tour supporting artists like Dave Stewart, KISS, INXS, Rob Thomas, Savage Garden, Macy Gray, Bryan Adams and Joe Cocker.

The young singer will be front and centre on Saturday night at Savannah as she performs on the Main Stage.

MacKenzie Porter


CANADIAN national MacKenzie Porter will get her first taste of the far north on Sunday night as she performs on Savannah in the Round’s biggest night.

Joining headline act and global superstar Brad Paisley and a host of other well-known names Porter will bring her own style of country music to Mareeba.

Porter has been nominated for several awards including Rising Star, Fans’ Choice Award and Female Artist of the Year multiple years in a row.

She will be performing just ahead of Paisley on Sunday night as the headline act on the Main Stage

Tex Perkins ‘the man in black’


VERY few can successfully translate the great works of Johnny Cash and bring it into the modern age quite like Tex Perkins.

Perkin’s affinity with Johnny Cash started in his earliest band and is an enthusiasm he hasn’t relinquished.

After fronting The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon, Don and Charlie and the Dark Horses, Perkins has had an incredible and varied music career.

He will bring Cash’s music back to life over the Savannah in the Round weekend, performing hits such as Ring of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues and Don’t Take Your Guns To Town.

Shannon Noll


FIRST under the spotlight in 2003 after finishing runner-up in the first season of Australian Idol, singer-songwriter Shannon Noll has since established himself as one of Australia’s most prominent musicians.

Certified triple-platinum sales, number one hits, five top 10 al-bums, 17 platinum and three gold accreditations.

Noll also boasts the feat of being the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles.

Jon Stevens


A MEMBER of Aussie rock royalty, Jon Stevens, will be lighting up Savannah on Saturday night as he belts out some of his most popular hits from his time as the lead vocalist of Noiseworks, INXS and more.

With a record-smashing debut at 16, Stevens has gone on to etch his name into rock’s history books as one of the most popular and well-known rock icons, winning multiple New Zealand Music Awards including Most Promising Male, Single of the year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

James Blundell


HALL of fame country music artist James Blundell first rose to promi-nence after being named Best New Talent at the 1987 Country Music Awards of Australia. He has since released several albums in both Australia and the United States, withe the most successful being “This Road” released in 1992.

At the 2019 Country Music Awards of Australia, Blundell was inducted into the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame.



WITHIN a decade of forming, Euro-gliders had recorded four albums, enjoyed a multitude of chart-topping singles and been awarded a swag of awards from around the globe, for both their music and videos.

They travelled the world charting in countries like Japan and America, ‘Heaven’ was a top five hit on the Billboard USA charts and the band won numerous Countdown and MTV awards. 

King Stingray


HOMEGROWN and unique band King Stingray will take to the Main Stage at Savannah in the Round on Friday night. The band seamlessly blends ancient indigenous melodies with surf, indie and funk influences to create a unique sound of their own, Yolŋu surf-rock.

In just over 12 months, King Stingray has performed for triple j’s Live at the Wireless, appeared on ABC TV’s The Sound, been profiled in The Guardian and Rolling Stone, and won triple j’s Unearthed Artist of the Year J award.

McAlister Kemp


COUNTRY music titans Drew McAlister and Troy Kemp, known more affectionately as McAlister Kemp, are seen as one of the most successful Australian country acts of the last decade.

From the immediate breakout success of their debut album in 2010 through to their parting in 2015, the pair earned their stripes as one of the highest selling and most exciting touring acts in Australia.

Richard Clapton


ONE of Australia’s foremost singer songwriters, Clapton will take the stage this Sunday. Likening his style to those of American legends Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen, Clapton developed a sound based on melodic rock.

Since his first album release in 1973, Clapton has released over 20 albums and sold over one million copies, with hits such as Girls On The Avenue, Capricorn Dancer, Deep Water among others.

Ross Wilson


WITH a stellar career spanning more than 45 years and showing no signs of slowing down, Ross Wilson is one of Australian rock music’s most enduring and lauded talents.

Wilson’s infamous anthem Eagle Rock has been included in the National Film and Sound Archive ‘Sounds of Australia Collection’.

He fronted Daddy Cool and exploded out of the 70s playing rootsy 50s sounds before forming Mondo Rock and surfing the contemporary scene.



AFTER being scouted at the Savannah Summer Series in 2020, Cooktown local Yasmin Morris got the green light to perform solo at last year’s Savannah in the Round festival and returns this year.

Going by Yazmindi, she will be joined on stage this year by her very own band and will be including songs from her debut album ‘Dream On’ which released in August.

Adam Brand


WITH a stellar career spanning twenty years, Adam Brand has been nominated for multiple ARIA Awards, won 12 Golden Guitars, sold over 600,000 CDs & DVDs and earned three platinum and five gold albums.

Brand’s songs resonate as much with people from the suburbs as they do with those from regional and rural Australia but the real key to Adam’s popularity, is his ability to conjure up different feelings in different people

Black Sorrows


JOE Camilleri and The Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s most prolific and enduringly popular bands, renowned for their high energy live shows, musicianship and infectious, rootsy rhythms.

Camilleri will present the classic soul, blues and country hits from The Black Sorrows’ enormous back catalogue along with a selection from Camilleri’s 50th album release, ‘The Black Sorrows’ Saint Georges Road’.

Camilleri has been at the fore-front of Australian music for decades as leader of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, The Black Sorrows and as writer of radio anthems ‘Hit & Run’, ‘Shape I’m In’, ‘Chained To The Wheel’, ‘Harley & Rose’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’.

Aurelle Brunjes


DIMBULAH based singer-song-writer Aurelle Brunjes will have the chance to showcase her own talents and original songs this year at Savannah in the Round.

After picking up a guitar to perform 10 years ago, Aurelle has since set herself on the path of a musician, all the while juggling duties as a mother and teacher.

This has not dampened her dreams however as she continues to perform and write songs that have a deep meaning and connection both to herself and her community.

Jeremy Fletcher


MAREEBA’S Jeremy Fletcher will once again showcase his talents at Savannah in the Round this year with more experience and a bigger repertoire of songs under his belt.

Fletcher has performed at events like the Tamworth Country Music Festival in the past and takes great inspiration from legends like Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Slim Dusty and Luke Combs.

Playing at smaller venues around the region like rodeos, rac-es, shows and a variety of pubs and charity events, Fletcher is excited to perform multiple sets at Savannah this year.


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