Australia’s very own Cosmic Country Weekender, Dashville Skyline, returns this September to the bushland of Dashville in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
Unfolding over the Labour Day long weekend, Friday September 28, Saturday 29 and September 30, 2018, the fourth instalment of this boutique festival will feature one of its biggest headliners.
Leading the first announcement of 17 exceptional artists is THE WAIFS, a band 25 years young. Featuring the unmistakable voices of sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson, this acclaimed, evergreen band will make their Dashville debut this September. Last year’s record Ironbark took the band into dustier Americana territory and, as luck will have it, their travels will finally bring them to our neck of the woods.
C.W. STONEKING is an exceptional songwriter, performer and living anachronism. Since the release of his third full-length album, the ARIA award-winning Gon’ Boogaloo, C.W has become a household name across Australia, the US and Europe. Having first visited Dashville in 2012 for The Gum Ball, he now returns with his unmistakable voice and old-time blues guitar. This will be a rare solo performance from one of Americana’s modern superstars. Raw and profound, expect a performance for the ages.
After a barn-storming performance at this year’s Gum Ball festival, the crowd was clear in their assertion that we had to invite HAT FITZ & CARA back for Skyline 2018. Their irresistible marriage of drums and stomping guitar is a must-see.
If you haven’t experience the high-energy blues-laced roots rock of 19-TWENTY, then now’s the time. The hard-touring, 100 per cent independent band and it set to whip the Dashville arena into a full-throttle hoedown. Bring your dancing shoes.
You might recognise the distinctive heady atmospherics of brothers Dan and Joel Crannitch from their days in Leader Cheetah. But now they’ve reunited to form THE SAN SEBASTIAN and released a stunning record called Alive on the Black Sea. The new outfit is indie rock with distinct country influences and dreamy production.
Rounding out the bill is the high-octane folk rock of THE SETTLEMENT, the raucous blues country of PAPA PILKO & THE BINRATS, returning Skyline hero DAVEY CRADDOCK, country songstress TORI FORSYTH, Melbourne’s JAMES ELLIS & THE JEALOUS GUYS, Perth rockers RALWAY BELL, old-school rough country duo THE SWEET JELLY ROLLS, accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist CAT CANTERI, Brisbane’s gothic-folk chanteuse RUBY GILBERT, Sydney’s favourite songsmith SAM NEWTON, local Hawaiian jazz legends THE HIGH ANDIES and singer and environmentally conscious songwriter STEEL CITY SUE.
In 2018, Dashville Skyline will extend to three full days and feature over 40 incredible acts in the Americana, alt-country, psychedelia, folk and bluegrass genres. The festival includes on-site camping, delicious American-inspired food, beer and wine, vintage market, petting zoo and more. Dashville Skyline is every bit as family friendly as its older brother, The Gum Ball, so people of all ages are most welcome with various ticket prices in place (punters under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian).
DASHVILLE SKYLINE 2018 – FIRST ROUND OF ARTISTS:
THE WAIFS + C.W. STONEKING + HAT FITZ & CARA + 19-TWENTY + THE SAN SEBASTIAN + THE SETTLEMENT + PAPA PILKO & THE BINRATS + DAVEY CRADDOCK + TORI FORSYTH + JAMES ELLIS & THE JEALOUS GUYS + THE SWEET JELLY ROLLS + CAT CANTERI + RALWAY BELL + SAM NEWTON + RUBY GILBERT + THE HIGH ANDIES + STEEL CITY SUE + MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
A further announcement of artists to complete the 2018 line-up will be made at the end of July.
For more details go to: Dashville Skyline