The Deni Blues & Roots Festival is only 18 days away from bringing one of the best line-ups ever seen in regional Australia to Deniliquin.CASS SAVELLIS April 1, 2014 4:10am
(Ute Muster staff (from back) Belinda Perrett, Jill Kearney, Allison Pearson, Ange Thomas and Erica Laing are counting down the days.
The countdown is on to the Deni Blues & Roots Festival, which features one of the best line-ups ever seen in regional Australia.
Ticket sales to date have shown people will travel from across Australia to see some of the world’s top performers over two action-packed days on Easter Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors from every state and territory will head to the Riverine plains just outside Deniliquin to hear megastars including John Mayer, The Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Russell Morris and a host of others.
With non-stop entertainment from some of the world’s best blues and roots artists on a million dollar stage, a stunning setting, and a relaxed and friendly country atmosphere, it is little wonder the event is such a success.
Deni Blues & Roots Festival provides a perfect mix to put patrons in musical heaven.
‘‘I’m looking forward to being there,’’ says Boz Scaggs, one of numerous Grammy Award winners who will perform at Deni Blues & Roots.
He’ll share Sunday’s stage with The Doobie Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., The Wailers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Jackson Firebird, Frank Macias, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, The Soul Rebels, Pat Simmons Jr., Jasmine Rae and Shaun Kirk.
Performing on Easter Saturday will be John Mayer, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Dr John & the Night Trippers, Russell Morris, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Owen Campbell, Neil Murray, Harry Hookey, Peter McWhirter, Joel Sulman and Michael Gorham.
Many patrons will take advantage of the on-site camping available on the festival site, which was originally built for the iconic Deni Ute Muster and is now also home to the annual Deni Blues & Roots Festival every Easter.
Others will hire a tent in the VIP camping area, book accommodation in Deniliquin and surrounding towns, or make the most of a unique homestay program with friendly locals.
Organisers, Chugg Entertainment and Robb Potts Entertainment Edge, work with the local community to stage the festival using service clubs and sporting groups for numerous roles such as gate keeping, traffic control, rubbish collection and in hospitality.
In doing so, money is directed back into these organisations to support their work in Deniliquin throughout the year.
Playing times and ticketing information are available at www.denibluesfestival.com.
The Deni Blues & Roots Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
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