Top Music Festival lineup announced

AT this week's launch of the Snowy Mountains Festival of Music at Tilleys Cafe & Gallery in Canberra, a feast of flavors was celebrated with the full program and final artist line-up announced for Australia's only music festival in the snow.

First up is Saritah, an artist on the rise whose infectious live shows are colourful celebrations of life. Saritah's new album Dig Deep was recorded in California and produced by Mario Caldato Jr (The Beastie Boys, John Butler Trio). Her music is all about personal evolution as the starting point of global revolution and bursts with sunshine and joy with rootsy reggae beats underpinning a Sade soul feel.

Most well known for his film roles in Dirty Deeds and He Died With A Falafel in His Hand, Terry Serio steps out of his stage and screen identity and onto the Festival Stage, with his band The Ministry Of Truth with gorgeous and gritty Australian urban roots music.

Telling songs of love, loss, disillusion, addiction, brushes with the law, divine providence and redemption, Terry Serio's Ministry of Truth is inspired by the likes of Hank Williams, Lou Reed and Gillian Welch.

Get down and dance to some dirty deep grooves with Tjupurra and his very special 'didjetronica' flavour, which takes its influences from iconic Australian act Gondwanaland and didj player Charlie McMahon. Brisbane-based Tjupurru is a proud descendant of the Djabera Djabera tribe of the West Australian Kimberleys and began playing didjeridoo through a vacuum cleaner pipe at boarding school. Fusing sampling, electronica, a face bass and a didjeribone, Tjupurra's show will be a must-see at the Festival.

And for something quite different is Sketch the Rhyme, seen most recently at The Famous Spiegeltent and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, this act sees four of Australia's finest freestyle MC's versus four provocative illustrators in a world first hip hop game show.

How does it work? The artists speed-sketch pictures which the MCs then freestyle their response in rhyme, whether it's improvising a story, guessing the catch-phrase or trying to deduce the identity of the dead celebrity drawn before them. The audience plays the vital role of judging the rounds - their cheers letting the rappers know they've guessed correctly.

Alongside headliners Blue King Brown, Jeff Lang and Kylie Auldist of The Bamboos, the full artist line-up from A to Z is Between The Wars, Big Erle, Blue King Brown, Brass Knuckle Brass Band, The Con Artists, Doc White, Fraudsters, Gang of Brothers, Gregory North. Jeff Lang, Jindabyne Ukulele Kollective (JUKes), Keyim Ba, King Tide, Kylie Auldist, Los Chavos, Martin Pearson, Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, Mustered Courage, My Secret Window, Mzaza, The Nudgels, Oh Pep!, Rapskallion, RAPT, Russell Hannah, Saritah, Sketch The Rhyme, Sunas, Somesing Laik Zat, Terry Serio's Ministry of Truth, Tjupurra and Wongawilli

The Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music is one of Australia's special festivals - with all venues located in the snow, festival-goers experience the sounds of the world amongst a stunning alpine landscape.

The Festival runs on the June Long Weekend, the official opening to the ski season, from Friday 7 to Monday 10 June and will have over 120 concerts across 8 on-snow venues. Families are always welcome with a special children's program and entertainment running across the weekend. Early bird tickets are available till 24th May at only $125 for a Long Weekend Festival pass and stay on-snow for the ultimate festival experience with some fantastic Early Bird Festival accommodation packages available now.

Presented by The Perisher Resort Chamber of Commerce, the Snowy Mountains of Music Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, through the Regional Tourism Partnership Program. The Festival's major sponsors are Perisher, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Tourism Snowy Mountains, Howling Wolves

Wines and Media Partners, Drum Media and ABC South East.Book your Early Bird tickets NOW for Australia's only music festival in the snow! Online at www.snowymountainsofmusic.com.au or call 1300 811 324 / email info@snowymountainsofmusic.com.au for more information. Keep up with the latest Festival news on our Twitter & Facebook pages.

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