Whyalla 2019 unearth festival MUSIC PROGRAM announced!
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In the first big announcement for this year’s arts, music and culture event on Easter Friday and Saturday, the “Merc” will be joined by award-winning electronic artist Abbey Howlett and hybrid synth rocking band Neon Tetra with many more big acts still to be revealed.
The boys from Thirsty Merc – Rai Thistlethwayte on vocals, piano, guitar; Phil Stack on bass and Matt Smith on guitar – will be rocking Whyalla on the back of four critically-acclaimed albums, 250,000 album sales, five ARIA nominations and a string of live performances around the country.
One of the finest live acts in Australia, the “Merc” have recently played the Caloundra Music Festival and Get Your Groove On while also co-headlining shows with Daryl Braithwaite at the Palms at Crown Melbourne and the Chelsea Heights Hotel.
Thirsty Merc has found its way into the fabric of Australia’s musical landscape and will wow Whyalla with hits songs like Someday Someday, In The Summertime, 20 Good Reasons and The Good Life.
"Myself and the boys from Thirsty Merc are really looking forward to coming back to Whyalla to perform," Rai said.
"We've only been there once before and it was a great gig so this one will be nothing different.
"Personally too, I've got some ties to South Aussie now, my girlfriend and her fam are all from the Adelaide Hills and they also have a place in Streaky Bay.
"So, I'm looking forward to exploring more of SA in future, maybe I can get some tips from the Whyalla locals of places to check out.
"Either way, we'll be there and we'll be doing our best to play a huge show for all who attend."
Abbey Howlett has been creating a significant buzz in Australian music that includes winning the South Australian Music Awards winning Best Electronic Artist award. As a multi-instrumentalist, Abbey has progressively mastered the fine art of looping, introducing eclectic rhythms and beats to her ever-expanding wilderness, creating melodies atop melodies and patterns within rhyme.
Her style has morphed from acoustic vibrations to colourful percussive vocal loops, blending hip-hop and neo-soul in a uniquely creative way.
Neon Tetra will be at uneARTh fresh from supporting Foreigner and Cheap Trick in a major concert event at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Ever evolving, Neon Tetra has been taking each opportunity to improve its craft. The band has recently transferred its vibrant energy to its recently toured Pollen EP with its music rich in soul, optimism and an undeniable beat that entices crowds onto the dance floor.
Whyalla 2019 uneARTh organiser Cara Hume said securing these quality acts for this year’s free-admission festival on April 19 and 20 was the first of many announcements.
“UneARTh Festival is committed to offering a variety of art forms as part of the festival, this is just our music programme, stay tuned for more to come,” Cara said.
“Keep following us on Facebook and website whyalla.com as 2019 uneARTh continues to assemble another big line-up for Whyalla’s, and South Australia’s, premier regional arts, music and culture event.”
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