ACROSS THE ROAD New summer music festivals for the south west

Riley Pearce
Set your sights on Bunbury this summer, with a new series of music festivals set to light up the south west city. Across The Road music festivals will be taking over laneways, parks, car parks and secret locations, with each outdoor space converted into a live music venue complete with a pop-up bar, food vans, comfy couches and plenty of good times. The exclusively WA line up will be showcasing some of the best bands our state has to offer.

The festivals will take place on Saturday, November 24, Saturday, January 19 and Saturday, February 9 with general admission tickets on sale from Monday, August 27 at www.acrosstheroadmusic.com. The events will be all ages (under 18’s must be accompanied by a guardian) and are designed to be accessible to the entire community. They have been made possible by the City of Bunbury, APRA AMCOS and Totally Sound.

The festivals promise to get bigger and better with each installment, with the January and February line ups yet to be revealed. “Our first lineup is a mix of folk, country, soul, jazz and electronic, with a focus on original music and songwriters,” explains festival coordinator Kelsie Miller. Check out the artists that are set to headline the first Across The Road Music Festival on Saturday, November 24 in Bunbury’s CBD.


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From humble beginnings busking at farmers markets and playing open mic nights in Perth, alt-folk artist Riley Pearce is now selling out shows across Australia, winning awards and touring internationally. Breakout single Brave has clocked up over 12 million plays on Spotify alone, making it clear that his reflective songwriting and chilled-out coastal vibes resonates with more than just folk music lovers.


Joining the November lineup is Bridgetown export Emily Barker, who now calls the UK home. Emily was recently announced as the UK Artist of the Year for 2018 by the Americana Music Association of UK, with her latest album Sweet Kind of Blue receiving critical acclaim and multiple 4 star reviews.


Perth folk/jazz darlings Man Sandal will also be making an appearance to croon to the crowd. After taking out the Rock Scholars Band of the Year award in 2015, Man Sandal FKA Belgrade have moved on to winning prizes at the Fairbridge Quest songwriting competition in early 2016 as well as the Humandog Battle of the Bands and landing third place at the Gozzy Rock competition later in the year.


Jamilla combines haunting soul vocals, self-produced RnB beats and chill-wave synths to create a beautiful and seamless brand of nu-soul music. In her short time performing music, Jamilla has already landed support spots for some of Perth’s finest including Stella Donnelly, Demon Days and Abbe May and National supports for Alex The Astronaut and 30/70. Her debut single Beautiful was launched in April of 2018 to a sold out show. In September of 2018, Jamilla will release her sophomore single King which will be joined by her debut National Australian tour.


In her first year of being a solo act, Keegan has been making waves in the Perth music scene. From opening up the Fremantle Folk Festival, to supporting Alex the Astronaut on her Australian tour to finishing off the year with a nomination from WAM as Most Popular New Act, Keegan has only gone from strength to strength in 2018 with a residency through August at The Aardvark in Fremantle.

Across the Road musical festivals will take place across various locations in Bunbury on Saturday, November 24, Saturday, January 19 and Saturday, February 9. General admission tickets are on sale from Monday, August 27 at www.acrosstheroadmusic.com.

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