A fresh line-up, featuring the likes of James Bay, Matt Corby and Thelma Plum, will tumble into Lake Macquarie when SummerSalt returns in 2024.
The pair is scheduled to take the stage alongside Ziggy Alberts, Gretta Ray and Mia Wray at Speers Point Park on Saturday 9 March.
Not only will music-lovers be treated to several talented artists in a picturesque location, family-friendly activities, food trucks and a pop-up bar add to the festival atmosphere.
For as much as Bay upholds traditions of timeless songcraft, the UK singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer also confidently challenges himself and popular music.
He spikes a tried-and-true style with clever lyricism, honest confessions and instrumental proficiency.
On the heels of his No.1 triple platinum- certified 2015 debut Chaos And The Calm, he won a Brit Award for Best British Male Solo Artist and garnered Grammy nods in the categories of Best New Artist, Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song for the gold-selling single Hold Back The River.
Meanwhile, Let It Go went triple-platinum and has been streamed more than 2.5million times.
Nominated for dozens of awards, Bay’s taken home two BRIT Awards, two Q Awards, GQ award and top honours at the Ivor Novello Awards.
Corby has had a big year in 2023 with an Australian tour for his album, Everything’s Fine.
His first offering in five years, it vividly captures the personal and creative growth of the artist, who, like many, was tipped belly side up recently.
Beyond the global touring pause, on the day he had planned to begin writing his next album, Corby’s home was inundated with floodwaters.
His family moved into Rainbow Valley Studios, where he juggled familial responsibilities with his creative pursuits – a one-of-a-kind pressure cooker circumstance that would galvanise his artistic evolution.
“I’m finally at a really beautiful point in my life,” he said.
“I am accepting all this stuff: the good and the bad, but particularly the bad. Which is kind of great.
“It’s a good thing to come to that point.
“Life isn’t always magical, but the moments that are, well you really value them.
“I think this record is about that, about managing your actual reality.
“Sometimes I have those moments when you realise: well I’m still breathing, you still have the gift of life, so everything is fine I guess?”
Alberts, an Australian singer-songwriter and author, has captivated audiences worldwide with his authentic lyrics, folk-pop melodies and an upbeat energy that shines in his solo-act, acoustic performances.
He’s firmly established himself as a leading independent artist through his compelling grassroots journey, culminating in forming his independent label, Commonfolk Records; and book publishing house, Commonfolk Publishing.
His narrative unfolds on his terms, reflected in his latest records, searching for freedom and Dancing In The Dark.
Alberts continues to earn critical acclaim with Laps Around the Sun proudly ARIA Double Platinum certified, while Gone, Runaway, Heaven, Stronger, Love Me Now, Simple Things, Days In The Sun and EP Four Feet In The Forest have achieved ARIA Platinum certification.
Plum is a 24-year-old Gamilaraay woman, musician and creator.
She grew up in Brisbane and spent much of her childhood on her grandparents’ farm in Delungra, a small country town in rural SW.
She’s been making music for her whole life, but hasn’t always been ready to share her story, until now.
Plum’s debut album Better In Blak is a story about culture, heritage, love and pain.
With incredible strength, courage and heartbreaking tenderness, her debut captures so deftly what it’s like to be a young Aboriginal woman in Australia.
Since releasing her 2014 EP Monsters, she’s been through a lot.
“On this album I speak about how it feels being an Aboriginal woman in this country,” Plum said.
“When I was younger I wasn’t ready to share this side of me.
“But, I’ve grown a lot in the past few years and that’s changed.”
And among all of that, Plum manages to find time to make you want to dance, laugh and cry.
Singles like Not Angry Anymore and the album’s opener Clumsy Love (#79 in triple j’s Hottest 100) are certified pop hits, while Love and War (featuring Gang of Youths’ Dave Le’Aupepe) was written the about the events at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.
The Better In Blak album has everything from intimate moments to ferociously honest break up songs.
Thanks to a belter of a voice, no holds barred lyrics and endless charisma, Melbourne artist Wray’s star is on a rapid rise.
She’s gone on to become one of Australia’s most highly-acclaimed emerging artists.
Five singles and a debut EP in, she has graced playlist covers, had her singles added to high rotation on triple j, toured alongside the likes of The Rubens and Vance Joy and performed on national TV several times over.
Wray entered the global arena in 2021 which included her debut headline show in the UK and resulted in an invite to the Great Escape Festival as part of its First 50.
She celebrated the EP release on triple j’s Like A Version, performing a joyous rendition of MUNA’s Silk Chiffon alongside a no-holds-barred performance of Stay Awake.
Wray embarked on her first national headline tour to celebrate the EP release and more recently joined Maisie Peters on her sold out European tour.
From a Triple J Unearthed win in 2016, to the Vanda and Young Global Songwriting Prize, it’s hard to imagine a more impressive start for Ray.
Her 2021 debut album Begin to Look Around was nominated for both an ARIA Music Award (Breakthrough Artist – Release) and a J Award (Australian Album of the Year).
Add to that a sold-out headliner tour in 2022, an Australian arena tour supporting Gang of Youths and a viral – moment – with her poignant and entirely breathtaking cover of Billy Joel’s Vienna on TikTok (a dazzling high that has so far hit over 20 million streams globally, and half a million creates across socials).
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