Line-up set for Hor­sham fes­ti­val

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Acom­mit­tee in charge of next year’s re­vi­talised Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has an­nounced an artist line-up for the event.

Event spokesman Lyall Wheaton said the line-up con­fir­ma­tion was a key part of prepa­ra­tions for the an­nual March attraction.

Mr Wheaton, who has co-or­di­nated the past 12 fes­ti­vals, said the Hor­sham Coun­try Mu­sic com­mit­tee was pre­par­ing for the 2020 fes­ti­val in an in­terim pe­riod be­fore the em­ploy­ment of a part-time fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor.

“As a re­sult, the com­mit­tee has en­gaged artists for the fes­ti­val, which will be from March 26 to 29,” he said.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil and Hor­sham Sports and Com­mu­nity Club pro­vided a fi­nan­cial life­line for the event, which was un­der threat of be­ing aban­doned.

Mr Wheaton said it had been ‘fan­tas­tic’ news that the fes­ti­val had a se­cond chance.

“Age and ill health had re­sulted in the ex­ist­ing com­mit­tee mak­ing the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to dis­con­tinue run­ning the event,” he said.

“The 2019 fes­ti­val was to have been the fi­nal fes­ti­val. How­ever, thanks to the life­line from the coun­cil and sports and com­mu­nity club, the fes­ti­val will be re-born.”

Next year’s artist line-up will in­clude Joy Adams from New Zealand, Peter Coad and the Coad Sis­ters, Dwayne Elix, Jo­hanna He­mara and Stephen R. Cheney from New South Wales, Graham Rodger, Kiara Ro­drigues and Don Costa from Queens­land and Vic­to­ri­ans Justin Stan­d­ley, Sandie Dodd and Ve­nessa Warra.

A back­ing band will be The New Deal and Al­lan Car­roll will be mas­ter of cer­e­monies.

ON THE BILL: Queens­land per­former Graham Rodger.

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