2019 Line-Up

Anna Farquhar

Anna’s performances have been described as ‘Refreshingly honest” and “her passion for music pours out in every song she sings” and it’s no doubt! Anna is a talented artist on the rise so don’t miss her! 
    VDMfest 2018 Opening Act Comp WINNER

    Anna WOW’d audiences last year and WON our “Opening Act Competition” which saw her on stage as the Opening Act of VDMfest 2018! Anna is a fair dinkum star on the rise bringing her raw talent and passion to the heart of every song she plays.

    Apply HERE to perform in our upcoming Heat 1 Rounds and OPEN VDMfest 2019!

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    Anna Farquhar has been making her way around Central Queensland for the past 4 years performing at weddings, charity and fundraiser events and private and corporate functions, while simultaneously running her own music studio teaching voice, guitar and piano. 

    Anna is determined to ensure that kids from rural areas have the same opportunities in music as their city counterparts – something that wasn’t readily available when she was growing up in Emerald. 

    After 4 years of being a cover artist Anna is ready to take her travels and experiences and turn her passion for music and songwriting into reality with the release of her debut single “Mama (A song for Chris)” and EP “Saints and Sinners” in 2017.

    Anna’s performances have been described ‘Refreshingly honest”, “her passion for music pours out in every song she sings”. Anna music style has been described as acoustic pop/rock with a hint of country, “a style similarly matched to Melissa Etheridge and Missy Higgins”.

    Brook Chivell

    Brook grew up with a strong country music influence, cutting his teeth on his father’s record
    collection which included Hank Sr, Cash, Haggard, Jennings and more

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      Country-rocker Brook Chivell is fast becoming a fan favourite with his electric performances.
      Most recently on the main stage at the Groundwater Country Music Festival in Broadbeach
      QLD. His energy and connection with the crowd, show after show, has seen Brooks profile rapidly rise.

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      After a solid album release with his Melbourne based band, Brook Chivell moved interstate and made his solo debut as a Grand Finalist at the prestigious Toyota Star Maker competition in Australia's country capital, for the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.

      A regular performer at many major country music festivals, Brook has built a strong bond with fans at the Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Muster, Broadbeach/Groundwater, Tamworth CMF, Sydney CMF,
      Emerald CMF and Whittlesea, prompting a national tour in late 2017 through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
      Brook grew up with a strong country music influence, cutting his teeth on his father’s record collection which included Hank Sr, Cash, Haggard, Jennings as well as country rock n roll icons Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis.

      This musical education, self-discovery and a long standing
      tenure in the Melbourne live music scene contributed to Brook's unique sound, self-producing modern country that sits just as well in the Australian Country scene as it would in the American
      market. A songwriter at heart, Brook loves the search for the melody, the hook and the soul of the song, and delivers a vocal performance that is both powerful and passionate.

      His latest release Outta My Song is a dirty country-meets-southern-rock anthem of good riddance to an unwanted muse.
      A contemporary groove, Brook Chivells new sound will re-introduce you to country-rock.

      www.brookchivellofficial.com

      Casey Barnes

      Casey started his singing career in his home state of Tasmania before relocating to the Gold Coast, which he has called home now for the past 20 years.

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        Golden Guitar Finalist Casey Barnes is making a monumental impression on the Australian country music scene.  He’s had hits in Europe, recorded and toured in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia and performed alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.

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        A chance meeting in 2014 with one of his childhood idols Rick Price (Not a Day Goes By, Heaven Knows) in Nashville spawned Casey’s 2014 EP ‘Flesh & Bone’. Produced by Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning, this EP saw the release of four singles, ‘Valentine’, ‘Flesh and Bone’, ‘Waiting On The Day’ and ‘Hard Times’.

        Casey headed back to Nashville in 2016 to record his follow up album ‘Live as One’ at the famed Sound Emporium Studios. This album showcased a mixture of fan-favourites plus new songs, including ‘The One You Love’, which was produced by ARIA award winning producer Nick Didia. (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger, Kasey Chambers).

        The album’s title track became the first single, a heartfelt song with an even more powerful music video, featuring well-known Australians along with national and international sporting identities holding up #LiveAsOne signs. The song conveyed a positive message at a time where hope is needed more than ever. Other tracks on the album include hit single ‘Just Like Magic’, co-written with powerhouse songwriting team Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis for what became a modern country smash. Eddie Spear (Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton) also lends a hand, engineering and mixing the title track, ‘Live As One’, ‘Saving All My Love (feat Michelle Barnes)’, and ‘Say That You Love Me’. Upon the album’s release it immediately shot up the ARIA charts landing at #9.

        In June 2016, Casey travelled to California to perform at major US music festival Country Summer. An annual event, held at Santa Rosa, the stellar line up featured the likes of Lady Antebullum, Kip Moore and The Band Perry. Casey also made his US television debut performing on CBS morning show ‘Good Day Sacramento’.

        In June 2017, Casey released his next single ‘The Way We Ride’. This gutsy high-octane track with an anthemic feel maintained Top 10 status on various Country Chartsincluding the #1 position on the Country Tracks Top 40 Charts for 4 weeks. This was also the single that saw Casey nominated for his first Golden Guitar Award. The track went on to catch the attention of PBR Australia (professional bull riding) which saw Casey performing at their national events across two years.

        ‘Keep Me Coming Back’ kept the success continuing. Catchy and upbeat, the song, debuted at #4 on the Country iTunes Charts and rocketed to #1 on the Australian Country Tracks Top 40 Charts. The single also made its presence felt in North America when it made the Top 10 on the iTunes ‘Hot Tracks’ country charts. This was the third collaboration with MSquared and one that continues to gather momentum and high chart success with each release. Creatively Casey is now in the best place he’s ever been. Constantly pushing the boundaries delivering dynamic country/rock songs that embrace a feel-good element.

        The success continued in 2018. Lead single and the uplifting feel-good party track, ‘Ain’t Coming Home’ from the new album ‘The Good Life’ enjoyed two consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Tracks Top 40 Chart.

        Casey’s current album‘The Good Life’ was recorded in Melbourne with Casey teaming up once again with Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis from MSquared Productions. The album got off to a tremendous start debuting at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart and an equally impressive #2 on the ARIA Country Charts, proving that Casey is a force to be reckoned with on the country music scene. The album carved a path of contemporary country, delivering toe tapping songs that have turned into favourite anthems. To date it’s also been streamed over 2.3 million times on Spotify.

        Success didn’t stop there, with the album spawning two more successful singles ‘Be Mine’ (which has amassed over 1 million Spotify streams) and the beautiful heart-warming ballad ‘Set Sail’. The latter proving one of Casey’s personal favourites which is close to his heart.

        The last 5 years have seen many achievements for Casey with shows in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. He’s performed at major festivals around Australia including main stage premier events such as Caloundra Music Festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster and the very popular ‘A Day On The Green’ (with Mariah Carey). A career defining highlight was performing at CMC ROCKS 2018. Known as Australia’s largest International Country Music Festival, Casey shared the stage with the likes of Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Brett Young and many more.

        A seasoned television performer, Casey has performed on such shows as Sunrise, The Morning Show, Foxtel’s AFL 360, and the annual Channel Seven Telethon in Perth.

        Casey is gearing up for an exciting and massive start to 2019 with his association with PBR continuing, this time internationally with performances locked in as part of the USA major event ‘Unleash The Beast Tour’. This amazing opportunity will see Casey performing at arena events in Kansas City, Missouri and two events in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the first quarter of this year. Casey is also set to return to Nashville and Los Angeles to continue writing and recording his fourth studio album that will also contain new songs from Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis keeping that magic formula going. The album will be due for release later this year.

        In the meantime, we can look forward to a new single release on 15thFebruary. ‘Better Days’, from the current album ‘The Good Life’ is a positive song about living in the moment and relishing every day, something that Casey is certainly doing to his fullest potential.

        Further festivals and shows are already locked in, ensuring that 2019 will be one of Casey’s biggest years to date!

        Publicity Enquiries: Karen Lindsay – Little Sparrow PR

        Email: karen@littlesparrowpr.com Ph (0437) 720 825

        Hayley Marsten

        Equal parts sass and sincerity, Hayley Marsten wears her heart on her bedazzled sleeve with pride and humour.

         

        “Sweetheart, I ain’t playing second fiddle.”

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          It’s the opening declaration on Hayley Marsten’s brassy second release, and a statement you’d be a fool to doubt. The Gladstone songwriter and purveyor of bold country music is older and wiser on Lonestar, which is at once playful and deeply personal.

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          Marsten has moved past the heartache that permeated her debut release, Even, and through collaboration with acclaimed artists, such as Lyn Bowtell and Aleyce Simmonds, has brought a more mature songwriter and performer to the surface.

          Life experience has ultimately imbued this collection of songs with a more intimate yet worldly view, with the support of fellow songwriters giving Marsten the confidence to be direct with her audience. The title track exemplifies her determination, the desire to forge a career in the face of a doubter. Playful defiance, strength, fun and resilience flow throughout each song.

          The sophomore release debuted at #8 on the ARIA Country Charts and #1 on the Australian Independent Records chart.

          Opening Act Competition 2019

          Now in our third year and staying true to our roots we again have our Opening Act Competition rolling our across the coming months with the winner to OPEN VDMfest 2019!

          Have Kids?

          VDMfest 2019 is a fully licenced 18+ event and unfortunately does not permit access to minors.

          We are striving to grow further still and in the future offer multiple areas to accommodate families with minors.

          Visiting Biloela?

          If you’re not keen on a campsite and want a little more luxury, take a look at our local hotels, motels and caravan parks for your accommodation needs.

          Event Suggestions

          1. Camp Onsite! No need for Taxi.
            (Biloela has just a few Taxis so waits are Looooong.)
          2. Sunscreen and a hat
            (If the suns out it will still have some bite)
          3. Foldable chair
            (So you can have a rest between boot scooting)

          Apply to Perform in 2019 – CLOSING Feb 28

          If you are an established artist and would like to apply to perform this year please click this panel to be taken to our applications page.

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          If you are an established artist and would like to apply to perform this year please click this panel to be taken to our applications page.

          Event Suggestions

          1. Do not excessively pre-drink before the event!
            (Our security team will refuse access if you are intoxicated)
          2. Go Walletless! Grab Drink Vouchers Pre Event!
            (Visit our online Shop to pre-purchase drink vouchers)

            PLEASE NOTE that DRINK VOUCHERS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE
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