The album was a personal milestone. It debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Album chart and featured the songs ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Forget’ which not only topped the country singles charts, but also achieved millions of streams across the globe.
In fact, Missy was the first Australian artist to ever be featured on Apple Music’s global initiative “Country Wide.”
Piece of Me also received industry recognition with Golden Guitar nominations for “Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year” at the 2019 Country Music Awards of Australia.
But what she’s most proud of is the life-changing experience of travelling to Uganda, Africa as an ambassador of International Needs Australia. This opportunity had a profound effect on Missy and has helped shape her as a person and songwriter.
In the last couple of years, she has experienced all the highs and lows that come with being an emerging recording artist. From getting a major record deal and the opportunities that come with that, to the lonely realities that come with constant travel, the pressure of expectation and regular absence from family and friends.
Missy’s new music is a reflection of all those experiences, those of her family and friends and her journey in arriving at adulthood.
The direction is reflected in her nostalgic new single ‘Wild,’ the first taste of what’s to come in Missy’s next musical chapter. With a new record deal and management team now in place, she’s taken the time to reflect on everything she has encountered in the last couple of years and she’s now ready to share those experiences through her music.
“I now understand and trust the process of what it means to be honest as a songwriter,” says Missy.
That process also extends to teaming up once again with her Grammy nominated producer Josh Kerr, who first collaborated with Missy on Piece Of Me. Kerr has also worked with superstars such as Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Dolly Parton.
She’s also found a songwriting sole-mate in Isabella Kearney-Nurse, who as well as writing hits for the likes of The Veronicas and Jessica Mauboy, has become one of Missy’s best and most trusted friends.
“I am in awe of how music can bring people together and help you uncover emotions you didn’t ever imagine you had,” says Missy.
“It’s an amazing thing to see how songs can have so many different meanings to different people. Music speaks to our soul in every sense. Being a storyteller through music is something I will always feel my most comfortable and fulfilled in doing.”
Central Queensland’s Anna Farquhar sings heartfelt tales of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and is heavily inspired by her experiences and travels. Inspired by the likes of Missy Higgins, Amy Shark and Fleetwood Mac to name just a few, Anna puts her own spin on the acoustic and pop rock genre. She is unapologetically honest in her song writing — unafraid to tell the truth, her music is direct, and she wears her heart on her sleeve.
After a winning performance on the main stage at the Gympie Music Muster, a national tour, and climbing chart positions on CMC, KIX Country Radio and The Music Network; Australian Contemporary-Country newcomer, Natalie Pearson is making an impression.
She may be petite at 5’2, but this girl-next-door has some big notes to deliver.
Natalie received the most recent Australian Independent Music Award for Best Country, and has since opened for notable country music industry names such as multi Golden Guitar Award winners and nominees – Adam Brand, Travis Collins, The Wolfe Brothers and Troy Kemp, as well as TV pop artists Jessica Mauboy and Karise Eden.
With her strong vocals and engaging live performance, she is certainly a performer to get excited about.
Her latest release “Plan B” has received strong fan support, with the track debuting at #7 on the iTunes Country Chart, and thousands of organic streams on release day. Her previous release with Brook Chivell “I Wonder What You Kiss Like” was filmed on the Gold Coast, and has been very popular with contemporary country music fans. The song debuted at #2 on the iTunes Chart and is climbing the KIX Country and The Music Network Charts as well as rotation on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel.
Her songs drive messages of sass and empowerment, Natalie believes we should know our worth, and never settle.
With her increased online popularity, she recognised the demand to take a leap of faith, leaving the comforts of her hometown in Perth for the east coast, where opportunities are creating a worthy new path.
Natalie has been included on the programs of Deni Ute Muster and Gympie Music Muster, VDM Fest, Tamworth Country Music Festival, and WolfeFest, and has returned from songwriting in Nashville for future release.
Viper Creek Band
Since early 2011, The Viper Creek Band have been delivering an exciting new sound and high energy, seamless live performances to Australian country music.
The 2014 release of their debut Album ‘Kickin’ Up Dust’ claimed the Number 2 spot on the ARIA Australian Country Albums chart. Since then, The Viper Creek Band have toured extensively, playing major festivals including Gympie Muster, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Deni Ute Muster, CMC Rocks & Tamworth Country Music Festival shows that are standing room only and never disappoint.
Their nominations for ‘Group or Duo of the Year’ in 2015 & 2016 and the coveted ‘Oz Artist of the Year’ in 2016 through the fan-voted CMC Awards, leaves little doubt The Viper Creek Band have a well established, loyal following.
‘In 2015, the Band joined a US country music cruise with headliners Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins & Neal McCoy. So popular were they, that they’ve been invited back for the 2017 cruise alongside Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry & Kelsea Ballerini.
2016 saw the release of Just Press Play which Country Update magazine called ‘the soundtrack to the best night out of the best summer of your life’ The album debuted in the ARIA top 5 and spawned 4 Top 10 singles
Viper Creek have played ‘Tootsies World Famous Orchard Lounge’ in Nashville and toured Canada in 2016 and 2018 playing two of North Americas biggest country music festivals ‘Big Valley Jamboree’ and ‘Cavendish Beach Music Festival’ on the bill with US superstars ‘Luke Bryan’ and ‘Carrie Underwood’
The brand new record ‘Beautiful Destruction’ was released in 2019 and spawned the Number One smash hit single ‘Green Light’ and fan favourite ‘Australian Girls’
The Tony Q band
What started as an Aussie soldier with a guitar in his hands and songs in his heart, inspiring happiness in Afghanistan, a place where happiness can be a foreign concept.
Nicknamed “Tony Q” by his US brothers and sisters, he returned to Australia to peruse his passion and dream of music. After teaming up with Ben Morine, Steve Wills and Matthew Bresolin, The Tony Q band was born. A brotherhood of great mates that fuse that southern country sound with a good dose of rock and roll, all while keeping true to their blue collar Australian roots.
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Bring them along!
VDMfest 2020 is an all-ages event!
We are thrilled that we have grown on to our fourth year allowing us to transfer from an 18+ Event to a 2 Day all-ages event!
We’re determined to grow further still and in the future offer even more for families with minors.
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.
- Camp Onsite! No need for Taxi.
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(If the suns out it will still have some bite)
- Foldable chair
(So you can have a rest between boot scooting)
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