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Not their first rodeo: Festival saddles up to bring Brad Paisley north

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After Savannah in the Round hit the ground running with its first event in October, organisers have now set their sights overseas, announcing global country star Brad Paisley as their 2022 headliner in his first ever trip Down Under.

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Savannah in the Round has announced its first 30 acts, securing Paisley as the headliner for their second year.

Paisley is an international country juggernaut with three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and 15 Academy of Country Music Awards under his belt.

He arrives in Australia for the first time in 2022 to play a series of solo shows shows across the east coast as well as CMC Rocks 2022 in Ipswich.

Performing alongside Paisley at the Mareeba Rodeo Arena will be Australian country singer Adam Brand, singer-songwriter Vanessa Amorosi, folk rock band The Waifs, Shannon Noll, Jon Stevens and The Cruel Sea frontman Tex Perkins.

Also announced are Yolngu surf-rock band King Stingray, folk rock duo Pierce Brothers, Richard Clapton, Ross Wilson, and The Black Sorrows.

Sounds of the country will be brought by artists McAlister Kemp, Rachael Fahim, Darlinghurst, Southbound, James Johnston, Kirsty Lee Akers, The Buckleys and Blake O’Connor.

Savannah in the Round 2021 (Image: Supplied)

“While this year we were limited by the circumstances, the amazing support from the community has meant that we can fast track our plans to be a destination festival not only for Australian music fans, but to those across the region,” said Sound Australia Festival Director James Dein.

“With the reef, the rainforest and now the music, what artist wouldn’t want to come and see the real Australia.”

The inaugural event kicked off in October 2021, after a stop-start year swerving around pandemic restrictions, but ultimately saw 11,000 people in attendance.

Held in the small town of Mareeba, an hour west of Cairns, 2021’s Festival saw performances by John Butler, Sheppard, and Lee Kernaghan.

“The Queensland community really came together to support what has been an event that has surpassed everyone’s expectations,” said Dein.

“What the artists and staff have achieved in such trying circumstances is nothing short of amazing and we have now cemented Savannah in the Round in the annual calendar.”

The Festival was also the first to install a vaccination hub in their grounds, allowing patrons to get jabbed while at the Festival and encouraging a return to live music.

Savannah in the Round will return to Mareeba in October 2022. 

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