The 2023 Lineup
5 ACTS | 5+HOURS OF MUSIC | 1 MEGA STAGE
Described by Triple M County as "AUS-Country's Hottest Supergroup," Southbound xo is the all-female country/rock band featuring co-lead vocalist Missy Lancaster, co-lead vocalist and bass player Sarah Bernardo and electric guitarist Andrea Krakovska.
Their live show is high-energy from start to finish. Put simply.... the party is never boring when Southbound xo is in town!
Southbound xo’s single ‘This Is Us’ topped the national country airplay charts in Australia for a massive 3 weeks.
It was the follow-up to their first national #1 Country airplay single ‘Find Our Way,’ which also topped the AIR Independent singles chart and has been streamed across the globe over 3 million times.
In fact, Southbound xo has been the most exciting new female act in Australian country music in the last couple of years, scoring FIVE top 10 singles and over 8 million streams of their music.
The girls recently released their first international collaboration 'Buy You A Drink,' with multi-award-winning Canadian country star Tim Hicks and the USA's most streamed fully independent country act, Austin Burke.
Along with the release of additional hit single songs such as ‘Drink,’ ‘Composure’ and ‘Bar High’ Southbound xo were finally able to unleash their big live show post-pandemic in 2022, at major events such CMC Rocks QLD, Groundwater Country Music Festival, Tumbafest, and Savannah In The Round. Another impressive festival schedule in the pipeline in 2023.
Keith Pereira is a country singer, songwriter, and guitarist making a mark on the NZ country music scene. Keith's rich country voice, high-energy performances, and guitar style blend a uniquely 90's country sound with a modern twist strongly influenced by his idols: Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and The Eagles.
Since the start of 2018, Keith has performed all across NZ at numerous festivals and concerts ranging from Music In Parks to NZ's largest country music festival: Top Paddock Music Festival.
His solo performances and collaborations with notable country singers on YouTube have also drawn local and international attention resulting in multiple sold-out shows in Auckland with his band the Trail Benders; a sold-out concert in Vancouver (Canada); shows in Calgary and Toronto (Canada); and being invited to perform at a festival in Mumbai (India). Keith has also appeared on a number of TV shows including TV One’s Breakfast and has worked as a session country guitarist/singer for shows including Dancing with the Stars.
New Zealand’s 2018 Gold Guitar over-all winner Arun O’Connor will impress with vocal chops likened to Chris Stapleton and a set of up-beat party classics mixed in with his own original music.
"The South Island's greatest, pound for pound, singer and songwriter” - Adam McGrath (The Eastern).
Lachie Hayes is a Southland-born musician based in the Catlins, who plays a style of alternative,
folk-infused country and blues inspired by friends, drinks, old movies, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and Robert Johnson. From childhood on
a Catlins hill country sheep farm Lachie has learnt to play music of many varieties and has performed most of his life in bands, duos and
as a solo artist across New Zealand educating himself in multiple styles, genres, and eras of music and developing a class of his own.
Hayes released an E.P in late 2017 entitled Where the Shadows Hang and in 2018 was awarded Southland Entertainer of the year, at the
Southland entertainment awards, he also won Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. He has performed alongside such artists as Don McGlashan, The Warratahs, Annah Mac, Thomas Oliver, Adam McGrath, Julia Deans, Paul Ubana Jones, Jenny Mitchell and more.
Raised in the small North Otago town of Kurow, Jenny Harraway is a veteran of the New Zealand country music scene and spent her early years playing shows around NZ and Australia. Jenny’s sound taps in to a wide range of musical influences, with a true smokey tone that will captivate you & a natural rhythm that will get you on your feet for a fun filled action packed set.