The Swamp Stompers + Hussy Hicks
The Swamp Stompers | 7.30pm
The Swamp Stompers play funky rock and blues with heavy grooves. Emerging from the dirty backwaters of NSW, the band sounds like the musical lovechild of John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, with catchy guitar riffs and didgeridoo soundscapes setting this original blues-rock trio apart from the pack.
The Swamp Stompers have been stomping their mark on prominent Australian festivals since 2012, including recent stand out performances at Blues on Broadbeach (QLD) and Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC). The band is renowned for their incredibly high-energy live shows, with punters and peers left in complete awe by their raw power and finesse.
The band’s 2018 single ‘Shadows on the Wall’ received regular airplay on Triple J, while the ‘Shadows on the Wall’ EP peaked at #8 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart and landed at #8 on the AMRAP Regional Community Radio Chart. The Swamp Stompers debut 13-track album was released on 28th September 2021, peaking at #17 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart. The lead single ‘Wishing I Had You’ landed The Swamp Stompers their first #1 chart position on the AMRAP regional chart. ‘Wishing I Had You’ was a finalist in the Blues & Roots Radio International Song Contest and a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the blues category.
After 10 years together The Swamp Stompers will be breaking up, with an Australian farewell tour in late 2022 and European farewell tour in mid-2023, completing the final jewel in the touring crown for one of Australia’s most popular young blues-rock bands.
Hussy Hicks | 8.45pm
Straddling the line between Folk, Blues, Country, and Roots, HussyHicks have earned themselves a mighty reputation, growing, from festival openers to festival favourites, seeing the group now appear at the biggest blues and roots festivals in Australia, The USA and across Europe while selling out their own tours across the three continents.
The band led by the duo of Leesa Gentz’ (vocals), Julz Parker (guitar) have spent the last fourteen years touring and forging their place as one the most treasured and celebrated working musical duos, whilst also being equally comfortable performing as a trio or in full band format, having taken home the Gold Coast Artist of the Year and Album of the Year honours. The band have released seven studio albums and played 1000’s of gigs, festivals, carving out a global reputation for their emotive lyricism, energetic live shows and fiery, frenetic instrumentation.
Hussy Hicks are not without adversary, Leesa and Julz, from the group had their studio and home destroyed in the devastating 2022 Northern Rivers Floods, which was off the back off two years of industry shut down from COVID. Onwards and upwards the group strives forward, with their notorious mischievous streak whilst pushing against the odds as they carve greatness from adversary, into 2023 and beyond as they prepare to release new material, apps and even try their hands at video game.