Wingham Akoostik Music Festival announces 'Down the Street' lineup for 2020

Imogen Clark and Blues Arcadia are included in the 2020 Wingham Akoostik 'Down the Street' lineup. Photos supplied
Imogen Clark and Blues Arcadia are included in the 2020 Wingham Akoostik 'Down the Street' lineup. Photos supplied

The 2020 Wingham Akoostik Festival will take a very different format than previous years thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, as crowds will not be able to converge on Wingham Showgrounds, the usual Festival grounds.

In three months time the cafes and venues of Wingham will come alive with the sweet sounds of Bill Chambers, Cheap Fakes, 19-Twenty, Imogen Clark and so many more.

'Down the Street' - an initiative from Wingham Akoostik Festival - will host 15 artists across three nights at Wingham Services Club on Friday October 16, Saturday October 17 and Sunday October 18.

The ticketed concerts will be limited numbers to adhere to social distancing restrictions, but this won't be the only entertainment lighting up Wingham.

The remaining artists, with more to be announced at a later date, will play at much-loved local venues and cafes including the Australian Hotel, Bent on Food, Garden Grub and other spots across the three days - all for free.

The team behind Wingham Akoostik Festival knew the community needed an event after the trying times of COVID-19 and the devastating bushfires.

Queensland brass-fueled funk band Cheap Fakes are on the lineup for Down the Street. Photo supplied

Queensland brass-fueled funk band Cheap Fakes are on the lineup for Down the Street. Photo supplied

"We wanted to put on an event the whole community could enjoy," Festival director Donna Ballard said.

"This year we realise it is more about supporting the artists and the local businesses than ever before.

"It really will be a festival for the locals, as we know numbers will be tightly restricted to ensure compliance with health regulations."

Some of the highlights include well-known Australian country star Bill Chambers, singer-songwriter Jodi Martin, and Brisbane brass-fuelled funk band Cheap Fakes.

Genre-bending Imogen Clark is sure to put on a memorable set after spending recent years touring Europe and the US.

This year we realise it is more about supporting the artists and the local businesses than ever before.

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival director Donna Ballard

Festival favourites 19-Twenty will get the crowd dancing with their groove-based rock sound while Salt & Steel will do the same as they fuse heavy rock to the earthy and grounded sounds of tribal, blues and roots music.

There is also rising talent on the cards with bands Dogma and Little Quirks along with a bunch of local draw cards like Matty Zarb & Goodfellas, Jackson James, Grace Callaghan, the Trapps, The Big Fins, Harry's Lookout and more.

The festival brings together a little bit for everyone with country, rock, acoustic, blues and more. With a mix of local acts and established artists,you'll be sure to find a new favourite this October.

Tickets will go on sale in August on Oztix for $25 per night for acts inside Wingham Services Club, while the other performances will be free.

The lineup: 

19-Twenty, Swamp Stompers, Bill Chambers, Imogen Clark, Cheap Fakes, Darren Jack Band, Little Quirks, Blues Arcadia, Dogma, Kristen Lee Morris & The Dirty Snakes, Hurricane Fall, Jarred Taylor, Salt + Steel, Jodi Martin, Andy Toombs, Ghost Road, Glen Mead, Matty Zarb & Goodfellas, Trapps, The Big Fins, Jackson James, Workshop Trio, The Southern Hold, Harry's Lookout, Grace Callaghan, and more to be announced.