THE CHURCH, HARTS HEAD UP FIRST-ROUND ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 15TH ANNUAL GUM BALL
Boutique music festival promoters Dashville are very pleased to reveal the first taste of The Gum Ball’s musical line-up for 2020. The three-day family friendly cultural jamboree enters a new decade with its 15th instalment.
Set on an idyllic private property in Lower Belford, Hunter Valley, The Gum Ball will again bring together musical acts from around the globe and showcase them in an intimate setting. The festival returns on Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26.
THE CHURCH will enter their 40th year as a band in 2020 and, as fate would have it, will finally make their debut appearance on the hallowed soil of Dashville. It will certainly be a moment to remember when the haunting strains of ‘Under the Milky Way’, and other classics like ‘The Unguarded Moment’ and ‘Reptile’ roll across the starlit Gum Ball arena.
HARTS PLAYS HENDRIX sees one of the virtuosic rising stars of Australian music, Harts, pay homage to the greatest guitarist that ever lived, Jimi Hendrix. As a scorching three-piece, Harts and his band channel the Jimi Hendrix Experience in such a pure unadulterated form that you’ll believe Dashville has been transported to 1969.
"[Harts] reminds me of how I was at that age." - Prince
As a tip of the hat celebration to 15 years of The Gum Ball, Dashville welcome back one of their fondest headlining acts from the very first festival, the incredibly talented and four times Helpmann Award-winner iOTA. This is a huge inclusion for the festival and fans of iOTA, with his renowned theatre career in full swing and mooted appearance as a Eurovision 2020 contestant… the festival has pleaded… and won!
DYSON STRINGER CLOHER return to The Gum Ball, having reformed to record a long-awaited debut record. The wait was well and truly worth it, with these three modern luminaries – Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher – delivering a stunning self-titled songbook. Prepare for some sublime harmonies.
Celebrated Canadian songwriter FRAZEY FORD will make her Dashville debut. With a soulful take on alt-country and Americana, Ford’s forged an international career as one third of The Be Good Tanyas. But her solo work is equally impressive, with ‘The Kids Are Having None of It’ the first taste of her third studio album.
Rounding out the first announcement is the smouldering and seductive singing of STEVE SMYTH, the Dashville return of no-holds-barred rockers CASH SAVAGE AND THE LAST DRINKS, psychedelic alt-country soundscapes of LOST RAGAS, the innovative and atmospheric synth-pop of COUSIN TONY’S BRAND NEW FIREBIRD, the dreamy vocals of CODA CHROMA, the enigmatic songwriting of M.E. BAIRD, rising Irish singer-songwriter SON aka Susan O’Neill, Hunter-based country rocker TORI FORSYTH, the smooth funk outfit featuring original Red Wiggle Murray Cook THE SOUL MOVERS, Newcastle-based psych rocker LACHLAN X. MORRIS, pop-punk upstarts JONES THE CAT, rockin’ Port Macquarie trio PALOMINO and Australian folk singer and distiller of culture BUDDY DINGO.
The Gum Ball returns on Friday April 24 from 2pm and runs until midday on Sunday, April 26. There are many, many more artist announcements ahead, alongside our line-up of performers, food and market stalls. Tickets are on sale now through new ticketing partners Humanitix, with booking fees going to help Nutrition for Aussie School Kids.
THE GUM BALL FIRST LINE-UP 2020: THE CHURCH + HARTS PLAYS HENDRIX + iOTA + DYSON STRINGER CLOHER + FRAZEY FORD (CA) + STEVE SMYTH + CASH SAVAGE AND THE LAST DRINKS + COUSIN TONY'S BRAND NEW FIREBIRD + LOST RAGAS + CODA CHROMA + M.E. BAIRD + SON (IRE) + TORI FORSYTH + EAGLE EYE JONES + THE SOUL MOVERS + LACHLAN X. MORRIS + BUDDY DINGO + JONES THE CAT + MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED...
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