Dashville Skyline, the Hunter Valley’s very own Cosmic Country Weekender, has announced its highly anticipated first round of acts for its welcome return to Dashville, this October long weekend.

The first portion of artists for the boutique throwback celebration boasts an Australian music industry icon, a few international guests and a stellar array of our nation’s new generation of songwriters.

Leading the first announcement is Brian Cadd, a man who is bona fide music royalty. A prolific songwriter since the late ‘60s, he was not only a member of The Groop and Axiom, but also the keyboardist for The Flying Burrito Brothers throughout the ‘90s. His songs have been performed by an incredible list of artists, from Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr, to Glen Campbell, Gene Pitney and Charlie Daniels. His solo hits include ‘Ginger Man’ and ‘Keep On Rockin’’, ‘Sure Feels Good’ and ‘Making It On Your Own’ from Morning Of The Earth, and, with Axiom, ‘A Little Ray of Sunshine’.

Festival organiser Matt Johnston talks about this inclusion:

"Brian Cadd is an absolute living legend. For me I think he represents a huge part of what this festival is about… supreme songwriting. It's testament to the festival and the vibe it creates that we are allowed to be graced by such special artists."

His Dashville Skyline performance will be one for the ages.

Cadd is joined on the Skyline line-up by San Franciscan folk and bluegrass band

The Brothers Comatose. Led with sweet and furious energy by the Morrison brothers, Ben and Alex, the five-piece has been whipping American music lovers into a frenzy. Now they’re heading to Dashville to continue their feel-good pilgrimage.

One of Australia's finest folk and country ensembles, The Wilson Pickers, have overcome the hardship of member Danny Widdicombe's leukaemia diagnosis, and returned to the studio to record a much anticipated new record. The dynamic, raucous and virtuosic group consists of Ben Salter (a star of last year's Dashville Skyline), Andrew Morris, Widdicombe, Sime Nugent and John Bedggood.

Since her show at last year's inaugural Dashville Skyline, Melody Pool has released second album Deep Dark Savage Heart, which may prove to be the best Australian record of the year. The Kurri Kurri songwriter, now based in Melbourne, will make a triumphant return to Dashville again in 2016, this time accompanied by her esteemed backing band.

The bumper first round Skyline announcement is rounded out by Melbourne’s Americana heroes Raised by Eagles, the welcome return of country rockers The Hello Morning, Perth’s gifted folk-rock outfit Davey Craddock & the Spectacles, Woodburn’s banjo-slingin’ crafter of atmospheric balladry Karl S. Williams, dreamy chanteuse Jess Ribeiro, the much-loved Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, Irish-born, Canadian-based songwriter Irish Mythen, and Tamworth’s angel-voiced troubadour Andy Golledge Band.

This year’s event will also see the return of the immensely popular Sunset Super Round, which proved to be the “jewel in Skyline's crown”.  Last year, artists on the bill stepped on to the main stage to pay homage to their favourite songwriters. The audience was treated to Holy Holy's full-blooded cover of Neil Young's 'Southern Man', Melody Pool and Ruby Boots' duet on Lucinda Williams' classic 'Fruits of My Labor' and William Crighton’s dark take on Neil Diamond’s ‘Solitary Man’.

Dashville Skyline also remains a celebration of American cars, culture and cuisine. Expect an impressive array of food, craft beers and other indulgences.

Tickets for the second installment of Skyline are on sale now via the Dashville Store Page

Organisers have shifted this year's Skyline to a Friday and Saturday, with a Sunday wind-down similar to that enjoyed at this year's Gum Ball.

DASHVILLE SKYLINE 2016: Brian Cadd + The Brothers Comatose (USA) + The Wilson Pickers + Melody Pool + Raised by Eagles + The Hello Morning + Davey Craddock & the Spectacles + Karl S. Williams + Jess Ribeiro + Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats + Irish Mythen (CA) + Andy Golledge Band + more to be announced.

The festival runs from lunch Friday, September 30 to late lunch Sunday, October 2, 2016.