Such was the sublime magic of the inaugural Dashville Skyline, a boutique celebration of all things Americana, folk and alt-country, that its return in 2016 felt essential.

The roster of national and international artists that descended on the pristine bush setting of Dashville, in Lower Belford, was a who's who of talent, from Shane Nicholson, Wagons, William Crighton, Olympia and Ben Salter, to Canada's Bahamas.

And this year will be no different, mixing our country's finest emerging and established artists with overseas guests.

The jewel in Skyline's crown proved to be the Sunset Super Round, where artists on the bill stepped on to the main stage to pay homage to their favourite songwriters - from Holy Holy's full-blooded cover of Neil Young's 'Southern Man', to Melody Pool and Ruby Boots' duet on Lucinda Williams' classic 'Fruits of My Labor'.

Spurned by an overwhelming response from the music purists who attended Skyline, the event will return in September this year - bigger and better.

Despite the success of the inaugural event, 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 remains a celebration of American cars, culture and cuisine.

Early bird tickets to Dashville Skyline 2016 go on sale at 9am on Wednesday, May 4 - a great way to get the best price on entry.

The first round of Dashville Skyline artists will be announced mid-June.