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Grass Roots Music Festival 2015



Sunday 1 November – Mt. Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, Toowong , QLD, 11 am - FREE ENTRY

It started out over a decade ago as a humble TAFE assignment by two event management students at Southbank, planning a theoretical festival, but one grade of ‘high distinction’ and eleven years on, the Grass Roots Music Festival has evolved into Brisbane’s pre-eminent family ‘soul food picnic’ and the highlight of Southeast Queensland’s blues, roots, & calendar.

Queensland born-and-bred musician (and festival co-founder) 8 Ball Aitken boomerangs his way back to the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens this November 1, kicking off the eleventh year of the 100% original music festival he carefully curates each spring, presenting the Brisbane area’s best and brightest new talent. “I can’t stay away – I just keep on flying back and returning to the magic mountain!” laughs the #1 charting singer-songwriter. Currently promoting his new single, 'Seven Bucks An Hour In A Chicken Suit' with a wild and crazy video filmed in Southeast Queensland, 8 Ball has returned from his American tour just in time for jacaranda season at Mount Coot-tha.

Combining the deep soul roots of the blues and a sweet folky lilt with some country-style guitar fireworks, the festival’s featured performers are blazing new trails into the Aussie musical heartland. Country-folk songbird Hayley Marsten kicks off proceedings, opening the festival with sweet songs and a catchy, up-tempo beat. Brendan Radford, who has toured with some of Australia’s most popular performing artists, presents his own original, soul-searching songs at Grass Roots XI. Indigenous folk-pop group Tigerlily will get the crowd up and bopping along to their happy melodies and soaring vocal harmonies. Presenting catchy, country-inflected tunes, roots-rocker Dana Hassall continues the momentum. Festival stalwart 8 Ball Aitken takes the stage next, playing his hits – and the crowd is guaranteed to be whooping it up on the lush green lawn by now. X-Factor alumna Livi Robins delivers her stirring, soulful anthems next, followed by the bluesey, stylings of international troubadours the Hussy Hicks. Bringing the festival to a foot-stomping, tub-thumping grand finale, Delta blues cigar-box guitar supremo Nigel McTrustry will ensure that Grass Roots XI winds up on a high note of excitement.

Eager to return to his fun-loving Grass Roots audience, festival host 8 Ball Aitken loves to experience Mount Coot-tha in the springtime. “Spring is the start of the music festival season in Australia – so it’s my favourite time of year, and Grass Roots kicks it off in style,” he notes. With a #1 hit in the Aussie country chart and a #2 hit in the Aussie blues chart simultaneously last year, 8 Ball says that as far as he knows, it’s the first time a crossover artist has ever hit that pinnacle. “The Grass Roots Music Festival has been a springboard to success for many of our featured artists for over a decade now,” he continues. “It is our goal to highlight the best new talent our region has to offer, all in a family-friendly environment where people of all generations can come to the mountain with a picnic, and spend a sunny Sunday frolicking to the music.“

You can catch Southeast Queensland’s up and coming, all- original, blues & roots musicians performing at the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens bandstand on Sunday, 1 November, starting at 11 am. Best of all, entry is free.

SCHEDULE: 11:00 am – Hayley Marsten;    11:45 am - Brendan Radford;    12:30pm – Hussy Hicks;    1:15 pm – Tigerlilly;

2:00 pm – 8 Ball Aitken;    2:45 pm – Livi Robins;    3:30 pm – Dana Hassall;    4:15 pm – Nigel McTrustry


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