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Riverboats lineup announced

By Alex Gretgrix

IT'S the moment we've all been waiting for.

The full lineup of the annual Riverboats Music Festival has been released today and fans of the ever-popular event won't be disappointed.

Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, Kate Miller-Heidke, Troy Cassar-Daley, Something for Kate and Archie Roach will all be performing at the Murray River’s annual celebration of live music from February 14-16 next year.

Taking place across three glorious summer days in the twin towns of Echuca-Moama, Riverboats will once again feature some of the most beloved and exciting names in Australian music, staged in a natural amphitheatre under towering river red gums.

With paddlesteamers meandering past the festival stage all weekend, Riverboats will also feature performances by the Go Betweens’ Robert Forster, Dyson Stringer Cloher, Bob Evans, Mama Kin Spender, Ainslie Wills, Horns of Leroy featuring Thando, Matt Joe Gow and Jess Locke.

Festival director David Frazer has pulled out all stops for Riverboats 2020. “We are thrilled to be bringing together a collection of Australian artists representing the absolute cream of the crop,” he said.

“With the Murray River as our backdrop, Riverboats once again provides a welcome tonic to many of the bigger events taking place across the summer months.

“If a picnic rug and a good bottle of wine is how you like your festivals these days, come and join us for a weekend on the river.”

Rockwiz’s Brian Nankervis will once again take the reins as festival MC.

“We've had Brian at our last nine festivals. He brings something amazing to the stage and he just makes the crowd and even the musicians themselves feel so much more comfortable. We're very excited,” he said.

Riverboats famous paddlesteamer sideshows are set to expand in 2020 with the inclusion of five unique acoustic performances over the festival weekend.

Held aboard the historic Pride of the Murray paddlesteamer, Riverboats is the only music festival in Australia providing festival goers the opportunity to experience a one-hour live performance while cruising down Australia's longest river.

Next year, these sideshows will include performances by Mama Kin Spender, Matt Joe Gow, Jess Locke, Horns of Leroy and Ainslie Wills.

In addition, Riverboats' beloved annual festival breakfast returns to the Beechworth Bakery on Sunday, February 16 with live sets by alt-country artist Matt Joe Gow.

One of the weekend's hot-ticket events, the Festival Breakfast sells out each year and punters are encouraged to book early.

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event are on sale now at riverboats.com.au but you'd better get in quick.

“We want to encourage the locals to secure their spot as soon as they can. Last year tickets sold out in nine days and I think we can expect similar to happen this year,” David said.

Tickets are selling fast, so you'd better secure your spot.

More information can also be found on the website.