Riverboats has town chuffed

By Ivy Jensen

RIVERBOATS Music Festival organisers have pulled out all the stops for this year’s event.

And the stellar line-up includes some of the most beloved and exciting names in Australian music.

Former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, Kate Miller-Heidke, Troy Cassar-Daley, Something for Kate and Archie Roach are among those performing at one of Echuca-Moama’s biggest events of the year.

Taking place across three summer days - from Friday to Sunday - the festival will once again be staged in a natural amphitheatre under towering river red gums at Aquatic Reserve.

With paddlesteamers meandering past the stage all weekend, the festival 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 is thrilled to be bringing together a collection of Australian artists representing the “absolute cream of the crop”.

“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,” he said.

“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,” David said.

The festival's famous paddlesteamer sideshows are set to expand this year with the inclusion of five acoustic performances across the weekend.

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

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 Beechworth Bakery on Sunday with live sets by alt-country artist Matt Joe Gow.

One of the weekend’s hot ticket events, the breakfast sells out each year and people are encouraged to book early.