Southern Great Barrier Reef Festival Features Great Artists!

10 January 2018

FESTIVAL DATES:A�A�A�A�A�A�A� Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018

VENUE:A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A�A� SES Grounds, Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy, Qld 4677

Less than 6 weeks to the 2018 Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival and people are already counting down in anticipation of the lineup of 20 musical acts in the beautiful Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy region of the Southern Great Barrier Reef a�� a centrally located and pristine area of Queensland.

View full lineup here

Discovery Coast Tourism & Commerce Inc (DCTC) have been the proud presenters of the #AgnesBluesFest since 2015 and this years lineup includes diversity with more interstate acts and an international performer. Come and join the 3 day party in paradise with these Great performers:

The 8-Tracks a�� Ita��s a Motown Kinda Thing

Born out of a mutual love and respect for the music that came out of Michigan during the late 60a��s, a�?The 8-Tracksa�� are a Brisbane based 8-piece band bringing back the sounds of soul music from the classic Motown and Stax eras.

Formed in 2015, and selling out their first headlining show, a�?The 8-Tracksa�� bring their vintage flair to events, weddings, and fundraisers across south east Queensland. Fronted by a rotating roster of some of Queenslanda��s best soul sisters, and backed by a tight brass and rhythm section, a night with a�?The 8-Tracksa�� will ensure a night of classic hits, and infectious grooves.

Singers from a�?The 8-Tracksa�� band provide 3- and 4- part vocal harmonies that evoke the classic sounds of the great Motown and Tamla studios, carefully crafted by the talented vocal team a�� each a powerhouse performer in her own right. They are supported by the a�?Track Brothersa�� – a tight and talented band of experienced musicians who are happy to sit in the groove all night long to ensure they get those booties moving. The rhythm section knows how to play Motown right, a�?cos some of them have actually toured with Motown artists.

Cat from The 8-Tracks says, a�?So we are more than a little excited to announce that The 8-Tracks have been asked to play the Agnes Blues Roots and Rock Festival on 18 February 2018. With awesome acts such as GANGgajang, 19-Twenty and Olivia Ruth playing the fest, we are excited to be closing it out on the Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.
If youa��ve ever wanted to visit this beautiful part of the world, or even just to return, herea��s an excuse. We hope to see you there!a�? So, come down and check out a�?The 8-Tracksa�� and get your groove on! Just dona��t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

And another making her first appearance at the festival is Karrie Hayward

When you blend the rich, soulful vocal tones with the vibrant, percussive timbre of a guitar, you get Karrie Hayward a�� practically music when it meets the ocean.

This folk pop singer-songwriter is making waves on the surface with a new single, a�?Gypsiesa�� freshly released and charting in the Top 10 on the ITunes Singer-Songwriter chart, Number 3 on the Triple J Unearthed Pop Chart and Number 6 on the Overall Triple J Unearthed chart, following her debut single a�?Elijaha�� which reached Top 10 on the ITunes Singer-Songwriter chart.

Since spending most of her life basking in the tropical environment of the Whitsundays, this songstress spontaneously decided to find the ultimate ratio of adventure and music by moving further down the coast. Buying a rough van and turning it into a home on wheels, Karrie travelled solo, playing shows all the way from Mackay to Byron Bay collecting inspiration all around.

a�?One of the best things I ever did was getting a van and being able to travel anywhere my music takes me. Opening up so many exciting opportunities and being able to collaborate with musicians while camping in their backyard is definitely a life I enjoy living.a�?

Since performing at local music festivals at the age of nine, Haywarda��s love of music, in all genres, grew. Drawing inspiration from many different artists, Karriea��s own style is a blend of the best parts of folk, pop, alt and blues. Her unique music combines soul with the ocean, musically, seeking sounds similar to John Butler, Jack Johnson and Cody Simpson.

Karrie is a�?Immersing myself in music, jams, lots of surf and good vibesa�? and after a recent Vanlife gathering, is keen to bring her little wagon (van) up to Agnes Water in February.

Check out her festival moves at 5pm on Friday 16 February at the Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival, after her recent acclaim at Timberfest, Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Nimbin Roots and many music loving venues up and down the east coast of Australia. You will love it!


  • GANGgajang Headliner Australian pop rock surf
  • Eugene Hideaway Bridges American blues and soul singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • 19 Twenty Blues rockabilly crew
  • Marshall and The Fro Surf roots & Australian mojo rock
  • Minnie Marks Dirty sweet rock n roll
  • Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides Soulful sassy blues and roots, American
  • Christina Crofts Band Electric blues rock
  • The 8-Tracks Motown soul big band
  • All Strings Attached Folk, punk, polka & progressive rock
  • Deon Powter Band Blues, country rock and soul
  • Olivia Ruth Rock, blues, folk band
  • Nigel McTrustrya��s Cigar Box Boogie Band Rock ‘n’ roll and blues
  • Dan Horne Blues, Roots Folk
  • The Blues Excuse Bread and butter blues
  • Karrie Hayward Folk blues
  • Medicinal Porpoises Tropabilly blues
  • Ben Bradya��s Blues Heavy blues and folk

Tickets are available online for 3 magic days of Festival entertainment a�� A�A�excellent value for a priceless experience. In addition, we have two workshops from a couple of our performing artists, food to satisfy the soul, market stalls and of course festival merchandise to preserve your memories.

Festival team member Amber Rodgers says a�?We have been working very hard with the local community to showcase our beautiful region and give something back to the patrons who visit us, by having the very best in entertainment.a�?


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