Taste Great Southern has announced a new event for its annual festival, Southern Sets – a music festival celebrating contemporary artists from across the country. Southern Sets will take place on Sunday April 5 following the highlight food and wine festival event on Saturday.
It will feature 6 to 8-piece Melbourne raw early 80s funk group, Sex on Toast at 7.30pm and the reggae/island sounds of Byron Bay’s Bobby Alu from 6pm.
Folk country group The Little Lord Street Band from Perth will set the afternoon scene at 4.10pm with local support artists across two stages. The event will host a great line-up of wine and food throughout the day as well.
Southern Sets is perfect chance to enjoy a chilled-out afternoon with your mates, while you soak up the sound, the sun and the site of the picturesque lake at Eyre Park in the heart of Albany.
Main Music Stage Schedule
2.30pm – 3.50pm The Kris Nelson Band
4.10pm – 5.30pm The Little Lord Street Band
6.00pm – 7.00pm Bobby Alu
7.30pm – 8.30pm Sex on Toast
Music Stage 2 Schedule
2.45pm – 4.05pm Los Car keys
4.25pm – 5.45pm Diggin the Jig
Sex on Toast
Sex on Toast are a 6 to 8-piece explosion who specialise in raw early 80’s funk, hard-edged new jack swing, blazing improvisation and heartfelt blue-eyed soul. Currently residing in Melbourne, Australia, their choreographed stage act, complex arrangements, performative larrikinism and danceability have won the hearts of casual punters and hardcore fans alike, across Australia
Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance, and unassuming grooves that work a gradual, smile- inducing high through even a casual listener, Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence. Every now and then, one will pop up as a toe-tapping reminder to take it slow, enjoy the ride. Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams – there’s a robust energy in Alu’s mastery of traditional Samoan log drums, and a vitality to his songwriting that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence.
The Little Lord Street Band
The Little Lord Street Band feature some of the most respected writers, singers and players of the indie, roots and Americana bands of Perth. The band channels classic electric guitar riffery, multi-part male/ female harmonies, brilliant life-lived lyrics and a performance that you can’t sit down for.
The Kris Nelson Band
Kris Nelson is a multi award winning indie/folk artist based in WA’s Great Southern. His sound falls somewhere between the likes of Passenger and Gregory Alan Isakov. It’s best described as a blend of the lyrical focus of folk and the energy and stylings of indie. With over 15 years of experience under his belt, Nelson’s original music has allowed him to tour as far as Canada, The US and many times to the Eastern States. Recently joined by arguably the two most important staples of the Albany music scene. Tony King on Bass and Paul Myers on drums, compliment the sound like only true veterans could.
Diggin the Jig
Diggin the Jig is a fiddle-based dance band from Denmark, WA that showcases the vitality and energy of traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes with some favourites from the Americas and our original collection. From haunting melodies to rollicking sets of dance tunes, fiddles and rhythm section combine to Dig the Jig and Deal the Reel.
Los Car Keys
Come along and go wild with the high-fiving fun crew from Denmark. Barry Heydenrych (33 Trees, Mandala) has flailing fingers on guitar and charango, Marie Limondin (Merida Orchestra, Mandala) infuses wildly and beautifully on violin, and Helen Heydenrych moves and grooves with her ukulele and percussion. Peter Usher (Peter Usher and the Global Pandemic) leads on vocals and guitars and is joined by backliners and vocal harmony duo Simon Neville (vocals, bombo, djembe, mandolin) and Louise Duxbury (vocals, u-bass, percussion).
An original music feast, highly charged with Latin American and African rhythms mixed with South American music, played with Denmarkian zest, style and improvisations. Colour. Humour. Rapping. Dancing. Spanish. Hippos. We have it all!