Headlining the annual Surfing the Coldstream Festival at Yamba in October is Australian blues guitarist Australian Jeff Lang.
Headlining the annual Surfing the Coldstream Festival at Yamba in October is Australian blues guitarist Australian Jeff Lang. John McCutcheon

Lang is star attraction

DESCRIBED as the Godfather of an Australian-based blues movement and this year's winner of the annual Folk Recording Award, Jeff Lang will headline a superb line-up of artists for the October 20 Surfing the Coldstream Festival at Yamba.

Lang is considered an inspi- ration to countless Australian and Internationally renowned roots artists including John Butler, who was quoted as saying, "seeing Jeff was like going to church; a kind of revelation, a totally sacred event".

"He is the man."

Lang will wrap up the festival's 10 hours of non-stop free entertainment taking to the main stage at Flinders Park at 9pm.

Joining Lang will be Northern Rivers-based blues and roots musician Marshall Okell.

Okell took out this year's MusicOz award for Best Blues and Roots Artist and is fast gaining an impressive reputation as a must-see festival act.

Also in the line-up at Flinders Park is Emily Wenham, Siskin River, Dom, The Easy Escape, 4 Way Street, Ulo, Then Joelene, The Good Ship, Mostaccio, The Wetsuits as well as the much-loved Spaghetti Circus and local fire twirlers.

Most acts can also be caught in the CBD from 9am, busking up a storm with other street performers before catching a ride up the hill on the Magic Bus for the main event in the afternoon.

Organisers of the festival were astounded at the number of talented acts who put their hands up to perform this year.

"We want to say a big thanks to all who applied from the local area," Dave Irving said, including Clarence Valley Council and Yamba Chamber of Commerce who have come on board as the major sponsor of the event.



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