Neko Case joins second line-up of Blue Mountains Music Festival acts

Powerhouse singer-songwriter Neko Case has been announced among the second line-up of artists for the 2019 Blue Mountains Music Festival (BMMF).

Case has just released her latest album Hell-On, best described as “a record sealed by fire, filled with love and rage and dangers that might lay waste to everything at any moment” (Andrea Pitzer).

Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas, best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything, makes his BMMF debut in 2019. He will be joined by The Roving Commission, featuring Squeezebox Wally on piano accordion and a rotating schedule of talented performers.

Next year sees the return of BMMF favourite William Crighton, hot on the heels of his Trigger of Truth tour and the release of his highly acclaimed second album, Empire. Crighton is a talented lyricist and storyteller with a unique and commanding performance style.

Stiff Gins is one of Australia’s best known and most loved Indigenous acts. Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs combine stunning harmonies with a wicked sense of humour to transport listeners to a world of joy, spirit and song. 2019 will mark Stiff Gins 20th anniversary and festival organisers are delighted that they will be part of the 24th annual event.

BMMF 2019 will host many emerging artists including Zimbabwean-born and Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Thando, and the 2018 Folk Alliance Young Artists of the Year, STAV, and runner-up, Jo Davie.

Melbourne duo, The Maes, will also return, featuring sisters Maggie (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Elsie Rigby (violin and vocals).

Rounding out the second artist announcement are Chloe and Jason Roweth, who present vibrant arrangements of traditional Australian ballads and work songs, original music, poetry, yarns and dance tunes.

They will join Australian artists already confirmed including the award winning singer songwriter Katie Noonan with legendary cartoonist Michael Leunig as well as The Others - jazz trio of James Morrison and Paul Grabowsky with Spiderbaits’ Kramm.

Early bird tickets are on sale until December 15 via bmff.org.au.