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Mahalia Barnes + The Soul Mates

A FULL RANGE OF THE SOUL MUSIC SPECTRUM IN A SHOW THAT IS AT ONCE DYNAMIC, ORGANIC, RAW AND EXCITING. GREAT PLAYERS, GREAT SINGING AND SO MUCH FEELING!

Originally featuring a floating line up of Sydney soul/blues/rock musicians including brothers Clayton and Lachlan Doley, Jonathon Pease, Stu Hunter and a selection of special guest vocalists wherever possible.

Mahalia Barnes has been around music her whole life. Throughout her childhood years she was exposed to everything from Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett to Ike + Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, all of which helped shape her into the powerhouse soul and blues vocalist that has jaws dropping every time she picks up a mic.

“I have grown up in a world full of music, all sorts of music, but for me it’s always been about Soul, Blues and Rock n Roll. I remember my Dad playing me heaps of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Ike + Tina and stuff like that as a kid.”

Mahalia began her musical career early in life having shared the stage with her dad Jimmy Barnes since she was in her teens. Of course it wasn’t long before she struck out on her own and formed her own band, The Soul Mates – originally featuring a floating line up of Sydney’s best soul/blues/rock musicians and a selection of special guest vocalists wherever possible.

CAPTIVATING LEAD VOCALS, SIMPLE CATCHY BEAT AND STRONG LYRICS… SEEMS JUST LIKE THE RIGHT COMBINATION TO GET ONE ADDICTED IN NO TIME!

Critically acclaimed Australian act, Hussy Hicks are a tour de force featuring Leesa Gentz’ powerhouse soul vocals and Julz Parker’s revered guitar skills. Prolific and accomplished musicians, Hussy Hicks have honed their sonic dexterity over the past 12 years with five studio albums, multiple industry awards and more than 1,000 live shows under their belts, from Australia’s biggest blues, roots and folk festivals to 15 plus international tours, which now sell out across Europe.

Known for their emotive lyricism, energetic live shows and fiery, frenetic instrumentation, it’s no surprise Hussy Hicks have staying power. From Gold Coast Artist of the Year and Album of the Year wins to Queensland Music Award and Golden Guitar nominations, their critical accolades extend even further, with guitarist Parker being touted by Australian legend, Phil Emmanuel as ‘Australia’s top female guitar player’ and voted fifth in Bluesfest’s Guitar Hero fan poll, among Santana and BB King.

THEY’VE GOT THE HOOKS, THE HARMONIES AND THE EXPLOSIVE LIVE ENERGY!

It is said that something special happens when family members sing together. Central Coast trio Little Quirks are doing a lot to substantiate that theory. Sisters Abbey and Mia Toole joined their cousin Jaymi Toole in 2015 to form Little Quirks, a band in which they simply wanted to “write and play music that was fun to sing”. And listening to their lively brand of folk pop, it’s hard not to sing along with them.

Music was always a big part of life for the three girls who grew up not far from each other in regional NSW. They were literally surrounded by musical instruments from the start. Both parents and grandparents played in bands through the 70’s and 80’s, their uncle is the school music teacher, and a hit-laden record collection sat formatively on the shelf (everything from Led Zeppelin to Taylor Swift) so it’s not surprising at all that Abbey, Jaymi and Mia developed an early knack for writing a great hook.

From busking at farmers markets they quickly leap-frogged onto stages supporting the likes of Tim Rogers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Alex the Astronaut, Jack River, Busby Marou and Xavier Rudd. Their live show is staggeringly energetic for a young folk band. It moves from epic too sweet in a heartbeat. The three work together in a lively fashion with drummer Mia pounding a relentless beat behind the rhythmic of strums and sways of Jaymi (mandolin/vocals) and Abbey (guitar/vocals). All three singing in blissful harmony. The recent addition of cousin (of course!) Alex on bass completes a potent lineup that will delight one and all at Lakeside Festival 2021.

HOLLY WHO AND THEIR REVIVAL SOUNDS ARE BRINGING IT BACK AND WE ARE ALL FOR THAT!

From the seaside town of Newcastle, Australia these musically dazzling eclectics are super fun, high energy and passionately engaging. You got to see them live!

Their sound is a warm blend of distortion and floats through soul, rock and roll and 70’s pop. A structure is never sacred, and their shows are known for mind boggling improvisation and soloing.
One minute you are deep in a southern blues, then you are whipped to Spanish Harlem, maracas in toe. Then it’s back to the mid 60’s with a driving snare and hand clap combo, straight into a 70’s Rolling Stones feel, back to Southern California for CSN’esque harmonies and home again for a soulful Motown sing-along. Most bands could not pull it off, but these guys are the real deal, true musicians and artists that do what they do because they love it.

BIG ENOUGH TO BE A NETBALL TEAM BUT SMALL ENOUGH TO BE A GOOD LUCK CHARM… BIG SKY MOUNTAIN DON’T LOOK LIKE YOUR TYPICAL AMERICANA COUNTRY BAND

Seven women, a kaleidoscope of harmonies and one trumpet – chaotic, earthy, and real. Big Sky Mountain make no apologies for not having an obscure cool edge, they are what they are, and they love what they do.

All 7 women have many years of musical experience that traces their beginnings from all walks of the globe giving the band a rich cultural influence and interesting twist. With several layers of heavenly vocal harmonies, combined with a tight rhythm section, melodic guitar picking and a dash of trumpet, Big Sky Mountain are charming and free spirited but also show some sweet vulnerability. With a sound that is reminiscent of Norah Jones, Fiest and a hint of Wilco they take you on a journey from gypsy jazz to alt country with a bit of gospel and a sprinkling of pirate.

INTRODUCING LAURA ZARB… OPENING FOR 2021 LAKESIDE FESTIVAL!

Laura’s compelling voice, infectious folk grooves and contagious energy will have you hooked as soon as she introduces herself at #LAKESIDE2021. Laura Zarb has lived a life on the road, taking her music from town to town. She has experienced life from the back of a van, used beachside showers to shave her legs, lived and performed in European mansions and at times hidden away like a hermit to re-group, re-inspire and discover love. So listen, as her songs tell the tales of life, love and the road.

Her vocal tones have been compared to greats such as Janis Joplin and Ella Fitzgerald. Her ability to switch from all out raunchy rock and blues numbers to sweet and dulcet tones keeps her audiences on their toes and wondering just what she will play next. Her lyrics are witty, smart, and written from the heart. To hear Laura perform one of her original songs is to be offered a glimpse into her head, heart and soul. She writes and sings with an honesty that is fearless in its delivery and passionate in its simultaneous strength and vulnerability.