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America’s Hottest Country Stars Set To Light Up The Snowy Mountains

October 24, 2015 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Following the triumphant return of country music to the Snowy Mountains earlier this year, Thredbo are excited to announce that the Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival will be back in 2016 with an unbelievable line up of stars.

Daryl Braithwaite

Taking place on Saturday 5th of March, the line up for this year’s festival is incredible and will be headlined by two of American Country music’s hottest artists, Kip Moore and Kelsea Ballerini performing their first ever Australian shows, alongside Aussie music legend Daryl Braithwaite and hot Australian country stars Morgan Evans, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley Band, Deep Creek Road, The Weeping Willows and Little Georgia.

Kip Moore is currently riding high with his brand new album “Wild Ones” that recently debuted at #2 on the US Country Albums Chart and #4 on the Billboard Top 200. Huffington Post hailed it as “one heck of an album… set to produce hit after hit after hit” while The Guardian described it as “an impressively singular release from Music Row…unlike anything else in country music at the moment.” Well-known for his blistering live shows Moore is currently touring the US where the list of advance sell-outs is stacking up including dates in Boston, Toronto and a two night run in Chicago.

Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Charts, making her the first female country artist to score a #1 hit with her debut single since Carrie Underwood in 2006, and only the eleventh in history to achieve the feat. Touted by many as “the new Taylor Swift” her follow up single, ‘Dibs’ quickly became the #1 most added song on US Country radio upon its release. Recently announced as finalist for Favourite Female Country Artist at the American Music Awards and Female Vocalist and New Talent of The Year for The 49th Annual CMA Awards Ballerini is currently headlining CMT’s inaugural “Next Women of Country” Tour throughout the USA.

Daryl Braithwaite is one of the quintessential voices of Australian music whose glittering 40 year career has provided us with a slew of memorable hit singles and timeless gems. A consummate performer, Braithwaite continues to sell out shows around the country thanks to songs such as “One Summer”, “As The Days Go By” and “The Horses” plus charting topping hits from his days fronting Sherbet, such as “Summer Love” and “Howzat” that have become bonafide Aussie classics.

The release of his chart-topping debut album in March 2014 saw Morgan Evans establish himself as Australia’s hottest new country performer. The recipient of a record three wins at the 2014 CMC Awards, Evans was recognised with a second consecutive Male Oz Artist of the Year award in 2015 along with the prestigious CMA Global Artist Award in the USA. His work as a presenter for Country Music Channel, has seen him nominated for an ASTRA Award and a TV Week Logie Award.

Amber Lawrence kicked off 2015 in style by winning the Golden Guitar for ‘Female Artist of the Year’ award at Tamworth’s CMAA Awards and the Country Music Channel’s ‘Female Oz Artist of the Year’ Award. Since debuting in 2006 Amber has released 15 singles that have either reached #1 or Top 5 on the Country Music Radio Chart and the CMC Video charts.

With the effortless cool of JJ Cale, the heart and soul of The Marshall Tucker Band, and the outlaw bite of Charlie Daniels, the Adam Eckersley Band stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the tightest outfits in the business, from Zac Brown Band to Lynyrd Skynyrd. The winners of the 2015 APRA Award for Country Work Of The Year and the CMAA Award for Best New Artist AEB’s southern rock sound is sure to provide festival-goers plenty of excitement.

Undoubtedly Australia’s most unique concert location, the Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival is set in Thredbo’s natural amphitheatre of Friday Flat with the iconic Kosciuszko National Park as a backdrop.

“I only have great memories from being in Thredbo, no matter what time of year! It’s such a perfect setting for a Music Festival,” says Morgan Evans, who returns by popular demand. “This year was a blast and I’m even more excited about showing it off to some of my American mates around in 2016 … Kelsea Ballerini and Kip Moore are going to love it!”

Special early bird tickets are on sale from Thursday 22 October until Monday 30 November (or until allocation is exhausted). The early bird offer is a chance to secure your adult festival tickets for only $99. Tickets will be on sale at

Accommodation for the Festival in Thredbo is available to suit any budget. Accommodation and Festival packages start $112 per person per night at Thredbo is packed with things to do in summer and concert goers can also enjoy amazing hiking and bike trails, fishing, bobsledding and even horse riding tours across the Snowy Mountains.


Friday 4 – Sunday 6 March, Friday Flat, Thredbo NSW

Kip Moore (USA), Kelsea Ballerini (USA), Morgan Evans, Daryl Braithwaite, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley Band, Deep Creek Road, The Weeping Willows, Little Georgia

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