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Jessica Mauboy and Jon Stevens headline the 20th Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience

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The Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience on Saturday 16 May will again be the highlight of the 10-day Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster held in Kununurra, Western Australia, from 15 to 24 May 2020.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, some of Australia’s most talented artists have performed in the nation’s most remote party and this year is no different.

Headlining this year is one of Australia’s most successful female artists, Jessica Mauboy, who has performed for Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres and US president Barak Obama.

Mauboy is an Indigenous singer-songwriter who first shot to fame in 2006 as runner up on Australian Idol. In the 14 years since, Mauboy has cemented her place as Australia’s darling and one of our best performers, scooping a multitude of ARIA awards, hit singles and Platinum selling albums as well as awards as an actress. She made history as the first non-European solo artist to represent Australia at EuroVision in 2018.  Mauboy’s recent album, HILDA debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA charts and is her most personal album to date.

Mauboy, who performed at the Kimberley Moon Experience in 2006, said that she’s excited to be sharing the stage with Jon Stevens and Busby Marou.

“The Moon was my first big gig after Australian Idol and it holds a very special place in my heart. I remember the fantastic crowds and the stunning country. I can’t wait to go back and play some new and old music at the 20th anniversary concert,” Mauboy said.

Joining Mauboy is one of the most recognisable rock musicians to emerge from Australia in recent memory, former Noiseworks and INXS lead singer Jon Stevens.

With his mojo fully intact, Stevens stands virtually alone in the music scene, with a raw vocal power that won him attention first as a teenager and now as a veteran singer and songwriter. He has never stopped working and time has toughened his delivery while tapping into his emotional wellsprings more than ever before.

Stevens has pedigree with accolades that include a record-smashing debut as a 16-year-old with two consecutive number one singles in New Zealand, huge hits in Australia as lead singer of Noiseworks, worldwide acclaim at centre stage with INXS, an iTunes featured release with his last band, The Dead Daisies, and he wrote and produced its debut single, Lock and Loaded that features the legendary Slash on guitar.

Stevens is a renowned live performer known for bringing true passion and presence to his fans.

Along with Stevens and Mauboy, ‘the Moon’ line-up includes the award-winning duo Busby Marou who have supported some huge international artists including Elton John, Michael Buble and Dolly Parton and played at mega festivals including South by South West and Canadian Music Week. They sell out shows everywhere from Surry Hills to Cairns and have an incredibly loyal and diverse following.

Tom Busby’s playful onstage presence combined with Jeremy Marou’s freakish instrumental ability has cemented their reputation as one of Australia’s most loved live bands in recent times. They have released four albums, earned a string of APRA, ARIA and Deadly awards and created a completely unique vibe based on Tom’s everyman’s approach to storytelling interspersed with Jeremy’s guitar virtuosity.

The music by Busby Marou emanates overwhelming feelings of joy. Tom Busby said he is looking forward to performing in Kununurra.

“We’re so excited to be coming back with the band to this part of the world. Beautiful people, spectacular country, it’s always a memorable journey.”

Supporting Stevens, Mauboy and Busby Marou is up and coming indigenous singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara.

Wurramara was nominated for a 2018 ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album and is a three-time Queensland Music Award winner. Originally from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory and now Brisbane based, loved hearing her uncles sing as she grew up, but also realised that women from her community rarely sang in public. Her mission is to inspire and empower members of her community, especially young Indigenous women, to find their voice, and sings original music both in English and Anindilyakwa.

Alongside the Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience is the glamorous black-tie Kimberley Fine Diamonds Dinner which includes champagne, canapes, multi-course dining under the big Kimberley starry sky and exclusive dance floor to party the night away.

Concert goers looking for a styled and licenced option can party exclusively the vamped up 18+ Vintage Garden or alternatively, pack a picnic and enjoy the same amazing show in the general admission area.

Hosting the Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience is former Choirboys front man Mark Gable, the songwriter of 80s smash hits “Run To Paradise” and “Boys Will Be Boys”.

The Moon has been headlined by the biggest names in Australian music including Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Daryl Braithwaite, Lee Kernaghan, Amy Shark, Pete Murray, The Cat Empire, Bernard Fanning, Guy Sebastian and Eskimo Joe.

Tickets are on sale now from www.ordvalleymuster.com.au.

The State Government is a proud supporter of the event through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program.

The 20th annual Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster will be held from 15th to 24th May in Kununurra, kicking off the tourism season in Western Australia’s incredible East Kimberley region.

www.ordvalleymuster.com.au

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