While southern lockdowns are seeing the postponement of major events across the region, Savannah in the Round is forging ahead with the replacement of about half its original line-up.
Just three weeks from the festival, event organisers Sound Australia has announced big names like John Butler, San Cisco, Ian Moss and Sneaky Sound System among the 20 odd artist replacements.
They join country greats including Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley and John Wiliamson still able to perform at the three-day event in Mareeba.
Festival Director James Dein said he and his team have had to make “bold choices” to ensure the show can go ahead.
“Something we would never do is compromise the quality of the event we’re delivering for the Tropical North,” he said.
“Rest assured the 20 plus new artists we’re welcoming to the event today will make for an incredible celebration of music – something we all need now more than ever.”
Drawcard acts Shannon Noll, Fanny Lumsden and Tex Perkins, as well as indie-pop brothers Lime Cordiale can no longer attend due to COVID-19 border closures.
Mr Dein said many of the artists no longer on this year's lineup will be welcomed to Savannah in the Round 2022.
Limited tickets remain to the three-day festival, including single and multi-day passes, a range of accommodation options from drive-in campsites to glamping, and transfers from Cairns and Port Douglas.
Sneaky Sound System
Russell Morris & Brian Cadd
Little Steely Brothers
The Wolfe Brothers
Col Finley & Will Day
The Tony Q Band
Dee Jay Bux
Kirsty Lee Akers
- About half of Savannah in Round’s original line-up has been replaced due to southern lockdowns
- Held at the Mareeba Rodeo Grounds, the music festival is expected to attract several thousand punters
- The three-day event takes place on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 1-3 October