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.

New artists

John Butler


San Cisco

Ian Moss

Sneaky Sound System

Adam Brand

Sara Storer

Russell Morris & Brian Cadd

Glenn Shorrock

Beccy Cole

Caitlyn Shadbolt

Little Steely Brothers

Brad Butcher


James Johnston

Josh Setterfield

Julian James

Hussy Hicks

Hillbilly Goats

Roz Pappalardo

Aurelle Brunjes

Robert Cini

Talitha Jae

Remaining artists

John Williamson

Lee Kernaghan

Troy Cassar-Daley

Graeme Connors

Busby Marou

The Wolfe Brothers

Brad Cox

Casey Barnes

Col Finley & Will Day

David Hudson

Murphy’s Pigs

Route 33

The Tony Q Band

Camille Trail

Sammy White

Felicity Kircher

Cameron Cusack

The Roadtrippers

Jeremy Fletcher

Pamagirri Dancers

Dee Jay Bux

Who’s out

Lime Cordiale

Tex Perkins

Shannon Noll

The McClymonts

Fanny Lumsden

Felicity Urquhart

Jasmine Rae

Christie Lamb


Kirsty Lee Akers

Jetty Road

The Buckleys


Rachael Fahim

Missy Lancaster

Blake O’Connor

Raechel Whitchurch


Abbie Ferris

Chelsea Berman

Jake Davey


Main points

  • 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
Thankfully we live in a country that’s rich with musical talent from end to end.
James Dein