October 6, 2022

SummerSalt returns in 2023

Zaccaria Concerts & Touring are thrilled to announce that SummerSalt is back this summer to deliver another season of live music in some of the most scenic locations in the country! This year showcases exciting international artists alongside some Aussie favourites for a stellar line-up featuring Angus & Julia Stone, Ben Harper, City And Colour, The Rubens, Middle Kids, and Alex The Astronaut.

For the first time since its inception, international artists will join the concert series to culminate an unforgettable music experience. Ben Harper will be gracing our shores from the USA to co-headline the new series of shows across Australia in 2023, along with Australia’s most beloved sibling duo, Angus & Julia Stone. They will also be joined by Canada’s City And Colour as SummerSalt’s sunny line-up gets ready to shine.

SummerSalt has become an enormous success over the years delivering feel-good music to unique and picturesque destinations with a family-friendly atmosphere perfect for making memories. This festival event is the perfect place to bask in the sunshine with live music and a vibrant setting. Sun-drenched days and a sparkling haze of good times while you kick back or dance the day & night away!

The three-time Grammy Award winning singer songwriter/musician/producer, Ben Harper, has had a long touring history and a great affinity with Australian audiences. He released his eagerly anticipated & fiercely personal 17th studio album, Bloodline Maintenance, on 22nd July this year. The result is a fearless and immensely soulful work largely inspired by the loss of a long-time friend and the lingering influence of a mercurial and charismatic father. Along with guitar and bass, Harper also played the drums including an eclectic assortment of percussions and a plastic toy snare. The deliberately open spaces and accented beats influenced, in large part, by the exploratory rhythms of the hip-hop he has loved since his teens. It is less a direct influence than the applying of hip-hop’s inventiveness to longstanding paradigms of soul, blues and jazz, spinning it all forward into a reconfiguration of a new black Americana. Bloodline Maintenance is both a political and personally revealing work.

Ben Harper’s unceasing commitment to touring has seen him amass international critical applause and a worldwide fan following. Whether it’s through the soul of southern Gospel, 70s funk, blues, reggae, or straightforward rock and roll, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar continue to stun audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless song writing. He is one of Australia’s favourite soul men and will, once again, wow audiences with his mesmerizing shows.

Sydney-born sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone have had us swept up in their dreamy fairy-tale for more than a decade, offering floaty acoustics and raw, emotive lyrics that paint the perfect indie-folk picture.

They have built an outstanding international career. The past 15 years has brought them widespread acclaim, seen them perform in front of enormous crowds across the world, and release some of the most captivating music to come out of this country in decades.

Their fifth and latest album, Life Is Strange, was released in August last year. They hadn’t planned to make another record — for a while, at least. But life had other machinations in mind, as it always has with Angus & Julia. The pair were famously brought back together by the legendary Rick Rubin and now again, were presented with an impossible-to-ignore opportunity, to reconsider themselves as artists in a new way — as composers, scoring for an award-winning video game.

Made over the course of a few years, in the moments where Angus & Julia weren’t devoted to their respective solo projects, Life Is Strange is unique in the Angus & Julia Stone oeuvre: it’s the most free, the most willing to cover new sonic territory. It is a testament to life’s strange confluence, the magical and spiritual forces that guide us through. Life Is Strange was recorded in, and inspired by, some of the most beautiful places in the world: the studio on Angus’ farm, ‘Stonecutters’, where the bulk of the record was made; Boulder, Colorado, where Life Is Strange, the video game, was developed; and Neil Finn’s studio in Auckland, New Zealand, where Angus & Julia finished parts of the album.

For more information head to www.summersaltmusic.com.au

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