First line-up revealed for the Southern Fork Americana Fest 2017

Justin Townes Earle will appear at the Southern Fork Americana Fest

Justin Townes Earle will appear at the Southern Fork Americana Fest

The first line-up for the Southern Fork Americana Fest 2017 has been revealed. Taking place at The Tuning Fork from the 7th-15th of October, this year’s festival is jam packed with some of the very best names in alt-country and Americana music.

Like previous years, the 2017 lineup does not disappoint and brings together a stellar cast of local and international names, setting the scene for one of the biggest servings of alt-country New Zealand will see this year, including lauded Nashville-born songwriter Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle), who will appear on October 11th with support from Canadian-based quartet The Sadies.

With 20 albums under their belt since their formation in 1995, USA cult favourites Son Volt will hit The Tuning Fork on the 13th, with 2017 Grammy nominee (Best Folk album & Best American roots song) Robbie Fulks, who was named a “masterly and multifaceted” songwriter by The Chicago Tribune, taking the stage on the 10th.  

Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis and Cory Chisel will round off this year’s festivities with their super group side project Traveller on the 15th. Support comes from Nashville’s rising star Joshua Hedley, the most recent signing to Jack White’s label, Third Man Records.

This year’s lineup also includes a heady dose of New Zealand’s finest, with the return of beloved folk-noir act Eb & Sparrow who will launch the festival in style on a double bill with Auckland-based country-folk darlings The Miltones on Saturday 7th, followed the next day by local legends The Warratahs with The Bads, who have recently released their critically acclaimed album, Losing HeroesThe Shape I’m In: Hootenanny & BBQ will also return after its successful debut last year. Featuring performances from the likes of Dave Khan, Reb Fountain, Tom Cunliffe, Hopetoun Brown and Barry Saunders (The Warratahs) amongst others.

2017 also sees festival passes available for the first time since its debut in 2014. Passes will be in limited supply, so snap one up quickly before they sell out.

See all show dates below, with more act announcements to come...

Southern Fork Americana Fest 2017

Saturday October 7th // Eb & Sparrow with The Miltones
Sunday October 8th //  The Warratahs with The Bads
Tuesday October 10th // Robbie Fulks
Wednesday October 11th // Justin Townes Earle with The Sadies
Friday October 13th // Son Volt
Saturday October 14th //  The Shape I’m In: Hootenanny & BBQ
Sunday 15th October // Traveller with Joshua Hedley.

Southern Fork presale from Thursday 10th August

Southbound Records presale from Friday 11th August

MyTicketmaster presale from Monday 14th August at 9am

General Public on sale from Thursday 17th August at 12 noon via Ticketmaster – 0800 111 999