The ever popular Southern Fried Festival is back for its eleventh year and it promises to be another incredible weekend of American roots music!
This year’s festival will run from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July and will be headlined by the legendary Steve Earle & the Dukes, as well as Rodney Crowell, Iris DeMent, Graham Nash and Gretchen Peters.
The main stage gigs will take place in Perth Concert Hall but you can catch some of the others acts featured in this year’s festival at other venues in the city centre.
This year the newly refurbished Perth Theatre will host Southern Fried afternoon gigs where you can catch Blue Rose Code, The Bevvy Sisters, Darrell Scott, Amythyst Kiah and more. And once again the Salutation Hotel will be hosting late shows right after the main stage gigs on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Of course one of the big draws of Southern Fried Festival is the Outdoor Stage – a chance to see some of the best American roots music absolutely free!
Compered by local funny man, Bruce Fummey, the Southern Fried Outdoor Stage opens on Perth Concert Hall Plaza at 5pm on Friday 27th July and will showcase a vast spread of American roots music featuring some of the best acts from home and abroad.
Southern Fried Festival director, Andy Shearer, is looking forward to another exciting weekend which will cover all the American roots music bases from blues to bluegrass, soul to country, rock and gospel.
“The overall line-up for Southern Fried once again demonstrates the rude health of the UK’s own home-grown Americana scene,” Andy commented.
“We’re delighted to partner with the fast-growing Americana Music Association UK to offer places to five of their member acts: Lucas & King, Son of the Chief, James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band, Anton & The Colts, and The Coaltown Daisies.” The overall line-up for Southern Fried once again demonstrates the rude health of the UK’s own home-grown Americana scene.
Local fans of American roots music can still play their part in the festival by joining the Southern Fried Voices choir which will be rehearsing throughout July. The choir will join Blue Rose Code and The Bevvy Sisters in an afternoon performance at Perth Theatre.
Young musicians can also sign up for the Southern Fried Rockshop – a week of music-making and workshops with top songwriters and performers for youngsters aged between 13 and 17-years-old. Local musician Gav Munro – frontman of the popular band Red Pine Timber Co. – will also host the Southern Fried Open Mic from 2PM on Sunday 29th July.
And in what is no doubt another huge draw of Southern Fried Festival, you’ll be able to fuel up with genuine Southern Fried soul food and drink! Highlights from this year’s menu include the festival’s famous special recipe for fried chicken, pecan crusted catfish, country baked ham with “red eye” gravy, key lime pie and red velvet cake.
Festival goers can get a 25% discount when buying five shows or more and tickets are selling fast so you don’t want to miss out!
For more information or to book tickets, visit the Southern Fried Festival website, call the Horsecross Box Office on 01738 621031, or follow the festival’s social media channels below.
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