THE Next Exit Festival, the latest edition to the Australian festival circuit, has officially unveiled the line-up for its inaugural event today, jam packed with local Aussie talent.
The announcement also includes a pledge from the promoters to shine a light on not only Australian music but regional towns across NSW, ensuring that live music reaches fans outside of Australia's capital cities during such a challenging time for country areas.
The festival will come to Mackay Park, Batemans Bay on Friday May 28.
Setting its sights on the road less travelled, Next Exit Festival includes four new events that will take place in regional locations across NSW this May, with live music from psych-rock outfit Ocean Alley, Spacey Jane, which recently became the highest-ranking Australian artist of the Hottest 100, Northern Beaches four-piece Dear Seattle, NSW local Merci, Mercy and sister duo CLEWS.
Kicking off in Bicentennial Park in Tamworth on Friday May 21, the full festival line-up will make its way around regional NSW, with additional shows in Gosford and Batemans Bay, before finishing up in the picturesque surrounds of the Mudgee Showgrounds.
Next Exit, which takes place over two weekends in May, will place an emphasis on engaging local businesses to partake in the event, with a goal to drive economic activity, encourage regional tourism and highlight local tastemakers and artisans.
"We pass so many 'Next Exit' signs on the highway and often drive past with only our destination in sight," said MJR Presents' Head Of Touring Australia, Scott Mesiti.
"The original concept for 'Next Exit' Festival was to help bushfire-affected towns, regenerate tourism and hire as many local suppliers as possible.
"So much has happened since then but our aim remains the same. We have designed a safe festival that can be delivered under current restrictions and will employ many people from our industry who have sat on the sidelines for too long."
Next Exit Festival has been made possible by being a successful applicant of Rise funding, which will allow MJR Presents to deliver an affordable for regional communities across NSW.
Tickets on sale on Tuesday March 9 at 10:am via mjrpresents.com