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The Stag & Hunter Hotel just keeps pumping them out with another sensational line up of original live music this week. 

Thursday, September 8th – King Of The North – After extensively touring their critically acclaimed debut ‘Sound The Underground’ throughout 14 countries in the last 2 years, King Of The North are back on the road in 2016. The new album is called ‘Get Out Of Your World’ and to celebrate it’s release in 22 countries on August 5th, KOTN are undertaking their most extensive tour of Australia yet. All the usual spots will be rocked on this 23-date mega tour plus a number of new regions, the Northern Territory, southern W.A and Central Coast N.S.W.

In early 2016 KOTN changed drummers and then signed with German record label ‘Rodeostar’. KOTN are the 2nd Aussie band to be signed to the fast growing label in the last 6 months, Dead Letter Circus being the first. This exposure is helping to cement KOTN as international touring act. The fresh faced duo are set to play over 40 shows across 10 countries in 4 months in support of the world wide release of Get Out Of Your World.

Singer/ guitarist/ songwriter/ co producer Andrew Higgs took deliberate measures to ensure this record had different flavours to the band’s critically acclaimed debut record. “It’s got everything a KOTN fan could want plus a few pleasant surprises.” –Higgsy

Make sure you catch this two-piece juggernaut on the massive Get Out Of Your World tour in August/ September before they head to Europe for the remainder of 2016.


Friday, September 9th – Annie O’Dee & The Hot Shots – Big dirty blues band from the heart of the steel city, full of heart and soul with lots of feel. They are a handful of night creatures who love the blues, live and play it because it feels so good. Give The People What They Want is certainly an appropriation of Annie O’dee and the Hotshots. After 7 years of constant touring, as one of the most formidable and consequential live Rhythm & Blues acts performing today, they know what their audience wants from them. The eleven songs delivered on ‘Little Trouble Maker’ are seasoned with the unbridled soul you’ve come to expect, yet there’s a freshness in the band’s performance and song writing that gives the group a unique feel. Annie’s voice can be encaptualted in the simple phrase like honey under gravel’. Infact the 2nd track from the album “Honey Pot”, a dark up-tempo mover whose ominous stomping and lush arrangement will demand your full attention, “Mojo Boogie” a classic anthemic feel-good number, and “Love for Sale” a perfect example of the studio expertise that defines the band and their sound. The sharp danceable Rhythm & Blues grooves stick to your bones, the fervent, impassioned singing goes straight to your heart; and those sweet soul hooks stay in your head for days on end. What more could anyone ask for?

Annie O'Dee & The Hot Shots

Annie O’Dee & The Hot Shots

Saturday, September 10th – The Hipshooters – Hard edged 3-piece Blues/Rock, The Hipshooters were formed in 1993 in Auckland, New Zealand, and after spending two years preparing material, in 1995, Anton & Billy took their music to Brisbane, Australia which has remained home base ever since. Grant joins the line up on drums. The Hipshooters have released four CD’s, and won two Blues Awards for Best Band and Best Song 2002. The band continue to play to fantastic responses at many of the Australian Major Music Festivals including ; Byron Bay BluesFest,Blues on Broadbeach, Woodford Music Festival,Yagubi Multicultural,Narooma Blues.

Sunday, September 11th –  Passport To Airlie Semi Finals kick off with another killer lineup including  Peace & PlentyRose & The Sea, In Motion, Karma Collective and Codi Kaye

Music starts at 3.00pm, come along, support the bands and enjoy a great afternoon of live music. There are some great prizes for the punters as well, just purchase a beverage or a meal at any of the Passport To Airlie heats / finals for weekly $50.00 bar tabs and major prizes drawn at the final including a ticket to Airlie Beach Music Festival and a killer Gretsch Guitar.