A huge lineup of local and award-winning blues talent is descending on Seagulls this weekend.
And as well as laying down the riffs for music-lovers, performers are also raising funds for mental health charity Beyond Blue. Which is where the one-day festival’s name comes from.
Beyond the Blues features an insane lineup of local (and international) talent. Local flamenco blues goddess Felicity Lawless is on board alongside previous Gold Coast Music Awards Artist of the Year winners Hussy Hicks.
19 Twenty, Little Billie, Salt and Steel and Urban Chiefs are also lending their guitars to the cause.
Hussy Hicks (Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz and their band) will perform at the event during a short trip home between international touring and festival commitments and long-time friend and collaborator Kristy Lee is making a special appearance during their set.
Kristy Lee is a southern soul shouter, visiting all the way from Alabama where she’s an underground legend. After being diagnosed with a disabling disease, Multiple Sclerosis, she has stepped off on a journey of healing herself and others through music.
Beyond Blue is an Australian charity working to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention while reducing the stigma associated with those issues.
Hussy Hicks’ Julz Parker said the work Beyond Blue does is critical.
“Beyond blue is a cause close to all our hearts at the moment,” she said. “We had two friends take their lives in the two weeks we were in the USA. Raising awareness about mental health as well as funds for services is so important.”
The concert is one of only a few chances to see Hussy Hicks play their hometown in coming months as they’re about to hit the road again.
“We’re off to the UK, USA and mainland Europe,” Julz said about upcoming plans.
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Beyond the Blues, Stardust Room at Seagulls
Saturday 22 June, 2019 from 3.00pm
Hussy Hicks (with Kristy Lee) + Felicity Lawless + Salt and Steel + 19 Twenty + Little Billie + Urban Chiefs