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Marlon Williams, Spiderbait and CW Stoneking Will Headline the 2023 Riverboats Music Festival

As well as the main event in Victoria's Echuca-Moama region, this festival includes intimate sideshows on the PS Pevensey paddlesteamer.
By Sarah Ward
November 22, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
November 22, 2022
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With music festivals popping up in every corner of the country with frequency, especially in these post-COVID-restrictions times, an event has to be mighty special to warrant travelling intrastate or interstate. Riverboats Music Festival is one such event, and the reason is right there in its name. A mainstay of Victoria's Echuca-Moama region that'll celebrate its 11th instalment in 2023, it usually hosts its fest on the banks of the Murray River — and includes intimate sideshows on the PS Pevensey paddlesteamer.

Due to 2022's flooding of the event's usual home at Aquatic Reserve, the 2023 fest is actually moving to Echuca's Victoria Park Reserve when it returns from Friday, February 17–Sunday, February 19. But the music on a riverboat part still remains, as ticketed separately. So, you can head to the region for three days of tunes as part of the broader event, spend your time on the river, or mix and match both.

Heading the on-land lineup: Marlon Williams, Spiderbait, CW Stoneking & His Primitive Horn Orchestra and The Whitlams, plus The Rolling Stones Revue featuring Adalita, Phil Jamieson and Tex Perkins. That's a whole heap of big-name talent from across Australia and New Zealand right there, and it's just the beginning of the 2023 bill.

Also on the roster, and playing the paddlesteamer as well, are Alice Skye, Felix Riebl, Andy Golledge, WILSN, Bones & Jones and Watty Thompson. If you go for the boat option, you'll hear their sets while cruising down the river, in the kind of fest experience you truly don't get at every event.

"Echuca-Moama has gone through an incredibly challenging period over the last few weeks, and our hearts go out to all those affected by the recent floods," said Festival Director Dave Frazer, announcing the lineup.

"Riverboats has been part of the Echuca-Moama community for over tehn years now, and whilst we're sad to be leaving Aquatic Reserve next year, we can't wait to put on a spectacular show at Victoria Park in a few months time," he continued.

If you're keen, the last festival sold out in just six days, so nabbing tickets ASAP is recommended.

RIVERBOATS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2023 LINEUP:

Marlon Williams
Spiderbait
CW Stoneking & His Primitive Horn Orchestra
The Rolling Stones Revue featuring Adalita Phil Jamieson and Tex Perkins
The Whitlams
Felix Riebl
Alice Skye
Tami Neilson
Thornbird
Katy Steele
Andy Golledge Band
WILSN
Bones & Jones
Watty Thompson
Bud Rokesky
MC Brian Nankervis

The 2023 Riverboats Music Festival will take place from Friday, February 17–Sunday, February 19 at Echuca's Victoria Park Reserve, with tickets on sale now.

Published on November 22, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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