WHAT started out as a party on the river at the old Caneland Soundshell four years ago, River Sessions is now in the business of being one of regional Queensland's biggest music festivals.
River Sessions and the one-man-band behind it, 4 Ever Young Entertainment director Adrian Young, have been spending months tossing up ideas and making deals with bands and musicians to bring this year's diverse line-up.
This year Mackay festival lovers will get to party with the likes of Xavier Rudd, British India, Josh Pyke, King Cannons and Closure in Moscow, Tonight Only, Yacht Club DJ's, Stonefield, Luke Million, The Rubens, Parachute Youth and Atarii Tonight.
This year the festival will be again held at Ooralea Racetrack on June 30.
Mr Young said the line was the biggest in the festival's history.
He said some of the biggest musical acts in Australia would appear with a wide range of genres being represented, from rock, hip hop and dance/electronic to pop and alternative rock.
"We are extremely excited in bringing such a diverse line-up again this year.
"On top of these acts we have a few more headliners to announce on May 7.
"Having world-class acts such as Xavier Rudd, Ladyhawke and British India, who will all have new albums out by June, is huge for the festival."
The festival will feature two main stages with more than 11 hours of diverse entertainment, including the silent disco which was added and proved to be a huge hit in 2011.
Mr Young said the announcement of the line-up this year was a little different, in that he will announce the two headline acts closer to the festival date.
"I am very happy with this year's line-up; it wasn't what I was expecting.
"I never really get anxious before releasing a line up, but I was confident I would bring a bit of variety this year.
"Finalising the line-up this year came down to the final hours before the announcement - so I was a little exhausted."
Mr Young said that at the moment it seems that in Australia there has been a new wave of acts that play every festival around the country.
"That is always a huge thought in the back of my mind.
"I try to give people a variety of acts and not give them the same acts they have seen a thousand times."
Mr Young said there hasn't been much choice when it comes to new music.
"Since the later half of last year and early this year with the way Triple J has been running their radio station they have really pushed a lot of unearthed artists, while more established Australian acts have not received as much of the limelight as previously.
"But I think River Sessions has got both groups of musicians."
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