By Renee Wood
Music festival ‘Sunset Sounds’ announced on Thursday 4 November a new Victorian installment will take place at Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley.
The event set for Saturday 26 February next year boasts a massive line up of 11 Aussie favourites, including Daryl Braithwaite, Ian Moss and Kate Ceberano.
Australian rock singer and guitarist Ian Moss is thrilled to be returning to the Yarra Valley – it will be one of his first gigs in Victoria since the pandemic began.
“It’s just so beautiful, they always get in good crowds out there, it’s always been a great atmosphere and a beautiful setting to be rocking out in,” Ian Moss said.
Moss is looking forward to seeing a large crowd and fellow musicians at the outdoor concert after a tough two years for the industry.
“Gigs have been lost, canceled or postponed and then promoters look for the next best spot and they are still keen to try but unfortunately it has happened too many times, all very unlucky.”
But the Aussie artist has made good use of the down time by tuning into his song writing, producing a new electric album that’s to be released early next year.
“I’d normally be out there working almost every weekend and I’m not one of those people that can go away to the hotel and start trying to write a song, I’ve spent my creativity in the live performance. So without the gigs I’ve been able to just channel my creativity into writing.”
“It’s enabled me to get a great list of songs and since then I’ve been honing in on those and now I’m ready to start recording here in Sydney, a brand new Ian Moss electric studio album, at the end of November into December, looking for a release late March 22.”
Moss said he will bleed a few tasters from the upcoming album into his performance at Sunset Sounds, alongside the classics like Tucker’s Daughter, Bow River and Broadway.
The old favourites always brew a sing a long from the crowd, but Moss said his new music will also be infectious among music lovers.
“I’m always looking for songs that have got the melody people can sing along to, but I like blues and I like to tinge it up a bit with soul and high energy.
“I feel I’ve got a few songs there which have the potential to get inside and be the ear worms in people’s heads that they can’t get out and they have to sing along to.”
Moss is excited to be playing alongside other industry greats and optimistic about a strong live gig industry for 2022.
“I’m very proud to be sharing a concert with people that have some great talent, and great songs in amongst all those guys.
“We certainly have to remain optimistic and I’ve always thought for a long time high vaccination rates are the only way out.”
Moss will also join The Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, Ross Wilson, Thirsty Merc, Chocolate Starfish, Wendy Matthews, The Chantoozies and Bjorn Again for Sunset Sounds in the Yarra Valley.
Pre-sale tickets are available Monday 8 November 10am to Wednesday 10 November 8am, before general tickets open from 9am Wednesday.
For more information visit https://www.sunsetsounds.com.au/