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RAW EMOTION: Three-time ARIA award winner Dan Sultan will bring his new material to the Kidgeeridge stage from 8.45pm on Saturday April 23.This year’s Kidgeeridge Music Festival at the Milton Showground will offer the biggest line-up in the event’s 11-year history.
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With 15 performers covering rock, blues, soul, country, punk and rockabilly over two huge days on April 22 and 23,there is something for everyone according to organiserGraham White.

“Personally, I am keen to see the great local talent of the south coast perform on the same stage as the likes of Dan Sultan, Kingswood and The Black Sorrows,” he said.

“What an experience that is for performers like Cameron Little, The Somedays and EKKO.”

The entertainment will kick off at 4.45 on Friday with local bands EKKO and Quite Like Pete sure the get the crowd revved up before the big guns hit the stage.

On Saturday, Battle of the Bands winners The Somedays will delight from 10.45am, followed by a huge line-up finishing up with Kingswood at 7pm, Dan Sultan at 8.45pm and The Black Sorrows from 10.30pm.

Graham said the festival continued to provide quality entertainment for locals as well as visitors to the area.

“We strive to create an event that brings people from out of town to this amazing region of ours,” he added.

“This year we are attracting first time visitors from as far away as Strathalbyn in South Australia and South Brisbane, Queensland which will hopefully prove a great boost for local businesses.”

More than 100 volunteers from community organisations help put the show on the road, while 10 charities and sporting clubs will benefit the event, witha minimum $25,000 to be donated back to thecommunity.

Beneficiaries this year will includeFriends of Jindelara, theUlladulla Food Bank,Lake Conjola Rural Fire Service,Milton Ulladulla Football Club,Sussex Inlet Football Club,St Johns Ambulance,Ulladulla Netball Club,Ulladulla Marine Rescue,Milton Show Society and theMilton Pony Club.

Graham said thefundinggoes an incredibly long way for these organisations.

“The money donated to the Ulladulla Food Bank over the past fiveyears has helped keep them in operation, providing funding to cover 95 per centof their total yearly operating costs,” he said.

“Friends of Jindelara are powering forward with the development of a disability respite house, and these community organisations are what makethe Shoalhaven an amazing community to be a part of.”

The festival shuttle bus will be in operation, runningfrom Burrill Lake Shops, through Ulladulla and Mollymook in the south and toLake Conjola in the north.

The bus is $5 for a return trip, with proceedstoUlladulla Marine Rescue.

There will be plenty of food available on site, as well as wine tasting and, for the first time,children under 12 can enterfor free with a ticket holding parent or guardian.

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