Abby set to share stage with rock legends

The Sounds of Rock music festival is the perfect place for Abby to debut some new songs. Picture: NICK LENNOX, UDEO

By Angela Norval

She has owned the stages of many local establishments and now Abby Skye is set to take it one step further – performing with some of Australia’s rock royalty at the Sounds of Rock Festival on 8 May at Burnett Heads.

Asked who she was most excited to see perform at the festival, Abby said she couldn’t choose, they were all dead-set legends.

“It’s a killer line-up and I’ll be there all day, hopefully finding a balance between schmoozing and fan girling,” she joked.

“It is a huge deal for me to be taking to the same stage as the likes of Thirsty Merc and Daryl Braithwaite as well as an absolute first and a total surprise.

“I’ll do my very best to bring my A-game on the day.”

Asked what it meant to have a music festival of this calibre at Burnett Heads, Abby said it was a really big deal for our area.

“The support we musicians receive from the people of the Bundaberg region is normally pretty amazing, but the response to the announcement of this festival is really telling of that,” she said.

“People are really excited to see artists of this calibre in our area and I think the event will receive a huge amount of support from the community.

“One of the organisers, Trevor Sands, has always been a big supporter of live music and has wanted to bring a festival like this to the area for ages, so it’s fantastic to see his vision coming to fruition.

“I am absolutely blown away by the level of excitement and support countless people are showing me on a daily basis, once they hear about my involvement in it, too!

“There’s a huge amount of love in our little community, it’s a beautiful thing to be part of. “

In an exciting announcement for Abby, she is pulling out all the stops to finish her new album ready to debut at the festival.

This album has been several years in the making, but this festival provided the perfect deadline, so everything has been fast-tracked to get it finished in time.

“I’m very excited to say this show will be the debut performance for a number of songs from my new album!” she said.

“I’ll be joined by my bass player Craig Kickbush, who’s nothing short of brilliant and brings a huge variety of sounds to the mix.

“I would probably describe the new music as ranging somewhere between Jeff Buckley, Adele and Alannah Myles.

“If you like songs like ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’, ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Bring Me Some Water’, I think you’ll enjoy these, too and I’ll throw in a couple of crowd favourites, too.”