JARROD Hawker knows the lay of the land at the Kennedys Creek Music Festival.
Hawker has joined friends on an annual pilgrimage to Kennedys Creek, near Simpson, for many years.
He will again make the journey for the 2017 festival on October 27-29.
But this time his festival experience will be broadened with his band, Doctor & The Apologies, on the bill.
Band members John Hudson (guitar, vocals) and Matt Hewson (bass) have played at the festival with other acts in the past.
But for Hawker (drums) and Matt Neal (guitar, vocals), this will be their debut performances.
Hawker said he is thrilled to get the opportunity to play at one of his favourite festivals.
“I love the fact the festival is capped at 1000 people,” Hawker said.
“That is a really wise decision by festival organisers.
“It’s never too crowded and it’s full of like-minded people.
“The organisers do it for their community and for the people who come, it’s all about creating the best experience rather than how much money they can make.
“That attitude filters through to the people at the festival and creates a great atmosphere.
“We’re also looking forward to the chance to catch up with the other bands.”
Doctor & The Apologies have been together for two years and in 2015 released an EP, The Party No One Can Recall.
Hawker describes Doctor & The Apologies as “dark country blues, alt-country rock”.
He said the band has a catalogue of over 20 original songs and is planning to head back into the studios this summer to record a second EP.
“Our stuff has a good, solid groove behind it,” Hawker said.
“When people hear our music, it does catch them, it’s pleasing to the ear.”
Other acts announced for Kennedys Creek Music Festival include The Vasco Era, Jonathan Boulet, Peter Bibbys Dog Act and Donny Benet.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now and, like last year, are expected to sell out.