FOR the first time, The Hoodoo Gurus will grace the Riverboats stage and will headline Saturday’s line up.
Although coming into stardom in the ’80s, Hoodoo Gurus haven’t stopped playing around the world since their debut album Stoneage Romeos was named Australian Debut Album of the Year.
‘‘We’ve never played there but I know how beautiful the Murray River is,’’ front man Dave Faulkner said.
‘‘I can’t wait for the festival atmosphere, it’s my favourite. It’s a beautiful time of year to be playing and it will be great to play under the natural beauty of the environment.
‘‘We grew up playing in pubs so personally I find the outdoors really freeing.’’
The scene will be set when the band takes up the floating Riverboats stage with the relaxed atmosphere of the festival a big draw card.
‘‘As long as I have somewhere to warm up, I’m good — we’re no frills,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re ready to have a great gig.’’
Dave said they knew what the audience wanted to hear.
‘‘We will definitely be playing some of the good old stuff,’’ he said.
‘‘We will play a few of the more recent records but it’s best not to overburden the audience. We strive to mix it up and feel fresh but it’s important to enjoy the moment too.’’
The singer, guitarist and keyboardist has doubled as a music critic in past years.
‘‘I am obsessed with other people’s music and I’ve enjoyed getting into that, it’s awoken my high school prose-writing skills,’’ he said.
‘‘But it’s clear there are fewer opportunities for bands to play live, people don’t go out as much now they have their computers and big screen televisions.
‘‘Pubs stopped having music, replaced them with poker machines.
‘‘But music is the oldest way people related to each other so it will be great to get back on stage and feel like a human.’’
You can catch Hoodoo Gurus from 9.30pm on Saturday.