Perth band Løngstay will make their Southern Fried Festival debut on the free Outdoor Stage on Perth Concert Hall Plaza on Sunday 31 July.

Callum (15), George (17) and Malcolm (15) are particularly looking forward to their performance as Løngstay appears directly after the members of Southern Fried Rock Shop, the week-long Americana workshop at Clearwater Studios where the band met.

Løngstay, who produce a great uptempo acoustic blend of country, rock and folk that completely belies their tender years, was formed in 2013 after the three band members discovered shared musical tastes and influences at Rock Shop.

Guitarist and singer Malcolm Swan said:

“We are very happy to be playing at Southern Fried in our own right. It’s great to see your own bands’ name on the poster!”

Compered by Bruce Fummey, this year’s Southern Fried Festival Outdoor Stage kicks off on Friday 29 July from 5pm until 6.30pm and then again on Saturday and Sunday afternoons featuring an exciting mix of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic including local guitar legend Pete Caban, rockin’ country, blues and rock’n’roll from Texas Martha, Southern Fried Rock Shop, The Andy Gunn band, The Black Diamond Express, The Dreaming Spires and more.

There are still spaces for young musicians aged 13 – 17 to take part in this year’s Southern Fried Rock Shop at Clearwater Studios from Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July. During this packed week of country and Americana workshops the young people will work alongside some of the industry’s finest songwriters and musicians, putting together a band, busking, writing, recording and finally performing on the Southern Fried Festival Outdoor Stage.

Southern Fried, Perth’s festival of American roots music takes place in Perth Concert Hall and other city centre venues from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July. Headliners include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nick Lowe, Andy Fairweather Low & Paul Carrack, Imelda May and Gretchen Peters. Click here for full Southern Fried Festival line up and tickets.

To take part in the Southern Fried Festival Rockshop contact Hardship bursaries are available – for info email