Missy Higgins headlines Wollongong festival: win tickets

Headliner: Missy Higgins is looking forward to the family-friendly A Sunny Afternoon festival in Wollongong in March.

Headliner: Missy Higgins is looking forward to the family-friendly A Sunny Afternoon festival in Wollongong in March.

Secret Garden might have run its last event, but you won't have to travel far for another music festival fix.

Wollongong's A Sunny Afternoon festival will provide the relaxed, joyful your looking for, headliner Missy Higgins told the Advertiser.

The new one-day festival - which will be held at MacCabe Park on Sunday, March 1 - is designed for the whole family to attend.

Higgins said she was looking forward to sharing the stage with other performers on the ticket, including 2019 Australian Eurovision contender Kate Miller-Heidke and Aussie alternative rock band Something For Kate.

"I've played in Wollongong plenty of times over the years and always loved it there," she said. "The community are really amazing to play for. This is going to be a great, outdoor festival, I can't wait.

"It'll be fun to be there with Kate Miller-Heidke and Something for Kate, me and those guys have known each other for years. There are also a bunch of great local performers."

Kate Miller-Heidke. Picture: Dominic Lorrimer

Kate Miller-Heidke. Picture: Dominic Lorrimer

Higgins said she loved having the opportunity to perform to big, diverse crowds that she wouldn't get at her own solo gigs.

"I love playing for a group of people that I wouldn't normally see at my shows, it's a whole new audience to share my music with," she said. "There's something about music festivals that everyone just has to experience.

"You're experiencing something together, it's almost like a religious experience. It's very primal."

Higgins said she would be performing songs from throughout her career - including festival favourites like Scar, Steer and Peachy - as well as some newer songs and a cover or two.

"I'm always playing covers at home so I do like to bring them on stage as well," she said. "When I opened for Ed Sheeran I led the crowd in Throw Your Arms Around Me which was a lot of fun."

Ready to rock: Aussie band Something For Kate will perform alongside Kate Miller-Heidke and Missy Higgins at A Sunny Afternoon festival.

Ready to rock: Aussie band Something For Kate will perform alongside Kate Miller-Heidke and Missy Higgins at A Sunny Afternoon festival.

Other performers include Ash Grunwald, Pacific Avenue, Bec Sandridge, 19-Twenty and Sam Allen. Tickets to A Sunny Afternoon are on sale now. 

The Advertiser has a double pass to give away. For a chance to win, email jessica.layt@macarthuradvertiser.com.au and tell us in 25 words or less why you want to attend. Entries close December 13.