This year’s AWME will showcase a diverse line-up of the finest roots music in Melbourne across three days this November. Proudly in its eighth year, AWME will gather music industry specialists, conference speakers and a diverse array of musical acts.

Indie-folk raconteurs Skipping Girl Vinegar – whose third album is already being touted as one of the albums of 2015 – kicks off the second round of artist announcements. Cash Savage & The Last Drinks will be gracing the AWME stage after rocking their signature brand of country and blues at festivals throughout Europe. Three-time ARIA award-winning folk-roots outfit The Audreys join the list, alongside ‘the one to watch’ storyteller HOWQUA and the irresistible fresh grooves of Pirra.

Jess Ribeiro will showcase her folk-country flavour; singer-songwriter John Bennett will perform with multi-instrumentalist David Hyams; Yirrmal showcases a new generation of Indigenous Australian artists; New Zealand’s Latinaotearoa will bring their irresistible blend of Latin soul & funk; The Meltdown introduce their soul revival, while The Seven Ups blend Afrobeat with street funk as one of Melbourne’s favourite party bands.

AWME 2015 full list of artists so far includes:

Archer, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Henry Wagons & The Only Children, HOWQUA, Jess Ribeiro, John Bennett with David Hyams, Kingfisha, Latinaotearoa, Mick Thomas, Mojo Juju, Ngaiire, OKA, Pirra, Quarter Street, Ruby Boots, Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Audreys, The Meltdown, The Seven Ups, Thomas Oliver and Yirrmal.

Specialist speakers as part of this year’s Conference Program will be announced in the coming weeks too.

AWME 2015 will take place from 12th – 14th November at Arts Centre Melbourne, Max Watts, Shebeen, The Toff in Town and the Ding Dong Lounge.

Early bird passes are available now