This week the Tuning Fork announces the return of the Southern Fork Americana Festival, to be held for the second year at the Tuning Fork at Vector Arena over the month of October, hosting international and local Americana artists.

The lineup for 2015 so far includes Lyttelton's hardest-working band, The Eastern opening the festival on October 10 in true party fashion with their energetic alt-country style. Then high-energy Aussie act Wagons will by flying across the Tasman once more to perform on October 17. They'll be closely followed by Jamestown Revival, who bring deep-rooted harmonies and a blend of southern blues and classic rock from Texas by way of Los Angeles.

And finally there's Californian folk rock four-piece Dawes on October 22. They've just released a new album All Your Favourite Bands, and will be joined by The Bads, who've recently been kicking up the dust in Nashville, playing on stages like the famous Ryman Auditorium.

More headliners and special guests will be announced soon, and all information can be found at tuningfork.co.nz

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- TimeOut