COMING SOON: Lily and the Drum band members John Yacka and Lily Higgins will be touring Queensland in August.
COMING SOON: Lily and the Drum band members John Yacka and Lily Higgins will be touring Queensland in August. Contributed

First visit to Queensland for Lily and the Drum

THEY have opened for bands such as Mental As Anything and the Black Sorrows, and now for the first time the South Australian band Lily and the Drum will be crossing the border to play for Queensland audiences for the first time next month.

The duo, made up of Lily Higgins and John Yacka, have been travelling around northern New South Wales as part of their 17 date Chase the Sun tour, which is promoting their third album Buried in Blue.

The pair describe their music as alternative blues, roots rock and soul, with Lily taking to the stage as lead vocalist and guitarist while John sings back up vocals and plays the drums and harmonica.

Their career has sky rocketed since the pair formed their own duo and performed six songs at a singer songwriter's night in Adelaide six years ago.

In 2012 they then released their debut album Nobody Just Like Me and in 2014, their next full length CD Welcome Change. Their third album Buried in Blue was released recently, with their tour being made up of their latest song titles.

They have also performed at numerous festivals across Australia, opening for high profile artists such as The Black Sorrows, Mental As Anything, Tex Perkins, Cash Savage and more.

Fast forward to 2017 and they now have more than 560 performances behind them, three top 25 releases in national charts, four in the top 10 on local Adelaide charts. They have also travelled more than 200,000 kilometres through four states and performed for thousands of fans.

Lily and the Drum will be performing at the Royal Mail Hotel Goodna on Saturday, August 12 from 1-4pm.

"We've enjoyed good support from radio stations in Queensland and look forward to catching up with fans," they said.

"Having met a few Queenslanders in their travels they all say "you've got to come to Queensland" so here we come.

"An added incentive is to leave the cold southern weather behind us for a month."

They promise a magical journey straddling the genres of blues, roots rock and soul, and will also perform some of their favourite tunes by their favourite artists too.

If you want to head along to see them play, entry is free.