Eskimo Joe to rock the bay for 25th Busselton Jetty swim

Rock on: Eskimo Joe who are set to headline the 25th anniversary celebrations at the Busselton Jetty Swim in 2020. Photo: Supplied.
Rock on: Eskimo Joe who are set to headline the 25th anniversary celebrations at the Busselton Jetty Swim in 2020. Photo: Supplied.

The organising committee of the SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim 2020 have announced the headline act of the Silver Celebration Concert and Fireworks is a much-loved indie rock band whose grassroots evolved from Fremantle - Eskimo Joe.

While successfully straddling the line between commercial successes and managing to keep their alternative music roots secure, over their career Eskimo Joe have racked up a long list of impressive stats.

With six studio albums under their belts and sales in excess of 750,000, in Australia alone, the band has seen three of those albums debut at number one on the ARIA charts, with juggernaut Black Fingernails, Red Wine shining for a monster 62 weeks in the Top 50 and Foreign Land, from their fourth album Inshalla, bringing home two APRA Awards, for Most Played Rock Song on Australian radio and Best Rock Song of 2010.

Eskimo Joe have enjoyed 35 ARIA nominations in their career so far - a number only surpassed by Silverchair, Powderfinger, Kylie Minogue and John Farnham.

They have brought home three International Song-writing Awards, 11 WAMi Awards and eight ARIAs and 11 of their compositions have featured in Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown, with Black Fingernails, Red Wine landing second place.

The stage however, is where Eskimo Joe shine and the band have performed at many significant events including: Sound Relief, Live Earth, Make Poverty History, the ARIA Awards, the APRA Awards, Big Day Out, Homebake, Laneway Festival, Falls Festival, Southbound, Splendour In The Grass, Triple J's One Night Stand and Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA, on the same stage as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Along with a significant number of tours within Australia, the band have had their music released to great acclaim from fans and critics alike, in the US, Canada, Europe and Korea with large festivals and sold out tours.

Busselton Jetty Swim event coordinator Di Bruce said they were super excited that Eskimo Joe would headline the Silver Celebration concert.

"We felt that this iconic WA band that started out in the garages and pubs in Fremantle in 1997 and has gone on to international success and somewhat mirrors Busselton Jetty Swim which started in 1996 and is now a well renowned open water swim on national and international calendars," she said.

"The free family concert featuring Eskimo Joe; the Battle of the Bands finals; and the fun sea shanty group, The Anchor Men is a celebratory occasion to commemorate the 25th anniversary and history of the event, as well as an opportunity to give back to the community, volunteers and sponsors for the enormous support they have shown over the years."