A seven-year dream of Swamp Stompers' guitarist and vocalist Corey Legge will soon come true.
While the blues, funk and roots band takes to the stage in Merimbula in July, next year the trio will set off on a tour of Europe.
"We've been over the moon about the Europe tour!" Legge said from his new home base of Wollongong.
"We've been working towards this since we started in 2012.
"It's been something we've constantly had in mind as a goal we'd like to achieve in the band."
The former Bega Valley musician said they had at least 10 gigs lined up in the Netherlands and Germany, with Belgium possibly on the cards as well.
"It will be a really great experience, especially considering we're all in our 20s," the 26-year-old said.
"It feels like the right time to get out there and start to push towards the next level of our music career."
The Stompers recently announced they have signed to J&S Management, have plans to release a new album within the next couple of years, then aim to build off the back of their upcoming European tour to go international again, hopefully reaching the United States.
A new drummer has joined the band to play alongside Legge and bassist/vocalist Luke Lightenberg, and while Tobia Blefari has locked in to performing for this year's winter tour Legge said he might also stick around once it is completed.
Throughout the band's history Legge said he was proud they had managed to retain the main elements they had at the start.
"We still have lapsteel, we sill have slide guitar, didgeridoo and two vocalists," he said.
"But I like to think our songwriting is maturing, and there is a much more melodic element to our songwriting these days."
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Throughout their career he said they have managed to meet many of their musical idols.
For instance the got to hang out with singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers backstage at a gig in Queensland.
"Mostly she taught me people can be humble and approachable in the music industry, you don't have to be filled with your own arrogance and self-importance to be successful," he said.
Legge had some words of advice of his own to pass onto other young musicians starting out in the industry.
"It's all about staying true to yourself and not trying to be something that you're not," he said.
"It's also about persistence and self-belief.
"The music industry is a place where you can get led astray quite easily, so it's about knowing your plan and sticking to it and not being sucked into any deals you don't want to be a part of."
The Swamp Stompers will perform at Club Sapphire, Merimbula on Saturday, July 13 from 8pm where they will be joined by South Coast funk-rockers The Spindrift Saga.
Tickets are $15. This is an 18+ event.