The heartbeat of Burundians resonates with the sound of the drum (INGOMA). This is why every time Burundians settle in a country, especially after the first hassle of settling in a new country, comes the desire to see and beat our curved, wood-based drums.
In a world where indie guitar music has grown sullen and stale, where songs by garage bands are used to sell cars on TV and real rock and roll is no more than an inner city bartender’s tattoo, it’s nice to know the memo never reached Adelaide. Meeting at their local football club, BAD//DREEMS have emerged from the Adelaide underground, refreshingly untouched by modern trends.
The BRIGGS tale; everyone’s talking about it. Indigenous kid from regional Australia (Victoria), as funny as he is deep, his music powered by a rapid-fire, melodic, direct approach. Growing up in the small country town of Shepparton, gave him the power to see life from a different angle – the BRIGGS angle.
Purveyors of Outernational Psychedelia, Broadway Sounds play a heady mix of rnb, afro rock, boogie funk, psych pop, calabash rock, township jive, soul, kwela jazz, exotic folk and soca/ calypso with a pop song sensibility.
Given their shared appreciation for story telling and dignified belief in the Australian identity, Harvey Miller and Monte Morgan naturally found themselves writing music together. From the studio to the top end of town, Client Liaison’s sound plays out like a long lunch followed by a round of cocktails. Describing their sonic palate as ‘dance electric’, ‘new jack swing’ and ‘pop ballad’, this multisensory experience will feed any listeners’ appetite.
Fronted by the dynamic vocal duo of South African Soul singer May Parley and rising Melbourne emcee Sinks, 9-piece Dub, Reggae, Hip Hop outfit Echo Drama push the boundaries of Jamaican and Urban music from traditional Roots to new school Ragga flavours. The result is a sound at once steeped in the traditions of Dub and Reggae but also unafraid to draw on modern manifestations such as Hip Hop, Dancehall and DnB.
Eloquor possesses the kind of meritable traits comparable to those of a modern-day vigilante. The sentiments strewn through his rhymes promote dignity and the importance of living life by your own design. One of the most persevering, hard-working emcees in the game; Eloquor has earned his stripes performing alongside industry heavyweights such as Pegz, Briggs, and the Hilltop Hoods.
Felix Riebl is a singer, songwriter, and composer based in Melbourne. He is the co-founder and band leader of the internationally acclaimed, and still un-categorizable The Cat Empire, who have played over 1100 shows from the basements of fringe festivals to some of the world’s most iconic stages, a truly unique Australian success story.
With the release of his critically acclaimed debut LP Slow Gum in 2015, Fraser A. Gorman established himself as one of the best and brightest new talents around. Having finished his first headline US tour, dominating at CMJ in New York he embarked on a run of shows throughout UK/Europe.
Furnace and the Fundamentals have created a jam-‐packed extravaganza:a repertoire with combined sales of over ONE BILLION records, performed with their flawless musicianship and stunning visuals.
It’s an utterly immersive experience that brings together some of the greatest shows in history right before your eyes. Unlike anything you’ve ever
Get your jam on with Go Jam Stage at St Kilda Festival 2016. It's going to be the best Sunday of the year, as Go Jam line up some of Melbourne's finest DJs playing funky beats for you to boogie all day in the park! Yes, its free for all, so put on your dancing shoes and come down for a jam.
Sponsored by: Flexicar, Lycamobile, Razer, Fitzroy Street.
Hayden James may have only released his first track in late June 2013, but he has already amassed 10s of millions of plays across Soundcloud and Youtube for his work. Producing immense summer house jams with soulful and evocative vocals his music has stockpiled consistently rave reviews from the US, Europe and Australia alike, being labelled the “face of the new Australian production music scene”.
While crossing several stylistic boundaries, Hey Frankie's music represents much that is familiar. Like Woodford, Hey Frankie's show is a melting pot for the senses. Vocalist Jess Palmer's sultry vocals, backed by the hypnotic groove, funky guitars and lush piano harmonies, create a pulsating show in guaranteed to get audiences dancing. With the launch of new EP Guess Who, the group has been garnering widespread attention with airplay in Australia, New Zealand and the US.
High Nights are an energetic and entertaining Hip Hop/Funk band from the south-east suburbs of Melbourne, consisting of five members. An original live Hip Hop group with Soul, drawing musical influences from Blues, Rock, Jazz, Reggae and most importantly Hip Hop. With well-structured and melodical tracks, the High Nights are a very hard-working and entertaining band.
Two guys meet at a bar and a band is born. It’s a story as old as beer on tap. Like all good stories, Immigrant Union’s started with a few drinks. And… maybe a few dozen more drinks. The story got a little more interesting when the duo started turning simple chords and melodies into completed songs. And then polished recordings of those songs. And empty bar rooms into epic parties. And music loving barflies into lifelong friends.
India Jade is a colourful performer from Melbourne, Victoria whose vibrant, unique personality is reflected in her original music and dynamic stage performances. Her distinct Pop/Rock crossover sound can be likened to artists such as Alanis Morrisette, P!nk and Kelly Clarkson. Even at the tender age of 19, India Jade has a string of noteworthy performances under her belt.
After exploding into the spotlight in 2014, rapper IVAN OOZE has become the name in hip hop turning heads and helping to bring in this new wave of local rap that has been championed nationwide. In less than twelve months, IVAN OOZE has proved his weight and his worth as one of the hardest working artists in the country, embarking on a record breaking 45 show regional tour with Seth Sentry and Dylan Joel, supporting Azealia Banks, Ice Cube and Cypress Hill nation
Jaala is a four-piece band based in Melbourne, Australia. Led by the enigmatic vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Cosima she is backed by band members Loretta Wilde on bass, Maria Moles on drums and Nic Lam on guitar.
Bringing a remarkable ability to blend melodic vocals with convincing rap, JackJackJack's Magdalene Baines energetically projects her sound above the intricate foundations laid by drummer Richie Neville, guitarist Jonathan Vosloo, and bassist Csekey. Unlike other 'horn sections', saxophonists Carlo Morello and Will McDermott provide a distinctive addition that completes the JackJackJack sound.
Jake Fehily is a 19 year old Australian born actor, singer and songwriter. As an actor Jake is known for ABC's 'You're Skitting Me'. As a musician Jake has gained influence from Lior, Ben Abraham and Ed Sheeran. Bringing a soulful touch to the acoustic genre. Jake has released two singles to date- 'All That I Know' and 'Old Man' and they have both received an overwhelming positive response from fans and artists alike.
After six years together, over 450 blistering live shows, 11 festival appearances and a stack of sold-out headlining shows, alternative rock maestros Jericco are gearing up to offer their adoring fan base a taste of things to come.
Jess is an award winning artist who has toured solo, duo and with a band around Australia at numerous venues and festivals. Jess has supported Steve Earle, Mia Dyson, Mama Kin, Charlie Parr, The Waifs, to name a few.
Her latest album was released in July 2015, produced by musician/producer Mick Harvey (Nick Cave/PJ Harvey).
Kings. are a recently created trio of Melbourne musicians and producers. The group combines guitars, drums and synthesizers to create a sound that traverses through electronica, rock and R&B. With the synth-based indie rock sound of their debut track "Fall In Fall Out" being the natural progression from the members' previous projects. This unique sound will only become more prevalent with each new track that you hear from Kings.
Since going solo Leanne Kingwell has appeared on Rove Live & RocKwiz, had songs licensed in American TV shows, fronted The Angels for 30,000 fans at the Fremantle Stadium in Perth and played bars. pubs. clubs and casinos.
Lepers and Crooks are a five piece rock outfit from Australia made up of Sam Baker (vocals), Pat Reuter Town (rhythm guitar and vocals), Alex Court (lead guitar), Nick Burg (bass) and Damien Jones (drums). Their big rock sound is heavily influences by classic rock and psychadelic sounds but with a few mixed modern flavours that make Lepers and Crooks a rather different listen than most rock bands today.
Mangelwurzel are from Melbourne but they might as well be from outer space. To see them play is to buy a one-way ticket on a hurtling freak train, one that's as likely to pass through post-punk and art-pop songcraft as it is to take detours into ska- rap-metal and klezmer explosions. Mangelwurzel must be seen and heard to be believed; let alone understood.
Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, the program is a conduit between musical and cultural communities, and facilitates the creation of a new and unique sound representative of our diverse demographic.
With a voice of Jeff Buckley-level virtuosity and an instrumental flair sharpened by afternoons studying Nick Drake's finger-picking and Bill Evans' harmony, Mcrobin (aka James McGuffie) is the kind of musician you rarely encounter who doesn't demand your attention; he already has it.
Crisp Linen Suits and sharp-witted lyrics meet junk percussion and double entendre. Whether on land or at sea, Mighty Duke & The Lords keep the party shaking until the fish have gone to sleep!
Comprising members from The Melbourne Ska Orchestra, the Suitcase Royale, NO ZU and The Lucksmiths, Mighty Duke & The Lords never fail to bring their tropical cyclone of mad calypso rhythm and rum soaked tomfoolery to the dancefloor.
Since the release of his Debut Album "A life under the Sun" in 2014, Mitch King has been independently touring the nation inspiring crowds of people with his 'One Man Band'. Appearing at festivals like the Gympie Muster, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Blues on Broadbeach and performing on Sunrise Channel 7, it was inevitable to see the young multi/instrumentalist make big waves in the music industry.
Montaigne’s fresh and powerful vocals showcase talent beyond her 19-years – a spectacle that does not leave viewers disappointed.
The past year has been a momentous one for the teenager who re-acquainted herself with Australia after releasing her debut single I Am Not An End early in 2014, which was triple j’s 36th most played song of the year.
It's hard to anchor Melbourne indie rock collective Neighbourhood Youth to a particular time or place. Armed with soaring vocal hooks, stadium-sized guitar lines and dripping with modern indie rock acumen, the four-piece have steadily been emanating waves locally since their formation in 2012.
Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments anything he can find that makes a sound. Together with beats and vocals he creates textured, haunting music.
Rebecca Cardamone is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a difference. Her heritage is intertwined with passion and fire as her exotic Sicilian and Calabrian mixture has graced her voice with a unique energy. Her expression offers a vibe that differentiates her from most with a tone that is both powerful and sultry at the same time.
The last 6 months have been big for REIKA. Supports for Last Dinosaurs and Northeast Party House, festival slots and an interstate show as well as a massive single launch at the Gasometer. Some may say that's enough for one year, but the boys have so much more coming! With an EP due for early next year- and their latest single 'Fat Stacks' out and about very soon come and see REIKA at St Kilda Festival.
Think pop melodies with dark, soulful beats and a jazz inspired husky jazz vocal. Widely known for her seductive live performances, Rita Satch is fast becoming an unforgettable presence in Australia's neo-soul movement. Satch recently returned from Glastonbury Festival and successful UK tour which saw her sharing the stage with artists such as Kate Nash and Hiatus Kaiyote.
Brought up on the silky smooth beats of Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, and Neil Young, local and Indigenous Brisbane boy Robbie Miller brings a delicate and passionate voice to the Australian singer‐songwriter scene.
Hailing from Melbourne's suburbia, Ry isn't afraid of dreaming big. Although he's softly spoken, he's also quietly confident and unashamedly ambitious.It's this confidence that underpins Ry's effortless swag, complex rhymes and a sonic flow that lends itself to an intoxicating mix of iconic American hip hop.
Ryan Downey is a Melbourne Alt-Folk solo performer; a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer.
Praised by Tone Deaf as ‘a true treasure of Melbourne’ with ‘a live performance that leaves you lost for words’, Ryan’s brand of folk is fresh, touching and ambitiously creative, as first introduced to us through his debut EP Familiar Ground.
Simon Phillips has been described by Tommy Emmanuel as “a serious talent”. Simon is far from your typical guitarist, with a vast range of vocal melodies and using every limb in his body - his foot percussion that brings the beat, a tambourine and the sweet sounds from his Cole Clark. This virtuoso blends a distinctive and skilful sound that’s heavily steeped in soul, gospel, finger style and blues & roots. Did we mention the harmonica and mouth trumpet?
The Songwriters Collective features exceptionally talented singer songwriters. A great variety of artists will perform their original songs on Festival Sunday, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for fellow artists and audience alike to share in the experience of music, written from the soul, as each of these artists are expressive vocally and musically, and have unique songs to share.
Declaring that their pro-beard movement has achieved all it can through the medium of live performance, The Beards will be calling an end to their hard-touring ways and have announced a huge Farewell Tour for 2016.
The Bombay Royale are an 11-piece outfit dedicated to honouring and reviving the funky, bizarre and mysterious music of vintage Indian films. The resulting sound is a rich palette of classic cinema, from lonesome spaghetti to surf-rock, from psychedelia to spine-bending space disco, overlaid with the voices of protagonists The Tiger and The Mysterious Lady.
Returning from a well-earned break, and no doubt plenty of wonderful adventures, The Grates hit the stage at Red Deer Music and Arts Festival for one very special hometown show.
Melbourne duo The New Savages built their reputation by digging out long lost grooves from pre WWII era blues music with an emphasis on creating a dark and hypnotic beat that punters can dance to. Lead singer and guitarist Milan has built a career on finding lost blues riffs and transforming them into something modern.
The Pretty Littles are a dumb punt indie rock band in the vain of The Vasco Era- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Pixies. In 2012 after their second EP, they played 113 gigs, sold out Ding Dong/Tote shows and supported Vasco Era, The Cribs and The Datsuns.
Once again The Push has partnered up with FReeZA and the City of Port Phillip, Stonnington, Kingston and Bayside to present some of Victoria’s fantastic and very talented young musicians! The Push stage is all-ages, drug/alcohol/smoke-free.
1.40PM MOTHER CULTURE
3.20PM ALICE IVY
Comprising of Adam Kurzel (Guitar/Vocals), Luke Price (Drums) and Sam Murray (Bass), the band released a buzz-worthy EP on iTunes. With their single Calling Me receiving spins on local and independent radio across Australia, the band's resonant drive saw them perform at the Mordialloc Festival and two consecutive years at Melbourne's Basin Music Festival.
The Tommyhawks are a four lasses who explode with gutsy, saxy blues-fueled songs. Their music finds that sweet spot between rollicking folk melodies and downright hard-driving, punk-infused blues. Formed in 2014 they've supported Courtney Love, played Hidden Treasures Festival, Bridgetown Blues Festival, Nannup Music Festival and will be appearing at Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues Festival, Narooma Festival and Jungle Love later in the year.
Drawing influence from an eclectic and dynamic musical background- The Ugly Kings offer a powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating what can only be described as power blues. Catchy, melodic, foot stomping beats and riffs with powerful and emotive vocals combine to create an explosive and edgy sound that translates to raw energy on and off the stage.
Since returning to Melbourne late in 2013, Timmy Knowles has proven himself an artistic force to be reckoned with. After 10 years of work, study and self discovery in the UK and various other European countries, he has returned a seasoned professional as hungry and creatively ambitious as ever.
Sydney based hip hop artist Tuka has produced a staggering volume of work over the past decade both in his capacity as one third of acclaimed hip hop outfit Thundamentals and as a solo artist.
When a group of musical conservationists join forces with the passion to hold onto their ancient musical cultures and language - but to fuse it together with 21st century technology, a new band is born – Yarwah.
Zac is an acoustic singer songwriter with powerful and expressive lyrics coupled with a melodic tone. He has a heavy focus on songwriting and storytelling, providing a unique listening experience. Influenced but distinguished by varied artists such as Jeff Buckley, Ed sheeran and Nick Cave.