Mark your calendars and get ready to turn the festival experience on its head once again because the Surf Coast’s highly anticipated Tent Pole: A Musical Jamboree is back! We’re stoked to reveal it will return on Saturday 17 February at Geelong’s Mt Duneed Estate.

“We might just do this again,” was the collective sentiment of everyone involved at the conclusion of this year’s unforgettable debut. And do this again we will, with next year’s Tent Pole promising to be even bigger and better with amps proudly turned up to 11!

Featuring 10 incredible artists across two stages, the colourful and carefully curated line-up features an array of artists spanning various genres and eras. Headlining the next instalment of Tent Pole are legendary US alternative rock band DINOSAUR JR. – playing their seminal album, 1993’s Where You Been in full – plus renowned Scottish indie pioneers MOGWAI; Arizona desert noir, nu-folk, alt-country legends CALEXICO; Melbourne powerhouse CASH SAVAGE AND THE LAST DRINKS; revered post-punk rockers RVG; Melbourne punksters CIVIC; one-of-a-kind techno artist OUR CARLSON; garage post-punks DELIVERY; Frankston’s own indie pop purveyors THE BELAIR LIP BOMBS; and alt-rock singer-songwriter AL MATCOTT.

Tickets go on sale Friday 13 October at 2.00pm local time from Ticketmaster with a day on the green, AAMI and Love Police members’ presale beginning Monday 9 October at 2.00pm local time. With a bill bursting with revered, respected and rising stars, get in quick and secure your discounted early bird tickets for just *$169.90. Children under 12 admitted free. Return buses are available from Melbourne, Laverton, Werribee, Torquay and Geelong. Or catch the train – Waurn Ponds Station is just 90 minutes from Southern Cross, and limited shuttle buses will be running to and from the venue. And V/Line daily fares are capped at less than $10!

Celebrating 30 years of their much-loved landmark album, 1993’s Where You Been, DINOSAUR JR. will play the seminal record in its entirety followed by a set of songs from the band’s extensive catalogue. It will undoubtedly be an explosive performance when they close Tent Pole’s main stage. Consisting of original trio, J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph, it’s the band’s first visit to Australia since 2017.

Sonic architects MOGWAI bring their magnificent and mesmerising soundscapes to the Tent Pole stage. The hugely influential band have released several critically acclaimed albums over their 25-year career, with their latest, As The Love Continues, scoring the band their first UK number one in 2021. Their live shows are legendary, taking the audience on the most epic of journeys.

CALEXICO fuse the dusty sounds of the American Southwest with spaghetti western soundtracks, ’60s surf rock, cool jazz, Americana, alt-country and a broad spectrum of Latin influences, creating a unique and distinctive sound described as ‘desert noir’. Formed in 1996, CALEXICO continue to break new ground and released their 10th studio album in 2022, El Mirador.

Prepare for iconic, indie, lo-fi, hi-fi, post-punk, alternative, renegade rock. Showcasing a diverse line-up of acts, ranging from up-and-coming, breakthrough and ground-breaking emerging artists to well-established, influential musicians and iconic, seminal bands. So magnificent, it will take two stages to contain them all! Arrive early and discover your next favourite band.

Tent Pole is a collaboration between Roundhouse Entertainment (the team behind Australia’s iconic outdoor summer concert series a day on the green), Love Police (led by music maverick Brian ‘BT’ Taranto, promoter of excellent international tours Out On The Weekend & Boogie, merch guru, book publisher and record label wiz) and Johann Ponniah, founder of I OH YOU (home to one of the country’s most successful independent record labels). They are combining their decades of expertise in booking the finest bands from all over the globe to give music fans the ultimate experience.

Roundhouse Entertainment Director Michael Newton says: “Our first Tent Pole event was so much fun, from the moment we started talking about it until the after-show beers! It’s great to be back.”

BT of Love Police, says: “The vibe created this year by the punters and the bands, and the spirit of good times will live on! It’s a privilege to be able to help curate the tunes again and deliver it to the sweet Surf Coast.”

Johann Ponniah of I OH YOU, says: “I had an absolute blast at the inaugural Tent Pole earlier this year and am so stoked with the line-up for ’24. Pumped to hit the Surf Coast again!”

In a celebration of timeless tunes and cutting-edge sounds, Tent Pole promises to deliver an unforgettable day and bring together music lovers from all walks of life with fans enjoying an unparalleled unique musical experience.

“When you have the right people on the job, with the right attitudes and the right connections, amazing things are possible. And so it was that those savvy enough to heed the call of the inaugural Tent Pole festival scored a golden ticket to an intimate chilled music fest like no other. So many happy punters. Cannot wait to see what incredible surprises they pull out for the next one. 5 Fuchsias out of 5! Gig Bill

“Tent Pole was a fabulous showcase of heavier and cerebral rock.” Music Feeds

Tent Pole is a family-friendly, inclusive, welcoming event that encourages people of all ages to come and enjoy the experience. Children under 12 are free, with games and activities designed for friends, families and fellow music fans to relax together. Beyond the captivating sounds on the stages, attendees can revel in a variety of interactive installations, relax in shaded chillout areas for some sensory and sonic downtime, enjoy a variety of delicious food and drinks, as well as a wide range of merch and records for sale at our curated marketplace.

“With no clashes and only two stages, each act had their moment to shine … The day’s vibes sat at the pleasant axis of family-friendly, with picnic blankets and snack spreads littered over the grass, and high-energy rock punting … meaning there was an enjoyable option for everyone.” Mixdown

“Including up-and-coming acts as well as familiar favourites, it was clear that a lot of thought went into putting this bill together. Musically and atmospherically, I would call Tent Pole a great success. Let’s hope it is the first of many to follow in its ilk.” What’s My Scene

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Tent Pole: A Musical Jamboree. Moments of magic to excite all palates. Ten acts. Two stages. And a no-holds-barred attack on your aural senses. Come for the music, stay for the experience.

Tickets on sale Friday 13 October at 2.00pm local time from Ticketmaster. Early bird tickets on sale from Monday 9 October at 2.00pm local time.