2023 Festival Line Up

In their decade-long early career, PAVEMENT released five era-defining albums – Slanted And Enchanted (1992), Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), Wowee Zowee (1995), Brighten The Corners (1997) and Terror Twilight (1999) – before disbanding in 1999. Hailed by music critic Robert Christgau as “the finest rock band of the ’90s”, Pavement’s 2010 reunion saw them play four sold out benefit shows in NYC’s Central Park, visit Australia, and top bills of festivals including Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Primavera Sound and Pitchfork. Cut Your Hair, Range Life, Gold Soundz, Stereo, Shady Lane, Spit On A Stranger … Pavement’s enduring influence was on show when they made their long-awaited live return at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound in June 2022, more than a decade since they last reunited.

One of Australia’s most beloved and exciting live bands, SPIDERBAIT have thrilled audiences for more than 30 years. With five Top 20 albums, two ARIA Awards, a massive number one anthem with the irrepressible Black Betty and topping 1996’s triple j Hottest 100 with Buy Me A Pony (the first Australian band to do so), the genre-busting trio have amassed a huge and loyal following. Even Stephen King is a fan! The author and uber music fan wrote about the band’s “great rip-ass, back-draft rock & roll”. It’s true to say that Kram, Janet and Whitt’s special musical alchemy is a wondrous thing. Earlier this year Spiderbait released Songs In The Key of J, celebrating Janet’s awesome catalogue of songs, featuring their latest single, My Car’s A UFO.

Texan blues, country and Americana singer, guitarist and songwriter, CHARLEY CROCKETT was originally a blues singer, straying into other American roots music incorporating soul, gospel and country, fusing all these sounds into a distinctive, earthy signature. Charley enlivens country music by looking back for inspiration and crafting his own signature sound through his own songs and the songs of others, weaving old school blues, R&B, soul, Cajun, western swing and other classic touchstones with country, creating his own singular “Gulf & Western” sound. Melissa Goldberg from CMT (Country Music Channel) said: “There’s a magic to Charley Crockett. You hear it in his recordings and live shows, and you see it when he walks in the room.” Prolific and charismatic, CHARLEY CROCKETT released two albums in 2022, Lil G.L. Presents: Jukebox Charley and The Man From Waco.

Playing garage-flavoured punk rock with a Southern accent, the BLACK LIPS are an Atlanta-based combo who developed a reputation as one of Georgia’s most distinctive bands. Formed in 1999, the band’s sound manages to be muscular and ramshackle at the same time, reinforcing the dark, buzzy tone of their performances. The murky frenzy of their early work was best documented on 2005's Let It Bloom and 2007's Good Bad Not Evil, and an over-the-top live show was preserved on 2007's Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo. The band experimented with cleaner studio sounds on 2011's Arabia Mountain (produced by Mark Ronson) and 2014's Underneath The Rainbow (co-produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney) and added funk, hip-hop, and classic pop accents to the swampy tone of 2022's Apocalypse Love, a stylistically diverse set that saw them filtering funk, hip-hop, '60s-style pop and vintage R&B through their garage rock formula.

MAGIC DIRT, the seminal alternative rock band fronted by Adalita, formed in Geelong in 1991. It wasn't long before the band were packing out pubs in Melbourne and supporting bands like Pavement, Sonic Youth, Hole and Dinosaur Jr. Their 1994 EP, Life Was Better, debuted at Number 1 on the alternative charts. This was followed by their Top 10 debut album in 1996, Friends In Danger, and then by the blistering Young And Full Of The Devil (1998). A further 6 studio albums followed, along with 9 ARIA Award nominations. After the devastating loss of founding member and bassist Dean Turner in 2009 the band went on an indefinite hiatus but are back on the road blitzing the live music circuit in honour of their bandmate, and cementing their status as one of Australia’s best loved and highly respected bands.

San Diego’s THE SCHIZOPHONICS – formed in 2009 by singer/guitarist Pat Beers and drummer Lety Beers – “play fuzzy, psychedelic rock mixed with nasty funk, played with energy, passion and freakiness”. Tapping into the same unstoppable combination of rock 'n' roll energy and showmanship that fuelled The MC5, their wild live show is heavily influenced by artists like James Brown, Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, and The Sonics. In 2013 they were recruited as the back-up band for El Vez: The Mexican Elvis and his punk rock review. Shindig magazine describe the band’s live show, “Like watching some insane hybrid of Wayne Kramer, James Brown and the Tasmania devil!”. Winner of numerous San Diego Music Awards, the band have built up a formidable reputation around the world as an explosive live act. THE SCHIZOPHONICS are also committed to writing memorable songs, with their latest album Hoof It out now.

FLOODLIGHTS make raw, honest, dynamic rock music that melds ’80s alternative rock with ’90s New Zealand jangle-pop. Their live performance is intimate at times, intertwined with large powerful outbursts. In 2019 their sold-out self-released debut 10” vinyl EP Backyard, containing the single Nullarbor, gained them an abundance of global attention. With a reissue of the EP from Spunk Records, and release of their 2020 debut LP From a View, the band continued to gain critical acclaim. Recently the band played sell out shows across the nation, from Noosa to Geelong and a sold-out Secret Sound’s Flood Aid show at the Bangalow Town Hall. FLOODLIGHTS are set to release their follow up album in early 2023.

Melbourne punk power trio CLAMM hope to achieve “community, creativity and catharsis” through their music, while exploring themes of “confusion of what it is to be a young person trying to live an honourable life in this f**cked up world, navigating systems of power and oppression while retaining a healthy sense of self and mental health”. Their recent second album Care – earning a 4-star review from NME Australia – is bigger, louder and darker than their 2020 debut Beseech Me, featuring singles Bit Much and Monday.  With recording engineer Nao Anzai (NO ZU, Cash Savage, Rolling Blackouts) adding synth to many of the record’s big, loud and dark garage punk tunes, Care is their first album to feature the band’s newest member, bass player Maisie Everett, joining best friends Jack Summer and Miles Harding.

Melbourne’s MOD CON released their debut album Modern Convenience in 2018 with NME Australia calling it, “One of the most inventive, attention-grabbing local debuts in recent memory.” This was followed by last year’s highly anticipated Modern Condition, charting a course through ’60s garage-surf rock, late ’70s post-punk and ’90s melodic punk-pop. The grungy post-punk trio were nominated for an AIR Award in 2022, as well as receiving nominations for numerous Music Victoria Awards since 2018 with Erica Dunn winning the Best Female Musician award in 2019. NME Australia said in 2021, “If Ammo sounds like the most hooky, sing-along Sleater-Kinney songs, then the surfer-guitar and pummelling drums of Learner In An Alpha raise the ghosts of the B-52s for a raucous party.”

Powerhouse rock and power pop combo THE PRIZE released their debut 4-track EP Wrong Side of Town in September after forming in 2021. Influenced by power pop, proto-punk and pub rock greats from The Nerves to Thin Lizzy, the Ramones to Todd Rundgren and Aussie icons like The Angels and Divinyls, the joyous new five-piece bring three guitars and five voices that harmonise together to make some of the finest blend of power pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Along with their dynamic live show, the band offer harmonies, hooks and energy with melody to burn. The band is the sum of each member’s musical inspirations and influences, creating an eclectic and colourful soundscape, with one mission: to bring it to a live audience. “Each track from their setlist could be its own single … 30 minutes of power pop bliss.” – What’s My Scene

SIRENS is a 4-piece girl group collective bringing together a combination of psychedelic, progressive rock and dream pop music that makes you feel instantly immersed in their world. The magical blend of these genres in their dreamy soundscapes, paired with a theatrical touch on stage, makes SIRENS truly stand out. The Bellarine-based psychedelic dream-pop band released their enchanting self-titled debut EP last year, produced by Bones and Jones’ Jasper Jolley. 

JERIKYE WILLIAMS is a Wiradjuri man, born in Cowra and living in Queanbeyan on Ngambri/Ngunnawal land.
Jerikye is said to have been born with a guitar in his hand and a great love for 1950’s and 60’s rock’n roll. At 20, he embodies the spirit of great artists with effortless musicianship and charisma. A natural showman, he lights up any stage, whether performing classics or his own original songs. Jerikye has been playing live shows in his local region since the end of his high school years, solo or with his aunty Maria Williams, opening for artists such as Ash Grunwald, Tex Perkins and Roger Knox. He comes from musical family, most notably his Uncle Harry Williams and Aunt Wilga Williams fronted the legendary Country Outcasts in the 70s and 80s. Jerikye performs their song Streets Of Old Fitzroy in his live set. Jerikye Williams goes far deeper than teenage impulses by tracing a path from rock ‘n’ roll to blues to country, to the music of pre-colonial Australia and the vibrant musical traditions they carried.