While the speculation continues for the lineups over next year’s major music festivals such as Big Day Out, Soundwave, and Laneway, the jewel of Victoria’s music calendar is ready to reveal its own hand.

Following on from confirming this year’s dates, Aunty Meredith has announced the first two acts that will be appearing at the 23rd Meredith Music Festival this December 13, 14 & 15, helping fill the stunning Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre with sights and sounds over three splendid days and two glorious nights.

Get ready to ‘Freak Out’, as topping the bill on Saturday night with two and a half hours of hitmaking history, will be producer extraordinaire, the Daft Punk-buddying Nile Rodgers and Chic! as previously leaked ahead of today’s official lineup announcement,

Returning only a year after rocking The Sup’ at Golden Plains Sixxx, Nile Rodgers and his disco-fied funk lords will be brining their decades-long history of RnB-charged pop and soulful booty-shaking excellence to bear on the Meredith crowd. All the usual trimmings are in place to ensure the festival’s 23rd edition will continue to have Meredith converts boasting that it’s “arguably the nation’s best music festival.”

From stylish stank to heaving heavy metal historians, the second act confirmed for Meredith 2013 is The Melvins, the mythological forefathers of sludge metal. Playing The Sup’ for the first time ever.

Over their rich 30 year legacy, the Melvins have made fans of Jello Biafra, Mike Patton, Tool, and Kurt Cobain (who co-produced their 1993 classic Houdini) in a series of warped collaborations. The legendary singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne will drill their stoner-riffs and doom-laden brand of grunge deep into the ears of festival-goers as they play selections from their prolific album catalogue, from 1987’s Gluey Porch Treatments through to this year’s acclaimed Everybody Loves Sausages.

With one stage, BYO beverages, zero commercial sponsors, glorious campgrounds, the famed ‘No Dickheads Policy’, and some of the most picturesque views this side of the hemisphere – all the usual trimmings are in place to ensure the festival’s 23rd edition will continue to have Meredith converts boasting that it’s “arguably the nation’s best music festival,” as our Tone Deaf reviewer enthused of last year’s event.

There’s one small tweak however. There’ll “be 500 less people at Meredith this year,” says the benevolent Aunty Meredith, which means that the all-important Subscriber Ticket Ballot is going to be even more contested, as its the first chance to grab tickets before the rest go on public sale.

There’s two round at drawing the ticket ballot – on or before 15th August for existing subscribers, and 22nd August for newer subscribers. Ballot winners will be notified by email with a unique Meredith Key for the online box office and there’s only type of ticket: the Full Meredith Experience (three days/two nights/camping/parking) for $309 (+$10 b/f). Ballot and Online tickets via Registered Post are an additional $7.

While that may be a $30 increase to ticket price from Meredith 2012, considering this year’s edition focuses on the mysterious power and luck of number 23, you can expect Aunty Meredith to rope in a musical lineup guaranteed for the history books – after all, she already ‘Got Lucky’ with the return of Nile Rodgers and Chic.

So get ready for another year of zero lineup clashes, nudie runs, fun in the sun, beer, tunes, and memory-making at Meredith 2013

Check out the review of Day One of Meredith here and Day Two here.

View all the snaps from Meredith Music Festival 2012 in our photo gallery:
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Meredith Music Festival 2013 Lineup Announcement


Meredith Music Festival 2013 Dates & Tickets

Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre
December 13th-15th

head to http://2013.mmf.com.au for more info and to subscribe for the ticket ballot

Ballot draw for existing Subscribers: August 15th

2nd round Ballot draw for new Subscribers: August 22nd

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