With the summer festival season well and truly here, readers can expect plenty of Australian music festival news heading your way in the coming months. The scene is so busy, in fact, that in just the last two days St Kilda Festival organisers announced their first round lineup, Beyond The Valley added an extra day, and Sugar Mountain announced the departure of one international act and the addition of two more. Get all of the details below!

St Kilda Festival 2015 First Lineup Announced

The organisers of Melbourne’s beloved St Kilda Festival have announced the first round lineup for the annual event’s 2015 lineup, sharing the acts set for the 2015 New Music Stage, as well as the Yalukit Wilum Ngargee indigenous mini-festival, which traditionally kicks off the event.

The raft of exciting up-and-coming talent set for the highly anticipated return of the festival’s New Music Stage includes award-winning electronic duo Audego, Torres Strait rapper Mau Power, and Melbourne-based indie dance outfit I Know The Chief.

Rounding out the bill will be Murdena, Forest Falls, Simone and Girlfunkle, Better Than The Wizards, Echo Drama, Jude Perl, and The D.Y.E. Festival. Punters will have a chance to vote for their favourite act on the stage, with the winner awarded $5,000 and a place on the 2016 Festival Sunday Main Stage.

Meanwhile, the Yalukit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering mini-festival will feature talented local artists, including Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, singer and songwriter Benny Walker, modern soul group The Deans, Deline Brisco, The Charcoal Club, and more.

The popular Live N Local program will run from Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th February, celebrating homegrown talent with acts like Belle Roscoe and Centre and The South, while Festival Sunday will see internationally acclaimed headliners taking to the main stage in front of thousands of fans.

The full 2015 St Kilda Festival program will be announced on Tuesday, 6th January 2015, so stay tuned to Tone Deaf. Considering this year’s lineup featured the likes of Kingswood, Busby Marou, Renee Geyer, The Bamboos, Art Vs Science, Alison Wonderland, and more, it’s sure to be something special.

St Kilda Festival 2015

New Music Stage

I Know The Chief
Forest Falls
Mau Power
Simone And Girlfunkle
Better Than The Wizards
Echo Drama
Jude Pearl
The D.Y.E
James Henry

Yalukit Wilum Ngargee

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects
Deline Brisco
Meriki Hood
The Charcoal Club
Benny Walker
The Deans

Saturday, 31st January – Sunday, 8th February 2015
St Kilda, Melbourne VIC

Beyond The Valley Festival Announce Extra Day

Due to an overwhelming ticket demand from eager punters, the organisers of the inaugural Beyond the Valley Music and Camping Festival at Phillip Island have now announced the addition of an extra day — Monday, 29th December — to the event program, and with it, an additional allocation of final release tickets.

What organisers have dubbed the “early settlers” pass is now available for purchase for current ticket holders to allow campers to settle in before the main event kicks off and will be available for sale from noon today (Friday, 12th December 2014). All patrons who’ve purchased a luxury camping package will get the upgrade included free of charge.

The decision to open the gates on the first ever Beyond The Valley a day earlier was made in order to allow patrons the opportunity to beat the maddening traffic, and arrive on site, pick the very best spot for their camp set up, and ensure they are immersed in the splendour of Phillip Island at a relaxed, leisurely pace.

The official Festival will still kick off on 30th December, but early settlers will be treated to local DJs spinning smooth tunes amidst the scenic backdrop of a Phillip Island sunset. The “early settlers” upgrade is available via Ticketmaster for just $30.00 and passes are limited so current ticket holders need to act fast.

Beyond The Valley 2014

The Aston Shuffle
Danny Brown
Slow Magic
Holy Holy
Indian Summer
D.D. Dumbo
Ivan Ooze
One Day
Aluna George
Bag Raiders (DJ Set)
Bakermat (Live)
Ball Park Music
Cosmo’s Midnight
Dillon Francis
Friend Within
Golden Features
Lurch & Chief
Midnight Juggernauts

Nina Las Vegas
Peking Duk
Sylvan Esso
The Preatures
Thomas Jack
Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Willow Beats
Yumi Zouma
Albert Salt
Andy Prata
Anyway Djs
Ben Hutch
Ben Mac
Big Words
Boot Action
Cam Milesi
Clint Hargreaves
Code Luke
Daniel Jenkin
Dom Dolla
Elephant Ego
Finn O’dea
Glass Mirrors
Harry Moody
I Know The Chief
J Heasy
Jack Howell
Jack Sharry
James Debono
James Fava
Jiay Mills
Johnny Mezz
Jonathon Terrific
Lola Heart
Lonsdale Carland
Ltm Crew
Macca Mac
Magic America
Marco Polo
Max Mckay
Mitch Bain
Neighbourhood Youth
New York Cats Djs
Nick Coleman
Nico Ghost
Oasis Djs
Oskar Long
Paper Tiger
R.E.A.L. Music
Reece Hart
Rhys Bynon
Ryan Haynes
Sammy Swayn
Sonic Vibes
Taya Mills
Taylah Caroll
The Facades
The Lane Way Project
The Trotskies
Tomb Boss
Vicious Bitch Djs

Monday, 29th December 2014 – Thursday, 1st January 2015
Phillip Island Circuit, Phillip Island VIC
Tickets: Beyond The Valley

Sugar Mountain 2015 Lose International Act, Announce Two More

Sugar Mountain 2015 boasts one of the most eclectic lineups to hit the Australian festival scene in years and organisers aren’t even letting the loss of an international artist derail their momentum. While organisers are sad to announce the departure of Anthony Naples, they’re excited to confirm the addition of FunkinEven and Nick Monaco.

In an official press statement, Sugar Mountain organisers claimed that New York City via Miami producer and DJ Anthony Naples has cancelled all of his upcoming 2015 Australian tour dates, including his highly anticipated appearance at Sugar Mountain, due to “scheduling commitments”.

In Naples’ place, London producer Steve Tony Julien, known to fans as FunkinEven, will be bringing his hip-hop, pop, early hardcore, and drum’n’bass-informed brand of tunes down to Sugar Mountain 2015. Best known for classic tracks like ‘She’s Acid’ and ‘Heart Pound’ and collaborations with Bonobo and Roisin Murphy, this is sure to be something special.

But organisers aren’t done. Joining the likes of Nas, Body/Head, ODESZA, and more, will be San Francisco producer/DJ Nick Monaco, who turned every heard in the room with his captivating 2014 debut album, Mating Call, and demanded their attention with his unforgettable live show and its colourful cast of characters.

Sugar Mountain 2015

Body/Head (Kim Gordon + Bill Nace)
Ariel Pink
Soul Clap
Horse Meat Disco
The 2 Bears
Nick Monaco
Dan Deacon
Terrible Love feat. Kirin J Callinan
How To Dress Well
Midnight Juggernauts (MJX Pty Ltd)
Bo Ningen
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
NO ZU + Sal P (Liquid Liquid)
Oscar Key Sung x Cassius Select
Rat & Co
Slum Sociable
Wax’o Paradiso
LA Pocock
Noise In My Head

Visual Artists

Leif Podhajsky
Hisham Bharoocha
Ash Keating
Abby Portner
Robin Fox
Johann Rashid
Cara Stricker x John Kirby
Keith Deverell
Sean Morris
Cornelius Brown
Poppy Lane
Confetti System

Saturday, 24th January 2015
Victorian College Of The Arts, Melbourne
Tickets: Moshtix | Sugar Mountain Festival