The summer festival season is here and shows no signs of slowing down, with some of the biggest events of the year just a matter of weeks away, so expect plenty of Australian music festival news heading your way. St Kilda Festival organisers have finally announced their full lineup, Mountain Sounds have added a new act to their bill, and Soundwave organisers have announced when you can expect this year’s set times!
St Kilda Festival 2015 Full Program Announced
Having announced a promising first round lineup early last month, the organisers of St Kilda Festival 2015 have now unveiled their full program and it’s absolutely jam packed, featuring an array of incredible local talent including The Church, Thundamentals, Hot Dub Time Machine, The Delta Riggs, DMA’s, and more.
“The City of Port Phillip is proud to produce one of Melbourne’s favourite annual events, and we welcome everyone to St Kilda to celebrate Australian live music, activities and community groups, our beaches and parks and of course our renowned restaurants, bars and cafes,” said City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Amanda Stevens.
“Live music has long been one of the many jewels in St Kilda’s crown, and Council is proud to continue this tradition through the St Kilda Festival.” Meanwhile, Festival Producer Adele Denison says she couldn’t be more excited to announce the world-class lineup that’s set for the event’s 35th annual Festival Sunday.
“We look forward to welcoming close to 400,000 people to St Kilda on Festival Sunday to experience performances from some of Australia’s best emerging talent and favourite acts,” she said. “The must-attend summer event offers more Australian musicians than any other Festival, and the line up for the 2015 is one of the best in the event’s long history”.
Crashing this year’s Main Stage will be Australian rock legends The Church, acclaimed singer-songwriter Shaun Kirk, Aussie hip-hop favourites Thundamentals, the time-travelling spectacle that is Hot Dub Time Machine, The Basics, who feature hit-maker Gotye on drums, veteran singer-songwriter Russel Morris, and more.
Meanwhile, the O’Donnell Gardens Stage will be brought to life with some of the finest young talent that Australia has to offer, including The Delta Riggs, who will soon be supporting Foo Fighters on their Australian tour, Triple J Award winner Remi, Sydney it-band DMA’s, and J Award nominee Japanese Wallpaper.
Over at the Alfred Square Stage, punters will be treated to performances from blues rockers Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, singer-songwriter and Milk! Records founder Jen Cloher, acclaimed fusion ensemble The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, and talented up-and-coming duo Pierce Brothers.
St Kilda Festival 2015 Lineup
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Hot Dub Time Machine
O’Donnell Gardens Stage
The Delta Riggs
Alfred Square Stage
The Bearded Gypsy Band
Cash Savage & The Last Drinks
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
New Music Stage
I Know The Chief Murdena
Mau Power Forest Falls Audego
Simone and Girlfunkle
Better Than The Wizards
Live N Local Stage
Since We Kissed
Snake Eyed Rollers
Centre & The South
The Push Stage
The Blashki Brothers Groove Platoon Bloomfield
Max Goes To Hollywood Luca Brasi
Damien Van de Geer
Jess Hieser Band
Chris Cavill Band
Ben Smith Band
Remastered Myths Multicultural Stage
Skaaki X David Marama
Broadway Sounds X Sinit Tsegay, Tinagee and Nhatty Man
Sietta X Grace Vanilau & Sounds of Polynesia
Mountain Sounds 2015 Adds New Act
Just when you thought Mountain Sounds 2015 couldn’t get any bigger, the organisers have announced the addition of yet another act. Joining the likes of Alison Wonderland, The Kite String Tangle, SAFIA, D.D. Dumbo, The Jungle Giants, Tkay Maidza, and many, many more is synth freak Touch Sensitive.
The Van She member has just come off a massive 12 months, propelled by his acclaimed 2013 single ‘Pizza Guy’, which has amassed almost 2 million plays on SoundCloud and became the third most-played song on Triple J that year, while the star-studded clip has garnered almost a million views on YouTube.
Meanwhile, his live resume is exemplary, including dates across North America with Aussie golden boy Flume, a killer set in NYC with funk masters Chromeo, a spot at Splendour In The Grass 2014, and recent sets at Field Day, Lost Paradise, and Circo Festival II.
Mountain Sounds 2015 is set to kick off Saturday, February 21st in the scenic surrounds of Mount Penang Parklands in Kariong, Central Coast, NSW. Early bird tickets have sold out and first release tickets are on the verge of doing the same, with final release tickets going on sale soon.
Mountain Sounds 2015 Lineup
Nova & the Experience
Dr Kong & the Stem Cells
East of Here
Daniel Lee Kendall
The Jungle Giants
The Kite String Tangle
Northeast Party House
Sydney Social DJ’s
Saturday, 21st February 2015
Mount Penang Parklands, Kariong NSW
Tickets: Mountain Sounds Festival
Soundwave 2015 Set Times Here Friday
Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Maddah has kept with his usual MO and taken to his hyperactive Twitter account to announce that set times for the 2015 instalment of the hard rock, punk, and metal festival will be here this Friday, 9th January.
Though tradition dictates that the draft timetables would be released a few weeks before finalised set times are made available in February, Maddah previously stated that timetables for 2015 would be announced close to the festival’s second lineup announcement, which was revealed before the new year.
The festival’s new two-day format is sure to make for some big chances in the festival’s set times and staging. When the format was first announced, Maddah told fans that spreading the festival’s lineup across two days would enable organisers to “minimise clashes; give bands longer sets, [and] better staging”.
With day lineups already released, punters are now eagerly getting their highlighters ready. Already we know that headliners will receive 90-100 minute sets, “top bands” 70 minutes, “middle bands” 60 minutes, and up-and-comers 40 minutes, while Judas Priest will play a headliner-length set.
@_Jordan_Smithh_ Friday :)
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) January 5, 2015
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) January 5, 2015
Guys, Draft timetables will be up this Friday. But do remember that they are subject to change. #SW15
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) January 4, 2015