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Matt Corby

Matt Corby

Phenomenal. Angelic. A Musical Maverick. Matt Corby commands your attention.

Routinely selling-out shows and running tracks up the Hottest 100 flagpole (including ARIA-winners "Resolution" and the galling "Brother") – Matt Corby retreated from the limelight after his mega hits to Figure It All Out.

Enter Telluric: the long-awaited debut album of the One and Only, and we’re aching and itching to get this under your skin, live and heard the way it should be.

The funk-inflected soul bounce of "Knife Edge"– with its expansive vocal part, natty drums, and richly-textured guitar tones – weds the Timeless and the Timely, and Corby can't be accused of recycling when it comes to lead single "Monday" – which is all but a capella. Second single "Sooth Lady Wine" is exactly the kind of haute Sixties futurist style-piece we crave.

Hands up high, eyes to the stage. Matt Corby accepting our invitation to MMVAF16 is a Phenomenon that will create some serious Missing Out vibes should you, indeed, miss out. 

 

Peking Duk

Peking Duk

Spark up an electro fuse with a twist of house, blend with a galvanizing slowed down beat, and Peking Duk is served. Adam and Reuben are all set to bring their indie electronica to the Ampi with their electrifying live set including award-winning hits High, Take Me Over and their latest release Say My Name. 

Two singles in the Top 5 of the Hottest 100 (an amazing feat for their first entry into the countdown), a sold out national tour, a Rolling Stone Award for Best Video, and their SAFIA collab with ‘Take Me Over’ reaching double platinum sales, what’s left for these ARIA award winning megastars? Just enough time in their schedule to play the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza and Squamish, while working on an album due to be released this year (in between playing a Vietnamese castle with Client Liaison). A festival highlight for many, all work, all play. Peking Duk are doing it the right way.

Too delectable to not lick your fingers, stay up late and get Sweaty. 

 

Allday

Allday

Like I won a Grammy… 

An art school drop out who left to devote himself full time to creating his melodic and pop-y hip hop jams, Allday’s stock is skyrocketing.

Breaking into the US hip hop scene with the backing of a prominent US label, those in the know Know, with no doubt, that he’s leading a new era in Aus Hip Hop.

Allday’s breakout multiple mixtapes, his entry in to the Hottest 100 with “So Good” - we have to say it sounds like the soundtrack to an afternoon at MMVAF.

The release of his subsequent debut album Startup Cult saw two huge singles, “Right Now” and “You Always Know the DJ” again make the cut in the Hottest 100, paving the way for sold out National Tours, supports for Lily Allen and huge festival spots.

We’re pumped to have Allday’s brand of smooth production and thoughtful rhymes wash over us, and get our own taste of the internationally hyped mixtape Soft Grunge Love Rap. Our favourite procrastinator (see: “I Should Be Working On My Album But I’m Doing A Tour” Tour), just as sick with his collabs, we can’t wait to have him all to ourselves September 10. 

Allday’s cult is spreading far. Catch him in the Sweet Spot.

George Maple

George Maple

Thought-provoking songwriting, hypnotic stage presence, George Maple is our kind of a girl. For one, the Aussie-born, London-based artist specialises in a fluid, finely tuned blend of between-the-sheets R&B and downtempo dance grooves. 

For another, when Noisey asked her to reflect on the recurring themes in her songs, she responded, “Sex, I guess,” before astutely adding: “It drives us to do the most absurd things. It's intertwined with so many parts of our life without us even realising it: power, money, relationships, love, lust, desire, sin, safety, vulnerability.” 

As a live performer, Maple has sold out shows across Australia, in L.A. and in London, appeared at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and The Warehouse Project, and performed alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and our true-loves: Flight Facilities. George Maple’s captivating performances feature her breathtaking voice accompanied by live electronics, moving from ecstatic, energetic highs, soul shaking bass and moments of honest raw intimacy.Yeow.

With singles “Where You End and I Begin” and “Gemini” - her monster collaboration with What So Not - her writing and production credits also include artists like Hayden James, SnakehipsFlight Facilities, Flume, and Tkay Maidza, racking up over 70 million Soundcloud plays across the board.

Rocking gold on her knuckles like a baller, George Maple sits comfortably well after dark, a sultry figure to greet you in the pink shade of the Ampi string lights. Get grimey. 

 

Client Liaison

Client Liaison

Masters of infectious turn-of-the-90s synth pop, informed by the production values of late 80s music television, Harvey Miller and Monte Morgan will be bringing in the good vibes for an absolute party starter.

Client Liaison’s sound plays out like a long lunch followed by a round of cocktails. Describing their sonic palate as ‘dance electric’, ‘new jack swing’ and ‘pop ballad’, this multisensory experience will feed any listeners’ appetite.

Current single “World of our Love” has an unescapable groove, you will know it when you hear it.  Shoulder rolls...

International in flavour, cosmopolitan in style – put it on the company card. Too much is never enough. Think nothing. Feel everything. Pleasure is good. Fantasy is truth.

Experience Client Liaison.

 

City Calm Down

City Calm Down

A Slow Burn Success Story that delivers and delivers with each glorious slice of City Calm Down.

It seems an age since hearing “Pleasure and Consequence” for the first spin.  The early releases to follow forshadowed big things from the Melbourne four-piece and the release of In a Restless House has certainly packed a punch.  

After "Movements”, “Pavement” and “Speak to No End” the band found progress in good old fashioned band-led jam production.  What they've come up with is one of the most complete album’s of 2015. 

With a string of single’s that continue to come it’s a record that’s rich in textural, full sound.  With strong elements of post-punk and new-wave tethered to one of the most recogniseable drama-inducing baritones around, City Calm Down will not disappoint.

Ngaiire

Ngaiire

Rhymes with Diary. 

Boho-R’n’B- weirdo-dilettante, holding the universe in the palm of her hands.

Without doubt Ngaiire is one of Australia’s most unique, eclectic and fearless artists, as evidenced by her electric shows, spine-tingling vocal deliveries and outrageous costumes.

The PNG-born songstress is another fantastic rep from the neo/future soul talent bank of Melbourne. Releasing Lamentations in 2013 lead to her first ever slot at Glastonbury, and shows with the likes of Alicia Keys and John Legend. 

She has tried her hand at writing music for dance companies, creating crazy sound installations for David Walsh’s MONA FOMA, collaborating with fashion designers and fostering friendships with Blue King Brown and the electro- music don Paul Mac (‘scuse the name dropping), however the new record Blastoma will be her biggest statement to date.

The first single “Once” released in July received a rapturous response and catapulted her onto the festival circuit. “Diggin” hit our souls early this year, a heady groove that’s got us all eagerly awaiting what comes next.

This talented young woman certainly has a lot to say through multiple disciplines, mediums and muses.

Great afternoon vibes, I predict Euphoric Moments will be had.

 

Boo Seeka

Boo Seeka

One of the very early Must Haves for this year, there’s something about this hip-hop-psych-soul/dream-tronica duo that seems Made for the lush tree-lined fairways of MMVAF16.

Boo Seeka’s inception was an outlet for a couple of musical experiments, a kind of soul petrie dish and a testing ground for new sounds. We’re happy little guinea pigs rolling around in layered soul-pop textures, experimental beats and pulsing grooves.

Boo Seeka snaps up melodies and bounces them off hip-hop/R&B driven grooves – and beats that vibe.

The boys have just unleashed a new track “Oh My” to follow the three hit singles "Fool", "Deception Bay" and "Kingdom Leader", that all placed in the top 200 of you know which countdown, and are heading out on a huge tour.  This follows a massive 2015 which saw them support SAFIA and Sticky Fingers, multiple festival slots and Europe and UK tours to spread the word.

With new material due by the time MMVAF rolls around we predict big things.

Dreams do come true.

Bad//Dreems

Bad//Dreems

The Adelaide 4 piece BAD//DREEMS are cut from some serious Australian Rock Cloth. 

It’s heart on your sleeve, honest, driving rock and roll and it will be the wakeup call of the afternoon.

The debut LP “Dogs at Bay” was recorded with iconic producers Mark Opitz (AC/DC, The Angels, INXS, Cold Chisel) and Colin Wynne and it features the breakthrough slew of singles “Dumb Ideas”, “Cuffed and Collared” and “Hiding to Nothing”. 

Is fantastic unpretentious song-writing centred on the band’s complicated relationship with their hometown of Adelaide.

“At its best it is an idyllic town, with a temperate climate and beautiful surrounds.  At its worst it is stiflingly conservative, inward looking and somewhat bereft of culture.  The record is about growing upand living in Adelaide, as well as leaving and returning there.  There’s nothing parochial about this though.  It’s just what we know.  I think the experiences are probably common to everyone who has a hometown”.

Great live act, straight-up raw energy, one of the most exciting guitar acts in the country.

 

Vera Blue

Vera Blue

It takes a bit to tingle our spines, and we make sure that every act on our stages does just that. No room for error here, given our no-clash, you-have-my-full-attention mantra.

Enter Vera Blue. Crystallic, an ethereal presence, her ballads tap-dance up our spines like jumping into a pool with all your clothes on - exhilarating. 

Cutting her teeth as a folk artist in the small town of Forbes before adopting Sydney, Vera Blue found her feet as an electronic siren and guitarist. 

Vera Blue combines a lush and sultry electronica style through her commanding vocals that are both gentle and at times ferocious; combined she a force not to be reckoned with.

In addition to her own sold out national headline tour, this young rising artist has also supported Matt Corby on his Telluric tour and will support BROODS on their forthcoming Australian tour. 

“I’ve always wanted to create something special that’s a blend of folk and cool, heavy thick sounds,” she says. “This is the music I have wanted to make and I feel like I’m unleashing.” 

The live vocal performance of Hold floored Triple J enthusiasts, a performance that amazingly surpassed the recorded version (is that ever possible?). Bring on the chills.

Holding her own with her latest single “Settle”, go ahead and put the name, the sound and the hype to the face of one of the most promising and heavily touted new talents in Australia. Get in early for this one. 

Pop Cult

Pop Cult

Queensland rockers Pop Cult have earned a reputation for crafting stomping sing-alongs in the same vein as Primal Scream and The Dandy Warhols. 

The local DIY heroes are brothers Timothy and Elliot Heinrich, Callum Voller and Jordan Adkins.

Elliot is producer to not only their sunny, psyche-pop jams but has also produced for Ayla, Battleships and Tempest.

Tim and Jordan have the band’s visuals under wrap with the Video and Artwork produced respectively, and Voller’s stage name is John Cutesack, which I guess is self-explanatory.

In less than six months they’ve been on rotation at Triple J, toured the east-coast of Australia, nabbed a slot at Bigsound, supported Loon Lake, The Cairos and even won the approval of Mac Demarco’s mum Agnes. 

The self-produced feel-good gospel jam “Feels Right” with accompanying self-made video is seriously good. Immediate sonic comparisons to Primal Scream and The Dandy Warhols are inevitable; this stuff is way up our alley.

What a great way to begin the Proceedings.

 

Amanda Parer

Amanda Parer

FANTASTIC PLANET

Last year we had the pleasure of welcoming five giant illuminated bunnies much to your delight, the first-timers of Maroochy. I am so excited that Amanda has accepted our invitation to join us again at MMVAF16 with a specially co-commissioned light installation: Fantastic Planet.

For the first time ever internationally, in its entirety, this larger-than-life artwork will be exhibited in our Vis Art Park this September 10 before orbiting around the world to land with our friends somewhere between fantasy and reality at Signal Festival. Fantastic Planet indeed.

A total of five humanoids in various formations of inquisitivity will be peering down at all your crazy wonder and frivolous antics (what a sight we must be!). Don't be afraid; let your curiosity prevail. Like all manner of creatures who witness our time here on this Wonderous Rock hurtling through the universe, these peaceful humanoids are here to observe you in your natural state: carefree and in tune in The Ampi. 

 

Mic Black

Mic Black

THE WONDER GAMES

Mic Black is an experimental creative technologist exploring mass participation through art and technology using creative lighting and Absurd interactivity. We’re hooked. 

The Wonder Games brings you, human, into the retro arcade games we all know and love. Double whammy. 

Compete in the Vis Art Park. 

 

Bertie Blackman

Bertie Blackman

MICANAUT

We're delighted Bertie is back showcasing her work on none other then the Ampi stage, front and centre. Get up close to MICANAUT. 

Gus

Gus

From small compositions to massive contemporary murals, Australian-based artist Gus goes beyond creative boundaries to bring you a special live street art installation for MMVAF16. 

Over the years Gus has exhibited nationwide and abroad, receiving accolades in the form of art awards and steadily producing commissioned works for private clients including Brisbane City Council and Queensland Rail.

Gus is particularly interested in the diversity and intrigue of people, for which I am sure MMVAF provides the perfect setting to explore you fantastical beings. By focussing on developing relatable concepts, Gus continually challenges audiences’ perceptions of themselves.

That’s all we can say, so for now we’ll let Gus do what he does best. Stay Tuned. 

 

Wintercroft

Wintercroft

There's something poetic in the marrying of creator and creation. And these Beautiful Masks, Made By You, are the perfect opportunity for you to become part of the MMVAF open air exhibition. 

This year, we’re giving away a coveted Golden Ticket to the luckiest and craftiest mask wearer at the festival, judged by the Almighty himself – Mr Wintercroft of the Isle of Great Britain. Dress to impress, this is the Maker himself we’re talking about here, judging you from up above (the Equator). More details coming soon, including how to enter the ‘Best Mask’ on the day, but for now the Universe is the only limit to your creativity.

Wayne McFetridge

Wayne McFetridge

DISK WORLD

When rock and roll dreams faded in the early 2000’s Wayne focussed on his day job as a web programmer, which morphed into being the director of a successful creative agency based on here at home on the Sunshine Coast. He tells us agency life is exciting but the desire to create for the pure joy of expression still runs deep. Peaking his interest, we’ve asked him to use his skills and experience as a programmer to turn the unreal into the real through generative art. Inspired by the likes of Sergio Albiac and Eno Henze, Disk World, a digital installation, will premiere at MMVAF16 in the Vis Art Park. 

Alice Ivy

Alice Ivy

Raised on the Victorian surf coast, the daughter of German migrants, Annika Schmarsel aka Alice Ivy, recalls a childhood coloured by extensive travel in a vibrant and multilingual household. Her first foray into music, an ill-fated tryst with the clarinet, was swapped for guitar before Annika began beat-making inspired by the likes of The Avalanches, J Dilla and Bonobo. 

As member of all-female soul outfit Sweethearts, in her late teens Annika twice toured Europe performing at the Poretta Soul Festival, Italy and Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland alongside luminaries of the genre ranging Al Green through Mark Ronson.

In the mere twelve months since founding electro-soul project Alice Ivy, she’s released a trio of singles, earned support slots for Banoffee and Remi and completed a UK and European tour.

‘Touch’, the first single from her forthcoming debut album is a sophisticated arrangement that conjures a “Through The Looking-Glass”-esque dreamscape, layering original field recordings from the streets of Melbourne with warm guitar lines, sampled strings, brass and a manipulated feature vocal from London-based blues singer Georgia Van Etten. 

Let the champagne flow, and welcome Alice Ivy into the Dream.

BATZ

BATZ

Deep within Melbourne’s inner Northern suburbs, BATZ was born consisting of vocalist Christina Aubry, bassist Dali Platt, guitars Jakob Kagan & Jim Stirton and drums Joshua Aubry. The five piece found themselves gathered around a table drinking whisky and wine and decided the time was right to create music for those who love the after hours, and we certainly do. 

BATZ songs are a unique mix of driving drums and bass, thrashy guitars and ethereal, melodic vocals. Their sound ranges from sweet love ballads such as ‘Follow Me’ to surfy, post-punk head-bangers ‘Take It’ & ‘Sid & Nancy’. Drawing sounds reminiscent of Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and The Divinyls one can expect a live show with a lot of sassy grit behind it. Catch them closing out the C&O Garden. 

The Francis Wolves

The Francis Wolves

The Francis Wolves are an 8-piece instrumental funk juggernaut from Brisbane, Australia. It’s true, The FW's aren't your typical suit wearing funk band: their style is a melting pot of genres, delivered via an ‘all in’ fuzzed out wall-of-sound. Ferocious horns and a brooding rhythm section, matched by ominous organ and infectious congas, will transport you to a Sergio Leone film set by way of the dance floors of Africa.

The Francis Wolves’ debut album graciously tips its hat to The Budos Band, Fela Kuti, The Stooges, Dick Dale and even The B-52’s. Producer Donovan Miller (FOREVR/No Anchor) captured the raw sounds of The FW’s in the studio, producing 33 tight minutes of grimey, sweat-inducing grooves that will leave you loose and wanting more.

After selling out of their first release, a double A-side 7inch single and playing a smattering of shows in QLD’s South-East, The Francis Wolves’ debut album is destined to leave in it’s wake a spate of melted faces and new fans. Our palms are sweaty...

Inigo

Inigo

Meet MMVAF15 Alumni Erin Fitzsimon aka Inigo: our neo-soul meets alternative-poppin' songstress. So good in the C&O Garden, we just had to invite her back. 

She mixes killer rhythms with catchy pop hooks and soulful vocals to create a unique sound that draws upon a variety of genres. Since launching the debut EP Souls to a sold out crowd in 2015, Inigo has been bringing danceable sets to Soulfest, Valley Fiesta and Brisbane Festival in addition to a joining a tonne of local and national bills. 

Inigo has hit the ground running in 2016, having already played at bunch of shows including a set at Bleach* Festival, a month-long residency at the Woolly Mammoth and featuring on the Brisbabes #3 line up. Fitzsimon was also a People’s Choice finalist for ‘Most Promising Female Songwriter' at the 2016 QMAs, as well as receiving a nomination for “Constant Beat” in the Urban category. Shake your tailfeathers. 

Mark Lowndes

Mark Lowndes

If Jack Johnson and Stevie Wonder had a lovechild his name would be Mark Lowndes. With his fusion of pop, reggae and soul, this singer songwriter packs an undeniable punch in his live shows. With his honest performances, well thought out lyrics and catchy melodies, he'll leave you wanting more.

From supporting the likes of Boys to men and Brian McKnight to a finalist on 2012’s Australia’s Got Talent, Mark has had a huge amount of experience and success in his career to date. While being long considered a phenomenal live performer, Mark has also released 3 EP’s, performed at various local and international festivals while steadily continuing to reach into different pockets of the world with his indelible style of sound. For those lucky enough to have seen Mr Lowndes live will know that the mixture of his spoken word (slam poetry), songs, a dash of rap and his humility amongst his unique rhythmic guitar playing, leaves his eclectic approach to music in a world of his own. 

FOREVR

FOREVR

Brisbane favourites FOREVR combine their love of real shoegaze with electronics to produce lush, loud, beautiful noise larger than the sum of its parts. 

April 2015 saw the release of their debut EP ‘DEMONSTRATION’, a live four-track soundscape which was featured in NME magazine, followed by their love letter to dance music, the two-track ‘Shoegazer’ 7”. 

Their music builds on the foundations of 80s-era Creation Records artists with towers of glistening electronica. Donovan Miller’s underwater guitar and Sam George-Allen’s smoke-wisp voice thread ribbons through a scaffold of arpeggiator, pulsing bass and rapid-fire digidrums – it’s been described as sounding like “rose gold sunsets over neon skylines”. With the addition of Kate Mackenzie and Thomas Roche on bass and drums, the new four-piece have just completed tracking for their self-produced debut album, due out later this year. 

Drooool-worthy music surrounded by pink lights, glistening lake and champagne, FOREVR and the Garden were made for each other.

Christian Patey

Christian Patey

The euphoric sights and sounds associated with the Australian Sunshine Coast could easily be likened to the dreamily soulful music produced by one of its most captivating young artists, Christian Patey.

Christian Patey, straying from his folk roots, has joined forces with electronic producers from across the world to create a new, effortlessly cool sound for himself. His use of electric guitar, synths and big drums takes the listener on an uplifting and chilled-out ride. So far, big collaborations include UK beat-maker Alabaster, well known Brisbane lads Yes You and most recently the renowned Jimmy2Sox (of Flight Facilities). With more collabs in the pipeline, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Patey, and we're stoked to join him for some champagne in the Garden on the 10th. 

Juju Bom

Juju Bom

A black cockatoo flying into a glitter storm...

Juju Bom blends intricate lyrics about natural phenomena and metaphysical mysteries into grounded realities.  Front woman Jeunae Rogers phrases and crafts melody with sophisticated sincerity in a timeless kind of feeling and nostalgia. She writes with an honesty and vulnerability that is both tender, harrowing and fierce. In collaboration with some fine musicians from other genre bending bands in Brisbane,  Juju Bom blends electronic drums, bass, keys/synth, veil piercing harmonies, feather-fingered guitar and a unique vocal honesty.  Juju Bom is a Vanguard of Soul.

*Winner of the 2016 MMVAF x Solbar Open Mic Night*

Chris Flaskas

Chris Flaskas

Sunshine Coast multi-instrumentalist sensation Chris Flaskas is an act not to be missed.

His uplifting original style of music, which he calls ‘Earth Rock’, has projected his name and alternate act abroad for his unique talents and captivating live performance. Chris Flaskas employs an array of traditional native instruments to create his unique sound, including the native Australian didgeridoo and the Hawaiian-style lap steel slide.

Chris’s live performances show his diversity as a unique original Australian artist and has been classed as powerful, motivating, energetic with a touch of tribal spirit.

Inspired by the likes of John Butler Trio and Xavier Rudd, Chris Flaskas recently released his latest EP ‘When The Gold Is Gone’, which has received positive reviews from fans and media including airplay on Triple J’s Roots ‘N All. The track also took home the award for ‘Best Alternative Rock/ Folk Song’ at the 2015 Akademia Music Awards.

 

Sommer Rd

Sommer Rd

Maroochydore’s own, Sommer Rd is fronted by powerhouse vocalist/percussionist Hollie Morris, with groover Sheldon Morris on guitar/vocals and bassist Jay Kovacs. Sommer Rd kicked off in 2015, born from a musical family where siblings Hollie and Sheldon were brought up with deep-seeded jazz, blues and folk influences. Playing unique covers and original music they were searching to evolve their sound when Jay Kovacs was introduced into Sommer Rd in early November. With the new bass slapping and funk loving grooves, the group were able to unleash their sound. through our favourites "Be Free", "Tunnel Vision" and "Procrastinate" just to name a few. 

With influences such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Jamiroquai, Aretha Franklin and Marcus Miller, the band have a sound of smooth jazz, inspired soul with a pleasant kick of funk. With an EP due for release later this year, start your day with Sommer Rd and see what all the fuss is about.

*Winner of the 2016 MMVAF x Solbar Open Mic Night*