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Saturday August 26 2017

New Maroochydore CBD

[Old Horton Park Golf Course] SUNSHINE COAST

Music | Vis Art Park | Culinary Delights | Couches in the Ampi | 18+

Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland

Closing this year is the formidable live performance that is Alison Wonderland.

It’s no secret that she is at the top of the heap for DJ’s both domestically and Internationally with the US being particularly akin to the LA Based Sydney native’s work.

Her debut album Run is hard to pigeon hole, running the gamut from electronica, future beats, trap, and dancehall to classical and pop music. Run is a dance album with personality. It’s is about striving for greatness, and never feeling like you’re quite there, which is sort of what Wonderland means she says it’s an album about her “me in Los Angeles, and observations of people, love, anxiety and the industry. 

She’s a chemical performer who has played cello in orchestras, rocked the bass in indie bands and graced turntables in front of thousands. From Stereosonic to Splendour and Coachella, not to mention a killer 'Diplo and Friends' BBC radio mix and a national run of secret warehouse shows that sold out in hours.  2016 has been likewise just as bright for Alison Wonderland, notably having already sold out a 30-date USA bus tour as well as making EDM history by becoming the first solo female DJ to grace the main stage at EDC Las Vegas.

We are all waiting with baited breath for the new album, with any luck we will be the first to hear it in the flesh.

This will be big.

Alison for the win.

The Presets

The Presets

The Boys are back in town.

The legends of Australian Electronica, Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes are back and are ready to set alight the MMVAF Ampi this August.

As the story goes the duo met whilst pursuing musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Band quickly became recognised for their ability to fuse elements of dance music with energy more akin to a rock’n’roll show.  After signing with Modular Recordings in late 2003, the band released two EP’s and the acclaimed Beams (2005).

It was struggle in 2008 not to hear The Presets.  Apocalypso blew up so hard that it still has no comparisons. It sold Triple Platinum sales in Australia and featuring four hit singles including ‘My People’ the longest charting single in Australian history.  They went on to win 5 ARIA awards (and 2 ARIA Artisan Awards) for the 2008 Album along with the J Award, FBI SMAC Award for album of the year, Songwriter of the year award and the 2009 APRA Awards. Long story short, The Presets owned Electronica in the late 2000’s.

While ‘Apocalypso’ was a hard act to follow, ‘Pacifica’ was released in 2012 featuring Rollingstone Magazine’s song of the year ‘Ghosts’

Recognised worldwide for their dynamic live performances playing hundreds of shows domestically and internationally, including key slots at Glastonbury, Coachella, Exit, Melt and Splendour. There is now solid expectations of new music and release, couple that with the safe AF live show and we have one of the most exciting acts to grace the stage at MMVAF.  This one is for all the people.


Bernard Fanning

Bernard Fanning

Safe to say we are a little excited about the prospect of Australian Rock Royalty Mr Bernard Fanning paying us a visit this year.

As an artist in continuous motion, Bernard Fanning has accumulated one of the most celebrated and distinct songbooks on the Australian rock spectrum; charting a course from creation to an interactive live experience like no other. With his solo career now spanning 10-plus years, Fanning has firmly cemented his position as one of Australia’s finest songwriters and lyricists. From the country folk-tinged charm of his multi-platinum debut solo album Tea and Sympathy, to the rock grooves and horn breaks of its follow up Departures.

As with much of the catalougue, Fanning’s ability to warm your heart and then break it all at once is particularly evident on ‘Wasting Time’ the first single from Civil Dusk.

Civil Dusk was recorded at the stunning La Cueva Studios, the new custom built studio Fanning created in NSW’s Byron Bay with long-time producer and friend Nick DiDia (Powderfinger, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine). Recording with DiDia finished up over Easter 2016, and the result is some of Fanning’s finest work: themes of decisions and consequence are characterised by a sense of warmth, space and the earthy feel of acoustic guitar, piano, strings and violin.

Gang of Youths

Gang of Youths

Returning to the MMVAF amphitheatre for the second time in just three years is one of the fastest-growing phenomenons in Australia, Sydney’s Gang Of Youths.

MMVAF was lucky enough to pick up the outfit in our very first year right off the back of the release of ‘The Positions’.  It was early days for this release by the Sydney rockers, but they stirred the audience into a frenzy with a degree of skill and stage presence far beyond their years.  It was an afternoon slot but delivered with headliner intensity.

Initially formed as a hobby project in mid 2012 by then 20-year-old frontman David Le'aupepe, it wasn’t long before fans and critics alike quickly recognised Gang Of Youths for reaching enviable milestones that few bands would expect from their year of infancy.

In 2015 after blowing away triple j audiences with their powerful ‘Like A version’ rendition of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’ and following an 18 month creative tour-de-force which saw the band reintroduce themselves to the world with singles ‘Poison Drum’ & ‘Radioface’, Gang Of Youths released their critically acclaimed debut album The Positions by storming the Australian ARIA charts with a #5 debut.

With a sold out national tour, top 5 debut on the ARIA charts, triple j feature album, FBi album of the week and glowing reviews from respected publications such as Rolling Stone, RIP IT UP, Tone Deaf, Neon Gold, The Music, FasterLouder & The Guardian (among numerous others), 2015 for Gang Of Youths was one of biggest years experienced by an Australian artist in recent memory.

The anticipation for album number 2 grows and it feels a little like history repeating for MMVAF 2017.  ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ is due out mid August and we will be the first stop of the supporting tour.  Their heroic energy and signature brooding style will create a simmering, all-inclusive experience that will leave you captivated right until the final strain of frontman David Le’aupepe’s dulcet voice.



Horrorshow are really hitting their strides and it makes perfect sense, they have been putting in the overtime.  Adit and Solo are returning to the lush fields of MMVAF this year.  Having played year 1 with the One Day Crew we are stoked to have the inner wests best back in the fold.

Urban, honest storytelling delivered monotone over really crafty instrumentation is Horrorshow’s bag, no one does it better.  

Their third album, King Amongst Many, dropped in 2013 and landed at #2 in the ARIA charts; going on to be nominated for the J Award, ARIA Award, and a shortlisting in the Australian Music Prize. It was a testament to a group that pour their heart and soul into the crafting of an album, that they can achieve such success without hit singles.

After 9 years in the business and Horrorshow’s fourth release ‘Bardot State’ is really pushing the duo into new territory.  The sound is huge and at times forging further into the realms of RnB where Solo’s crooning is sounding right at home.  The confidence this new album shines with is legit, it didn’t happen overnight for the duo. ‘Eat the cake’ is infectious, has been received extremely well and is exemplar of the sound and production that the new album explores.

Late Arvo grooves.

Anna Of The North [NOR]

Anna Of The North [NOR]

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow us to introduce Anna of the North.  Anna Lotterud and producer Brady are the Norwegian Youtube darlings that you need in your life immediately.

A slew of singles both beautifully produced in sound and clip have been circulating for a while now and awaits a full Australian Album release.  The strategy is smart, not just because of the audience that it directly speaks to but because the sound loves the image.  It’s ethereal, transportive, cinematic, washed out dream pop that feels right at home on the screen.  Anna’s character and narrative feels constructed and now we get to be the first in Oz to see it in the flesh.

“The Dreamer”, “Oslo”, “Us”, trust us and take a listen and a look.  As far as emerging talent goes we couldn’t be happier.  Can’t wait till the sun goes down, we turn the lights on and Anna takes the stage.

Northeast Party House

Northeast Party House

When are life’s decisions best made? After a two-week-long house party is of course the answer.  

Northeast Party House formed in 2010 following such an occasion.  The Melbourne 6 piece are back with the highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Dare’.

It’s infectious, melodic and brimming with Summer, every bit as fun and dirty as the indie raver ‘Any Given Weekend’ with raw energy, driving DFA rythyms and a groove that translates the live performance they are known for.  Singles ‘Your House’ and ‘Calypso Beach’ have dominated the summer airwaves and with a national tour recently under their belts they will be hitting the stage match-fit.

Part familiar, part fresh, part futuristic, all daring, welcome to the Northeast Party House.

The Party Starters, we’re looking forward to it.





There is something about Skegss, the DIY, beer drinking, self-producing maniacs from the surf coast who rolled onto the scene with a triple J Unearthed Splendour competition win.  They are riding the wave of a skuzzy skate/surf punk renewal with brothers in arms “Dune Rats” who have taken them under their wing. What an interesting place to be.

I say ‘renewal’ because like punk was to disco, as grunge was to hair metal there is a counter move feel to this incarnation of the slacker aesthetic. Anti-software production, anti-authority, rollicking and simple but far from clumsy. So hooky, tailor made for Maroochy.  The locals will thank us for this one.

“Spring has sprung”, “Soaking it all in”, “Got on my Skateboard” you get the idea. Off the back of last year’s “Everyone is good at something”, this year’s release “Holiday Food” is really great stuff, super hyped this year, new but feels like hanging with an old ratbag friend. You’ll remember, it’s just like riding a ‘erm, Board.



Mallrat? She’s the Hannah Montana of the rap game, the teenager’s debut EP Uninvited glowing up across blogs and radio worldwide, collecting some 5 million plays on Spotify, and support from tastemakers Beats 1, KCRW, triple j, Noisey/ Vice, Perez Hilton, Kitsune, and many more, with a number of trips to the top of the HypeMachine charts.

With tropical electro production, indie pop sensibilities and oddly mature insightful lyric content she totally nails a blissful layered melancholy that is sought by Artists far her senior.

It’s really great stuff and been on our radar and others for a while now.  It’s a unique slice of modern nostalgia, really danceable, will make the early arvo crowd get up out they seats.


Billy Davis & the Good Lords

Billy Davis & the Good Lords

Continuing the love affair we have here at MMVAF for Melbourne Neo Soul, Billy Davis and the Good Lords will be taking the stage to ease us into the afternoon.

Featuring up top 11 members when appearing live, the band is pieced together by the multi-talented session musician and chief song-writer William Rimington, who also spends his time playing keys in Kimbra’s band. He has spent the last couple of years immersing himself in the fruitful neo-soul/hip-hop scene before joining forces with influencial collective the Operatives.

Quickly assembling the Billy Davis project, the group’s first album ‘Bad Ending’ was released independently earlier this year to a burst of fanfare.  Now, the band are readying themselves to step into the spotlight with exciting new material soon to be on the horizon.



Opening the whole occasion this year are the impressive home-grown, self-produced Brissy duo OKBADLANDS.  Kate Gurren and Sally Latter with a little help from Golden Vessel in the beats chair are producing captivating, experimental but soulful pop.  

After forming in 2015 when the best pals decided to start recording their Jam sessions, originally just for the hangs the sessions quickly became a vital means of creativity and expression for the girls.  What ensued is textured, golden, delicate sounds and production with soul drenched vocal harmonies. A lovely way to kick off this year get in early to ease into the afternoon.

Chavvy Chase

Chavvy Chase

Chavvy Chase is better known as Chas Dear. He has been finding records and playing them since the tender age of 16 . A veteran of the Brisbane party scene he cut his teeth djing parties with the infamous Whiskey Tears collective. Many memorable nights with Dj Mehdi, Dexter and Justin Van der Volgen (!!!) were crowned with supporting James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of Lcd Soundsystem and one of their legendary disco sets. After stints overseas he now calls Victoria home. Whether he's playing North Melbourne house parties or at his monthly residence at Littlefoot he is known for his diverse style and wide musical tastes. Hip hop, soul, doo wop or rock 'n' roll, expect the unexpected when this guy pulls out his crates.

Lucas Salton

Lucas Salton

The giant spider was conceived first in 2016 as a tribute to the late great David Bowie by reference to the Spiders from Mars.
While the idea has expanded to explore concepts of uniqueness and expression it also alludes to digital media and the intricate web between users capturing memories, and the web capturing users.
(She) is being created as a counterpoint attraction. Familiar but alien. The scale and form aims to engage the audience and create a feeling of tension, caution or heightened awareness and at the same time acceptance and tolerance.
This foreign attendee will hang out and rock on at this human festival and show that it is awesome to be different. It’s a bit of a dichotomous-cyber-hybrid-arachno-luminous-yolo-mo-fo you might say.  



Beastman (Bradley Eastman) is an multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Influenced by the biodiversity, symbolism and design aesthetics behind nature’s repetitive geometric growth patterns and organic landscapes, Beastman's paintings, digital illustration, commercial projects and public murals explore a unique visual language, depicting future environments of abstracted landscapes, potential new life forms and human intervention.

One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging contemporary artists from Australia, Beastman has exhibited his artworks extensively around the world, has curated and organised numerous international art exhibitions and projects, and has been commissioned by the likes of Element, Facebook, Vivid Sydney, Mini, Westfield, Red Bull, Stockland, Hyundai, Smirnoff and more. His artwork was recently acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, and his large solo and collaborative mural works can be found all over Australia and around the world.


Photo by Billy Zammit 

Frank & Mimi

Frank & Mimi

FRANK is Rick Hayward, one half of creative duo Frank & Mimi. With an interest in humanity's relationship with nature and heavily influenced by traditional sign painting, Rick's typographic arrangements imbue a sense of rhythm, balance and vicarious nostalgia.

Photo by Jack Birtles 

Bonnie Jenkins

Bonnie Jenkins

Born and raised on the Sunshine Coasts Hinterland, Bonnie started her photography career in 1999 studying a diploma of photoimaging then going onto complete a bachelor in Photography at Queensland College of Art, which gave her the opportunity to study abroad at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2008 Bonnie expanded her visual art practice completing a Masters in Visual Arts at Falmouth University College, Cornwall, UK.

Bonnie went on to teach photography at a local college. Now focusing full-time as a freelance photographer and visual artist, Bonnie works within nature to create abstract photographs and videos, often collaborating with performers via projections.

The Secret Garden recalls my childhood fascinations with my natural surrounds. I draw inspiration from the peripheral visions of the everyday and the combination of nature and the lens. Photography represents reality yet simultaneously has the ability to unsettle this visual ‘reality. Collaboration with nature is vital to my work, so the fact that the majority of effects are created in-camera, is intrinsic to the work. Its all about appreciating the very real environment we live in and the magic of the optical instrument at capturing these elements in a unique but very real way. 



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. 

On September 10, tag us in your Wintercroft mask with @mmvafestival and #MaroochyGoldenTicket, and let the Best Mask stand out! Remember: dress to impress, this is the Maker himself we’re talking about here, judging you from up above (the Equator). 

Design Lab vs Tiamco

Design Lab vs Tiamco

A colab between two creative and dynamic Sunshine Coast design studios, that will transform the beautiful festival grounds into an illuminated wonderland. 

Rhys Gordon

Rhys Gordon

A unique tattoo artist operating in his own private Tattoo studio in Sydney, Rhys honours the tradition's of the best studio's he has worked in over the years as well as a dedication to Japanese Tattooing in general.  Rhys works by appointment only in a peaceful surrounding, concentrating on Japanese and Eastern based tattoo design's.  Rhys brings his "Behind the Lines" exhibition to MMVAF this year and we can't wait to see it transform BOMA.

"Behind the Lines", is a journey deep into the realm of tattoo art practice across three cultures – Japan, Polynesia and the West – uncovering its history and place in the modern world through live tattoo demonstrations, photography, illustration, film and artefacts.

Conrad Square

Conrad Square

Conrad Square is a 29-year-old Graphic Designer and Fine Artist living and working in Brisbane, Australia. His visual language is made up of forms, shapes and bright colours. His unique composition of big eared, helmet wearing mechanical characters are inspired by Tokyo's cityscape and Japanese Pop-Culture alike. 

Square grew up on the East Coast of Australia which is polluted with sporting culture. Being deprived of any authentic inspiration from his peers and surroundings he found himself getting lost in books and magazines of any creative sort from an early age to satisfy his colourful imagination. On his 18th birthday he received the book Street Logos which saw his world become infused with wheat pastes, stencils and aerosol characters they called 'Street Art'. This book proved to be the first step in his marathon obsession with everything the outside galleries had to offer.


Thom Stuart

Thom Stuart

Thom Stuart is a Sunshine Coast-based painter and printmaker, whose work draws heavily on the artist’s experience surrounded by both natural and urban environments.

With an established practice in both the studio and street, his work is entrenched in the visuals of his youth, including graffiti culture, surfing iconography and musical sub cultures such punk and hip-hop.

Whether large or small, Thom’s work always aims to bring a joyful mash-up of colour and form of visual delight. Perfect for the festival green. 

Sepik Totems

Sepik Totems

The Papua New Guinea Banking Corporation building was one of the most exciting PNG projects by famed Queensland Architect Jim Birrell.  Birrell was the first architect in Papua New Guinea to incorporate indigenous art into the design of public buildings.  The artists involved in the facade relief were from various regions in Papua New Guinea.  In appreciation for the celebration of indigenous art in his buildings, artists from the Sepik River carved Birrell five totems to ward off evil spirits.  This is the first public exhibition of the artworks since they were carved in the mid 70's. 

Jake Reston

Jake Reston

Jake Reston is a Brisbane-based designer , whose work reflects his experience living + surrounded by both natural, urban environments and the people that live within it.


With practice in both the graphic + manual design, his works form a diverse range of styles that overlap in many ways on many days.

Willaris. K [DJ Set]

Willaris. K [DJ Set]

Listen to Willaris. K. He’s the 23 year old producer from the Northern Coast of NSW making a gleaming contribution to the electronic music landscape of Australia with his debut offering, the brooding track ‘Alchemy’.

Swapping tools by day for synthesizers by night, Willaris. K (real name Jack McAllister) harnesses the intensity of Jon Hopkins or Flying Lotus, infused with the beauty and intimacy of Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds, measured by the restraint of Bonobo and Clark. It’s a musical formula that is only achieved by an instinct for feel and texture and is evident in Willaris. K’s work.

Setting off as main support for Seekae (DJs) and George Fitzgerald in late 2016, Palms Trax in early 2017 and earning early praise from local tastemakers such as Lewis McKirdy, Dro Carey and Young Franco, Willaris. K is proving to be a producer worth keeping an eye on.

Tim Fuchs

Tim Fuchs

A word on Tim Fuchs...

The Big guy!. Not like a giant, but ya know, big…

He has big shoes, He has big hands, Takes up too much room in the Dj booth (even more so if he’s drunk)

Somehow knows everyone in the game, (including your mates)

Likes dance floors with mirror balls… 


LOVES  palm trees!


What's he done then...

Remix, Rework & work with some of the best bands in Australia & around the world like... 

Foals, Flight Facilities, Miami Horror, Little Red, Strange Talk, LCD Soundsystem & Mitzi. 

Into bubbling dance-floor burners. 

He's also banged out a pretty mean edit of 'David Bowies' - 'Golden Years'. 


But don't take our word for it, have a look


What else?

Been a staple support for every major festival over the past summers including.


Listen Out


Laneway Festival

Splendour in the grass


Been on warm up duties for the following DJ's & Bands Like. 




Eats Everything

Flight Facilities

Cut Copy

Light Year

Horse Meat Disco

Jacques Renault




Holy Ghost


Friendly Fires


There's more but he’sprobaly forgotten...


Oh & he's also held down residencies & guest set's at some of the best places on the globe to loose your .



The Yacht Week - Croatia

Carpe Diem - Hvar (Croatia)

Welcome to my beach bar party (Syd)

KOKO - London

T.B.C Club - Brisbane

Laruche - Brisbane

Sneaky Sundays - Sydney

GoodBar - Sydney


Catalina Noosa


Lola DJs Long Lunch

Lola DJs Long Lunch


Dan Mumbles

Buff Girls

Jimmy Ellis

LOLA is a sex positive, polysexual disco and house experience that celebrates individuality. Creating an environment that accepts and encourages diversity and free self-expression, LOLA demands to see the most abstratct version of yourself.  

 No matter whether you're a polyphonic pansexual or a homophonic hetero, LOLA wants you inside her. 





DJ come producer from the Sunshine Coast, Jawgoh is a Brisbane-bound boomerang come weekends, holding numerous residencies in both locations. Instead of pigeon-holing himself to one particular sound, he's made it his objective to have a diverse and timeless musical scope. Equipped for any time and any place, it was not long before he found himself on the support role for some of the world’s best artists both at home and abroad. The magic must be seen to be believed; you won't want to miss it. 


Alex Millington

Alex Millington

In his own words:

  • Still a Maddog
  • DJ (questionable)
  • Likes music
  • Has good time/is fun
  • Mum hates his haircut
  • Toured Europe 2016, no one cared
  • Big name
  • Founder of TSAS (Tomato Sauce Appreciation Society)


Rhys Bynon

Rhys Bynon


Played vinyl.
Played CDs.
Even used Ableton for a couple of years, but now just uses USB's because its easier than burning discs or lugging a laptop around.
The new Macbooks dont even have cd drives these days anyhow.

Plays music he considers good. Sometimes it sounds like disco. Sometimes it sounds like techno. Occasionally he plays hip-hop. People seem to like it when he does.

But mostly it's house.

He's supported some pretty big acts. Claude VonStroke. Tensnake. LCD Soundsystem. Justin Martin. Dusky.

Played himself a bunch of festivals too.
But doesn't consider that reflection of where you're at as a DJ. You can listen for yourself.
Dance if you want. 




Sammy Owens

Sammy Owens


He is one of those people who loves everything about club culture and won't deny it. Whether it's standing in line to see a cool act, or getting stilettoed on a rammed dancefloor, he loves it!

Behind the decks or on the floor dancing with the girls, it's all about girls dancing. Never afraid of making a statement, he knows how to play to an occasion with a taste that’s edgy, fun and genre bending. Based in Byron, he has become a major contributor to the local scene. Normally not one for catch phrases Sammy believes it is actually ‘all about the party’ and that’s exactly what you’ll get.



An emergent artist, Lachness laid his foundations firmly in the DJ scene from Big Day Out, Elsewhere and regularly filling dance floors with a residency at TBC in Brisbane.  He'll warm you up and keep the ball rolling with an analytical approach to mixing you'll feel in your bones. Lachness is certainly rising from the deep.