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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

Horrorshow

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.

 

 

Skegss

Skegss

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

Mallrat

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.

OKBadlands

OKBadlands

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.

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