It’s August, can you believe it? We can’t either. So to honour this last month of the winter chill, we’re pleased to share with you some seriously red hot just confirmed names to join the ever-growing Southbound bill! Awesome artists Beach House, Best Coast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy & Bear, Coolio, First Aid Kit, The Flaming Lips, Hilltop Hoods, Hot Chip, Maximo Park, Millions, SBTRKT, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and The Vaccines are already heading our way and now joining them are;
Angus Stone, Ball Park Music, Cosmo Jarvis, Django Django, The Hives, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell, Matt Corby, Sharon Van Etten and Two Door Cinema Club.
Before you get to know our artists better, we’ve got the juice on our ticketing details for you.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday 20th August at 9AM via moshtix.com.au.
We’ve got our usual Happy Camper, Pampered Camper, Two Day Festival and VIP ticket options. And we’re also pleased, based on your feedback, to be bringing back the Single Day ticket options. Here’s a handy table to make sense of it all.
To find out more info about Southbound tickets, including exactly what you get with each ticket type, purchasing details and all the other info, head to southboundfestival.comau/tickets.
And now, back to our newest additions to the Southbound 2013 line up.
So where do you go after you've climbed to the top of the mountain? This must have been a question that Angus Stone asked himself after his musical partnership with his sister Julia sent them to the top of the charts, the Hottest 100 and netted them no less than five ARIA's back in 2010. They were (and still very much are) one of Australia's hottest bands. Well... for a Sydney boy like Angus Stone, the only logical place to go was back to work. And so he did – the results of which are on display with his second solo record Broken Brights. Humbly released in July, the record managed to hit number two on the ARIA charts almost despite itself, almost on the sheer weight of the country's love for Angus' knack of crafting simple affecting love songs. His live show is no less transcendent, as anyone who has seen it will attest - so get ready to fall in love with everything all over again.
England had Blur and Pulp, America had They Might Be Giants and Pavement, we used to have Custard. Now, finally, a band has emerged to take the throne reserved for purveyors of addictive, catchy, too smart for your own good pop. It's Ball Park Music. You know them already from the billion singles they released last year from their ubiquitous debut album Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs. “iFly”, “Sad Rude Future Dude”, “All I Want Is You” and the list goes on. You've either heard them on the radio or screamed at them back over a festival fence but either way, you've at least tapped your foot to one of their tunes in the last 18 months. Not ones to let a good thing slide, the lads and ladette have jumped straight back on the horse for the new single “Surrender”. And guess what? It rules. Ball Park Music are so excellent they're almost predictable – in the best possible way.
These are heady days for marriage equality. Arguments are raging on both sides as to whether same sex couples have the same rights as their heterosexual brothers and sisters. It's a much discussed issue. Still - there haven't been too many songs written as a result. In a strange way, English singer/songwriter Cosmo Jarvis may have inadvertedly penned the first. “Gay Pirates” tells a ye olde tale of... well... a couple of gay pirates. The song has become a cult hit amongst fans of indie folk. So much so that it managed to chart at number 85 in last year’s Hottest 100. Following it up this year with his super catchy new single “Love This”, Cosmo's star is definitely on the rise. He'll be bringing his swag of tunes as well as an infamous swagger (check out the his “Love This” video to get an uncomfortably close glimpse of just how MUCH swagger Cosmo possesses) out to Australia this summer.
Django Django are four men who, among many other things, play guitars, drums, bass, and sing. They’re a slow-brewed musical stew with a delicious blend of layered synths and electronic loops, which they’ve showcased best in their 2012 self titled debut album. Delivering hits like “Default” and “Storm”, these dudes certainly know how to bring the jam! Their live show has been met with rapturous audience acclaim, making them an impossibly tough act to follow; like a marathon movie session starting with The Godfather - which just makes everything else seem like a Jason Statham box set.
An anecdote about the worlds greatest rock band, The Hives: when lead singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist was asked about the latest single “Go Right Ahead” (taken from their most recent slab of maniacal punk pop rock Lex Hives) and it's, let's say liberal use, of the title phrase he responded that he just wanted people to get the song stuck in their heads. If that meant
repeating the same phrase thirty or forty times within the one song then so be it. That says it all about The Hives really. Stubborn, colourful, sly, brilliant, psychotic and so damn well loved that you could probably place them on any lineup on the planet and they'd look like headliners. If you haven't seen them live yet, man are you in for a treat. From Pelle's Enegizer Bunny stamina to guitarist Nicholaus Arson's strangely suggestive facial tics, they really will be your new favourite band by set's end. Viva Lex Hives!
Quickly becoming the go to guys when it comes to bouncy forest rock, Sydney-siders Jinja Safari have been riding a wave of good vibes since their debut single “Peter Pan” hit airwaves all the way back in 2010. Since then they've gone the way of the rabbit and proliferated themselves to the point of sweet infestation. That's a positive thing by the way. Bringing with them a trail of singles (“Hiccups”, “Mermaids”, “Sunken House”) and festival appearances as long their arms (which they often use to swing from the ceilings of venues like souped up monkeys), Jinja Safari are living up to their reputation as the kings of the party. Their latest single “Toothless Grin” is another slab of sugary adrenaline and will be taken from their forever awaited debut album, due out soon.
The word “sweetheart” gets thrown around a lot these days. Everyone is a sweetheart. My Nan is a sweetheart. Your cat is a sweetheart. It's all getting a bit tired really. Lisa Mitchell though, without any hint of sarcasm or irony, is Australia's sweetheart. How else would you describe an artist that is able to make beautiful, thoughtful, intelligent music whilst simultaneously causing the entire country to fall in love with her? Her latest single “Spiritus” has only added to a reputation forged with her Australian Music Prize winning first album Wonder and a multitude of hits like “Oh Hark” and “Coin Laundry”. Last seen touring “Spiritus” through the churches of Australia, Mitchell will be showcasing her versatility as she takes her new album to a festival audience for the first time this summer.
It would be pretty tough to have a better year than Matt Corby. Known mostly as a songwriter of promise in 2011, the release of his single “Brother” was accompanied by the sound of a popularity bomb going off. Selling out every venue in the country, placing at number three (with a bullet) in the triple j Hottest 100, dropping hits like “Souls a Fire” and “Big Eyes” - providing the humming soundtrack to every stranger you've walked past in the street, stood next to at a water cooler or waited behind at an ATM line in the last 6 months. This has been quickly followed by a swag of amazing reviews for his live show, with Corby's unaffected and mesmerising performances seeing his debut EP Into The Flame go four times platinum in Australia. A huge future awaits him and now is our chance to get in on the ground floor – we may not be able to hang onto Matt for long so let's make the most of it before the popularity bomb and it's after effects are felt overseas!
For her first ever trip to our humble continent, we welcome the irrepressible Sharon Van Etten. Singer, songwriter, collaborator and incredibly captivating performer, Van Etten is nothing short of indie rock royalty. Her debut album Because I Was In Love came in 2009, accompanied by the sound of critics fawning the world over. Follow up Epic (2011) and this years Tramp have only solidified this reputation. Produced by The National's Aaron Dessner, Tramp features guest appearances by Zach Condon (aka Beirut), Bryce Dessner (also of The National) and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, proving that the best and brightest of American indie rock are lining up to get their prints on a Sharon Van Etten record. Her live show is just as inclusive – so make sure you're there with us this year as she brings her magic to our stage.
“To the basement people, to the basement!” came the rallying cry from Two Door Cinema Club's breakout single “Undercover Martyn”. “Many surprises await you.” And surprised we were. These Irish lads were everywhere in 2010/11 with their huge album Tourist History going hand in hand with slice after slice of singular pop perfection. The aforementioned hit teamed up with the likes of “What You Know” and “I Can Talk” to put the trio on our map big time. The thing about the great bands though, is that they can work quickly and Two Door Cinema Club have done just that in pumping out their second record Beacon (to be released in September). Whispers are that it's a work poised to send these lads to the absolute top of the heap. By the time this summer rolls around, we'll know every word. Count on it. To the basement, to the dance floor, to the main stage. It doesn't matter. You've just got to get there.
TICKETING INFO RECAP
Tickets will go on sale 9AM Monday 20th August, 2012 from moshtix.com.au, moshtix outlets or by phoning 1300 GET TIX (438 849).
Head to www.southboundfestival.com.au/tickets for more information.
Stay tuned for more announcements coming your way soon!
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th January
Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton
Angus Stone, Ball Park Music, Beach House, Best Coast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy & Bear, Coolio, Cosmo Jarvis, Django Django, First Aid Kit, The Flaming Lips, Hilltop Hoods, The Hives, Hot Chip, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell, Matt Corby, Maximo Park, Millions, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines and more to be announced.
Southbound 2013 is an 18+ event.
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