Saturday 30th Dec - Monday 1st Jan
Ball Park Music
The Teskey Brothers
Billy Davis and the Good Lords
The Paddy Cakes
+ more amazing acts to be announced!
The Official NYE Playlist
Ball Park Music
Three J-award album nominations, sold-out headline tours, six appearances in the top 60 of Triple J's Hottest 100, renowned performances at major festivals around the world, an Australian tour with Weezer and four critically acclaimed records have made Ball Park Music one of the most respected and exciting acts in the country.
If you've been lucky enough to see them live you know just how incredible it is to be in the crowd of a Ball Park Music show. "She Only Loves Me When I'm There", "It's Nice to Be Alive", "Coming Down", "Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You".
Amazing songs. Ridiculously good live. Coming to the Hill.
Happy NYE friends.
Ten years ago the Farmer had a dream that one day Regurgitator would grace the Hill in all their Regurgitator glory... Friends... we're so incredibly proud to be able to share with you, that some dreams do come true.
Formed in late 1993, Regurgitator are without doubt one of the most iconic and important creative forces in Australian music history. Their debut studio album, Tu-Plang was released in May 1996; it was followed by Unit in November 1997 which was certified triple platinum. To date they have recorded eight albums in total (including one that was completely written and recorded in a Bubble at Fed Square).
Genre-defying, Regurgitor are renowned for their assembled mass of styles, sounds & attitudes, fuelled as much by their unmitigated irony & geek nature as their irreverent take on themselves, corporatisation of culture and human social behaviour.
Their live shows are the stuff of legend and their career and influence spans the globe and continues to challenge and inspire all that music can and should be about... and now they're coming to the Hill.
When Gab Strum started Japanese Wallpaper at 13, he never expected to have played the main stage at Falls Festival, delighted crowds at Splendour in the Grass, attracted the admiration of luminaries like Lorde and Gotye, and appeared in cinema soundtracks before he'd even finished high school. Having spent his formative years steeped in classical theory, Strum came to his contemporary sound by welding his understanding of song structure to GarageBand loops.
Strum began picking up national, and then international attention with his first proper single. 'Breathe In' was recorded with good friend Wafia. Strum provided the arrangements, Wafia the lyrics and vocals. What resulted was breathtaking. Strum's sparkling production, combining bright, spacious melodies with a sparse but rumbling beat which is felt more than heard, and Wafia's ethereal singing, made 'Breathe In' impossible to resist.
His latest collaboration is his most auspicious yet. Featuring grimy R&B belter Airling on vocals, 'Forces' pulses with intensity.
Strum has kept busy following the success of his debut self-titled EP, with a string of 11 shows across east-coast Australia which was topped off on a high at Splendour in the Grass, an AIR nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and a tour around the country for Laneway Festival with the likes of CHVRCHES, Thundercat and Beach House. After high-school ended for Strum, he immediately moved into a studio to work on fulfilling his goal of writing an album, which, can be expected for release late 2017.
Winner of triple j Unearthed High in 2017 and one of the highlight acts of The Hills Are Alive earlier this year!
In February 2016, 18-year-old Gretta Ray made an impressive entrance to the Australian music scene with the release of her debut EP 'Elsewhere', showcasing an enviable command of language and impressive vocal ability - due in no small part to her vast experience singing in choirs since the age of five.
A creative individual who is as comfortable behind the camera as she is behind the guitar, Gretta Ray confesses to a fascination with human emotion and an irrepressible desire to express herself.
Gretta's single 'Drive' is a heavenly slice of cleverly-constructed indie pop with a discernible air of country. Gretta flexes further than ever before lyrically, firmly establishing herself as one of the most exciting new artist of 2016.
'Drive' was produced by award-winning composer Jonathan Dreyfus in collaboration with Nashville-based Australian music producer Josh Barber (Gotye, Archie Roach) before being mixed by acclaimed US producer Ryan Hewitt (Sheryl Crow, Angus & Julia Stone).
In 2016, Gretta Ray toured as a performing member of Japanese Wallpaper's live band on his national 'Cocoon' single tour and supported Vera Blue in three sold out Melbourne shows, all while completing her final year of high school in Melbourne's inner North.
Gretta Ray's intriguing way of combining lyrical complexities that express personal feelings of love and heartache, with tongue-in-cheek facetious anecdotes, is only part of what makes this young talent so unique.
Gretta Ray's music is ageless.
The Teskey Brothers
Honouring that old school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, The Teskey Brothers have stunned many with their debut album Half Mile Harvest. After cutting their teeth in Melbourne city-fringe pubs and backyard party jams for nine years, 2017 has seen the Warrandyte foursome plummet through the next level and out the roof. Word-of-mouth hit fever pitch recently as the band sold out their debut national headline tour including a massive four nights at The Corner Hotel. Their honey smooth blues and soul is a seduction you can't refuse on The Hill this December.
It sounds almost like an ancient call: pounding toms and an evasive bass line that open into a churning guitar melody and Adam Curley's deep and rhythmic voice. Yet 'Twist In The Dark', the first song taken from Gold Class's upcoming second album, is mired in the turmoil of the present.
Increasingly known at home and abroad for their powerful live shows, the Melbourne band's on-stage presence is captured in the erupting song. Lyrically, 'Twist In The Dark' lays out an inner conflict that speaks to larger concerns. "The stars are all turned up and off and up and off," Curley sings, hinting at a desire for transformation, for liberation, to both run from the past and to rush forward.
Having been on the road for much of 2017, Gold Class have also been in lockdown working their second album, Drum, due later in 2017. The album is produced by Gareth Liddiard, better known for fronting and producing boundary-pushing records for his own band, The Drones.
From 'Twist In The Dark's first eerie notes, the band threatens to collapse, but the track holds its breathless momentum until the final beat. If one thing can be said of Gold Class, it's that they make their home in uncomfortable corners.
"'Twist In The Dark' was definitely written thinking about the live show, wanting to push everything further," Curley says. "And I guess a part of that was not hiding myself at all in the words. It's a good introduction to the new record, I think, to some of the sounds and ideas on there."
Gold Class's 2015 debut album, It's You, was something of an underground sleeper, seeing the band short-listed for the Australian Music Prize and sending them off to tour the USA and Europe throughout 2016. At home, the band continued to sell out shows and was welcomed by festival crowds, including those at Splendour In The Grass, Golden Plains, The Great Escape festival in Brighton, Amsterdam's London Calling festival and the esteemed Primavera Sounds in Barcelona.
Billy Davis and the Good Lords
Hailing from Melbourne, Billy Davis is a musical juggernaut in waiting, with the recent release of single 'No Longer Lovers' highlighting them as an exciting new project to watch out for. Already gaining support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, KCRW, Okayplayer and Pigeons & Planes, they also skyrocketed to the peaks of the Spotify Viral Charts (#3 in Australia, #4 in the US and #7 globally).
Featuring up to 11 members when playing live, the band has been pieced together by the multi-talented band leader and chief-songwriter William Rimington (who also spends his time playing keys in Kimbra's touring band). Their style mirrors luminaries like Kaytranada, Anderson Paak and the Internet, with their upbeat jams appearing as a breath of fresh air on the Australian (and international) music scene.
A sought-after session musician in his own right, Rimington has spent the last couple of years immersing himself into the fruitful local neo-soul & hip-hop scene, before joining forces with influential 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 quickly appearing on the horizon.
Everyone's favourite Adelaide 7 piece, WEST THEBARTON, are returning to the Hill! It's been a hectic few months for the band: announcing a shorter name ("We grew up, changed shape, moved on" says singer Rev), a slightly different line up (welcoming new drummer Caitlin), signing a management deal (the Fidelity Corporation) and joining the family at X-Ray Touring in the UK, it was certainly time to invite them back. With a stack of new songs from their unreleased debut album produced by Dylan Adams (Sticky Fingers, DMA's), you can expect to hear most of it when they grace the Hill again on NYE.
Maddy is 22 years old from Tasmania, writing songs far beyond her years on a beat up guitar her mum gave her in high school.
The independent artist grew up on Bruny Island where she developed a love of music and songwriting.
"I've been writing songs since my mum gave me a shitty Yamaha acoustic guitar that I stuck shells on... I remember sitting out on the swing as a kid of an evening singing random stuff out to the Alonnah jetty on Bruny"
Maddy has recently garnered attention with her debut single 'Drown It Out' receiving full rotation from national broadcaster triple j.
After wowing audiences on a national tour supporting Kingswood, Maddy has also performed as support across the country for Polish Club, Tash Sultana and Luca Brasi.
Birdz has solidified his spot as one of the most exciting acts in the Australian hip-hop scene. Since releasing his debut EP in 2013, N.T. raised rapper has secured strong backing from triple j, triple j Unearthed and community radio around the country, lending to the Butchulla emcee's increasing popularity and support for his debut album release. The formidable emcee gained attention through free online releases, including certified bangers in "Supabrotha" and "Right To Be Wrong." Closely followed by three hard hitting singles in late 2016 "Black Lives Matter", "Hunger Voodoo"and "Rise - featuring Jimblah" marking the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for the Bad Apples Music signee, each receiving high rotation on triple j, triple j Unearthed and community radio nationally. Birdz' consistent track record of releases has seen him share the stage with high profile acts such as Briggs, The Funkoars, Akala and the Thundamentals. He also performed a moving 'Like A Version' in July 2017 of Yothu Yindi's 'Djapana –Sunset Dreaming'. 'TRAIN OF THOUGHT' was released in August 2017 through Bad Apples Music.
With gentle disposition and threadbare six-string, Didirri's bittersweet melodies tumble between the bookends of his own biography. Spinning tales of joy and sorrow, his presence consumes listeners into the belly of contemplation, and washes the room with silence.
Hailing from Warrnambool, Didirri was born the son of a painter and a children's performer. A liking for tune, rooted in Sundays spent singing in church, inspired him to learn piano from an early age. On his arrival to Melbourne he picked up the guitar and founded an ambient-folk act as a platform for his narrative. Often underscored by double bass, fiddle, and electric guitar, collectively they are as effervescent as they are deftly reserved.
His way of life is reminiscent, residing in a humbled corner of Northcote. His unusual dwelling, spattered with curious relics, is an unassuming shed behind his communal home, a sanctuary apart from the saturated humdrum of modernity. Artwork, plants, and anatomical drawings adorn the walls while guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, and an air traffic control microphone feed into a bulky eight-track tape recorder where he tinkers out the character of his journey.
Drawing influences from the genius of Joni Mitchell, Glen Hansard, Jeff Buckley, Stephen Fry, and Tina Fey, he is reluctant to seek shelter beneath the arrangements of symmetrical songwriting. Waxing lyrically the mutable boundaries of the soul, his music obsesses over fluid momentum, compounding dissonance with subsequent resolution.
Didirri's elegant composition spotlights his pervasive narrative, inciting emotive clarity harnessed by music's most fabled storytellers. Formulating bottomless soundscapes, he skates between an optimism and poignancy that will draw you closer and betray your expectations.
NYCK (pronounced n.y.c.k) is a music project by Melbourne musicians, Nick Acquroff and Dominique Garrard. It's a project that strips away all of the noise and clutter and focuses on the fundamentals. One that is honest and raw in its portrayal of the monotonous and the every day. They write their songs in the St.Kilda home of Acquroff, telling stories that bring the sweetness and sadness and loneliness of suburban Melbourne to life. What is, perhaps, most idiosyncratic about nyck, is the way that is so naturally blends a feeling of heartbreak and despair, with music that makes you feel present, illuminated, and free.
The first record from the duo, Decision, was produced by Benjamin McCarthy, who has, in recent times, been credited with the production on releases from Gordi, Kate Miller-Hiedke, and Alex the Astronaut. It was recorded at Sing Sing Studios, in Richmond.
During the pre release period, it was shared by both Triple J and Triple J Unearthed through social media, picking up more than 2000 likes, 400 comments, and 300 shares. The nyck social media pages were flooded with support, too, gaining more than 2400 followers across Facebook and Instagram.
Named for the fountain in the centre of Bendigo, marking the geographic heartland of Victoria, Fountaineer began in 2013 with a phone call. Anthony White rang his brother Francis and said they were going to start the band they'd talked about since their teens. It would light a spark that might one day turn into a fire. The band rounded out the trio with Kieran Daly and hired a farmhouse out in regional Victoria, spending five days in isolation working to sketch out the record. The tracks began with Anthony. Like Francis and Kieran, Anthony was a lifelong music obsessive, but while the other two lived in Melbourne, Anthony was still working and living in Bendigo. For a lot of people, it was the idyllic, cosy satellite getaway from Melbourne, but it was also the centre of racial tensions and insularity – a microcosm of Australia's evolution. That love and criticism of their hometown fuels Fountaineer's music.On Greater City, Greater Love, Fountaineer's debut album, the band lend sympathy to everyone living in fear, offering that for all the good a small community can do, it doesn't have to come with the bad. Every drum beat, every searing riff, every soaring synth run throbs with youthful exuberance, all the while White's vocals sit above them all, bearing wisdom in contrast. Embodying the last 50 years of rock storytelling, from the mood and tension of post-punk to the solemn heroism of blue-collar rock'n'roll, Greater City, Greater Love is as much a soundtrack for running through moonlit streets defiant against the world as much as a soundtrack for remembering those times with awe. This is a record about having watched history unfold and not losing hope, witnessing the power of people coming together – even for misguided reasons – and knowing how much good that could do. The latest and loudest of literary rock rallying cries, Greater City, Greater Love is a debut for the ages.
Thando is a singer songwriter who discovered her love for R&B in the suburbs of Melbourne. Citing Jill Scott and Alicia Keys as influences, Thando's electronic take on R&B ballads compliment "evocative song writing that has placed her in a league all her own," - Ms Hennesey Speaks Blog.
From releasing her latest single "Trouble", touring the East Coast, making her professional theatre debut as Effie White in StageArt's Dreamgirls and ushering the new year with a show for Multicultural Arts Victoria's NYE celebrations at Federation Square to more than 100,000 Melbournians, the future can only be topped by the long awaited release of her debut EP Digital Love Letters follow-up.
Melbourne-based DJ, event curator and radio presenter, MzRizk, is renowned for her ongoing contributions to Melbourne's rich cultural and music landscape. Her many projects are a distinct blend of music knowledge, creative diversity and cultural and community engagement. As one of Melbourne's busiest DJs, MzRizk has supported Australian acts such as Remi and Hiatus Kaiyote; as well as international artists Badbadnotgood, Mos Def, Public Enemy, Jill Scott, SnarkyPuppy, The Daptones, John Morales, Bilal, Cody Chestnut, Maseo (De La Soul), Common, Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Maxwell and many more.
Hailing from Femantle in WA, POW! Negro are a six piece merging jazz elements in their fusion hip hop with an aggressive vocal style that falls somewhere between the the energetic bounces of Zac de la Rocha and the funk come street verses of Mos Def. Relentless, swooping vocals and confidence in spades.
Exploring areas of hip-hop, jazz, psychedelia, grunge and soul music their groovy, sexy, saxy performance is sure to get bodies moving.
Fresh off the back of a huge first year selling out headline shows across WA, winning the esteemed Big Splash 2016 and supporting acts such as Blackaliscious, Remi, Koi Child and Sampa the Great among others, POW! Negro have firmly established themselves as one of Australia's most promising up and coming acts with their dynamic live show.
They have recently released their first EP Jasmine and Licorice featuring thesingles Hold My Tongue and Money For Portraits.
Electrifying and heartbreaking, Angie McMahon silences band rooms with her soulful ruminations on life, love and takeaway food. The Melbourne-based musician is quickly gathering a reputation for moving audiences with her soul-stirring voice and edgy song writing. Clever lyrics and romantic melodies cover the full dynamic spectrum, shifting between gravelly intimacy and pounding rock.
Angie feels best when pouring her inmost feelings out on stage, drawing on the music of Bruce Springsteen, Lianne La Havas, Alabama Shakes and Janice Joplin. Angie McMahon is currently in the studio with John Castle (Megan Washington, Vance Joy) recording her debut record, set for release in 2018.
Frenetic and Raw. Melbourne's Press Club is the coming together of four Brunswick natives. Their roots lay in a city in a state of flux, experiencing decay, demolition and development on a mass scale. Press Club is the musical embodiment of the attitude of a generation experiencing impermanence in every way. Fast, straight to the point and up in your face 'Headwreck' is the first taste of what is to come from Press Club. Two minutes and thirty seconds of commanding punk. Self produced, 'Headwreck' was recorded on a sweltering 40-degree day, the band dripping wet in the studio. It's about a place we've all been. In a relationship with someone that doesn't treat you right, doesn't respect you. It's a call to arms to respect yourself, to demand more. Press Club is vocalist Natalie Foster, guitarist and engineer Greg Rietwyk, bassist Iain Macrae and drummer Frank Lees. A brand new band in town, Press Club have only played a handful of shows, supporting the likesof Ceres, Joyce Manor, Tired Lion, WAAX and Japandroids.
The Paddy Cakes
The Paddy Cakes are an alternative/indie rock band, formed in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia in 2016. The Cakes are quickly building a big following from a lot of hard work, hosting a number of sold out shows across rural Victoria and Melbourne. The talented Indie band continue to connect with fans through their distinct and enjoyable musical style. The band are set to release their EP in December 2017. Their musical flavour draws comparison to the Arctic Monkeys, Sticky Fingers and Two Door Cinema Club.