A bit of a hard act to follow after this year’s Splendour In The Grass lineup, but some decent headliners and a good selection of local acts just announced for Falls Festival and Sunset Sounds 2011.
The darkly atmospheric indie rock of INTERPOL (USA); undeniably iconic, unrelentingly cool, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (USA) bringing us raw rock ‘n’ roll passion; raw and reflective, with deep musical and lyrical wonders, THE NATIONAL (USA); quite simply, one of Australia’s greatest living rock bands, THE LIVING END; legends of rhyme, PUBLIC ENEMY (USA) performing in full their masterpiece ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ on the 20 year anniversary of its release; London based whiz-kids, KLAXONS (UK) playing their epic new album; the nation’s loved purveyors of harmonic rural pop, ANGUS AND JULIA STONE; the psychedelic circus of TAME IMPALA; New York band, THE RAPTURE (USA) (Falls only, not Sunset Sounds), bring their pioneering influential brand of post punk; superwoman of pop, LADYHAWKE (NZ); the piano based indie blues, manic vocals and irresistible lyrical crescendos of COLD WAR KIDS (USA); duo SLEIGH BELLS (USA) with their jagged, dance punk take on bubblegum pop; PEACHES (USA), bringing her one woman travelling show down under once again for a special DJ/Karaoke/Performance Art set (!); indie-pop, fabulous foursome, HOT HOT HEAT (CAN); modern icon of Australian music, PAUL KELLY; legend of the Australian roots scene…
Other Falls acts:
ASH GRUNWALD; jagged grunge punk rockers, CHILDREN COLLIDE; the melodic summer sounds of THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS; with their stripped back garage rock THE SOFT PACK (USA); local singer/songwriter DAN SULTAN having done us proud making it big on the national stage; for the first time in Australia behold the shimmering brightness of Californian four-piece, THE MORNING BENDERS (USA); THE COOL KIDS (USA) bring their brand of classic hip hop; JUNIP (SWE) featuring Jose Gonzalez (vocals and guitar), Tobias Winterkorn (keyboards) and Elias Araya (drums); KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS’ (UK) quirky blend of vintage inspired rockabilly, swing and country; with an amazing vocal range, quirky persona and edgy lyrics MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS* (UK) for the first time in Australia; the stunning harmonies of Townsville’s THE MIDDLE EAST; indie melodies of CLOUD CONTROL; sailing right into the heart of The Falls Festival, YACHT CLUB DJs* bring their churning, energetic set; revel in the heavenly sounds of Australia’s pop darling, WASHINGTON; the dense harmonies and brooding arrangements of BOY AND BEAR; formerly New Buffalo and co-writer of Feist hit ‘1234’, SALLY SELTMANN*; downright funk and soul from THE BAMBOOS; flamenco and live Latin Cuban percussion from TIJUANA CARTEL; one of the coolest men on the planet right now, master turntablist A-TRAK (CAN); witness the wizardry of EDAN THE DEE-JAY (USA) and his magnificent array of musical talents; an eclectic, infamous DJ set from Vampire Weekend’s CHRIS BAIO (USA); champion beatboxer, BEARDYMAN (UK) uses no pre-recorded material to create amazing tracks before your very eyes; THE CUBAN BROTHERS (UK) presenting one of the most hilarious and bizarre live dance and comedy shows you’re ever likely to witness; energetic, four-piece Melbourne dance band, WORLD’S END PRESS*; Norwegian masters of danceable electronic, CASIOKIDS* (NOR); with a reputation as one of the nation’s finest and most eccentric songwriters, DAN KELLY*; Senegalese rappers DAARA J FAMILY (AFR) with their afro-beats and reggae inspired sounds; be whisked to a world of French rhythms and sublime pop with JAMAICA* (FRA); the furious guitar picking and gravel soaked vocals of blues singer CHARLIE PARR; the crashing percussion, joyous vocals and swooning keys of JONATHAN BOULET*; sophisticated indie pop of, THE JEZABELS; fuzz-driven, brooding rock to melancholic piano from BIG SCARY; effortlessly catchy pop-rock of LAST DINOSAURS*; spreading satisfyingly good beats with a spectacular live audio visual DJ performance, SAMPOLOGY*; like a cross between The Rolling Stones circa 1971 and some kind of lost Beck b-side – it’s EAGLE AND THE WORM*; JINJA SAFARI* bring together Afropop rhythms and tumbling island-guitar sounds; electro-pop, synth heavy sounds of duo, TIM AND JEAN*; delivering mammoth Afro beats to the dance-floor, THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA*.
Other Sunset Sounds acts:
THE SOFT PACK (USA), KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS (UK), THE COOL KIDS (USA),DAARA J FAMILY (AFR), ASH GRUNWALD, CHILDREN COLLIDE, THE MIDDLE EAST, CLOUD CONTROL, BOY AND BEAR, YACHT CLUB DJs, WASHINGTON, CHARLIE PARR, JUNIP (SWE), THE MORNING BENDERS (USA), THE BAMBOOS, TIJUANA CARTEL, CHRIS BAIO (VAMPIRE WEEKEND) DJ SET (USA).