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Boogie 12

Our Friend's Farm (formerly Bruzzy Park) Tallarook, VIC | March 30 - April 1, 2018

Line Up


Ready? Of course you are. Hose out your mind, locate your tent pegs and pack your flannies; BOOGIE FESTIVAL is back on the farm, more fabulous than ever. It’ll be getting good weird in Tallarook, Victoria over the 2018 Easter weekend.

The now cult three-day extravaganza will revel and shimmy in the mid autumnal tones of a super (though not sickly) sweet line-up. What’s the go? One big stage, one wacky clubhouse, one hillbilly late night disco, one mysterious shearing shed, many bars, scrumptious and nourishing food outlets, Boogie bucks, and a bevy of like-minded splendid humans getting involved in the party of their lives! 

And there are bands too. Quite a few of them. A bustling bundle of handpicked local and international acts eitheron the up and up or at the tip top peak of their capabilities. Who is on the sonic menu? Read on for the delicious scoop below.


. Strap in for musical goodness all weekend long from bands on the main stage or Clubhouse, DJs from the truck or the late night Hillbilly stage.

Providence, Rhode Island four-piece DEER TICK have been galvanised by years spent traversing the highways and byways of America. They’ve honed their craft for well over a decade, becoming one of the most respected acts on the unforgiving Americana scene. Touring Australia this March with the legendary Jason Isbell, Deer Tick will deliver Boogie to new heights. With recent dual releases, Vol 1 and Vol 2 in tow, they’re set to sling their dichotomous Americana and more punk-inspired, garage rock predilection

No question, CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS get hearts pumping and drinks flowing. The award-winning sextet has been hypnotising audiences worldwide for the last few years thus with their mix of psychedelic rock, country and blues, irresistibly honest lyrics and Savage's instantly recognisable, growling vocals. They marry shredding guitar, hammering banjo and heartbreaking fiddle, and they’re hailed amongst the very best.

Well, previous Boogie alumni THE MURLOCS will be exerting their expert riff-laden swagger, pumping out tight-knit garage r'&'b. These sexy buggers are right off the back of wooing crowds at Gizzfest with their blues-borne world weariness.

Next, TROPICAL FUCK STORM. More than just the best band name this side of Timbuktu. Two parts The Drones. One part High Tension. One part Harmony. 100% swirling, snarling art-punk-psych-experimental-rock awesomeness. Guitars and keys and other gadgets. Don't miss their Boogie debut. 

MILDLIFE take the musical canvas, rip the lids off the paint tins, and throw vibrant slashes of colour into kaleidoscopic jams. A dedicated live band. An out of body experience. A cosmic funk house band for a party at the edge of the universe.

AMYL & THE SNIFFERS. Crikey. Fronted by aggressive, snarling, charming, kick-ass Amy Taylor; punk personified. Expect razor-sharp riffs, stories from the mean streets of Melbourne, and pub rock that'd give the Cosmic Psychos a run for their money in the true-blue stakes. Simple: they are just the bloody best. Talk of the town.

PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS is a four-piece psych rock band straight outta Perth, who turn up the intensity to 11. Their constantly shifting rhythmical patterns suspend you in a journey through time and space. Coming off the blocks in 2015, the boys have quickly cooked up a tasty concoction that everyone wants a piece of. Their debut album ‘High Visvera {Part 1}’ has seen them support the likes of fellow legends and all-round shredders King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats and Skeggs. Rippa.

From modest beginnings as suburban Melbourne house-party punks, CLOWNS have become an unstoppable, undeniable force. They've dominated international stages, sharing 'em with a swag of punk icons, and sold out tons of local headline dates. Next, Clowns are primed destroy the Boogie stage, and some eardrums along the way. Insubordinate instigators of madness, this four-piece of badass motherfuckers manufacture distortion-drenched, punk-laden power-pop, with every intention to kick your arse and ruin your life.

St. Louis native and indie folk rocker ANGEL OLSEN (SOLO) is a human dynamo. She recorded and toured as a backing singer with Bonnie "Prince" Billy and the Cairo Gang, before embarking on her own instantly acclaimed career. Her transfixing and intimate indie folk sound bridges classic country crooning and stylised garage rock. Currently touring the world, blowing minds, breaking hearts and being an all-round boss, folks can’t get enough of her and now it’s time Boogie to get in on the action.

Another Melbourne fave, punk trio CABLE TIES push punk past its compact aspirations and into a grinding, chugging assault. Their frenetic lead lines and hypnotic rhythmic section allowJenny McKechnie to deliver anthems that turn latent anxieties into rallying cries. These three friends weld punk and kraut rock and boogie to stretch songs past breaking point in the search for a joyous rush and to shake shit up. Look the heck out.

We loved them at Boogie 8 and we still do, so lucky for us, the enigmatic THE FROWNING CLOUDS are back after a brief hiatus. After their beginnings at high school with a common love for uncommon music, the five-piece Geelong outfit burst onto the scene a couple of years back. Their jangly, surf-tinged 60's-style lo-fidelity rock'n'roll tips its hat to their favourite sounds of old. Its also won them bucketloads of fans.

Oh boy, FRASER A. GORMAN is a true delight. He deftly crafts tunes around his wry wry charm and offbeat storytelling. Like an indie wizard. Or an alternative rock shaman. Another excellent Milk! Records alumnus, Fraser will be most welcome to Boogie, where he'll no doubt soothe the souls of intrepid partygoers with his smart and soulful American-influenced sonic wares.

GOOD BOY. Not, in fact a furry friend, but a new friend nonetheless. Brisbane-via-Bundaberg raging indie garage punk goodness for your ears and for your soul. Toured with Japandroids and The Creases and been smashed like a pinata on triple j, even though they're pretty new to this whole being a band thing. Their new single is called 'A Waste of Approximately 122 Million Dollars (Taxpayer Funded)'; a sign they'll fit riiiight in at Boogie.

Lotta folks said a lotta fine things about MICHAEL HURLEY. Not least that he's one of America's last true outsider folk troubadours. A real gem, and an utter delight, his career has spanned almost half a century. Revered by the likes of Cat Power, Calexico, and us, expect deft yarn weaving and mesmerising musical magic from this last unreconstructed jazzy folk shaman. Also a cartoonist and watercolor artist of note, Mr. Hurley is a real humdinger Renaissance man, and we're thrilled to have him.

Zimbabwean born THANDO is Melbourne’s newest first lady of R&B. Bow down. She’s a powerhouse vocalist and mixes electronica and soul into a goddamn captivating performance. Killing it at BIGSOUND, Strawberry Fields, St Kilda Fest and supporting Maxwell, REMI and Sampa the Great to name a few, she’s coming to Boogie to show us how it’s done.

Being banned from YouTube, booed at America’s Got Talent, and lauded for their irreverence by a global cult following is no mean feet. And that’s why we welcome BIRDCLOUD­ to Boogie with open arms. With a healthy dose of humour, Nashville country-punk duo Jasmin Kaset and Makenzie Green have spent the past five years touring dive bars and lavish theatres across America and Europe. They’re two ferocious artists who are kicking dirt and taking names. A must-see act this Boogie.

With her new album Young Love a-brewing, Melbourne folk singer JESS RIBEIRO will have some tasty tunes to share come Easter. She rocked a killer residency at The Tote earlier this year and is a lauded artist who draws tonnes of attention and admiration. Her songs are cinematic and lyrics rhythmic and evocative, conjuring images that are dimly lit, but nonetheless electric. Ribeiro’s variety of brooding rock and roll soundtracks sleepless nights and dark drives but never loses sight of the stories at its core.

Described as a 'sombre folk dandy' and from Warrnambool, DIDIRRI happily calls Melbourne home. A singer-songwriter in a class of his own he draws listeners into his vortex of unapologetic storytelling, often punctuated with self-depreciating humour and tales of modern escapades. Inspired by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Glen Hansard, Joni Mitchell and even Tina Fey, he’s beautifully not yet numbed by the world. He wanted a life that was more than ordinary; and to be a cop or a muso but lacked the discipline to complete paperwork so …

Dropping a raw and organic imprint of Hip Hop and Trip Bass infused with inspired conscious lyrics, Indigenous Australian act INDIGENOISE bring the ancient wisdom of the old ways into the new age. On stage they empower the individual, and stand united as Indigenous youth, dominating the mass consciousness with their gift of music, traditional ceremony and dance. Representing the red, black, yellow and white people of the earth, they alchemise a powerful voice of ancient and contemporary culture.

Retro-edged pop gurus CREPES began in the depths of Ballarat. After relocating to Melbourne they were joined by a few more kindred spirits and together their catchy guitar pop and mid 70s style (think Paul McCartney’s Wings, or Steely Dan’s more stripped-back moments) make pegs shake it like they were born to do. Exploring young love, aspiration, self-doubt and lost relationships they’ll no doubt find a place in the hearts of the Boogie faithful.

HACHIKU writes and produces dream pop with an avant garde twist from whichever bedroom she is currently inhabiting. Since releasing her self-titled debut EP on Milk! Records, she’s played a packed out residency at The Tote, opened for Fazerdaze, Camp Cope and Jen Cloher and went on national tour with Saskwatch. Hachiku’s unique brand of operatic glitter, paints dreamy landscapes of monumental sound. The recent additions of a multi-talented, four-piece band and her signature bedroom beats have been creating quite a buzz.

Superficially, it would seem easy to define LOWTIDE’s music - reverb drenched, richly layered, heavily textured and brings to mind bands like The Cure, Ride, My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. But, to categorise their sound as simply “shoegaze” is to miss the point entirely! There’s a good reason there’s been a bunch of hype round them over the past decade. They don’t just live up to it, (the hype we mean) they surpass it completely and they’ve got a new completely dreamy release dropping just in time for Boogie!

LUKE ELLIOT. Boy, is he a handsome fellow. He's also a gosh darn talented songwriter. Hailing from Princeton, New Jersey, best brace yourselves for his uber-electic mix of crooner rock'n'roll, spaghetti western music, classic country, and pop standards, and bluesy, gin-soaked swagger. We don't wanna brag, but this guy's drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. No big deal. But he sure is. Not to be missed.

To explain HUGE MAGNET you just need to Imagine an 1976 HJ panel van with a 202 rumbling under the bonnet, Winnie Reds on the dash, band gear and a couple of slabs of beer and spirits and shit in the back doing doughnuts at the crossroads of blues, rock, boogie and old school good times, but now, so fuckin’ now. From the Wild West, W.A., where the sounds of boogie rock and a beer can opening make total sense. Tallarook, HUGE MAGNET aren’t fucking around. House rocking good times guaranteed.

Melbourne faves, BITCH DIESEL are The Falcon, Charger, Silver Skidmark and The Stang - four extraordinarily intelligent and becoming Aussie sheilas shredding out intricately composed liquor infused notes of genius. Chasing down fame and fortune and rarely late to a live performance these broads are able to play for the full 30 minutes, if required. After a much talked about and packed to the rafters surprise show in the Clubhouse last year we couldn’t wait to ask them back. This time front and centre to rip it up on the main stage.

Comin' in hot from Nashville, Tennessee, JUSTIN & THE COSMICS (USA) will bring their whiskey-soaked, punk-inspired rock and roll down to the farm. If you want to see a real punk band, not some indie band that calls themselves that because they use fuzz pedals and wear Converse, this the band for you. There’s the Clash, the Modern Lovers, and even that original punk, Elvis, in their sound. Authentic and badass. You'd be bonkers to miss.

Speaking of knock-out bands from Nashville, husband and wife duo THE SMOKING FLOWERS (USA) will be in the midst their Australian tour with fellow Boogie 12 teammates, DEER TICK when they grace us with their poetic perfection. Looking for some sweet country music with a bit of a punk-rock kick? Lock your eyes and ears on The Smoking Flowers.

Rising from the ashes of beloved indie-rock outfit Leader Cheetah, THE SAN SEBASTIAN is two brothers, reunited and re-inspired to knock your socks off. Visceral, magical, multi-layered indie-rock with a cinematic twist. Hold onto your seat people, the San Sebastian are about to take off.

SOUTHERN RIVER BAND are a rock and roll dance party from the wrong side of the tracks. Influenced by the purest rock and roll bands of the 70’s and 80’s, from Bob Seger to Van Halen. These fellas mix it all up with a dash of Boogie Woogie and a sprinkle of Country, or as an anonymous someone once said “Just sounds like a goddamn Saturday night”. Good times are guaranteed.

As always, the Boogie Truck DJs will make sure those hips don't stop swingin' between bands over at the mainstage, while our Hillbilly stage DJs commandeer the journey into the wee hours. Your 2018 flight crew includes...

DAVID SMILEY. Blowing minds at Meredith last year with his wild sounds, young David will back up at the most coveted DJ slot west of Seymour - Boogie! David plays a wide range of genres from disco & house to afro & 80's Japanese synth pop. He's not afraid of mixing classic big tunes into weird gems and rare groove. Who knows where this hard working moustacheod tour guide will take us?!

GLENNY G. GG didn’t make a name for himself as one part of Triple R’s Infamous Best Of The Brat. He has however made a name for himself as the third greatest Boogie Stage Manager of all time. Glenny g has forced himself onto line-ups all over the world playing party tunes or bizarre sets made up of only showtunes from South Korea to South Melbourne, New York to Newtown and Glen Waverley to The Reeperbahn.

EMMA PEEL. Emma has been spinning records for over 15 years and collecting them for even longer. She’s been a fixture on PBS FM for a decade with her show, Switched On, and played the whole gamut of Melbourne festivals - Falls Festival, Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, MIFF, and more. Emma’s been invited to spin at jazz clubs in France and Italy and at various joints across the USA. With a love of Latin soul and a soft spot for soul-jazz, Emma’s record stash is pretty darn wonderful and spans these genres and many others including Brazilian funk and samba, European beat and garage, rhythm and blues and jazz-funk. You can expect to hear this and more when she takes to the turntables at Boogie 2018.

DJ ANDEE FROST. Rejoice Boogie sinners, the big guy is back (again! and again!). From the ghettos of Lilydale, The self styled king of handbag gospel has come down from the mountaintop to cleanse our battered ears at the Hillbilly Mardi Gras. What Boogie Sunday would be complete without the big hatted emperor of anthemic vinyl beats sanctifying all before him! Who needs nangs and poppers when Andee Frost is on da decks? Stick people come down from your trees and worship at the alter of Frostington!!! One more time with or without feeling! The grand Poo-bar of Melbourne late night clubland is back, and he’s brasher, bolder and bigger than ever!

DJ MIND LEAF. As one half of Melbourne based duo Sleep D and record label Butter Sessions, Maryouss AKA DJ Mind Leaf has submerged himself in the Australian music landscape for the past 8 years producing, performing, DJing and releasing music from local artists, whilst making strong links with international artists. In the last four years he has jumped from end to end of the musical spectrum, expanding his selections with music from his Middle Eastern heritage, to new wave, dub, jazz and everything in between. This need for diversity has lead him to co-found new label Research Records.

FAUX PAS NOIR. At the heart of any decadent gathering of gorgeous souls there always lies one common thread: that of an inherent desire to shake what your mama gave you. With FAUX PAS NOIR, it goes without saying that with the first badonk of the 808 and tss of the divine high hat, you will be giving your mama a run for her money and probably looking more chic than ever before. Fresh off the ss/2097 runway, FAUX PAS NOIR will take you on an impeccably styled journey of booty bopping, hip popping (slightly shocking) diva, delight, and deca-dance!!!

DAVID HEARD. Born and raised on acid country, David Heard has been hardworking and dedicated to the PBS airwaves for many years - bringing listeners the best in local and far flung country and roots every Thursday afternoon. A veteran of Boogie and the second oldest man on site (after Larry), he can be found doing marathon sessions in the clubhouse, asleep in the tipi, or up on the truck sharing his wealth of country wisdom and grace with our ears and minds.

LARRY KRONICK JR. This old geezer somehow performed at, and/or survived 25 years of the Big Day Out Lilypad, a dozen Fuji Rock Festivals, a lot of Boogies, as well as dj-ing a wedding in Tassie once. Pretty clapped out really but somehow manages to pulls some magick out of his arse once a year at far away land called Hillbilly.

BT. BT’S Country Moanings will get your day rolling and make that sunshine sweeter, busting out the hit picks on 45s of early country and blues, sixties and seventies superstars, and the rock and roll tunes that ease the mind into the Boogie day ahead. From good ol’ Hank to Sir Douglas, Dylan to The Band, Muddy to early Stones and every West Coast tune that matters.

Plus ...

The Peoples Liberated Cardboard Liberation Weapons Parade Revolution or P.L.C.L.W.R. or actually just the amazing gang that is BOXWARS return for their 11th consecutive Boogie! They are an annual highlight for young and old, and each year bring a new show to their Boogie fans. With the world wide tensions that surround us currently, this year’s theme is perhaps their most poignant yet. The mystery wil be unvieled on Boogie Saturday in the late arvo. It's been another massive year for Boxwars. Their cardboard vulture was the star of Boogie alumni KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD's “Vulture People” clip. They also participated in a new entry to the Guinness World Records biggest banana split in Innisfail. All using recycle cardboard and bananas that would normally be tossed. An 8km banana split. We would like to see that at Boogie!

Always a big hit, and a chance to further enhance your Boogie experience, the shaky ol’ clubhouse is stepping it up even more this year. It will host intimate performances, in addition to their main stage action, by MICHAEL HURLEY, LUKE ELLIOT, ROLLER ONE, BIRDCLOUD and some surprises too. Their will be late night karaoke featuring the talents of THE SMOKING FLOWERS and JUSTIN & THE COSMICS to recreate some late night, East Nashville, dive bar shenanighans. In another new addition, there will be an opportunity for the Boogie children to show their show business skills on Boogie Sunday morning after the Easter egg hunt. Your hosts, David and Teddy Friend, will guide your morning. Add to this the nutritional delights of hot apple pies on Friday night and “high” tea on Sunday, the clubhouse is a place to be! Grand tunes will flow from an assortment of dodgy DJs all weekend long too.

Shake it loose together……all night long at the OUTPOST with your host, Nugget Ginsberg. One of Melbourne’s leading extroverts and one of only 11 people to have been at all Boogies, he will entertain mind, body and soul with spontaneous poetry slams at the Outpost on top of Boogie Hill from midnight until sunrise on Saturday and Sunday night. Calma sutra sex in a cup, marathon all inclusive beat poetry readings and existental random moments throughout.

We gotta nourish your palette and keep you hydrated too, so let's welcome this year's fine offerings for the tummy. All our good friends are back, TACO TRUCK, BEATBOX KITCHEN, LIMONCELLO, BLUEBONNET BBQ, THE SMOOTHIE CO. and thai goodness from POK N KOK.

Our good pals from ROOFTOP BAR will once again be on hand to serve out delicious drinks in all shapes and forms. Pots and pints, shots and cocktails, vino, softies, whatever we they can muster.

So there you have it, folks. The full low-down on the Boogie 12 hoedown.

Boogie offers a splendid opportunity to resurrect your party spirit three days in a row. Boutique and beautiful. It is Boogie number Twelve. Unlike any other. A mixed bag, united in awesomeness under the Boogie banner.