This weekend, Grampians Music Festival brings an all-star lineup of homegrown talent that includes the likes of Julia Jacklin, Ecca Vandal, These New South Whales and DRMNGNOW to the picturesque Grampians Mountain Ranges for a truly dreamy two-day event.
To help get you in the mood, Zoe from The Buoys, who are playing Grampians this year, has curated a playlist featuring every other act performing and provided some insight behind every track.
Julia Jacklin – ‘Pressure to Party’
It’s near impossible to not to jump and flail your arms about while singing at the top of your lungs to this banger.
Ecca Vandal – ‘Closing Ceremony’
This song makes me feel like I’m the hero of the day in a huge fight scene. The breakdown near the end is EVERYTHING.
These New South Wales – ‘Nerve 2 Reverse’
This song has such a driving pulse to it that keeps pushing it and pushing it forward. It’s an anthemic piece of gold best yelled.
DRMNGNOW – ‘Indigenous Land’
DRMNGNOW addresses so many important themes in this track with such a raw energy, it’s ridiculously compelling.
Elizabeth – ‘here’
Elizabeth’s haunting vocals polish every track on this album, this was a tough pick but I love the catchy melodies in this absolute head bopper. It gets me from the first line.
Maddy Jane – ‘Something Old and Something New’
This one was easy for me. The first time I heard this song I had to listen to it on repeat like 50 times and ride that emotional roller coaster, it was very self indulgent. Maddy has this way of putting you in her shoes, you have no choice but to sit in the song.
CLYPSO – ‘D.Y.S (Defend Your Situation)’
This latest single is the ultimate pump up song. The sharp and punchy hook compels me to dance with absolutely no filter.
RAAVE TAPES – ‘stabs’
I have the biggest place in my heart for these Novocastrians and this song is no exception. Lewis’ drumming is phenomenal and Lindsay’s voice in the reprise is such a sick contrast to Joab’s amazing and present voice. I love love love this song!
Zoe Fox and the Rocket Clocks – ‘Spare Me The Time’
This song is ridiculously groovy and Zoe’s vocals are so stunning in this one. Makes me feel like I’m living in a black and white film… and I’ve definitely just solved a crime.
Yergurl – ‘Skateboard’
The first time I heard the line “You left your skateboard in my room, is this the last time I’ll see you,” I was transported back in time to when this actually happened to a pimply 16 year old me and I was truly shook.
Miiesha – ‘Drowning’
Instant goosebumps and such an important message. I could listen to Miiesha’s voice forever, it has the most breathtaking tone and natural break to it.
Feels – ‘Fake Fur’
I’d actually not heard Feels’ stuff before but I’m glad I’ve had a deep dive now! This song’s catchy and the production is sick.
Pink Matter – ‘Dope’
Also a new discovery for me! The beat of this song is sooooo good! I can’t wait to dance to this one.
Quivers – ‘You’re Not Always On My Mind’
Getting into Quivers discography has been a wild and transformative love story for me. I have a new favourite band (any band that has a song called ‘Ridin’ On The Hearses’ needs a gold medal). But for its glimmering energy I’ve chosen ‘You’re Not Always On My Mind’, it’s a powerful and magnetising song.
Pinch Points – ‘Lifetime Member’
This whole album is so freaking good! If I’m gonna be a lifetime member of any club I want it to be with Pinch Points. This song especially is such a belter.
Gacui – ‘In the Night’
I’ll never forget the first time I heard this song. Antonia’s voice in this makes me feel all the things and the builds/breaks before the absolute banger that is the chorus gets me every time! This is such a catchy pump up.
Sledgehammer – ‘Oh My God’
A new discovery for me and wow. The back and forth of the intro and first verse is crafted so beautifully and the pace of the song is poiifect. This is ridiculously well written, I’m loving it.
Gamjee – ‘Legacy Project’
This is a masterpiece. I’m excited to see this played live. I love the movement of the accents keeping me guessing. Love love love this one!
Grampians Music Festival 2020
Friday, February 28 – Saturday, February 29
Halls Gap, Victoria