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More Acts Added To Australia’s New European-Style Camping Festival, Disconnect

Written by Michael Carr on October 14, 2015

Following on from their first announcement last month, WA’s Disconnect Music Festival has just released its second run of artists, with some huge local acts joining the already fully stacked festival.

Keeping it local, Perth’s very own beard loving psychedelic collective Pond head up the latest list of artists, joining the likes of Flight Facilities, Chet Faker, Father John Misty and more from the first announcement.

With City Calm Down, Harts and even one of this reporter’s favourite local Sydney acts Mezko also part of this last announcement, you can peruse the full list of acts set to join the festival at the bottom of the article.

However, Disconnect is about more than just music, offering a more European model on a camping festival and offering a diverse range of Art, Comedy, Burlesque, Vaudeville and most importantly Adventure. Spreading the action across a range of themed stages such as the vintage 1933 Speakeasy clubhouse, the lost world of the Secret Garden stage and the intimate non-consecrated Chapel to host acoustic acts, Disconnect is truly a wonderland for the senses.

Regardless of all this side stage fun, the centre piece of the festival is nevertheless the Darling View Amphitheatre. A natural amphitheatre (seems you can’t have a festival without one these days) with stunning views of the Darling Ranges behind, and the Milky Way above, this stunning location will host the main stage of the festival, and its top acts.

For the foodies out there they’ve got The Mess Hall which will be offering gourmet breakfast and coffee in the morning as well as a program of spoken word and comedy acts. Meanwhile Chow Town offers a huge range of international food and drink and there’ll be multiple licensed areas throughout the site.

Then there’s Adventureland with it’s flying fox, climbing wall and more for the children or young at heart. Then there’s the Imaginarium round the corner which also has the kiddies covered during the day with plenty of circus style entertainment. That’s before the sun sets though, when the fun filled space turns into the more adult cabaret and burlesque oriented Risque theatre.

There is also a mini golf course, tennis and and basketball courts, beach volleyball, cricket nets, pool tables, a full size oval and even a pool to freshen up in. And if it’s even more relaxation you’re after, there’s The Sanctuary – a spa haven where you can relax, refresh and rejuvenate.

Held over the weekend of the 11th – 13th of December tickets are on sale now. Check out the full lineup, along with a breakdown of all the utterly ridonkulous stages and festival activities on offer, below.

Gallery: Pond @ Splendour In The Grass 2015, 25/07/15 / Photographed by Yael Stempler

Disconnect 2015 Lineup

Pond
City Calm Down
Harts
Peter Bibby
Timothy Nelson & The Infidels
Mathas
Sid Pattni
Death Disco DJs
Tommyhawks
Fait
Hamjam
Lucy Peach
Edde
Angus Dawson
RU
Antiques Roadshow
Bloom
Benny Mayhem
Bedouin Sea
WAAPA Gospel Choir
Sydnee Carter
Sean Wise
K-La
Mezko
The River Styx
DJ Rovy Rush
DJ Eddy Electric

Joining…

Chet Faker
Flight Facilities
Father John Misty (USA)
Neon Indian (USA)
Mercury Rev (USA)
Meg Mac
The Jungle Giants
Tkay Maidza
Goat (SWE)
Optimo (UK)
Julia Holter (USA)
Bully (USA)
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
Abbe May
Felicity Groom
Tired Lion
Slum Sociable
Ruby Boots
Methyl Ethel
Command Q
Woodes
Akouo
Jessica Pratt (USA)
Lilt
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Joni In The Moon
Grrl Pal
Spire
Helen Shanahan

Disconnect 2015

Friday, 11th December – Sunday, 13th December 2015
Fairbridge Village WA
Tickets: Disconnect

Stages:

Darling View Amphitheatre: The main stage sits at the bottom of a beautiful natural amphitheatre, with the rolling Darling Ranges as a backdrop and the Milky Way for a rooftop.

The Chapel: The 200-seat, heritage listed, non-consecrated CHAPEL, will host acoustic sets from our very special guests. Pull up a pew, soak up the atmosphere, and be dazzled by the acoustics as some of the hottest names in music treat you to the most intimate of experiences.

The Secret Garden: A natural wonderland is nestled in the beautiful gardens of the historic Fairbridge House. It’s an enchanted garden where you while away the day, with soulful DJ sets, cool vibes, great conversations and delicious long drinks.

Late Night Speakeasy: Built in 1933, the last year of Prohibition, the sprawling multi-story Club House is the venue for the eclectic 1933. Taking inspiration from its era, this venue comes alive late into the night with hot ‘n’ sweaty electroswing, big band, rockabilly, stomping northern soul sets and outlandish performance moments.

Activities:

The Mess Hall: Not only offers gourmet breakfast and fine coffee in the morning, it also hosts inspiring “Big Ideas for Breakfast” talks, Spoken Word in the afternoon and a full Comedy program in the evening, including Bogan Bingo and stand up.

Adventureland: Perfect for the kids and big kids at heart, with a fully staffed giant flying fox, rockclimbing wall, a tyre swing and heaps more.

The Imaginarium: A huge circus tent full of fun entertainment for the kids all day. By night, the kids wonderland transforms into…

Risque: A burlesque and cabaret extravaganza.

Sport: There’s a mini golf course, basketball and tennis courts, beach volleyball, cricket nets, pool tables and a full size oval. There’s even a pool to freshen up and cure any fuzzy heads.

The Sanctuary: A spa haven where you can relax and rejuvenate.

Chow Town: Offers a huge range of international epicurean delights and bespoke beverages. There’ll be multiple licensed areas throughout the site.

Market Alley: If you’re after a bit of handmade retail therapy, this is the place for you.

Workshops: To fuel your creativity and thirst for knowledge. There’s a range of programs including arts and crafts, photography and heaps more.

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