Over the years, The Kooks have proven themselves to be pillars of the UK indie pop world, with their illustrious career launching with the release of their iconic debut studio album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’. The quadruple-platinum selling album boasts hits including BRIT Award nominated ‘She Moves in Her Own Way’, ‘You Don’t Love Me’ and the band’s top five single ‘Naive’. The album has grown a cult following over the years and thanks to streaming a whole new generation of fans on the cusp of adulthood, heading off to university and exploring the world of clubbing have discovered the album. ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ became an essential classic and remains so today. The Kooks are making their way down under for Grapevine Gathering to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their renowned album.
With a discography that features platinum single after platinum single – from the ARIA Award-winning, four-times platinum single ‘High’ (2014), which was the #1 most played track on triple j that year while coming it at #2 in the Hottest 100, to the triple-platinum witching hour anthem ‘Stranger’ ft. Swedish artist Elliphant (2016), which won them another ARIA and has since racked up over 50 million Spotify streams, and ‘Fake Magic’ (2017), featuring vocals by Aussie songstress AlunaGeorge to ‘Fire’ (2018), the four-time platinum track that is, quite literally, pure fire – the Peking Duk boys have unabashedly earned themselves a reputation as Australia’s most beloved, most bonkers electronic music act.
Brisbane’s melancholic pop masters Ball Park Music are made of five curious minds that thrive on musical experimentation. Their inventiveness is akin to that of UK supergroup Superorganism’s playful collaboration; the Avalanches’ ability to synchronise diverse genres, and Elliott Smith’s knack for carrying sadness with an honest wit. It has been a tremendous journey since the five-piece formed in 2008 while studying music at university. In nine years, they’ve produced six albums – the last five having consecutively debuted in the top 10 of the ARIA charts. The band continue to sell out bigger venues each time they tour and regularly appear on the Australian festival circuit, including Falls Festival, Groovin’ The Moo and Splendour in the Grass.
The Veronicas hail from Australia, yet their impact has been felt around the globe. Twin sisters, Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, were teenagers when they moved to LA, signed a record deal with Sire Records and released their first album, The Secret Life Of…. and three top ten singles including the timeless anthem 4Ever. Quickly gaining a following worldwide, The Veronicas released their iconic global hit ‘Untouched’, as well as chart topping tracks ‘Hook Me Up’, ‘You Ruin Me’ and “My Blood”. The duo’s song has already amassed millions of streams and critically acclaim, it was the Most Added Song to Australian radio the week of release and was certified GOLD soon after. With Ten top 10 hits, 3 x Number Ones, 500 million+ streams, ARIA Awards and more than 175 million Youtube/VEVO streams and 3.5 million social connections The Veronicas are unstoppable.
Confidence Man are unarguably one of the hottest acts on the planet right now. A portable party that’s levelled dance floors and flattened festival crowds as it’s rolled out across the world, their performances are custom designed to make you dance and lose your cool. Confidence Man’s highly anticipated sophomore album TILT has received praise from the likes of CLASH, Brooklyn Vegan, Rolling Stone UK, NME UK + AU, The Line of Best Fit, Mojo and Dork Mag, adds to triple j and BBC6 and spins on BBC Radio 1, KEXP and Beats 1.
If you’ve followed 25-year-old Gus Dapperton’s career from the bright and charming early singles and EPs to 2018’s full-length album Where Polly People Go to Read, you’ll have recognized that the singer-songwriter-producer has entered new territory on his latest release Orca. The album explores human pain and suffering, but also healing and redemption. Gus’s creative decisions in pursuit of a raw sound to match these raw emotions didn’t come easily. “I’m a huge advocate for putting myself in vulnerable positions in my music,” he says but admits that confronting these feelings “was a chance to be open that I was afraid of.” But he pushed himself and, with the help of his friends and family, came out on the other side stronger. Watchs out for more new music to come in 2022!
Jack River has not only proved herself as a powerhouse musician in recent years, but as a voice for change. She is a writer, entrepreneur and promoter, starting the annual Grow Your Own Festival in her hometown of Forster–promoting local and sustainable culture–and in 2017 co-founding Electric Lady, a movement that has her curating all-women stages and festivals as well as creating opportunities for female acts that previously didn’t exist. Her advocacy for local music kicked off a viral campaign resulting in Our Soundtrack Our Stories, an open invitation from our country's music community to the rest of the country to discover, champion, share, and consume more local music.
Alice Skye is a Wergaia/Wemba Wemba person living and writing music in Naarm (Melbourne). Since her first album Friends with Feelings, released on the CAAMA Label, Alice has signed with Bad Apples Music, the Indigenous-driven label, founded by Briggs, that celebrates and priorities' blak excellence. Her work continues to look inwards and explores finding staunchness in softness. Today, Alice further shapes a reputation for bringing forth unparalleled emotional exposure and introspective story-telling to her work, who’s universality in substance continues to engage with far-reaching audiences. Alice has released two acclaimed singles since 2020, Grand Ideas and most recently Stay In Bed. She has also taken part in the Kev Carmody/Paul Kelly collaboration of Cannot Buy My Soul for which she sang a cover of Blue You, a song which has always resonated strongly with her.
Known for her considered synth work, mellow guitars and driving bass lines layered with her distinctive vocals, Nyxen has created a unique space for herself at the intersection of electronic, indie, pop and dance music. Effortlessly moving across genres, Nyxen has amassed a following of dedicated listeners, from early releases Running and In The City to recent additions Nightmare and Tunnels, Nyxen has clocked impressive streaming numbers worldwide and garnered radio support across Australia and New Zealand. Since inception, Nyxen has maintained a presence across some of Australia and New Zealand's biggest festivals. including Field Day, Listen Out, Splendour in the Grass, Big Pineapple Festival, Mardi Gras NZ and Bay Dreams NZ.
Becca Hatch is just 19 years of age, her resume is already littered with stellar achievements; from winning triple j's Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative in 2017, to show-stopping performances at the State of Origin and the Sydney Opera House. With a sound rooted in R&B; Becca leans into her Samoan heritage with powerful gospel choir vocals and tranquil island sounds, while her Indigenous roots are evident through storytelling and poignant self-reflection. Working with renowned producers including Willstah and Solo), Rebecca is quickly diversifying her sound while maintaining the emotive power that has already won her a nationwide audience.
Ex-tradies turned instagram celebrities ‘The Inspired Unemployed’ will be hosting Grapevine Gathering and performing changeover DJ sets around the country. The duo started their instagram account during COVID out of boredom sharing hilarious skits and videos. They now have almost a million followers, have quit their day jobs as tradies, and have collaborated with the likes of Vogue, GQ and Louis Vuitton.