7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD COME TO FKA FESTIVAL WITH US*

FKA Festival is gracing the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate for the first time this October, and it sure does have a doozy of a line up.

While you’re probably used to hearing your Mum and her friends go on about “how great Jazz in the Vines was in 2011”, like you, I never really imagined seeing anyone other than Fleetwood Mac or national icon Cold Chisel on a balmy spring arvo in the valley.

So, without further ado, here are some incentives to get amongst it.

GRACE TURNER

GRACE TURNER

7. As a big believer in home grown produce, the line-up is STACKED with local legends. Grace Turner (yes), Trophy Eyes (big mood), VACATIONS (huge mood) and good thanks (absolutely) all hail from the steel city of Newcastle and it’s surrounds, and it’s really really really cool to see cool people doing cool things.

Grace Turner, is Newcastle's latest golden gal with some serious bad bish vibes. The singer x songwriter brings forth an intensely personal touch to the process, with her tracks being a collation of her human experience. "Angry" is a perfect paradox of highly emotive language and soulful indie-folk tones. Defs a cry at the traffic lights/10

Trophy Eyes, have really bloody taken the country by storm haven't they? The last year and a half has been HUGE for the Newy boys after featuring on the bill for the 2017 Vans Warper Tour in the states, their passports must been well truly STAMPED from the amount of touring they're currently clocking. This present moment they are back in the U.S. on their The American Dream Tour, after the release of their latest album on August 3rd. Thankfully, they'll be popping back for a string of shows in October. 

Have you ever been at your mate Claire's place on a Sunday afternoon and struggled to find some chilled out tunes? VACATIONS has you sorted. Their debut album Changes dropped in March and showcases the band's sound development from 2016's EP Vibes (which I also rate quite highly). Kick back, unbutton those slightly too tight Levi's and don't think about the 9-5 you're grinding on.

You know the feeling of popping into a Salvo's and finding a WORKING film camera for cheap? Yeah me either, but I assume it's something like how I felt when I found good thanks's 2018 EP Two Bottles In. Ya girl fell head over Docs in love with this energetic bop. Two Bottles In showcases the band's brilliant storytelling and imagery of a weekend that begins with DRAMA on a Thursday night. good thanks may be a little unknown at the moment, but sure enough FKA Festival is going to blow them up.

IVY

IVY

6. So it’s well documented about the heated divide between Newcastle and the Central Coast, however joining the newy crew in the vines is Ivy. The CC based band’s sound is self-described as “fuzzed out tones, soul drenched swagger and unrelenting howls”. Ivy sounds a lot like the middle part of house party when it’s just about to peak, Saturday afternoons in November, and Queens of The Stone Age booming through your Dad’s Pajero. After playing Mountain Sounds, Sweaty Palms, Snowtunes and Bluesfest it’s evident that this is not their first festival rodeo. Have a listen to “The One That Got Away”.

5. Also Ali Barter is an actual angel sent from heaven to BLESS us amongst the grapes. 2017's debut album A Suitable Girl an emotional anthology of the female experience. Her hit “Girlie Bits” sings specifically about the pressure placed upon female artists in the music industry to conform to a certain kinda vibe. -_-

“Girlie Bits has nothing to do with body parts, it’s about the cage of what we expect of women: girlie guitar parts, girlie singing, hair; this idea of ‘femininity’ and how to fit within it. But women are not some gentle, watered down version of men. We do it our own way. We work really hard to write good songs and play great gigs – only to have people critique our clothes and the look on our faces, instead of the music.”

 

THE JUNGLE GIANTS

THE JUNGLE GIANTS

4. There’s obviously some Triple J heroes in here amongst the mix, but The Jungle Giants, where do I start?

What’s not to love, honestly though, (I’m calling it) The Jungle Giants are arguably one of the best acts to come out of Brisbane, and their latest Quiet Ferocity has been an absolute delight on festival stages across the country since its release in 2017. Also, who doesn’t know all the words to “Feel the Way I Do”, “On Your Way Down”, “Used to Be in Love”, “Bad Dream”, “I Am What You Want Me to Be”, “A Pair of Lovers”, “Skin- YOU GET THE POINT THERE’S SO MANY BANGERS.

 

MADDY JANE

MADDY JANE

 

 

 

 

3. Maddy Jane is the name you may not know, but you definitely know her music. The Tasmanian sounds like this generation’s Missy Higgins in “Thank You and Sorry” and Courtney Barnett in “No Other Way” with her illustrative and expressive lyrics. “Drown It Out” is also a tuneeeeeeeeeee.

2. LETS HEAR IT FOR THE KIDS WHO ARE TRAVERSING THIS GREAT SOUTHERN LAND

Tired Lion - are literally coming all the way from Perth to play a kick ass set filled to the brim of grungey indie rock. It would be plain rude if you didn’t try to get it off work?

Luca Brasi – another Tasmanian act braving the Bass Strait to provide the Hunter Valley a banquet of rock x punk delicacies for the Saturday afternoon’s proceedings.

British India – Definitely the all-knowing Dads of the line-up, these Godfathers have been sent to us from Melbourne with their menu of uplifting groovers.

THE BELLIGERENTS

THE BELLIGERENTS

 

 

 

 

The Belligerents – The Brisbane natives have come back in a big way with their latest release Science Fiction, and you’ll probably recognise other bangers such as “Before I Am” and “Yes Man” being blared from our cars in Bar Beach car park.

KINGSWOOD- After watching the Melbourne boys at The Cambridge Hotel in 2017 and narrowly missing out on being hauled up on the stage to sing backing vocals for their “Say My Name” Like A Version, these long-time fans’ showers have been treated to a performance once a week to ensure the opportunity is not missed once again.

GOOD LEKKER

GOOD LEKKER

 

 

 

 

 

Good Lekker – Two words. BIG MOOD, Good Lekker are definitely one to watch. The six-piece are Woollongong’s token representatives on this year’s line-up and easy on the ears tune “What I Used to Know” has us keen to see what the boys are bringing to the vineyards.

1.Tickets to FKA are at 65%, and I’ll be real with you, the price point for this fucking HEAVEN of a festival is so incredible. A GOOD Saturday night out in town at the moment can sting your wallet around $80- $120, and that’s not including your uber OR kebab. And also, we’ll be there, so come hang out with the fam!

Jump over to Moshtix, have a look at the inclusions, then message us on the ‘gram and let us know where we’ll be meeting you <3

TICKETS are available through Moshtix, here's the link baby xx

(As mentioned above, we put together a BAD FRIENDS FKA HYPE TUNES playlist on Spotify so check it out and show us that Hunter Valley lovin’)

Amelia Thomas