Five underrated Brunswick Music Festival acts

After giving a teasing taste of the killer lineup last November with Snail Mail’s announcement, Brunswick Music Festival has delivered a high calibre of local artists. 

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Sprawling over 15 days and set to take over some of the suburbs most iconic and unconventional venues, we’ve put together a guide of some of the festival’s hidden musical gems to help you navigate your way through the inimitable extravaganza.  

Bad Bangs 

Full of punch and emitting lo-fi garage grit, Bad Bangs are an essential addition to any BMF attendee’s list. Comprised of Shelby De Fazio (vocals and guitar), Ben Leahy (bass and harmonica) and Tim Ryles (drums), the band released their debut, six-track EP Grow It Out late last year, as follow ups to their two singles ‘Hearts’ and ‘Swimming’ dropped back in 2017. Opening track on the EP, ‘Time’, became an instant favourite between fans, as the Melbourne based trio incorporated soulful, stripped back vocals into their garage rock. Catch them at the Moreland Hotel on Sunday March 17. 


For a fierce dose of electronic hip hop, look no further than towards Sophiegrophy. The Nigerian-born, New Zealand-raised artist made her mark on Australia in 2016 with the release of her independent, debut mixtape Purpularity, producing songs that are refreshing and catchy, as she pulls you in with her charismatic flair. Since then, she has released singles ‘Caution’ and ‘Bag’ last year, securing her as an artist to continue to watch out for. See her shake things up on Saturday March 9 at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. 

808s and Greatest Hits 

As the recording project of Melbourne-based, multi-instrumentalist and producer Skube Burnell, 808s and Greatest Hits place listeners in a surreal dream as they meander through mellow, melodic, bedroom pop. Burnell’s work has been mixed by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s Stu Mackenzie and mastered by Total Control’s Mikey Young, bringing a collective oeuvre of a debut record and a series of follow up singles, most recent being glowing lo-fi track ‘Goodbye’. Check out the Brunswick Mechanics Institute on Sunday March 10 and be swept into the world of 808s and Greatest Hits.

The Mamas 

Heating things up is fem-hop outfit The Mamas. The eight-piece soul and R&B band released their debut EP Juicy last December, with songs led by the vocals of the four mamas: Sugar Mama, Spicy Mama, Saucy Mama and Smoky Mama. Move along to their insatiably cool, full-bodied groove and style as they play alongside Jazz Party and FERLA at the festival’s very first masquerade ball at Moreland Hotel on Saturday March 16. Prepare for some tantalising funk with a side of attitude and sass. 

DJ Butch le Butch

Remixing and re-editing all forms of disco and electronicia is DJ Butch le Butch. As the resident DJ at Honcho Disko, Butch le Butch produces tracks that will have you grooving the night away to all your favourite and forgotten disco tracks. From Madonna to Crown Heights Affair, DJ Butch le Butch is set to play the festival’s Deep Fried Disco, a party extravaganza thrown by new-wave DJ and creative director Tanzer. Put on your boogie shoes and get down on it when Deep Fried Disco takes over Brunswick Mechanics Institute on Sunday March 17

Brunswick Music Festival goes down from now until Sunday March 17. For more information, venues and full lineup, head to the festival’s website.