Meredith 2011 Rumour Round-Up
With the lineup to the 2011 Meredith Music Festival due to drop any day now, we thought we'd take a look and try to decipher the many acts rumoured to be gracing the Supernatural Amphitheatre.
Preceding the announcement of Grinderman, venerable '80s rockers Icehouse let slip that they will be fulfilling the recent Meredith tradition of revered legacy acts.
Aunty Meredith dropped a cryptic clue in the first announcement, proclaiming that "there is obviously much moore by way of phenomenal artists from all walks of strife yet to be ‘announced’." While an appearance by Sonic Youth legend Thurston Moore would go down a treat (or better yet, Sonic Youth themselves), we're guessing that DIY icon and Ariel Pink mentor R. Stevie Moore will build upon his recent run of US festival dates with a set at Meredith.
My Morning Jacket have long been a staple of the US festival circuit, gaining a reputation for their star-studded three-hour plus New Year's sets. But the folk-rockers have not been on our shores since their 2009 Big Day Out performance, and let's face it, the 40 minute afternoon set hardly did the band justice. Maybe midnight on Friday at Meredith would be more condusive environment?
Burgeoning folk-freak Kurt Vile has been long on the wishlist for many festival punters, and it looks likely that this year's Meredith will finally make those wishes come true.
Likewise, filthy garage punks Pissed Jeans have yet to make it over to Australia, despite performing shows with our very own Eddy Current Suppression Ring in New York. Could they get a weary crowd pumped like The Bronx and Pulled Apart By Horses before them?
Speaking of ECSR, Brendan's ace new pop-inclined act Boomgates would make for a perfect mid-afternoon set, as would cohort Mikey Young's punk outfit Total Control at dusk.
Riding the wave of new-R&B, the ethereal sounds of Brooklyn-based artist How To Dress Well would surely be an intoxicating experience amongst the surrounds of the Amphitheatre.
London-based, Melbourne-born outfit HTRK look likely to showcase Work (Work, Work), their first LP since the tragic death of bassist Sean Stewart.
The last few Meredith's have been know to showcase an artist from the world of hip-hop, to varying degrees of success (however, Pharoahe Monch dropping Simon Says in 2009 was an undisputed triumph). Speaking of Triumph, could it be that the Ironman himself, Ghostface Killah, will be making a quick return from the recent Wu-Tang tour?
Fresh off the release of his stellar debut Don't Hold Back, master of the Moog Donny Benet could provide the perfect antidote for many sore heads on Sunday morning.
If you're worried that your salsa dancing needs won't be fulfilled this year, don't worry! We have a hot tip that Combo La Revelacion will be spicing up your Saturday evening.
After building a reputation as a must-see staple of the Meredith experience, it looks likely that Silence Wedge will be making a welcome return.
All will be revealed soon! Feel free to drop your lineup wishlist in the comments, or come back after the official announcement to tell us that we're full of shit.
The 21st Meredith Music Festival takes place December 9-11. Stay tuned to Beat for the official lineup announcement.