Something is happening up in the mountains.
In just a few short weeks the sun-kissed Halls Gap will play host to Grampians Music Festival. With its spectacular horizons and unbelievable Aussie talent in the one spot, the festival is shaping up to be one of summer’s biggest. Here are a few tracks we can’t wait to sink our ears into.
Julia Jacklin – ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You’
‘Pool Party’ might be a favourite but following Jacklin’s duet with Lana Del Rey a few short months ago, ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You’ has re-energised music fans all over the globe. With a spine-tingling crescendo that hits breathtaking heights, Jacklin’s ability to tap into raw emotion has made her one of Australia’s most exciting musical exports. Listening to this track while the mountain air sweeps through your hair and your best mate rocks gently in your arms might very well move you to tears.
These New South Whales – ‘Cholesterol Heart (God Bless Ya)’
Quirky, abrasive and unabashed fun are just some of the ways people have described These New South Whales. If you’ve ever seen these boys live or caught their mockumentary series on Comedy Central then you’re used to the black tape over their nipples and their famed lived performances. ‘Cholesterol Heart (God Bless Ya)’ is set to be the head-bopping track of the entire festival – this track was pretty much made for festivals so get ready for an absolute belter.
DRMNGNOW – ‘Indigenous Land’
Grampians Music Festival is located within the beautiful Grampians National Park, also known as Gariwerd, a sacred part of Victoria, a place that has always been and always will be the land of the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwadjali people of the Kulin Nations. DRMNGNOW, aka Neil Morris, is a Melbourne-based rapper and songwriter and is a must-see for his innovative music and daring compositions. His big bass track ‘Indigenous Land’ will surely take on a larger meaning at the festival.
Ecca Vandal – ‘Future Heroine’
Melbourne’s genre-transcendent Ecca Vandal will serve up the perfect track for the occasion with ‘Future Heroine’. Since her appearance at BIGSOUND in 2016, the singer-songwriter has gone on to release her debut record and play the likes of Reading and Leeds in the UK. Punters will conjure newfound levels of oxytocin when this singalong is played – you can’t help but to tap your feet to the dynamic bass. Slip on your best pair of sandals and get ready to stomp to the beat of Ecca Vandal lighting up the stage.
Maddy Jane – ‘Thank You and Sorry’
Maddy Jane’s music is down to earth and sweetly melodic. The Tassie girl from Bruny Island will make her way up into the mountains with a guitar over her shoulder to perform a crowd favourite, ‘Thank You and Sorry.’ The song has a finger on the pulse of modern-day relationships which isn’t uncommon for a singer who often hits on universal themes. Give yourself a wide berth in the pit so you can spread your wings and dance to this track from an artist that continues to inspire.
Elizabeth – ‘Here’
Elizabeth’s critically-applauded 2019 album the wonderful world of nature was a return to her work as a solo artist after a long stint of working with a wide range of collaborators. The album captivated audiences across Australia and over the world and now Elizabeth brings her breathtaking voice to the Grampians. ‘Here’ reminds you to, in the words of George Harrison, “Be here now” – a timely reminder to take in the terrain around you, to taste the air on your tongue, and dive head-first into the music.
Head down to Grampians Music Festival when it takes place from Friday February 28 to Saturday February 29. For more info and tickets visit grampiansmusicfestival.com.