North West Festival - Lineup

North West Festival - Lineup

BOY & BEAR

Bear White

Boy & Bear have made waves in the Australian music scene since their formation in 2009, which was shortly followed by the release of their EP With Emperor Antarctica.

The band’s position in the music industry was firmly cemented in 2011 after their debut album Moonfire reached platinum sales, won Boy & Bear five ARIA awards and saw three songs make it to triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2011.

August 2013 marked the release of Boy & Bear’s highly anticipated sophomore album Harlequin Dream, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, spent five consecutive weeks in the top 10 and has since gone Platinum.

The band also received ARIA nominations for Best Group, Best Rock Album, and Producer of the Year with Wayne Connolly; as well as a J Award nomination for Australian Album of the Year. Singles ‘Southern Sun’ and ‘Harlequin Dream’ both made it into the 2013 Hottest 100 countdown, taking the 41st and 55th spots.

 Between October 2013 and December 2014, Boy & Bear completed three world tours and 167 live shows, including a performance on Conan O’Brian and two sold out consecutive Sydney Opera House shows. As a result, the band received an ARIA nomination for Best Australian Live Act for the 2014 annual awards ceremony.

 Early 2015 saw Boy & Bear head over to the UK to record their third album at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios with producer Ethan Johns. The album was recorded live, straight to tape with virtually no overdubs. Released in October 2015, Limit Of Love debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, making it Boy & Bear’s second consecutive number one debut.

The band has been hard at work throughout 2016 as they toured across Australia, America and Europe before releasing a Tour Edition of the Limit Of Love album recorded at The Hordern Pavilion earlier in the year. They also teamed up with the team at the Akasha Brewing Company to create their own brew called All Australian Ale (AAA). This beer was exclusively available at the shows on their 2016 regional Australia tour with all proceeds going towards the charity ‘Buy A Bale’ helping to support rural Australian communities and farmers.

To cap off the year the band has been nominated for a 2016 ARIA for ‘Best Rock Band’.


SPIDERBAIT

SPIDERBAITLovers of great Australian rock n roll, listen up! Hot on the heals of a cracking run of shows in vineyards across the country, Spiderbait are preparing to hit the road again in March & April 2017, playing headline dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart. And it’s not your usual date with the ‘Bait!
 
This time around, Kram, Whitt and Janet will be throwing it back to 1996, playing their third and most celebrated album, the seminal ‘Ivy and the Big Apples’, in its entirety. Fans can expect all 16 tracks from start to finish including some songs that have never been played live before.
 
20 years ago, ‘Ivy and the Big Apples’ earned its title after elderly Finley local Ivy Matheson won a local gardening competition with her lovely apples. When reported in the Southern Riverina News the headline read “Ivy and the Big Apples”.
 
Just like Ivy’s orchard, this album is packed full of blue ribbon treats, with Spiderbait delivering the best of their infamous and irresistible brand of pop-rock.
 
The album became home to the chart-topping track ‘Buy Me A Pony’, which rocketed to the coveted #1 spot in the 1996 triple j Hottest 100, a feat that had NEVER before been achieved by an Australian band. Then came ‘Calypso’, which featured in the nation-wide Top Ten and on the soundtrack of the cult classic film ‘10 Things I Hate About You’.
 
“When Buy Me A Pony won the triple J Hottest 100 on Australia Day 1997, making us the first Australian band to do so, I remember feeling not only happy for the band, but happy for us Australian music lovers who now regarded their own just as highly as they rated anything from overseas.” said Whitt.
 
It was a landmark moment in Australian music history, and throughout the 20 years since, Spiderbait have torn through the gamut of Australia's biggest and most iconic festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, A Day on the Green, Party in the Paddock, Big Day Out, Homebake, Meredith and Livid (to name a few).
 
Their last two headline tours have completely sold out and this time they are packin’ their most requested tracks!


VERA BLUE

VERA BLUE

Following the release of ‘Private’, which scored over 2 million streams worldwide, incandescent singer-songwriter Vera Blue releases her arresting new single, ‘Mended’, and announces dates for a major national album tour this July through September.  Her three previous Australian headline tours all sold out and tickets to the upcoming ‘Mended’ tour are expected to go just as fast. Tickets will go on sale Monday 29th May at 10am local time from  www.verablue.com/tour

The nakedly honest ballad was premiered yesterday on triple j’s Drive show with Veronica and Lewis, and details the aftermath of an intense relationship. ‘Mended’ was penned with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Boy and Bear, Winterbourne, Bertie Blackman) and marks the beginning of a new sonic and personal journey for Vera Blue.

“‘Mended’ is a very special song,” she says. “It was about a relationship that I had a few years ago. It had been a little while since we’d ended it and we hadn’t made amends, said we were sorry. It’s funny because you think the song is going to be about resolution, but we haven’t quite made it there yet.”

“She doesn’t put songs out that don’t come from her heart,” adds co-writer Andy Mak, “so I wanted to make sure we captured the rawness and emotion of the lyrics in the way the song was produced. We wrote the song in a couple of hours and recorded a vocal and acoustic and then built the production around that. When Thom and Celia are in the zone the songs can flow really quickly.”

Born from a Malibu writing session during Vera Blue’s first American trip in 2016, ‘Mended’ sees the 23-year- old expressing a raw emotion in her music which now comes naturally. From its sparse opening, it blossoms into a gorgeous torch ballad well overdue for such a powerful and unique voice.

“I like relating to people and making them feel what I feel. It’s where I’ve grown to as an artist,” she says. “That vulnerability is very special in music, being able to open up to your listeners is incredibly important.”

Intensely personal, ‘Mended’ is a song that Vera Blue has been waiting to share with her fans for a long time. It’s got big notes, to be sure, but it comes from an even bigger heart. “I just love it. I love performing it and can’t wait to give it to the world and let them feel how I feel.”

Co-produced by Andy Mak and Grammy-nominated founder of Deep Well Records Adam Anders, and mix engineered by the multiple-Grammy winning Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Sia, Kanye West), ‘Mended’ will be supported with a national tour. It will also include Vera Blue’s second appearance (but first full set) at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass festival.