If you missed Kurt Vile’s surprise support of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis with Courtney Barnett you can catch him with his band The Violators headlining Meadow in Autumn 2023. It’s the ninth instalment of Meadow at the Victorian surf coast retreat; a three-day two-night exploration of genre-expanding local and international live music in Bambra on Gulidjan, Gadubanud and Wadawurrung land. From Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April, the festival will see the iconic Bambra Bowl come to life by an unmissable line-up featuring London’s post punk revivalists and noise rock band Black Midi, Jen Cloher, Kučka, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Big Scary, Agung Mango and many more. In the wake of this year’s homegrown celebration including Tropical Fuck Storm, Methyl Ethyl, and Maple Glider, this next chapter of Meadow is sure to cover every inch of the music spectrum and is one for the history books.
Meadow 9 welcomes back to Australia Kurt Vile & The Violators (US) who are set to treat crowds to old classics and new gems from Vile’s vibrant yet meditative 2022 album Watch My Moves. Joining Vile, from abroad, is Black Midi (UK) who are limbering up to explode onto the stage with their carefully curated chaos, equal parts intense, absurdist and theatrical. Amongst this expansive line-up there is something for everyone, whether it’s the taut terse brand of rock charged by Jen Cloher’s incisive generous songwriting or tracks that will shake the gum trees from electronic producer Kučka who is no stranger to festivals having shared the stage with Flume at Coachella and multiple headline sets at Dark Mofo and Vivid in 2022 alone. Bringing the entrancing and stomping energy is local heavyweights Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, alongsidesongs from the raw and restlessly innovative indie duo Big Scary or the unapologetic free flowing bars of underground rapper Agung Mango. For those that flourish in the deepest parts of the night, Meadow’s stage will host some of Australia’s finest selectors and producers after dark. From Sydney, Mall Grab collaborator Loods will bring his series of 2022 dancefloor hits from a European summer stint straight to the Bambra Bowl alongside local favourite Rona and the eclectic sonic stylings of Ayebatonye.
But, that’s not all, other local mover and shakers, Daine, Mirasia, Ruby Gill, Komang, Gena Rose Bruce, Delivery, Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice Workhorse, Way Dynamic, Wildfire Manwurrk will all be hitting the Meadow stage with DJs to be announced in February.
Tickets for Meadow 9 available here.