Kooks head­line BTV

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

UK band “The Kooks” head­lines the first line-up an­nounce­ment for New Year’s Eve fes­ti­val “Be­yond the Val­ley” at Lard­ner Park.

The fifth an­nual fes­ti­val will be held across four days from Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28 to the early hours of Tues­day, Jan­uary 1.

Over the past five years, Be­yond the Val­ley (BTV) has be­come known for its high-end fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence and cut­ting-edge mu­sic line-ups.

This year’s line-up in­cludes a hand-picked se­lec­tion across mul­ti­ple gen­res to get the max­i­mum mu­si­cal sat­is­fac­tion.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Michael Chris­tidis shares, “Be­yond The Val­ley has re­ally found its place within the mar­ket and pun­ters hearts over the past five years. We’ve been con­tin­u­ally re­fin­ing the fes­ti­val, par­tic­u­larly the line-ups over the years and it’s safe to say 2018’s is def­i­nitely the one we’re proud­est of.”

The first line-up an­nounce­ment in­cludes The Kooks, Bonobo (DJ), Tash Sul­tana, Duke Du­mont, PNAU, AJ Tracey, Alex La­hey, Alice Ivy, Anna, Ball Park Mu­sic, Big Words, Bon­tan, Boo Seeka, Boogs, CC:DISCO!, City Calm Down, Client Li­ai­son, DJ Tennis, Dom Dolla, DZ Deathrays, Fleet­mac Wood, Foals (DJ), Juliet Fox, KiNK (live), Kolsch, Kuren, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Mall Grab, Nas­tia, Ni­cole Mil­lar, Peggy Gou, Remi, Richy Ahmed, Run­ning Touch, Safia, Sonny Fodera, SUPERDUPERKYLE, The Jun­gle Gi­ants, Vera Blue, Wafia, Wil­liaris. K, Win­ston Surf­shirt and Yotto.

High­light­ing the line-up, The Kooks have en­joyed a steady as­cent since their five times plat­inum 2006 de­but “In­side In/In­side Out”. A new wave of young fans has seen them since amass over one bil­lion streams and head out on sev­eral sold-out world tours.

Head­ing to Aus­tralia in sup­port of their new al­bum “Let’s Go Sun­shine”, touted to be their best and gui­tar al­bum of 2018, The Kooks will take BTV into the strato­sphere.

Simon Green, aka Bonobo, has been thrilling elec­tronic mu­sic lovers with his beau­ti­ful, rich pro­duc­tions since 2000. A mu­si­cian with a track record for im­pec­ca­ble taste, BTV is in for a rare and spe­cial treat when Bonobo hits the decks.

From busk­ing in the streets of Mel­bourne to com­mand­ing sold-out au­di­ences on main stages across the globe, Tash Sul­tana is Aus­tralia’s reign­ing queen of roots-in­spired pop rock. She is a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist with a string of amaz­ing sin­gles from de­but al­bum “Flow State” al­ready cre­at­ing waves.

After mak­ing his name as a remixer for the likes of Lily Allen and Bat For Lashes, English song­writer, pro­ducer and DJ Duke Du­mont’s break­through sin­gle “I Got U” in 2014 rode all the way to num­ber one spot on the UK sin­gles chart. He will bring ex­cite­ment fac­tor to a peak at BTV.

Aus­tralian elec­tro dance pop roy­alty PNAU will re­turn to BTV after their big­gest year. Off the back of their lat­est al­bum, which in­cludes the mega smash hits “Chameleon” and “Go Bang”, the for­mer duo who now have ex­panded into a trio, have set the world alight with their brand of in­fec­tious dance mu­sic.

Fur­ther line-up an­nounce­ments will be made over the com­ing months.

A range of tick­ets went on sale last week. Four­day passes cost $430 to a New Year’s Eve pass at $180, plus book­ing fees.

It is a strictly 18 years plus fes­ti­val. For tick­ets and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit be­yondthe­val­ley.com.au

Peter Bain (left) of Neerim South and artist Phil Hen­shall of Rokeby join bushranger Ben Hall of Forbes, New South Wales for a pho­to­graph – just 160 years too late. Phil’s Ben Hall se­ries will be on show in his stu­dio this week­end.

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