PS Approved: Our top picks for Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival
MAROOCHY MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL is finally upon us, and absolutely raring to go for its third run. Featuring another stacked lineup busting at the seams with some of your favourite artists at the moment, and what is sure to be a thrilling display of visual arts also on offer, MMVAF is quickly becoming one of the country’s premier festivals. Offering something a little different to punters up in Queensland, it has well and truly outdone itself this year, shifting to the upper echelon of festivals currently on offer.
Promising delicious food, stunning scenery, one stage so no clashes, and a club stage if you’re looking for a bit of heavier boogie-ing, it’s no wonder they’ve got headliners such as THE PRESETS, ALISON WONDERLAND, ANNA OF THE NORTH, NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE and many more this year. Spoiled for choice on who you must see? Check our top five picks below. Very few tickets remain, so jump on the last ones HERE.
Brisbane darlings OKBadlands have continued their remarkable run this year, after a few beautiful singles that combined their indie-op sensibilities with electronic flavours to create something utterly spell-binding. They have continued to hone their craft and develop an enthralling live show full of harmonies that will give you goosebumps and intricate arrangements that will have you hypnotised. Having just supported CLOUD CONTROL, and even playing at our own 11th Birthday party as part of VIVID 2017, these gals are only just getting started, and they’ll be right at home this weekend at MMVAF!
The queen of North Brisbane, Mallrat is one of the country’s most exciting artists around at the moment. With her nonchalant raps coupled with futuristic, modern-thinking beats, she is as real as she is fun. After a highlight set at this year’s Splendour In The Grass, a national tour with Allday, and so many more shows over the past few months, Mallrat remains one to keep both eyes firmly locked on. Having dropped her newest video for ‘Uninvited’ recently, she’s proving there’s still a lot more to come from her, and we can’t wait to see what she does next. Take it from us, don’t miss her set!
ANNA OF THE NORTH
We’ll always have a special soft spot for Scandinavian popstars, but Anna Of The North is something else altogether. The unstoppable pair use emotion and vulnerability in their electronic-tinged pop songs to cut to the core of you in mere seconds, and while some songs have a melancholy manner about them, their set will be one of the stand outs of the day for sure. Not only is it their only Queensland show, this is their third ever show in Australia, and judging from the rave reviews from their sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney this week, they’re not going anywhere without making an impression.
NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE
By this stage, Northeast Party House are synonymous with good times, aren’t they? The six piece continue to put out hit after god damn hit, and their live presence continues to get better and better, beyond what we even thought was possible. At home on any stage, whether it be a heaving club or a major festival, these guys know not only how to party, but how to sound damn good while doing it. Having smashed through a series of sold out shows earlier this year on a national tour, they’re not slowing down any time soon, so expect to catch them in full force at MMVAF!
Of course The Presets are in our must-see acts. The absolute icons of Australian dance music, the boys are back in action after some time off, and it just feels right. With a hefty back catalogue behind them, there’s no knowing what they’ll play out of the literal stacks of hits they’ve had, but with hints on their social media that they’ve been working on new music, MMVAF punters could be treated to some sneaky fresh cuts from the legendary duo. If there is one festival anthem that basically defines Australian festival culture, is it not ‘My People’? Answer: it most definitely is.
Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow, August 26th 2017, at 10am at the old Horton Park Golf Course in Maroochydore. For the last few tickets and all other info, head here.
Image: Josh White
Words by Emma Jones