Words by Zanda Wilson.
Every NYE a bunch of festivals run all over the country, usually bringing with them some of the best International acts going around right now. Falls Festival, Beyond The Valley, Lost Paradise, Origin NYE and heaps more each deliver stellar lineups and we've decided to jump the gun and predict who could be on those lineups.
Mura Masa: Mura Masa has taken huge steps in 2017, emerging from the prodigious talent behind Love$ick to creating some of the biggest collaborations of the year. The Guernsey native has already been announced on the lineup for Perth’s Origin NYE so we’re putting money on him also performing slots at other festivals – most likely Beyond The Valley or Lost Paradise.
DJ Snake: Another big name headliner for Origin NYE which has beefed up its selection of electronic artists this year. With crowd pleasing tracks like Lean On (with Diplo) and Get Low (with Dillon Francis), it definitely would not surprise us if he make the trip to play a set at Beyond The Valley, Lost Paradise or Field Day.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Chilis have already toured extensively off the back of their 2016 album The Getaway but haven’t announced any shows down under as of yet. Australia has been a part of every album touring cycle in recent memory in some way, shape or form – with the most recent shows coming at the now defunct Big Day Out in 2013. So we’re hoping that the time is now right, and we’re thinking Falls Festival might be a good bet.
Frank Ocean: We’re hearing the audible “yeah righto” echo around the nation even as we write this, but sooner or later Frank is going to have to bite the bullet and announce shows down under. His two most recent appearances have been cancelled for various reasons, and while patience with his Aussie fan base is undoubtedly growing thin, Frank has recently made a return to playing live so we’re holding on to hope.
Gorillaz: Gorillaz were hotly tipped to be announced in the lineup for Splendour but that obviously never came to fruition. The timing will make better sense this time though, as Splendour was probably a little too soon after the release of their new album and Damon Albarn has been killing it with some incredible live shows this year including their very own ‘Demon Dayz’ festival last month. Falls Festival could be a good bet for this New Years, and maybe even a cheeky set at Field Day.
Lana Del Rey: With her new album just released, it could be more likely that Lana will head down under next year – but having not toured since 2012 the nation is crying out for a bit of Lana love. Look this is realistically one of the longer shots in this list, but her place as one of the most intoxicating acts in music right now would be cemented in the minds of Australians with a set at Falls.
RUFUS: For a local band who typically tour pretty regularly, 2017 has been a conspicuously quiet year for RUFUS – at least in Australia. They’ll be wrapping up a bunch of shows in the states at the back end of the year, so we’re gambling on a special homecoming gig, and that come anywhere from Beyond The Valley to Falls or even Lost Paradise.
Stormzy: Since Stormzy pulled out of Listen Out 2016 he’s been going to great lengths to make it up to his Aussie fans. After an appearance at Splendour In The Grass and some sideshows last month, it’s clear that the UK god of grime had an absolute ripper time down under, because he’s already announced he’ll be back before the year is out for Origin NYE in Perth. We reckon that will tie in nicely with a set at BTV or Lost Paradise.
Tyler, The Creator: His album may have just been pipped for the number 1 spot in the US by Lana Del Rey, but Tyler is still one of the hottest names in music at the moment and his new album is simply brilliant. We think it’s about time the musician and part-time prankster brought his live show down under, and when better than to come and experience the glory of Australian summer at Beyond The Valley or Lost Paradise.
HAIM: The only people who may have had a better time in Australia recently than Stormzy, the HAIM sisters were one of the highlights of Splendour, pulled off an amazing Shania Twain cover for Like A Version and generally charmed the crap out of the general population of Australia. It definitely would not surprise us if they returned in the next year or so.