Christmas is over and summer is in full swing. It's at this time that we put our family time behind us and head in search of the best sunshine-soaked, music-filled party that we can find. This year, we're spoilt for choice. There's a host of brilliant international artists gracing our festivals over the next few months and while you've probably already made your plans, here's a guide that may convince you to make some time in your schedule for these artists.
Charli XCX (Laneway Festival)
Charli XCX was last in Australia earlier this year for a quick promo tour but she's returning for Laneway to give you the full Charli experience. She's toured North America and Europe this year, giving a setlist that takes heavily from her new record and by all reports it's been wild. Expect to have absolutely no energy left once she's finished. It's a high octane ride.
Lizzo (FOMO Festival)
Lizzo is the most in-demand performer of the year and FOMO Festival is the place to see her early next year. If you've watched any award show this year, we'll take a bet that Lizzo was the best performer on there. She's a charismatic, bold performer with the voice and energy to carry. Expect twerking, declarations of self-love and cellphone-in-the-air singalongs. It's going to be magical.
Kaytranada (FOMO Festival)
Kaytranada came through at the end of 2019 with one of the best albums of the year in Bubby and Australia is going to be one of the first to see it live. It's going to be a slick-as-hell finale to FOMO Festival with Kaytranada laying down those wobbly grooves that he's made his trademark.
Rico Nasty (FOMO Festival)
We're of the opinion that Rico Nasty's Anger Management is one of the best rap records of the year. She blends punk intensity with forthright raps, riding in her own lane. By all reports, a Rico show feels like simultaneously being at an emo and a rap show and you're going to see it when she hits the stage early next year.
Tyler, The Creator (Beyond The Valley, Origin Fields, Field Day)
It's been 84 years. Honestly, we have been waiting for Tyler, The Creator to come since he cancelled his last tour in 2015 amidst controversy. This time around, he's got one of the best albums of the year under his belt in IGOR and a new performance persona which has charmed crowds across the world. Tyler is a funk man now and you're going to have to do more than simply mosh to enjoy this show.
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers (Beyond The Valley)
Hobo Johnson delivered on his 2019 album The Fall Of Hobo Johnson. Now, he's bringing it to Australia and truth be told, the Johnson live experience needs to be seen to completely fall in love with his music. He's an intense, humorous and individual live performer who somehow brings intimacy to crowds of thousands.
Pink Sweat$ (Falls Festival)
There's going to be plenty of time to party over Falls Festival's NYE celebration but sometimes you just want to get in your feelings. Pink Sweat$ has proved himself to be one of the finest soul vocalists of this year and we can't wait to hear his chops in the live arena. He recently told Cool Accidents that he's keen to head down-under and see "kangaroos" and "weird fruits". I reckon we can deliver.
Vampire Weekend (Falls Festival)
Last time Vampire Weekend were here for Splendour In The Grass we had no idea when the fourth album was coming. Well, Father Of The Bride arrived earlier this year and it's great. With a swag of new songs to unleash and their greatest hits, their headlining Falls Festival set is guaranteed to be iconic. From A-Punk to Harmony Hall, we're clearing our throats for a non-stop singalong.
YBN Cordae (Origin Fields, Field Day)
YBN Cordae surprised everyone with his excellent debut album The Lost Boy. He proved himself to be one of the most accomplished XXL Freshmen this year and further showed off his chops with bars-upon-bars on his LP. His recent setlists have been finishing on RNP and we're so ready for the live airing of one of our favourite songs of 2019.
Ella Mai (Origin Fields)
Ella Mai is a Grammy winner now after a breakthrough 2018. Her debut self-titled album was a masterclass in throwback RnB vocals and she's going to bring those to Australia for the first time for Origin Fields. On top of that, she's going to be playing the Sydney Opera House which is going to be so special.
Mahalia (Laneway Festival)
Mai and Mahalia teamed up this year for What You Did and while they won't be here at the same time this year, the fact we could see both of them in the space of months is exciting. Mahalia's debut album Love And Compromise was beautiful and we're aching to see it live. From the dancehall vibes of Simmer to the soulful serve of Do Not Disturb, she's going to bring plenty of different vibes to the stage.