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Australia’s music fans have a rabid reputation. They travel half way ’round the world to attend All Tomorrow Parties in England and America (in 2009 ATP finally hosted events in Brisbane, Sydney and Mount Buller). They have excellent media coverage through ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) television – particularly all-night, weekend music TV series “r a g e” – and the youth oriented Triple J radio station. Musicfeeds is perhaps the most internationally respected indie music site not from America. And come New Years – remember, down there summer vacation starts during advent and ends mid-February – there’s Big Day Out and its less mainstream counterpart, the Falls Festival (the 2010 becomes 2011 edition featured The National, Interpol, Public Enemy performing Fear of a Black Planet, Klaxons, The Rapture, Cold War Kids, Sleigh Bells, Peaches and, of course, the countries brightest new band, Tame Impala).
Now Australian music enthusiasts have something else to mark on their calendars. Announced today Harvest – A Civilised Gathering promises to be “a new dimension in music & arts” coming this November to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. With Portishead headlining, the line-up also boasts The National, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev (hey, how about a Lips/Rev collab – or a Flaming Dingus reunion?), Bright Eyes, The Walkmen and many more.
Wayne Coyne mused to Triple J’s The Doctor, “It sounds like a marvellous festival. We’re always looking for an excuse to come back down to Australia and you try and time where you can get as much bang for your buck as you can. We always put out the idea that if someone wants to try something new… we’ll take a chance and do something. So I’m glad that this festival has turned into such a potentially great show for the audience.”
Sat 12 Nov | Harvest Presents “The Gathering”, Werribee Park, Melbourne, VIC
Sun 13 Nov | Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW
Sat 19 Nov | Botanical Gardens, Brisbane, QLD
Early bird tickets available Tuesday, July 26. General public tickets on sale Friday, July 29.
Harvest will mark Portishead’s first appearance in the country in 13 years. The Flaming Lips last toured there in 2009: Splendour In The Grass Festival – Byron Bay, Australia (July 26), Hordern Pavillion Sydney, Australia (July 28) and Festival Hall Melbourne, Australia (July 29). Watch highlights from those shows, plus their Triple J radio session and Wayne Coyne’s Australia MySpace Music playlist here (or watch Wayne’s Aussie favs here, along with his playlist as guest VJ for an all-night ‘r a g e’ broadcast taped on that trip – aired October 24, 2009).