Brunswick Music Festival lineup: Wednesday, MJ Lenderman and WITCH lead first drop

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Brunswick Music Festival lineup: Wednesday, MJ Lenderman and WITCH lead first drop

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Brunswick Music Festival has revealed its first lineup announcement with Wednesday, MJ Lenderman, WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc), Delivery and Squid Nebula coming to Merri-bek.

Because everyone deserves a little pre-holiday treat, Brunswick Music Festival has revealed three international headliners for its 2024 run, spanning March 3-11.

Rising North Carolina indie rockers Wednesday will envelop Estonian House on Wednesday March 6, with support from local legends, Delivery.  The band have totally nailed the apathetic sound of everyday life in the American South. The kind of sullen, shoe-gazey sentiment that makes you wonder why you ever abandoned your flanno in the first place. Suburban mundanity but with a communal and approachable warmth. Ugh, yes.

Brunswick Music Festival 2024

MJ Lenderman & The Wind (USA)
w/Quality Used Cars
Tuesday, 5 March 2024
Howler, 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick

Wednesday (USA)
w/ Delivery
Wednesday, 6 March 2024
Estonian House, 43 Melville Rd, Brunswick West

WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc) (Zambia)
w/Squid Nebula
Thursday, 7 March 2024
Estonian House, 43 Melville Rd, Brunswick West

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2023 was a massive year for the five-piece. Their LP Rat Saw God had Stereogum predicting they “might end up as the greatest indie band of their generation.” BMF is betting they’re right.

WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc) will consume Estonian House in an avalanche of love with Squid Nebula on March 7. They call them the Beatles of Zambia and frontman Emmanuel Chanda the Paul McCartney of his home turf. And when you’re this prolific across multiple globe-encompassing genres, you can kinda see why. Zamrockers WITCH formed in the 70s but are very officially enjoying a riotous renaissance with a brand new 9 piece band.

Their new studio album Zango (a proud Triple R Album Of The Week) is propelling them into a whole new era of appreciation by way of intoxicating Afrobeat, spacey psych-pop and Sabbathian proto-metal. Brunswick Music Festival is stoked to catch them mid-orbit.

MJ Lenderman & The Wind will fuzz out Howler with Quality Used Cars on Tuesday March 5. Lenderman can hit you in a squishy sentimental corner of your chest you didn’t quite know existed. Through alt-country vignettes reminiscent of mid-90s heroes like Built To Spill and Drive By Truckers he captures “insights into the fray of living with smiling, understated delivery” (Pitchfork).

His live shows cuddle you like a conversation with an old friend during a backyard session. His warmth permeating the room, melting the ice, warming the beers. Fuzzed out guitars thickening the air like a dense summer night. America has fully embraced Lenderman, by way of his folk-lovin’ label ANTI Records. It’s Brunswick’s turn next.

“Each of these artists is doing something really special with their live shows, and I can’t wait to be right up the front amongst the community at these shows next year.” the festival’s brand new programmer Juliette Lalli, says of the lineup. “We have so much more to share soon, with a program focussed on events that combine multiple art forms, new musical collaborations and artists that celebrate diversity in all forms of music.”

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