Issue 1693

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

Another edition and another festival that continues to push boundaries and redefine the regular confines of music and art. St Kilda Festival just delivered its epic 40th instalment and now we ready ourselves for Grampians Music Festival, an occasion on the other side of the spectrum in terms of size but one that is equally ambitious and progressive.

In 2020, Grampians welcomes its biggest lineup boasting Julia Jacklin at the top, with prominent names such as Ecca Vandal, These New South Whales, DRMNGNOW, Elizabeth, Maddy Jane, CLYPSO and much more to follow. We chat to Festival Director Carly Flecknoe about what Grampians Music Festival is all about and what looms over the Pinnacle in 2020.

To celebrate the nearing festivities, we’ve pieced together a special guide to the Grampians, across four pages from top to toe. You’ll learn about wineries, accommodation, festivals as well as a spiritual retreat. It’s time for a roadtrip, I say.

Outside of that, we’ve got interviews with music heavy-hitters Hot Chip, The New Pornographers, Bill Callahan and Thando, and give you the lowdown on the forthcoming Under the Southern Stars and Lemonade Festival.

So join us as we keep telling the story of this fertile music and arts industry that won’t cease to deliver. The machine ain’t stopping for you so you better not stop for it. Let’s do this.