Melbourne mini-festival Wanstock returns in January

Melbourne mini-festival Wanstock returns in January

Wanstock The Black Sorrows

Fourth time's a charm for Wanstock, which will be finally delighting fans with its third installment on January 8 after a seven month COVID-enforced delay.

Wanstock 2021 has now become Wanstock 2022, with the beloved mini-festival going down at the Shoppingtown Hotel on January 8 with similarly beloved acts.

The last Wanstock was back in March 2020, when the event enjoyed its third instalment, welcoming the likes of Ted Mulry Gang, Get Rocked, Kings of Oz, City Sharps and more to the Shoppingtown Hotel stage.

The 2021 event was initially planned for July 17, but was cancelled due to COVID lockdowns, but the organisers are now forging ahead for 2022 in a new era for Australian live music, preparing a fantastic lineup in the process.

What you need to know

  • Wanstock returns for 2022, coming to Shoppingtown Hotel
  • The mini-festival will be headlined by The Black Sorrows and Boom Crash Opera
  • Tickets are on sale now

Keep up with all the festival news, reviews and interviews here.

Wanstock 2022 will welcome a slew of respected names to the stage with the original 2021 lineup still intact: Black Sorrows and Boom Crash Opera head up the bill, alongside Kings of Oz, Stonetrip and The Day Dreamers.

Behind ARIA Hall of Famer Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s most prolific and enduringly popular outfits – one that electrify on the stage and off it, delivering joyous and danceable soul, blues and country singalongs.

Expect songs from the band’s extensive back catalogue as well as some cuts from Camilleri’s forthcoming 50th album release, Saint Georges Road.

Boom Crash Opera are rock’n’roll icons who first cut their teeth in the mid ’80s and have solidified an enduring legacy in Australian music folklore. Fronted by Dale Ryder, some of the band’s most notable tracks include ‘Onionskin’, ‘Dancing in the Storm’ and ‘Great Wall’.

The Day Dreamers performing the opening set, The Black Sorrows will close the mini-festival, kicking off from 10:50pm and playing late into the night.

Wanstock 2022 goes down at Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster on Saturday January 8. Grab tix here.