Did Fairgrounds Festival just announce their 2018 headliner?

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Fairgrounds have told us how they really feel.

The excellent Fairgrounds Festival returns for the fourth year running in 2018, bringing some of the country’s – and the world’s – finest indie artists to the stunning small town of Berry at the end of the year.

This morning saw the festival announce the dates of its 2018 event – Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December – and also drop some monumental hints as to who will be at the pointy end of the 2018 bill.

“Tell Me How You Really Feel. Walkin’ On Eggshells? Sounds like you Need A Little Time. A chance to retreat, reset and Help Your Self to a weekend of music and wonder,” read the festival’s statement issued this morning.

That wasn’t the end of it…

“Sometimes I sit and think, sometimes I just sit at home believing my festival days are behind me… Think again!

“Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party, but you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t head to Fairgrounds Festival 2018!”

If you haven’t picked up on it, the festival has littered its statement with references to songs by Australian indie rock hero Courtney Barnett, a clear hint that she will be in Berry for the 2018 event.

 

It makes sense that Fairgrounds would be on Barnett’s radar.

She has just released her brilliant second album Tell Me How You Really Feel, a record that sees her bravely tackle some of the struggles that have come with her relatively newfound fame.

Our friends at triple j went deep on the record and uncovered the themes that make it another work of absolute genius from the acclaimed world-beating artist. Read their in-depth breakdown of the album here.

She will have wrapped up her current world tour (currently in Germany) and her forthcoming Australian dates conveniently wrap up in September.

Barnett has never played the festival under her own name, but she was there in Berry last year as a member of Double J Australian Artist of the Year Jen Cloher’s band.

Fairgrounds is a family-friendly event that prides itself on providing a down-to-earth experience that blurs the lines between music festival and country fair. Previous years have seen the likes of Rodriguez, Father John Misty, Future Islands and Angel Olsen on the bill.

It happens in Berry on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December. Stay tuned to find out who’ll be on the full line up this year.

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