The Shins, You Am I, Future Islands lead 2017 Fairgrounds line up
Berry's Fairgrounds festival is no longer the new kid on the block as it gears up for its third instalment this December. The line up for the 2017 event has dropped this morning and it's a veritable cavalcade of great artists from across the spectrum of indie music.
Among the biggest highlights is the return of The Shins to Australia for the first time in many years. James Mercer's revered indie-pop group released the excellent Heartworms earlier this year, though you can be assured they'll explore selections from their whole incredible catalogue when they play Fairgrounds this year.
Our adoration of You Am I is well documented, and we know that so many of you feel the same way. They are a welcome addition to any festival bill and will no doubt provide one of the great rock'n'roll sets at this year's event.
Fairgrounds shares a few acts with the great Meredith Music Festival, including the irrepressible synth-pop masters Future Islands, who also released a cracking LP this year, Chicago rapper Noname and Michelle Zauner's experimental pop project Japanese Breakfast.
The local line up is incredibly strong. If you haven't seen D.D. Dumbo since the release of his J Award winning debut album, be assured he has crafted a show that does justice to his brilliant, inventive songs. Jen Cloher's recently released eponymous record is one of the best of the year and the chance to see her perform it live will be a real treat. And we'll never say no to a set from the utterly charming Holly Throsby.
Our two favourite New Zealanders of the moment, Aldous Harding and Marlon Williams, will show why they've been making waves the world over in the past couple of years. Hyped locals Hockey Dad and Client Liaison will send punters bananas, while the legendary Spiral Stairs returns to his old home country with the songs from his excellent new solo album Doris & the Daggers ready to dazzle us.
The smaller acts on this year's Fairgrounds bill are as strong as some of the big names, with acts like Leah Senior, Jess Locke and The Teskey Brothers absolutely worth arriving early for.
As per usual, there are plenty of activities for the whole family. The promise of karaoke, bouncing castles, sack races and tug-o-war should have the ankle-biters happy, while great food, markets and the local swimming pool are all there to enjoy when you're not watching killer bands.
The full line up is as follows:
The Shins, You Am I, Future Islands, Noname, D.D Dumbo, Holly Throsby, Hockey Dad, Client Liaison, Jen Cloher, Spiral Stairs, Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Japanese Breakfast, Leah Senior, Jess Locke, The Teskey Brothers, Tim Wall, Press Club
Fairgrounds happens in Berry on Friday 8 December and Saturday 9.