The first artist you don’t want to miss is young Melbourne emcee Remi. 2014 has been Remi’s biggest year yet, releasing his second album Raw X Infinity and undertaking numerous national tours. He was also invited to this year’s BIGSOUND Conference, an Australian music conference that showcases up and coming Australian talent as well as winning a $50k grant. And it’s crazy to think he is only 22 years old. He has quickly developed a loyal following by exuding a unique style, rhythmic flow and honest delivery. What’s unique about Remi is his rapping persona that sits comfortably among numerous music genres while balancing singing and rapping. So for some chillax beats, be sure to check out this talented lad out.
For some chillax electronic vibes and pretty vocals don’t miss out on Icelandic singer-songwriter Asgeir who released his first album In The Silence this year. He first released this album back home in Iceland in 2012, but reissued it in English earlier this year, bringing international recognition to his work. You could describe his sound as melodic folk, however with electronic influences, he resembles the gorgeous sounds of Chet Faker. His stunning vocals will blow you away especially when he reaches that memorable falsetto of his.
Thelma Plum has been extremely busy this year, touring relentlessly and releasing Monsters, a gorgeous EP that demonstrates Thelma’s change in direction, away from string instruments and towards more electronic beats. Her vocals have developed and matured on this new record as well her songwriting which is more brutally honest than her previous releases. If your wanting to rest your legs, be sure to find a lovely patch of grass and sit down and relax listening to her delicate vocals and catchy melodies.
If you thought rock and roll is dead, think again. The Kingswood lads have been making a name for themselves over the last few years with their old school rock and roll. After releasing numerous singles and their debut EP, the group finally released their highly anticipated debut album Microscopic Wars earlier this year which did not disappoint. Not only do these boys know how to create fantastic rock songs that will have you singing along and dancing but they also have the rock and roll attitude to go with it. All in all, these guys know how to put on an energetic and fun live show. While it’s unlikely they will be shouting the crowd pizza at Falls (Oh yes, this once happened), they will be sure to put on a very enjoyable show that will have you dancing and rocking out.
Originally scheduled only to play on the Byron leg of the festival, the Sydney indie rock group Cloud Control are now playing the national tour replacing Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and his band The Voidz who pulled out last month, and we couldn’t be happier. Their sophomore album Dream Cave was released last year, which featured three singles ‘Dojo Rising’, ‘Scar’ and ‘Promises’. What is also really cool about this album is that it was recorded in a cave, which gives it’s echoey and dreaming atmosphere. These guys are super fun live and you will particularly enjoy them if you are in a dancing mood.