Jess Ribeiro is an award winning singer songwriter inspired by artists as diverse as The Velvet Underground to Dusty Springfield. She has been compared to the likes of Karen Dalton and Cat Power and supported and performed with artists including Nick Cave, Steve Earle and Tim Rogers. Her most recent album Kill it Yourself , produced by acclaimed musician/producer Mick Harvey, dives headlong into hazy rock, landscape ambience and melodious 60’s psych.
Track: Kill It Yourself
A son of the Riverina, William Crighton’s work is relentless in its navigation of life.
His songs are defiant. They deal in revenge, faith, grievances, drug addiction and suicide but amidst the turmoil there is a strong force of hope and a belief in love and the skin of a lover.
His music is bold and visceral, uncompromising.
William Crighton is a voice crying from the wilderness of south western NSW
Track: Woman Like You
Melbourne’s premiere calypso-inspired tropical party band will be hitting MOJO’S for a next level set of tropical fever.
Following barnstorming sets at Meredith Music Festival and Falls Festival, the Trop~Pop quintet released their debut self-titled album early in 2016 to sold out crowds in Melbourne and Auckland, and are now setting their navigational devices for Waverock!
Cheeky lyrics, wild rhythms and belting horns combine to turn the dancefloor into a monsoonal sweat-storm taking the party to the next level – up where the fancy rums are hidden. Comprising members of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, NO ZU, The Lucksmiths and The Suitcase Royale, Mighty Duke & The Lords put on a show that’s guaranteed to gyrate even the most stubborn of hips.
Perth rapper Mathas is a ferociously talented songwriter, producer, poet and performer whose accolades include being the first ever rap or electronic artist to win the WA Music Industry Association’s Song of the Year award, being named in Triple J presenter Dom Alessio’s Top 10 tracks of 2013 and winning the 2012, 2013 and 2014 WAMi Award for Urban Act of the Year.
But it’s without doubt the dense, Swiss-watch like intricacy of his lyrics and beats that have captured the attention of music lovers of all genre persuasions. His work tackles diverse subjects including the complexities of indigenous Australia; youth alienation and drugs; death and our connection to the planet; and the binding relationship between brand and consumer. He’s been a driving force in pioneering and progressive WA music collective The Community. We’re thrilled that Mathas will be continuing 2016’s run of exceptional live performances with his talented three-piece band at Wave Rock Weekender: look out!
Track: Free S**t
The Brothers have taken their West Australian beach party dub/reggae sounds all around the world and released three albums recorded in Fremantle, New York and Madrid respectively but as you would all know by now – Wave Rock is their favourite location to play of all time. The idea for the Wave Rock Weekender was conceived by the drummer Sloanie via an epeephany in 2005 (an idea on the toilet) and they couldn’t feel more pride and reverence for a gig anywhere in the world.. Of all the things they do – this annual pilgrimage to Wave Rock to play this gig is their absolute favourite play and they always give it their all to try and capture the essence of Wave Rock Weekender in their Sunday night set. It is the 10 year Anniversary of the Brothers and their tenth Wave Rock so it is a very special play for them in 2015.
Track: Wet Garden Skank
Jim has a trademark vocal purity; melodic, harmonious, warm and human – one of the most distinctive voices in Australian music. With a new album out, and another under way, the momentum building behind Jim’s career, will see 2016 as a big year for the band.
Following the release of his AIR Award nominated album, ‘Eons,’ Jim Lawrie has toured his unique heartbreaker songwriting extensively, with the likes of Marlon Williams, and Tinpan Orange, and also hitting the festival circuit including the Falls/Southbound Festival Tour of 2014/15 and Boogie 2016.
Jim’s capacity for both soaring rock n roll and fragile sincere solo performances has captivated audiences around the country, some hailing him as “Australia’s anser to The War on Drugs,” others drawing comparisons to Niel Young and Paul Kelly.
Track: Good Old Days
The Tommyhawks are four girls who explode with gutsy, blues-fueled songs.
Their music finds that sweet spot between rollicking folk melodies and downright, hard-driving; punk-infused blues. Singer Axe’s voice is ‘both raucous and angelic’; combine that with dark, dirty sax and a home-made mandolin and you’ll be left with some sweet little goosebumps.
Formed in 2014, they’ve supported Courtney Love; and are actively touring the festival circuit around the country with their style of #fourgirlsonevan and #communalweeingbythekerbside travel.
Full of more collective energy than a bunch of kids on excursion to the zoo; be prepared for hair-raisingly-raw vocals; deliciously melodic bass which is more in the pocket than your grannies hankie and hooks that’ll haunt you for days
Melbourne based folk singer Leah Senior’s music falls into a dim wallpapered room of slightly out of tune parlour guitars and the ghosts of Summer and 1960s Britain.
Leah Senior’s second album to be released early 2017 pays homage to her dark folk roots while hinting at layers of psychedelic and pop undertones. The blinds are drawn and the songs are covered in a fine layer of dust yet there is sunlight peaking through the gaps, a silver lining to a dusky tone and a sense of humour behind the tragedy.
This follows the success of Leah’s debut album “Summer’s On The Ground” recorded in a rickety abandoned hall reveals a haunting and intimate storyteller, Rolling Stone saying “this is insular music, akin to eavesdropping on someone else’s prettily conveyed thoughts”.
Her crisply picked songs reveal a love of old world folk providing a stark canvas for her unusual lyrical wit pulling the songs into the present.
Leah Senior’s unique style has attracted not only those in the folk world but the likes of many others including the infamous psychedelic King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Dorsal Fins, Jess Ribeiro and Fraser A Gorman as well as international artists Calexico, Glen Hansard and Jessica Pratt.
Track: City is a Stream
HUGE MAGNET are a garage boogie rock band from Perth, Western Australia featuring gold nugget JAY BALE JUNIOR on bass/lead vocals, BRETSKII ‘HOT DOG’ HEARN on guitar/vocals) and SLOANDOG on drums/vocals. Formed in 2013 they have released an EP and an LP and played shows in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, regional WA and throughout Spain.
The music takes inspiration from boogie blues royalty like Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, Hound Dog Taylor, early ZZ Top’, early ACDC and the Stones but sizzles on its own modern hotplate with its own sauce.
HUGE MAGNET deliver unmistakably Australian rough and tumble rock and roll with grit, swing and a bit of cheek and the music is built on an authentic and old school chassis with a modern motor that revs and growls about timeless stuff like relationships, sex, booze, drugs, finding yourself, losing yourself, suffering and good times as every rock and roll band should.
Track: Ragtime Blues