By The Meadow, the much loved boutique music festival, is back for its sixth year in 2019. Set to take place on March 29-31, the three-day and two-night celebration returns to the lush farmland hamlet of Bambra (Victoria’s enchanting Otway Surf Coast region), and is ready to reveal their next special selection of musical wildlife set to gather at the Bowl as the leaves begin to fall this Autumn, following the previous announcement of beloved Brisbane trio The Goon Sax and future-pop duo Collarbones, plus soul powerhouse Thando.
Bringing some of the most raucous harmonica playing you ever did witness, the Festival’s organisers are over the moon to announce this year’s headliners, The Murlocs. The ever-illusive blues and garage outfit have proven a rare sighting in the Victorian surrounds of late, having shared-band members with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Crepes, Baked Beans and more who’ve all had a busy 12 months amidst releases and touring. But when The Gizz are away, Uncle Murl comes out to play the band’s first Australian performance in over a year.
Joining The Murlocs as headliners will be the witty and emotive sounds of American indie rock songwriter, Lucy Dacus. In her Australian debut, the Virginian native will bring her delicate, nuanced tones down under off the back of her critically acclaimed 2018 LP Historian. Ending relationships, the breakdown of friendships and the death of family are painted vividly in Dacus’ sophomore record with a subtlety that is immediately captivating. There’s a reason By The Meadow are flying Lucy Dacus halfway across the world – to soundtrack the soft fall of dusk at your home among the gum trees.
Traversing terrains of soul, disco and funk along the Otway Hillside, will be renowned dance floor filler Harvey Sutherland. Fresh from a string of UK performances supporting Little Dragon, it’s time to welcome Mike Katz back home as his nom de plume guides the Meadow into an inevitable dance frenzy.
Rounding out the second announcement are hometown returnees The Vasco Era, 7-piece psych funk band The Seven Ups, sublime electronic artist Roza Terenzi, live jazz-funk, Afrobeat outfit Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, indie folk darling Clea, as well as the likes of Martin Frawley, murmurmur, Merpire, Hobsons Bay Coast Guard, Hemm, Not A Boys Name, Melbourne Indie Voices, Lauren, plus more to be announced soon!
This year we thought we’d get involved in all the excitement by joining forces with By The Meadow to open up a slot on the lineup, giving an opportunity for emerging artist from the Geelong/Surf Coast/Otways to score themselves a spot on the line up alongside this year’s eclectic menagerie of artists. Applications are open now until midnight Friday 22 February via this link.
Just 90-minutes South-West of Melbourne, perched on the edge of the Otway’s, By The Meadow is tucked away amongst a gathering of rolling lush Bambra hills and rugged bushland. You’ll find brews courtesy of Salt Brewing, plus some of the tastiest cool climate wine in Australia from various Otway Hinterlands vineyards (just down the road) and a whole lot of local pop-up food stalls. FYI – it’s still BYO, but if your tinnies are starting to taste a bit same-same, the locals have got you covered.
With the limited release allocation sold out, another 300 general release tickets + camping and glamping packages are now available starting from $158.00 + BF. Total capacity is carefully capped to keep the familiar cosiness in, and any feral fauna out, so you better hop to it and grab your tickets now! All tickets can be purchased at www.bythemeadow.com