We're giving you and a friend a chance to win an exclusive double pass to see Dinosaur Jr. and RVG live at Tent Pole: A Musical Jamboree in Geelong on Saturday, 17th February 2024
Get ready for the ultimate musical jamboree as Geelong’s Tent Pole Festival returns in 2024, headlined by alternative rock legends Dinosaur Jr. and post-rock monarchs Mogwai.
This fantastic all-ages festival, which made its unforgettable debut last year, promises to be even bigger and better in 2024, with a lineup featuring 10 of the most iconic names in the music industry across two huge stages.
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To celebrate this sonic feast, we’re giving away a double pass every day for five days as we spotlight some of the bands performing, ensuring you and a friend don’t miss a beat at this extraordinary event.
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So now let’s take a look at two huge bands to get excited about:
Dinosaur Jr., the vanguards of US alternative rock, will be headlining the festival to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their much-loved landmark 1993’s album ‘Where You Been.’
With hits including ‘Start Choppin’’, ‘Out There’ and ‘Get Me’, Dinosaur Jr. will play the seminal record in its entirety followed by a set of songs from the band’s extensive catalogue. It will undoubtedly be an explosive performance when they close Tent Pole’s main stage.
Last in Australia in 2017, performing shows across the country, with a reputation as one of the formative influences on American alternative rock, Dinosaur Jr. – J Mascis (guitar, vocals, primary songwriter), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals), and Murph (drums) – are ready to bring the classics down under. With over 14 albums to date and more than 30 years performing live on stage as a band, Dinosaur Jr are bringing their best live set to date to Australia.
Recently releasing their latest live album Emptiness At The Sinclair, recorded at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dinosaur Jr. proved yet again their musicality and artistry only continues to soar with Post Trash claiming “all of it is high quality…the ferocity and devotion of a Dinosaur Jr live show is still there, and as usual, sometimes you cannot make out the difference whether it is a live rendition or a studio version.”
With a signature sound that transcends generations, their 2021 project Sweep It Into Space saw the band continue to expand their personal universe without ever losing their central core.
While the upcoming performance is exciting in itself, 2023 marked a special year for the band. Celebrating 30 years since the release of their influential 1993 grunge album Where You Been, they headed on tour across the globe, including five upcoming sold-out headline shows at The Garage London as well as multiple sellout dates across the US. The band have also performed festival slots at Spain’s Primavera Weekender, Germany’s Rolling Stone Beach and Mempho Music Hall in Memphis this year.
With a live performance to remember and a sprawling discography of hits, don’t miss out on seeing Dinosaur Jr.
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In the sprawling realm of Melbourne’s music scene, one band has etched their name with indelible strokes – RVG. Led by the charismatic Romy Vager on vocals and guitar, RVG catapulted into the spotlight with their highly anticipated third album, “Brain Worms,” released to critical and mass acclaim in June (including the Soundmerch Australian Music Prize, 4x Music Victoria nominations, a J Award nomination, and an AMP 2023 nomination).
Recorded at Snap Studios in London with James Trevascus (known for his work with Billy Nomates, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, The Goon Sax), “Brain Worms” is a ten-track revelation that surges with lush sounds and clear intentions. The album encapsulates the magic of an acoustic guitar once owned by Kate Bush, a gift from Tears for Fears, reputedly the very instrument on which the iconic ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ was written.
The pinnacle of recognition arrived for RVG when they clinched Australia’s most prestigious music accolade, the Soundmerch Australian Music Prize. The award was bestowed upon them for the outstanding artistic merit displayed in “Brain Worms,” a testimony to the band’s commitment to pushing sonic boundaries and their unwavering dedication to their craft.
Last year marked a milestone for RVG, capping off an extraordinary five-year journey. It began with critical acclaim for their debut, “A Quality of Mercy,” which found its place on countless end-of-year Best Of lists. The band shared stages with global giants like Pixies, Kurt Vile, Pete Doherty, Sleaford Mods, Camp Cope, Shame, and more, solidifying their reputation as one of the most vital acts on the contemporary music scene.
In the midst of a world locking down, RVG released their sophomore album, “Feral,” paving the way for the monumental arrival of “Brain Worms” on June 2, 2023. The latter received widespread acclaim, reinforcing RVG’s position as trailblazers in the realm of post-rock.
As the band enter 2024, RVG stands tall with their third album as a testament to their musical journey. With nods from industry accolades, feature albums on respected radio stations, and a legacy that continues to unfold, RVG is not just a band; they are architects of sonic landscapes, pushing boundaries, and etching their mark in the annals of Australian music history. The spotlight is on RVG, and “Brain Worms” is just the beginning!
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Tent Pole: A Musical Jamboree returns to Mt Duneed Estate on Saturday 17 February. All info and ticketing details: tentpolemusicfestival.com.