Homebake 2011 @ The Domain

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Not too long ago, we did herald our big announcement for the 2011 return of Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival with a 'classic' theme devoted to a mega array of fine talent, and now we’re back to add the finishing touches. Adding to this impressive Homebake 2011 line-up of talented local acts (from Australia & NZ) what better way to abide by our ‘unwritten charter' of supporting a wide variety of local talent than to give a bunch of new(ish); some not so new but legendary... & some lesser known (although talented) bands the opportunity to expose their collective musical wares to the masses.

So folks, we want to stick to our words and instead of competing against the plethora of festival announcements flooding this great country of ours, it is with much pleasure that we introduce to you the bands & brand new comedy acts who will join and complete the line up for this year's Homebake celebration of music, comedy film & more..

From the new school ...360’s groundbreaking new album, ‘Falling & Flying’ sounds like no hip-hop release to come before it. The sophomore release from this innovative indie rapper has just made its debut at number 4 on the ARIA albums chart! Subverting the elitist worlds of both indie and hip hop into something bigger and better, 360 manages to make his music both stunningly accessible and strikingly original by relating deeply personal stories with effortless wit and charisma. Currently destroying radio airwaves nationwide with his Josh Pyke-assisted single ‘Throw It Away’ and the new banger ‘Killer’, Falling & Flying' breaks new ground; join 360 at Homebake when he’ll take you into a new hip-hop stratosphere. http://www.facebook.com/3ree6ixty?sk=wall

To the old school... Ratcat remain permanently placed in the indie hall of fame for having dragged Australian music culture out of a stagnant pub rock 80’s phase and bringing alternate pop/punk guitar rock to the masses during the late 80’s / early 1990’s. Their ‘Tingles’ EP featuring the killer single ‘That Ain’t Bad’ made a steady climb to the top of the National Top Forty in 1990, eventually reaching the coveted number 1 spot after 7 months and thereafter becoming the highest selling EP of that year. In 1991 ‘Blind Love’ their subsequent album made chart history debuting at number one on the ARIA charts whilst it’s lead single ‘Don’t Go Now’ simultaneously reached number one on the ARIA single charts. It’s a very rare occurrence to catch this ground breaking Australian act performing live and we welcome the long awaited return of Ratcat to the HOMEBAKE fold as they celebrate their anniversary!
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We reckon these guys could be the RATCAT of now…Gold Coast garage rockers, Bleeding Knees Club have set chins wagging on a global level with their debut single ‘Teenage Girls’, the video for which aired exclusively online at US Rolling Stone. They’ve impressed with their live sets as they’ve trekked across the US and UK playing a myriad of shows and festivals and their hard work has already paid off with the band announcing they’ve signed to US label IAMSOUND Records. Their ‘Virginity’ EP will be released on October 18th and their debut album recorded in the US with Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion/Blood Orange fame will follow next year. http://www.facebook.com/bleedingkneesclub

And, from via international megastars... Ladies and gentlemen, meet Damndogs... this Melbourne foursome have only just revealed their sound to the world, the band are no strangers to fans and the industry. Front man Chris Cester and bass player Mark Wilson make up the rhythm section for Aussie superstars, JET. Having only played a few shows in Australia earlier this year this is a real treat for HOMEBAKE revelers who can expect Damndogs www.damndogsmusic.com

Joining the girls…This young Melbourne songstress possesses a stellar voice with the most heavenly melodies. Owl Eyes (Brooke Addamo) was officially introduced to Australian audiences via the chorus of breakout hip-hop star Illy's 'It Can't Wait', she went on to release her own 'Faces' EP in September last year and it's hypnotising single '1+1' quickly grabbed rotation on triple j and community stations countrywide. Her second EP 'Raiders' has been just as well embraced. With a combination of starling vocal performances, enchanting instrumentation and the vivid lyrics of a mature songwriter beyond her years, Owl Eyes will make an impressive debut at HOMEBAKE. http://www.facebook.com/ThisIsOwlEyes

It’s been a remarkable ride for this young Ballarat five piece since they were unearthed by triple j not long after their inception. Gold Fields created quite a buzz with their first couple of single releases. Their self titled EP is out now with the latest single ‘Moves’ seizing single of the week on iTunes. They’ve already attracted major interest in the UK when they toured with The Naked And Famous. Get ready to groove to Gold Fields when they present their melodic dance pop in the Domain this December. www.goldfieldsmusic.com

The last eighteen months have been massive for Melbourne two-piece, Big Scary comprising of the boy strummer Tom Iansek and the girl drummer Jo Syme. Big Scary has been busy collecting fans and widespread industry support with their constantly evolving musical style and energetic live shows. Prolific in their outpouring of music, 2011 has been an even bigger year for the talented duo. Having just released their debut LP ‘Vacation’ to critical acclaim (also Triple J feature album), be sure to check out Big Scary as they make their debut HOMEBAKE performance. http://bigscary.net/

Hailing from way over west Split Seconds started 2011 in a blaze of glory, adding just about every summer festival to their resume (including an appearance at the Perth Big Day Out thanks to triple j Unearthed). They released their debut self titled EP in March, a recording that featured their impressive single ‘Bed Down’ and which saw the band claim 5 WAMI awards. Refusing to rest on their laurels, Split Seconds went straight back to work and issued a brand new single - popular radio staple ‘All You Gotta Do’. Since then they've been quickly earning frequent flyer points, taking in national tours with The Panics, Owl Eyes and Jebediah. http://www.facebook.com/splitsecondss

Independent DYI Sydney three-piece RÜFÜS has been making considerable ripples around the world from the peripheries of Sydney’s indie dance music scene since early 2011. They’re currently celebrating the release of their debut self-titled EP from which two tracks, 'Paris Collides' and 'We Left', reached No.8 and No.13 on the Hype Machine charts simultaneously, while also garnering radio play throughout Europe and North America. With skilled pop sensibilities, RÜFÜS’ combination of live instruments and electronic production create moments of dance floor euphoria and roaming lo-fi grooves. The result is subtly and undeniably infectious. http://www.facebook.com/rufussounds

But wait, there’s more…..a special limited series of performances in our Cinema Pavilion courtesy of….

These three beautiful superstar songstresses, Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby, aka the incredible Seeker Lover Keeper possess a natural connection on both a musical and personal level which has endeared them to fans and media alike. Their collaboration has been a huge success with their self-titled debut album entering the ARIA Album charts at number 3. A national tour followed selling out in record time, their acclaimed album has now achieved well over gold status and they’ve just been nominated for an ARIA Award. Catch Seeker Lover Keeper before they scatter for their solo projects. http://seekerloverkeeper.com/

Adding sass to the smoky, sultry sounds of a bygone era, Lanie Lane (pronounced “Lannie”) is an undeniable talent who draws on the past and plants it very firmly in the here and now. Imbued with the spirit of Muddy Waters, and channeling the grit of Billie Holiday, Lanie Lane wraps the sounds of a golden age around a voice that is as rich and warm as it is sweet. . She’s toured with US legend Justin Townes Earle, Fitz and the Tantrums, teamed up with Clare Bowditch on record and stage and was personally invited to Nashville to record with Jack White for his. Third Man Records label. Lanie’s highly anticipated debut album ‘To The Horses’ was released last week. Take in Lanie Lane’s timeless sound and irrepressible presence at Homebake. http://lanielane.net/

It was during an intimate show by Angus & Julia Stone that Central Coast NSW singer/songwriter Daniel Lee Kendall had his first epiphany. Emerging from his bedroom not long after with the endearing pop of ‘Lost in the Moment’, things were about to change – big-time. Skip forward 12 months, and his new EP ‘Talk The Night Away’ has proven another winner. Recorded with producer Paul ‘Woody’ Annison (Red Riders), Ryan Caesar (Children Collide) and Scott Owen (The Living End), Daniel Lee Kendall’s winsome tunes have landed him tours with Bonjah, Georgia Fair and Old Man River amongst many others. His songs showcase a diverse, intelligent performer, but the true power of DLK lies within his voice; the quality of which is stirring. http://www.facebook.com/dlkmusic

And now joining our inaugural Homebake Comedy Stage (Presented by the Sydney Comedy Festival), please welcome our latest comedic superstars….but first a personal message.

"I am excited to be performing on the Comedy Stage at Homebake, and I am definitely not doing it just for the free backstage passes. I do get free backstage passes don't I?” said Wil. “I think it’s great that the home of Australian music is now the home of comedy too. I just hope Nick Cave isn't funnier than I am."

He’s an award-winning stand-up comedian, television star, radio personality, writer and podcaster & it is with great pleasure that we announce the host of the Gruen Transfer, WIL ANDERSON. Awarded ‘Sydney’s Best Comedian’ by Time Out in 2011, Wil is a stand up first and foremost, touring Australia and the world at every opportunity, performing more than a hundred shows a year. His stand up is a densely written, high-speed ride though one of the most wonderful comedic imaginations in the country. Politics, pop and the banal come together in a Wil Anderson routine, always delivered with more conviction and enthusiasm than any man’s vocal chords can take. Already a regular on US late night comedy talk show, Chelsea Lately, it won't be long before Wil takes on The World.

"Few comics combine sharp political satire and dick jokes as well as Wil Anderson" – The Age

"rapid-fire comedic delivery, keen intellect, and microscope-like powers of observation" – Herald Sun (2011)

"Anderson has developed into a maestro" – The Age (2011)

"simply extraordinary....unmissable." – Daily Telegraph (2011)

WINNER – Sydney’s Best Comedian, Time Out 2011
WINNER – People’s Choice Award 2010 & 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
WINNER – Helpmann Award for Comedy 2010

BARRY MORGAN & HIS ORGAN
He puts the Boss in Bossa Nova, he’s the patron saint of the safari suit, he’s Barry Morgan – the celebrity organ salesman who is wooing audiences with the golden syrup sounds of his vintage 1980s Hammond Aurora Classic.
Plucked from obscurity to perform on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks, Barry Morgan became an instant audience favourite with his contagious smile, musical skill and deep love of organs.

"With one hand on his organ and another on the pulse of his audience, cult hit Barry Morgan unleashed his 1981 Hammond Aurora Classic on an enthusiastic crowd.” **** The Advertiser

“All polyester safari suit and blow wave hair, a Spicks and Specks favourite ... joyous clean fun.” **** Herald Sun

MICHAEL HING
Michael Hing is an independent comedian working out of Sydney. He co-founded Sydney's best comedy night Project 52 (Time Out Comedy Awards 2011), has received 5-star reviews for his festival shows (Illustrious Physicians of Romance, Sidney Critic) and was nominated as Sydney's best comedian (Time Out Sydney). He has achieved all of this without representation, which is why you will probably never see him on television and why, despite being Chinese, he refuses to be an 'ethnic comedian' on the laughable grounds that he doesn't want to be a racist. You can find him regularly at The Comedy Store, as well as working at his day job.

“Michael Hing was fantastic!” – ABC Radio

GENEVIEVE FRICKER
After featuring in this year’s Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals, and a sell-out debut at the Sydney Fringe, Genevieve Fricker (Triple J Raw Comedy 2011, FBi Radio, Project 52) brings her twisted songs and stories to the Homebake Comedy Stage.

"Hilariously dark." – The Age

NICK CODY
Nick Cody is quickly becoming one of the funniest young comedians in the country and, at 24 years of age, has already supported some of the biggest names in stand-up. Nick’s brand of stand-up offers a unique combination of edgy, thought-provoking material ranging form brutally honest and uninhibited storytelling to rapid-fire and hilarious social comedy. In addition to two sold-out seasons at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with full-length solo shows, Nick has recently featured as a guest on Hughesy & Kate (NOVA100) and NOVA’s Summer Lovin’ with Ed Kavalee & Tony Martin.

“He’s charismatic, self-deprecating and warm, and the crowd absolutely love him, at one point even chanting his name in their enthusiasm.” – Chortle

TOBY COLEMAN
Toby has been working his way through the comedy rooms of Sydney for the last 6 years. He has amused and delighted audiences around the inner city hotels, comedy rooms and several comedy festivals. In 2009, his show at ‘The World’s Funniest Island’ was standing room only and at the ’2010 Sydney Comedy Festival’ his show was voted in the top ten. His material is a mix of high brow and low brow, with some general observations on life, stupidity and the incredible.

RAY BADRAN
In 1985 a hilarious man was born. Ray attended university, completing bachelors of medical science; he completed it in only twice the allocated time. After quitting and getting fired from a number of jobs (9 in total), Ray decided to try his hand at stand up comedy. His hand liked comedy and so did the rest of his body, so he continued to perform it. He has appeared on The Footy Show and contributed comedy writing to various other shows.

SACHA MARX
In the space of 18 months, Sacha Marx has become a regular on the Sydney Comedy scene and has performed with the likes of Tony Woods and Gabriel Iglesias. Marx has a unique stage presence and his clever take on the world has made many take notice. This guy could be anything.

JOHN CRUCKSHANK
Subterranean observer and liver of human life. Funniest Person – Jannali High School Yearbook 2001. Went to Homebake in 2008.

All of the above join the already announced outstanding line-up of comedy stars - Smart Casual, Daniel Townes,
Matt Okine, Ronny Chieng, Rhys Nicholson, Dave Eastgate, Anthony Salame and Steve Philp (unfortunately Tim
Rosso has now had to cancel)

With the full line-up now announced, we here at Homebake HQ also extend huge congratulations to all our Homebake 2011 stars who scored ARIA Award nominations including Cut Copy, Eskimo Joe, Nick Cave; Grinderman, Gurrumul, Drapht, Gotye, The Jezabels, Kimbra, Pnau, Architecture In Helsinki, Papa Vs Pretty, Illy, Vents - with special congrats to both Cut Copy & Gotye scoring ARIA Artisan awards in advance. To top off this spectacular news, The Jezabels, Gurrumul, Drapht & Pnau all scored awards at last nights AIR Independent Music Awards. We don't think we've ever had this many award nominees & winners grace the stages at Homebake ever! We'll be rolling out the red carpet come December 3 at Sydney's Domain!

Whilst the countdown is on to the big day, we ask that you to stay tuned & visit the websites at www.homebake.com & join our official Homebake Festival page at Facebook http://www.facebook.com/homebakefestivalofficial for all up to the minute news, special features, competitions and more.


With the first magnificent artist announce now well and truly embraced, Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival returns in 2011 with its most diverse array of exceptional antipodean talent in its history. And now to add to the list of incredible performers, Homebake teams up with the successful and exceptional Sydney Comedy Festival to present an exciting brand new Homebake Comedy Stage.

Homebake has a long history of supporting Australian music, film and arts, and with the addition of a Comedy Stage, aims to make a positive contribution to Australia’s growing live comedy scene. Featuring some of Australia’s most beloved comedians as well as the very best emerging artists in a rollicking showcase of world-class comedy, this first announcement will showcase performances from Tim “Rosso” Ross, Smart Casual, Daniel Townes, Matt Okine, Ronny Chieng, Rhys Nicholson, Dave Eastgate, Anthony Salame and Steve Philp with more comedy performers still to be announced.

Jorge Menidis, the Sydney Comedy Festival Director is delighted with the partnership and sees it as a great way for comedy to be celebrated. “Homebake is such a unique and awesome event that it is truly exciting that it will now feature some of the best Australian comedy talent that we can get our hands on. I am sure that this stage will compliment the rest of the program and bring an even more inspiring experience for the Homebake patron.”

And now, those first Comedy Stage names providing the laughs...

TIM “ROSSO” ROSS
TV and radio star, comedian, writer, environmental warrior, ARIA Award winner, well-dressed man … is there anything Tim Ross can’t do? Okay, no need to answer that, but his media accomplishments are not to be sneezed at. As the 'Rosso' part of comedy act Merrick and Rosso, Tim built up an enormous fan base through sell-out stand-up performances across Australia and a popular stint on Triple J’s drive show before making the move to the competitive Sydney FM market as co-host of Nova 96.9’s top-rating breakfast show for an astonishing nine years.
‘Hilarious.’ – The Age

SMART CASUAL
Smart Casual is Fletcher Jones (on guitar) and Roger David (on beard), arguably Australia's smartest, most casual musical comedy duo. In 2009, Smart Casual featured in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's hand-picked selection of hot new talent, 'The Comedy Zone', before going on to tour nationally and internationally on the Festival Roadshow. By international, they mean Singapore.
‘Exceptionally clever and well executed... destined for big things.’ – Buzzcuts

DANIEL TOWNES
A regular on the Australian comedy circuit, Dan Townes is one of Sydney’s favourite comedians. His Comedy Festival show had him shortlisted for the People’s Choice and Sydney’s Best Comedian awards.
“Daniel Townes is charming and disarming as much as he is humorous” **** – Adelaide Advertiser

MATT OKINE
He was recently a guest panellist on channel ten’s ‘Can of Worms,’ and his 2011 Sydney Comedy Festival show saw him nominated for Time Out’s Local Comedy Show of the Year and Sydney Comedian of the Year.
“Matt Okine is a revelation!” – The West Australian

RONNY CHIENG
It’s been a busy 2 years for Malaysian comedian and Melbourne Law School graduate Ronny Chieng who, in 2010, came second place in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s RAW Comedy National Final. In early 2011, he was one of five comics handpicked to be part of the prestigious Comedy Zone and recently sold out his debut solo show season at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
“Chieng is charming, challenging and downright hilarious” – The Pun

RHYS NICHOLSON
Comedy Store regular, Rhys Nicholson, is best known for his appearances on the Comedy Channel’s “Balls of Steel”, and big hair. He will debut his first solo show, “Social Liability”, at the Sydney Fringe Festival in September.
“His tongue is as sharp as his dress sense. See him before his career becomes as big as his hair." – Wil Anderson

DAVE EASTGATE
From performing with Robin Williams and debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to appearances at the Big Day Out, Playground Weekender and the UK’s Guilfest, musical comedian Dave Eastgate is one of the most exciting and hilarious live performers in the country.
“F#%king beautiful man!” – Robin Williams, Academy Award Winner

ANTHONY SALAME
Anthony Salame began performing comedy in 2005 and has since built an army of fans all across Australia with his cheeky dialogue and clever observations. Anthony has gone on to perform in Australia’s top comedy clubs and has opened in theatres for international artists including Pablo Francisco, Jo Koy and even hip hop star LL Cool J. After touring extensively through Lebanon, USA and Canada in early 2011, Anthony returns to Sydney to perform at Homebake.
“One of the undisputed kings of Australian urban comedy.” – Adelaide News

STEVE PHILP
For the last 10 years, Steve Philp has been honing his craft at comedy festivals and clubs around the world and also appearing regularly on shows such as Channel 10's “Ready Steady Cook”, Channel 9's “The Footy Show” as well as being the MC in front of 50,000 people at Tropfest! Recently nominated in Time Out Magazine's Top Sydney Comedians 2011 and selected on The Best of The Footy Show Comedians DVD, Steve is fast becoming one of the country’s best live acts!!
“A Natural…one of the funniest acts of the night.” – Sun Herald


Once again comes that time of the year, where HOMEBAKE HQ frantically places the finishing touches to our annual announcement reminding one & all that summer is looming, and that it will also be the official start to the great Australian Summer festival period. And thus, with all the fuss, excitement, and usual glamour, Australia's most famous antipodean all star event can possibly muster, we are beyond elation and incredibly relieved to finally announce our very special 16th anniversary version being –

HOMEBAKE Music, Film, Arts Festival 2011- The Classic edition!

Yes folks, Sydney city's historic Domain will once again come alive with the sound of music, film, laughs and more with the much anticipated return of Homebake after having had a short break in 2010. Over the years, HOMEBAKE has played host to a virtual swag of national and internationally famous local superstars, and has now matured to become one of Australia’s most important and respected festival events, and for this very reason, we are thrilled (& forever grateful) to return bigger and brighter than ever with our most musically eclectic, stunning and incredibly talented selection of the finest artists borne out of the Southern Hemisphere.

Despite the 'classic' moniker - & similar to other major festival events worldwide nowadays - Homebake always pays dignified host and respect to those purveyors of music genres of the past, and this year sees us welcome some of the most honoured musicians in Australian music history alongside the biggest contemporary names (including comedy and film). So...for the young, the old, and the fun at heart, it is with great pleasure and excitement that Homebake 2011 presents...

Get excited....with their exceptional power, this December in the Domain, Australia's NICK CAVE returns to unleash the cinematic rock that is GRINDERMAN – the band’s first ever appearance at Homebake. As GRINDERMAN, Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos conjure up a sexual onslaught, from psychedelic melodramas (the gleeful “No Pussy Blues”) to seductive singles (“Heathen Child”). GRINDERMAN have delivered two internationally acclaimed albums to date, and were recently asked by Portishead to perform at London’s ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival at Alexandra Palace. Josh Homme (QOTSA), meanwhile, has lent his remixing skills to latest track “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man” while the track “Heathen Child” is on the shortlist for MOJO Honours 2011 for Best Single. Nick Cave recently paired with the mesmerizing Neko Case to record a cover of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” for True Blood Season 3. “There's a speed and intensity to Grinderman 2 unheard before,” wrote Pitchfork. Steel yourself. www.grinderman.com

Making her debut appearance at Homebake this year is Pip Brown, aka LADYHAWKE. The 31-year-old ‘Paris is Burning’ star is set to ignite once again in 2011, with the release of her highly-anticipated second album (due out soon). With contagious hits like “Dusk Till Dawn” and “My Delirium”, Pip took home six New Zealand Music Awards and two ARIAs in 2009, over 100,000 British fans keeping her disc in the charts for a staggering 33 weeks. For her next effort, recorded in NZ and France with Pascal Gabriel (Goldfrapp), LADYHAWKE reckons she’s embracing her rock & roll past: get ready “for one badass listen”. www.ladyhawkemusic.com

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’re chuffed to announce the return of the 'worldly based' PNAU to Australia, who’ll perform old favourites and hot new tracks from their brand new album, Soft Universe. Released shortly to much anticipation, Soft Universe (etc etc/Universal Music) has won over radio as triple j’s Feature Album last week, while singles ‘The Truth’ and ‘Solid Ground’ have taken over dance floors across the nation & internationally courtesy of remixes by Adrian Lux and Cassian. Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes’ special line-up for Homebake will include the Pippettes’ Gwenno Saunders. “To me, it’s very raw and very crafted: melodic heartbreak,” says Nick of PNAU’s latest. “It feels more like all or nothing than it’s ever been.” www.myspace.com/pnau

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‘Like Drawing Blood’ album was recently voted 11th in triple j’s hottest 100 Australian albums of all time. He’s collaborated with a host of Australian artists throughout his career and his most recent single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ featuring vocals from fellow homebaker Kimbra has already made an impressive mark of what’s to come from his third album ‘Making Mirrors’ released on August 19th. Described as an eclectic mix of '60s exotica, classic R'n'B, spacey Fairlight-pop, Afrobeat jams and gentle Omnichord-backed confessionals, GOTYE will deliver his most assured and cohesive record to date.We welcome ARIA award winning songwriter and multi instrumentalist GOTYE back to the Homebake fold in 2011. http://gotye.com/

One of the most important Australian voices to emerge this decade; we’re honoured to announce the debut Homebake performance of multi-ARIA, AIR and Deadly award-winner GURRUMUL YUNUPINGU. Hailing from Arnhem Land, the former Yothu Yindi and current Saltwater Band member blew away listeners in 2008 with his first solo release, the 500,000+ selling GURRUMUL. Fusing traditional Yolngu music with gospel, country and blues and recorded in Byron Bay and New York, in April 2011 GURRUMUL unveiled his second LP, Rrakala (a sub-group of the Gumatj clan), the album debuting at #3 on the ARIA charts has now been certified gold. Utterly spell-binding, GURRUMUL’s Homebake performance is a must-see. www.gurrumul.com

Reckon you know your music trivia? Prepared to battle it out with the experts? Get ready to pit your knowledge against your mates – and a few special musical guests – direct from TV screens across Australia with the debut Homebake appearance of SBS’s most original & hugely popular quiz show: RocKwiz! The success of the inaugural RocKwiz Live Theatre Tour in 2010 (47,500 tickets sold over 32 shows) saw hosts Julia Zemiro, Brian Nankervis, and the ever-talented RocKwiz orchestra sharpening their skills... and now it’s time for the team to hit the Domain. Tune into SBS each Saturday night to prepare your brain for Homebake’s very own live RocKwiz extravaganza! www.sbs.com.au/rockwiz

They’re one of Australia’s biggest exports, currently undertaking a global tour which will see them trek from Reykjavik to Cincinnati, São Paulo to the Isle of White. Euphoric Melbourne dance-rock pioneers CUT COPY brim with hypnotic hooks, organic psychedelia and vintage gear grooves. Their latest listen, Zonoscope, debuted at #3 on the ARIA charts thanks to tracks like “Take Me Over” and latest single “Blink And You’ll Miss a Revolution”. In CUT COPY’s 8.6/10 album review, Pitchfork asked, “Even in the dead of winter, Zonoscope does its job beautifully. Imagine how it'll sound when you don't have to layer up to go outside?” http://cutcopy.net

Drum roll please...thirty years and more than eight million album sales, Homebake HQ is thrilled to announce ICEHOUSE will perform their seminal debut, Flowers, in 2011 under the title, ICEHOUSE plays FLOWERS. Led by Iva Davies, ICEHOUSE initially formed as Flowers in 1977, their edgy, new wave synth-pop quickly finding an audience with 1980 single “Can't Help Myself”. Landing in the top 10, it was followed by “We Can Get Together” and “Walls”, the album becoming of our biggest-selling debuts of all time. Since then, ICEHOUSE have sold over 28 times platinum albums in Australiasia alone, and in May Universal Music Australia released a 30th Anniversary Edition of Flowers. This will be VERY special performance from Iva Davies, Paul Wheeler, Paul Gildea, Glenn Reither, Steve Bull and other special guests. www.icehouse-ivadavies.com

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’s supported Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, while collaborator Mark Ronson describes him as one of the best singers he’s ever worked with. With a brand new single due for release in 2011, we’re pleased as punch that one of our favourite Aussie talents is returning to Homebake: DANIEL MERRIWEATHER. The Melbourne-raised, New York resident’s 2009 disc, Love & War, was a massive international success, landing at #2 on the UK charts and selling over 300,000 copies with hits like “Change” and “Red”. Now the 28-year-old is gearing up to release LP #3 in 2012, which you’ll get a taste of at Homebake. Don’t miss DANIEL MERRIWEATHER! www.facebook.com/danielmerriweather

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albums in and one of Australia’s premier bands – Fremantle trio ESKIMO JOE – are stronger than ever. With eight ARIA wins so far and multi-platinum album sales in 14 years, Ghosts of the Past is the title of Kav Temperley, Stu MacLeod and Joel Quartermain’s latest offering, due out August 12 (Warner). Upon its release current single “Love is a Drug” became the #1 most added track to Australian radio, fans frantically snapping up tickets to their recent sold-out acoustic “When We Were Kids” tour. Another national trek is planned for September. No strangers to Homebake, welcome back ESKIMO JOE! www.eskimojoe.net

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a platinum single and the #12 spot on triple j’s 2010 Hottest 100 in “Rapunzel” – not to mention the claim of being the ONLY Australian artist to debut at number one on the ARIA Album charts this year – 2011 is the year of DRAPHT! It’s a mammoth accomplishment for Perth’s Paul Ridge, who dropped his fourth disc, The Life of Riley, on self-funded label The Ayems back in April. Rhymes are in this wordsmith’s blood: from early offerings Pale Rider (2003) and Who Am I (2005), to breakout LP Brothers Grimm (2008), which delivered the addictive “Jimmy Ricard”. Now, DRAPHT will deliver his biggest Homebake set yet. http://drapht.com.au

We love these special moments....Is there a more seminal Australian soundtrack than “Wide Open Road”? Founded in 1978, Perth-born outfit THE TRIFFIDS continue to inspire. The legendary band will celebrate the life of founder/songwriter David McComb (who passed away in 1999) with a very special performance, featuring stellar guest vocalists. With their starkly beautiful sound, THE TRIFFIDS catalogue – including 1986’s amazing Born Sandy Devotional – has been re-discovered by a whole new generation thanks to recent re-issues. In 2006 Nick Cave wrote of McComb’s songs, “Whether calling from the baking salt pans of the West Australian desert or the darks of a broken heart ... their gist is hopeful and brave.” www.thetriffids.com

It’s a rare treat to catch Melbourne synth-pop collective ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI in Australia. Currently touring Moment Bends, their acclaimed fourth album, across Europe, the “Contact High” group will head to the Domain for a special gig following on from their set at the Sydney Opera House for Vivid Sydney. Moment Bends is, says Cameron Bird, “Based on pop in the pure sense of the world: the songs are straight to the point, direct in a way we haven’t been in the past.” With recent stints at London’s Lovebox Weekender, Germany’s Melt! and Belgium’s Dour Festival, ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI will have you dancing in no time! www.architectureinhelsinki.com

A decade ago they ignited with Highly Evolved, the explosive classic triple j listeners recently voted in at #37 in the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time. Forced to withdraw from a planned set in 2008, THE VINES will make a triumphant return to Homebake in 2011. With over two million albums sold, Craig Nicholls and co recently released their fifth LP in Future Primitive (Sony), produced by Chris Colonna (Bumblebeez) and mixed by Julien Delfaud (Phoenix) – with “spiritual guidance” by Philippe Zdar (Cassius). Lead single “Gimme Love” explodes with the classic sound of THE VINES, the band funnelling their past into a brilliant future. http://thevines.com

They’re one of the most prolific bands to come out of Australia, and in April celebrated their 30th anniversary with a sold-out show at the Sydney Opera House. Following on from their induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame – Steve Kilbey’s speech going down in legend – THE CHURCH will perform at Homebake in full electric mode. Highly influential to bands such as The Smiths thanks to classic tracks like “The Unguarded Moment” and the unforgettable “Under the Milky Way”, Rolling Stone awarded 2009’s Untitled #23 five stars. With 20 albums so far, THE CHURCH – Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Marty Willson-Piper – won’t be slowing down any time soon. www.thechurchband.net

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12 months since they released EP Dark Storm, but THE JEZABELS aren’t resting. In stores September 16 is Prisoner – the debut album from the indie-pop song smiths, who landed two tracks in the Hottest 100 this year with “Mace Spray” (#16) and “Easy to Love” (#49). With recent overseas stints to the USA, UK, Canada and Europe, 2011 marks THE JEZABELS first appearance at Homebake. Prisoner was recorded in Sydney with producer Lachlan Mitchell, and mixed by Peter Katis (the National). “Hayley Mary’s performance stole the show, like Kate Bush crossed with Karen O,” wrote Clash mag of a recent gig. Single “Endless Summer” is out now. www.thejezabels.com

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global star-in-waiting at 21; that’s NZ pop sensation KIMBRA, who is heating up for the September release of her debut album Vow (Warner) – recorded with M-Phazes (Pharoahe Monch) and Francois Tetaz (Bertie Blackman). Just last week the “Cameo Lover” singer beat 4,000 other entrants to take out the 2011 Vanda and Young song writing competition, over the last year she racked up over half a million YouTube views of “Settle Down” – a track which also took out first place in the Pop category of the International Songwriting Competition. And then there’s her scene-stealing cameo in Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” clip... Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. KIMBRA has arrived. www.facebook.com/kimbramusic

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popping up on BBC’s “Later With Jools Holland”, profiles in Mojo magazine, to upcoming festival gigs in Edinburgh, Denmark and Antwerp: C.W. STONEKING hasn’t slowed down one inch since 2008’s Jungle Blues. With band the Primitive Horn Orchestra by his side, the banjo, hillbilly and calypso lovin’ bluesman might have grown up in Papunya, NT, but his love of 1920’s Mississippi rhythms has followed him throughout this life. C.W.’s debut appearance at Homebake marks his first series of shows back on Aussie soil for the release of his forthcoming third album. C.W. STONEKING is truly one of a kind. http://cwstoneking.com

You’ve been hearing them across the triple j airwaves via their debut album, Escapades (released in October 2010), and now they’re making their very first trek south to Homebake: infectious Brisbane indie-pop quintet HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY. Nominated for the Export Achievement Award at the upcoming Queensland Music Awards thanks to overseas trips to the USA and Canada for showcases at South By Southwest and Canadian Music Week, the “Coming Around” outfit enjoyed a sell-out national tour back in May – and are currently tinkering away at album #2. With a rapidly growing fan-base, we’re stoked to welcome HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY on board. www.hungrykidsofhungary.com

It’s another first-time Homebake performance for Melbourne MC ILLY, whose sophomore release The Chase went down as one of the most talked about hip-hop offerings of 2010. Having honed his festival chops over the past year at Pyramid Rock, Come Together, Groovin’ the Moo and Coaster, ILLY (aka Al Murray) shows no signs of slowing down. Following singles “Cigarettes” and “It Can Wait” (featuring local chanteuse Owl Eyes), ILLY recently completed his law degree – and, after a stint of travelling overseas, the talented MC is already planning to head back into the studio to work on album number three. Make him welcome! www.illyal.com

Dropping their debut album this month in Life Above Ground is New Zealand’s AVALANCHE CITY: the brainchild of Dave Baxter, a musical maestro who wrote, produced, recorded and plays every instrument on the sparkling pop offering. Over 11,000 people initially downloaded Life... upon its release, Dave later inking a global deal with Warner Music and landing a #1 digital album in NZ via iTunes. Currently on the road with Busby Marou post showcases in LA, NYC and London, AVALANCHE CITY moves from stripped down folk to shimmering pop hooks, tracks like gold-selling “Love, Love, Love” coming to life onstage with mandolin, ukulele, glockenspiel, accordion and more. http://avalanchecity.com

Heralded as an act to watch in mags like Spin and Rolling Stone is New Zealand-via-Portland lo-fi maestro UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA. Things felt surreal for 32-year-old Ruban Nielson in late 2010 when Pitchfork picked up “Ffunny Ffrends” a mere 24 hours after he posted it online. Now, with the release of last month’s scuzz-pop, eponymous debut album (Spunk Records), Ruban and band mates (now a trio) are busy touring the globe supporting the likes of Yuck, Toro Y Moi and the Flaming Lips. In 2011 they’ll make their very first appearance at Homebake: make sure you catch them to see what all the fuss is about! http://unknownmortalorchestra.com

Taking their first step onto Homebake’s stages this year is Sydney trio Thomas Rawle, Angus Gardiner and Tom Myers – aka PAPA VS PRETTY. The lads bowled us over with “Wrecking Ball”, while they landed a feature album spot on triple j back in May via their extraordinary debut, United In Isolation. Recorded with producer Paul McKercher (You Am I) and mixer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair), tracks like “One Of the Animals” followed on from 2009’s Paul Dempsey produced Heavy Harm EP. Check out their blistering cover of Angus & Julia Stone’s “Big Jet Plane” at this year’s APRAs for a taste of PAPA VS PRETTY’s raw live power. www.papavspretty.com

Not many outfits can pinpoint their inception to the 2000 Olympics – but Sydney hip-hop/dancehall duo KILLAQUEENZ aren’t your average group. Kween G and Belizean Bombshell originally hail from Uganda and Belize, the pair wowing with their raw, hard-hitting debut Sistarhood (Grindin’). It featured production from local masters Katalyst and M-Phazes, and since then the duo have hit Oz’s festival circuit (Good Vibrations, Parklife, Falls) and supported the likes of Lady Gaga, Public Enemy, Wu-Tang Can, South Rakkas Crew (who worked with the duo on ultra hot single “Double Up”), Bone Thugs N Harmony, NASA and more. So get your dancing shoes ready for KILLAQUEENZ! www.myspace.com/killarqueenz

At just 12-years-old Jordan Arts and Sam McCarthy knew something was up – each lad coincidentally bringing a Jimi Hendrix record to school for show and tell. KIDS OF 88’s blissful, ‘80s inspired sound is igniting dance floors thanks to their 2010 debut album, Sugarpills, with club killers “My House”, “Downtown” and “Just a Little Bit”. The Auckland duo landed gigs alongside the Scissor Sisters and Passion Pit, while last December KIDS OF 88 headed to far-flung capitals like Paris and Barcelona with Ke$ha. Says Sam, "Our name sort of captures what we're doing, picking up bits and pieces of pop culture, sifting the debris from yesteryear – and making something new." http://kidsof88.com

Those who caught his sold-out trek back in April/May will agree: Brighton-born Mike Rosenberg is something special. As PASSENGER, Rosenberg – a Neil Young fan and one talented singer/songwriter – delivered one of 2010’s most fascinating listens in Fight of the Crow, a disc funded by busking and enlisting the talents of Lior, Kate Miller Heidke, Dead Letter Chorus, Josh Pyke and more. Currently on tour in the UK where he’s played with the John Butler Trio and Ed Sheeran, PASSENGER will return to Oz in November, bringing along his third album (recorded in Sydney in April). Homebake welcomes this honorary Aussie home. www.passengerofficial.com

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one of our most (in)famous international exports of stage and screen & NOAH TAYLOR has been toiling around the world of film and music since at least 1986. He has played everything from a dog 'Down Rusty Down' to a young Adolf Hitler 'Max', most recently he can be seen terrorising folks in Texas in the controversial and brutal slasher pic ‘Red White & Blue’. Since relocating to the UK about 10 years ago, music has become his primary focus, playing and recording under various guises but on this occasion we welcome NOAH TAYLOR AND THE SLOPPY BOYS, featuring Ed Clayton-Jones – (The Wreckery ) on lead guitar and Cec Condon (The Mess Hall) on drums who’ll make their debut Homebake performance. Expect tracks from their forthcoming LP ‘Live Free or Die!!!’ with a performance inspired by the heads down, play loud, play fast ethos of Australian underground rock! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Noah-Taylor-The-Sloppy-Boys/236444576380118>http://www.facebook.com/pages/Noah-Taylor-The-Sloppy-Boys/236444576380118;

Shaking up the local hip-hop scene is Adelaide MC VENTS. In 2011 the imposing “Love Song” rapper followed up debut LP Hard To Kill (2007) with Marked For Death, his first long player for the Hilltop Hoods’ run label Golden Era Records. With lead single “History of the World” currently garnering airplay across the country, VENTS latest effort was laid down with producer Trials (Funkoars), who has steered releases from Drapht, Ash Grunwald and Abbe May. With a recent national tour under his belt, VENTS is set to support one of hip-hop’s most legendary outfits in Perth: the Wu-Tang Clan. Get ready for one heck of a battle.
www.myspace.com/ventz

Each
and every year HOMEBAKE embraces a number of charities and causes and despite the 16th anniversary celebrations, 2011 welcomes the wonderful organisation known as Youngcare – being a non denominational, non govt, non profit organisation devoted to raising awareness of the plight of young Australians living in aged care. Youngcare was established in 2005 following the inspirational story of one woman’s battle to find relevant and dignified care. Currently more than 6,500 young Australians with full-time care needs are living in aged care simply because there are few alternatives. Youngcare is committed to raising awareness of the issue across the nation so that we can drive change and create real choices for young Australians and their families. Further information at - http://www.youngcare.com.au/>http://www.youngcare.com.au/

With Youngcare receiving the nominal limelight, we also draw your attention to our other cause being a charity initiative we also intend to tell the world about - You Can! Sony Foundation Australia, together with CanTeen, is working to improve survival outcomes for young Australians with cancer through their ‘You Can’ campaign. You Can aims to raise $15 million, through mobile phone recycling, to build youth cancer centres of excellence in Australia. These centres will address the need for specialised care for Australia’s ‘forgotten generation’, 15 – 30 year olds cancer patients. Further information can be found here - http://youcan.org.au/>http://youcan.org.au/

As we commence the many months of promotion for Homebake 2011, we are proud to be aligned with Youngcare and You Can. Full details can be found on the dedicated pages on the Homebake site - http://www.homebake.com>http://www.homebake.com

And the activities keep coming! Alongside the music is our hugely popular HOMEBAKE Cinema Pavilion (featuring award winning and nominated short films by upcoming Australian/NZ producers & directors expertly programmed by producer/actor extraordinaire, Kieran Darcy Smith of ‘Two Hands’, ‘The Cave’, 'September', 'The Square' & 'Animal Kingdom' fame. This year will also see a few special musical performances in amongst the films to be announced. Incidentally, Kieran’s debut feature film as director and co-writer, ‘WISH YOU WERE HERE’, starring Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer and Felicity Price has recently been completed and will be released through Hopscotch Films and Level K in late 2011. Brand new in 2011 is the HOMEBAKE Comedy Stage, presented by the ever popular Sydney Comedy Festival, which will feature some of Australia’s most beloved comedians as well as the very best emerging artists in a rollicking showcase of world-class comedy. Full details to be revealed shortly.

Once again, it's a huge and massive start to this very special year and inspired line-up – our first big names announced with more to come - and totalling over fifty combined artists, performers and comedy acts. HOMEBAKE Music Film & Arts Festival 2011 – ‘The Classic Edition' is destined to be one of the most memorable and finest music festivals kicking off the summer period and will also offer a variety of extra attractions & activities including multimedia, our famous international food fare, a plethora of market and information stalls, roving performers, surprises & much, much more. It will be a massive day packed with the biggest musical talent Australia (& NZ) has to offer plus much more and it's still the best value for money festival in town. Note we provide this warning well in advance, HOMEBAKE 2009 did sell out in advance, so please make sure to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment (& hiked prices!!). Stay tuned for more special announcements & ‘money can’t buy’ competitions via our presenting partners and don’t forget the triple j unearthed competition whereby one lucky band gets to perform amongst a 'classic' line-up of superstars at HOMEBAKE 2011.





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