Summer Vibes Festival @ Croatian Wickham Sports Club


Newcastle’s inaugural Summer Vibes Festival, kicking off on Sunday the 16th of January
2011, is a careful reconstruction of the idea of the summer festival. A cheap and relaxed
alternative to the many huge and overpriced festivals taking place this summer, the first
lineup announcement included such exciting bands as California’s Thee Oh Sees; Sydney’s Straight Arrows; ECSR side-project Total Control; ex Mercy Arm Kirin J Callinan; Witch Haus proponent Horse Macguyver, and many more. The response since has been phenomenal, and tickets have been selling fast. The second lineup announcement brings the day up to 25 bands, and the 11 additions to the lineup are pretty special! Check ‘em out:


To summer-ise: Circle Pit have recently toured the US in support of their new album
‘Bruise Constellation’ on legendary indie label Siltbreeze, Summer Vibes marks the first
Newcastle appearance of this catchy-as-hell garage rock sensation. Melbourne’s Absolute Boys tread a fine line between dance music and rock music – their two 12” singles released this year showcase a mixture of the unbreakable precision of My Disco and the grooves of early NY no wave/disco bands like Dinosaur L. Per Purpose, a Brisbane group on fast-rising indie label Bedroom Suck Records (Blank Realm, Kitchen’s Floor, etc) make their first NSW appearance at Summer Vibes, playing their extremely unique mixture of 70’s post punk and 80’s Australian punk.

Danger Beach from Canberra is a one man show, building up beachy ambience under
and over beachy pop songs, he recently toured NSW to support Grouper (US) and play a
special Newcastle show, and he blew the socks off us. Melbourne’s The Paul Kidney Experience is a big psychedelic rock band featuring members of The Stabs, Baseball, and many other Melbourne bands. Their super weird approach to 60’s rock will satisfy anyone on shrooms.

Newcastle’s Love Parade add more to the psych rock contingent, but up the poppier end
of the spectrum. They’ve recently signed to seminal indie label Half-a-Cow Records. Sabbatical Records signee Cured Pink from Brisbane, Newcastle via Sydney two-piece
Teen Ax, ex-Castings project Cistern Corrupt and Naked on The Vague member None
Music all add another element to the festival, each bringing a different blend of harsher, more industrial and drone influenced noise-rock and improvisational music.

And to round it all off, we’ve got the quasi-legendary 8-piece Unfit for Human
Consumption, everybody’s favourite Newcastle band in a very rare appearance. Influenced by 70’s and 80’s Aussie punk (everything from The Saints to The Birthday Party), this bunch of obnoxious old hippies and punks have turned up on and off over the past decade, popping up just to blow audiences away (and piss some off) and then
disappearing again. The last time we saw them was two years ago, and word has it that
they’re dispersing again just after the festival.

In the age of festivals that charge your entire paycheck to rub up against thousands of sweaty bogans, we’ve worked very hard and very smart to bring you a festival that’s both affordable (around a dollar per band!) and relaxed (capacity is capped at 500 people). Summer Vibes is the perfect setting to chill out along to tunes from some of Australia and the wider world’s greatest underground bands, or for a Summer day outside in the sun, with extracurricular activities stretching from bowls, bocci, pool and giant chess, and equipped with a steady flow of woodfire pizzas and a bar featuring the best in
international ales and spirits.

Summer Vibes takes place on Sunday January 16, from 11am, at the Croatian Wickham
Sports Club, Newcastle. Summer Vibes is presented by Spring Break!! It is the second
festival of Spring Break!!s seasonal festival series, following on from the massively
successful Spring Break!! festival in September 2010.


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