Golden Plains, the smaller, but equally-cute sister festival to Meredith Music Festival, has just announced its twelfth, and best, lineup to date.
Some of Australia’s best names will be performing: The Avalanches, who have been keeping extremely busy since the release of their long-awaited sophomore effort, Wildflower, in 2016; Jen Cloher, whose eponymous album is by far one of the realest and most lyrically brilliant Aussie albums of 2017, Tropical Fuck Storm, a new project from The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin, along with High Tension’s Lauren Hammel and Palm Springs’ Erica Dunn, and The Preatures, who recently released their second album Girlhood, to critical acclaim.
And now for the international guests—wow. Both Thundercat and Kamasi Washington will be in tow; among the greatest living jazz bassists and saxophonists, respectively, the pair straddle several genres—both are heavily involved in the hip-hop world, having collaborated with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg and each other, among many many others. Fingers and toes will be tightly crossed for an on-stage collaboration between these two living legends.
Comeback kids Grizzly Bear will be returning to perform their new album—their first in five years—Painted Ruins, the mysterious and much-loved King Krule will be performing his own brand new album The Ooz, and legendary Austin psych-blues rock outfit The Black Angels will be finally returning to Australia with their own new album, Death Song. Elsewhere, Floating Points will be returning to perform a highly coveted live solo set, while Daptone legend Lee Fields will be injecting a hefty dose of soul into Golden Plains 2018.
And that’s just the tip.
Golden Plains XII Lineup
The Black Angels
Floating Points (solo live)
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Tropical Fuck Storm
More to come
Golden Plains XII takes place from March 10-12, 2018 at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre. As usual, you need to enter a ballot to get tickets—enter before 10pm on October 24. Head to the official website for the ballot and more information.