Acclaimed Brooklyn experimental folk act Grizzly Bear are heading to Tasmania in March to headline a festival called PANAMA. With the band being comprised of four striking multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Grizzly Bear’s rich tapestry of sound is hard to describe. People have tried, with descriptions like psychedelic prog-folk and chamber pop. Though what’s clear is that this is a body of work that is profoundly beautiful, powerful and enigmatic.
There is so much that could be said about Grizzly Bear and their 5 genre-defining, critically acclaimed records and endless major festival slots and awards – but perhaps they would agree that one of their highest compliments came when, while on tour supporting Radiohead, Johnny Greenwood called them his favourite band. They’ve always been one of our favourites too.
Grizzly Bear headline PANAMA on Saturday, March 10th 2018
Grammy-award winning producer, bandleader and yacht rock revivalist, THUNDERCAT fills the second headline spot at PANAMA 2018. He takes to the stage on Sunday, March 11th in support of his critically acclaimed 2017 release ‘Drunk’. Thundercat is a bass guitar savant and composer who has been instrumental to a range of important releases in recent years while collaborating with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington as well as yacht rock legends Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. Expect a set of mind-numbing improvisation, whacked-out jazz and ferocious funk and yacht rock gems. Thundercats are go.
SAMPA THE GREAT
Sampa the Great is a spoken-word poet, songwriter, producer and rapper. Born in Zambia and now based in Sydney, she has set about making music that artfully combines her natural style and energy with thought-provoking, socially-conscious themes. Renowned for her powerful writing and live performances, Sampa will bring her killer band to Lone Star Valley on Saturday, March 10th.
The first two albums by Seattle art rock icon, Perfume Genius, consisted largely of exquisite and cruelly abbreviated songs seemingly sung in the dark at a piano with all the silences left in. 2014’s ‘Too Bright’, stepped out saucily onto a bigger stage. With his 2017 release, ‘No Shape’, Mike Hadreas and his collaborators blow through church music, makeout music, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul. Expect tremolo on the electric keys. Expect nightclubbing, daywalking and Springsteening. Expect something the likes of which the forests of Lone Star valley have never seen.
Swedish songwriter and composer Jens Lekman is set to play one of the speakeasy sets at PANAMA 2018 for what will be a memorable and intimate showcase of his singular style. Jens is touring in support of his newly released fourth studio album ‘Life will see you now’. We couldn’t be prouder to have him on the bill.
Välkommen till Tasmanien Jens. Ser fram emot att se dig spela.
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS
All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney. A powerhouse of harmonies, charm and songwriting prowess.
Crate-digging Melbourne duo GL journey through classic disco, funk, boogie, soul, and electronic pop. Fresh off the stages of some of Australia’s biggest and best festivals, GL are sexy and nocturnal, heartbroken and carefree. GL are ready to dance. It’s destiny.
Sounding like the impossible combination of acts like The Avalanches, Tame Impala and A Tribe Called Quest, Alice Ivy is a one-woman house party..
MY OWN PET RADIO
My Own Pet Radio is the solo moniker for Sam Cromack; best known as the frontman and songwriter of much-loved indie band Ball Park Music. Originally created as a quiet side-project, My Own Pet Radio serves as Cromack’s escape from regular life; somewhere to experiment with bottled-up ideas. Sam will take the stage for one of PANAMA’s memorable speakeasy sessions. Sunday, March 11th. We can not wait.
CC: DISCO! began connecting with audiences just like the heroes before her – through FM radio. Having presented shows since the age of 15, her weekly slot on Melbourne institution PBS FM ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ is now celebrated as the essential start to every Friday night. CC: DISCO! will set the dancefloor alight on Sunday March 11th playing the closing Dj set of the festival. Bring your deep heat.
LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS
Following in the footsteps of the late great Charles Bradley, Daptone Records soul heavyweight LEE FIELDS and his EXPRESSIONS are making the long journey from New York to the dusty roads and marsupial-filled forests of Tasmania for PANAMA. Dubbed “The coolest motherfucker to ever sing words into a microphone” by VICE, Lee Fields is a living legend and an icon of the genre. With his untouchable band ‘The Expressions’ behind him, this will be a performance you will never forget.
An elusive crew of artists. Synchronised dance moves. Genre-bending songs rolling through the aisles of 90’s hip-hop, pop, electronic, dance, and disco and taking at will. It’s not about you.
GHOSTING PRESENTS REIMAGINING MIYAZAKI
Reimagining Miyazaki is the ambitious debut instrumental mixtape from Ghosting, a new identity for influential Melbourne producer Andrei Eremin. Inspired by the beautifully minimalist soundtracks of iconic anime director Hayao Miyazaki’s work, the mixtape samples each of his feature films and transports them to an entirely new dimension, continuing the beatmaker legacy led by the likes of Dilla and Metro Boomin. PANAMA 2018 will be the live debut of this incredible and unique project.
Simon Okely is lost in time. Or at least, his songs as Slow Dancer sound that way: warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast, heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination.
An EP produced between coastal and rural Queensland abodes and inner city studios. Warm analogue synth beds and crisp clicking drum loops. A confident confessional vocal with a knack for odd and satisfying melodies. PANAMA is calling.
Nice Biscuit are a bunch of psych-pop pals from Brisbane whose fondness for playing
shows rivals their mutual love for eating chips and patting dogs. It’s sun soaked, 60’s, psych and it comes with dance moves.
A. SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS
If you were lucky enough to see Hobart punks A. Swayze and the Ghosts at last year’s festival (playing the Friday pre-party) We can only imagine that you won’t have forgotten it. We certainly didn’t. In fact, they may have played the set of the festival that night. This time they’re back and on the big stage.
If Quentin Tarantino had a house band it would be Karate Boogaloo.
Christopher Coleman is that rarest of things, a very good troubadour. Painfully honest and insightful music with a strong emotive core. A Tasmanian treasure.
Peak Body is a duo from Hobart, consisting of Emma Marson (Catsuit) and Jordan Marson (Paint Your Golden Face, Naked). Together they create minimal yet lush pop music infused with elements of post-punk and indie electronica.
Guitar, hammond, drums and vibes. Four players at the top of their game speaking in the language of vintage Jazz and RnB.
DJ BLACK AMEX
Dj Black Amex loves music. Music loves her back.
Madi Adunga are a traditional South Sudanese ensemble from Hobart. Under the guidance of cultural leader Joseph Buga, the Madi community has maintained dance, song, drumming and religious cultural activities both for their own community and for the wider Tasmanian population. Performing on the PANAMA Main stage Saturday, March 10th.
Launceston’s own Frankie Andrew’s fronts Isla Ka with Mary Shannon on bass and Yasmin Pauna Reece on drums. This is Australian melancholy pop in the best possible way.
THE BRUNY ISLAND NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND
On an Island, off the coast of an Island, off the coast of an island lives a band committed to keeping the flame of New Orleans jazz tunes alive.
Watermelon Nights is that feeling when you open a shack door to a sweaty world of soul, disco, and old pop music. All 45 vinyl singles, ex-jukebox danceables, crackle and hiss. You might sing along. You might feel sexy. You might fast, medium or slow dance. You might find late night refreshments. You might find love.
Ratbag bluegrass and boozy folk tunes played by three miserable mates coming together to share a yarn, a beer, and because music is cheaper than therapy.
BERT SPINKS PRESENTS SEARCHING FOR COLOUR
Continuing PANAMA’s proud tradition of embracing gifted storytellers from around the world this year we present one of our own – Tasmanian writer and storyteller Bert Spinks presents a work developed specifically for PANAMA exploring the stories that exist in the very hills that surround the festival site.
LOVE IS THE DRUG AND ACTS OF KINDNESS CABARET
Jess Love presents ‘Love is the Drug and Acts of Kindness Cabaret’ a late night, all star, adult only extravaganza of living wonders.