These are some of our favourite bands. After PANAMA we hope they’ll be yours too.
When PANAMA was just a dream and we sat around a table chatting about what it could be like, Kurt Vile was one of the names we talked about. With six studio albums and a rich catalogue of songs to his name, Kurt Vile will appear at PANAMA, performing solo, on Sunday March 12th.
Having played at the inaugural event back in 2014, Big Scary return to PANAMA. The constantly evolving two-piece have a sonic landscape that stretches across genres and influences and with the release of ‘Animal’ the duo’s third studio album and follow up to the Australian Music Prize award winning ‘Not Art’, Big Scary continue to expand the notion of what contemporary Australian music sounds like.
Emma Louise’s songs have taken her all over the world. With hits in Europe and sold out theatre shows across Australia all building around her voice and gift for melody. Emma is a friend of the festival and so we are extremely lucky and grateful to be able to present her, solo and acoustic, on the speakeasy stage at PANAMA 2017.
Born in Papua New Guinea, Ngaiire spent her first few years in NZ in an almost exclusively Maori primary school, while being exposed to as much ballet and opera as her parents could get her to. Now decades later, Ngaiire has evolved into an Australian music icon. An RnB diva with a voice to challenge the greats.
Gareth Liddiard is a poet, composer and director of whacked-out rock and roll music that straddles the line between completely outmoded anachronism and soothsayer-like vaticinations. His cult band The Drones are recognised around the world for their songs which are as brutal as they are beautiful. Gareth will be playing solo on the speakeasy stage with an acoustic guitar that’s exactly the same age as him.
We’ve loved D.D Dumbo since we first heard him 3 years ago. In fact, we’ve been trying to get him to PANAMA since we started. Perhaps it was fate that we failed because now we have him riding high on the success of his incredible debut album ‘Utopia Defeated’. A masterclass in writing and production.
30/70 are a Melbourne Hip-Hop and R&B family delivering signature hypnotic grooves drenched in love, weed and meditation. Expressions of the cosmos and spiritual riches channel through their music to take you on a journey into the dank delirium.
We’re so lucky to have Julia Jacklin at PANAMA this year. Her debut album ‘Don’t let the kIds win’ is currently exploding across the world. Her musical style is a kind of melancholic folk with a hint of 50’s pop music with tasteful country overtones. Another PANAMA highlight in the making.
New York songwriter Margaret Glaspy’s debut album ‘Emotions and Math’ has seen her travelling the world playing to packed rooms across the US and Europe. Since its release she’s been featured on NPR, KEXP and performed live on CONAN. Listening to the quality of the songwriting on that record it’s clear why.
His songs are undeniable. Difficult at times, in a satisfying way. It’s electronic music and it nods to the greats. Thom Yorke’s there. Kanye? James Blake? We were excited to find Jack and we look forward to seeing him perform.
Last year Gabriella Cohen locked herself in a room with two microphones and engineer/ bandmate Kate Dillin. Ten days later they had self-produced the debut LP ‘Full Closure and No Details’. This record received glowing 4 star reviews in Rolling Stone and Beat and was made record of the week with RRR. That’s something.
Shining Bird are an experimental pop band from the coastal town of Austinmer, NSW. We love them for their wack production sensibility and arrangements and this uncanny Australiana that their music is saturated in. Playing two sets at PANAMA; the pre-party on Friday March 10th and mainstage on Saturday March 11th.
Sydney four-piece Flowertruck are a powerhouse of emotions. Drawing influences from the likes of Talking Heads, The Smiths and The Go-Betweens, their modest melodies and honest songwriting is instantly catchy and moving, but it was their live show that got us.
SEX ON TOAST
Sex on Toast are an irrepressibly charming 10-man organisation specialising in raw, early 80’s funk, hard-edged new jack swing, blazing improvisation and heartfelt blue-eyed soul. Did we mention choreographed stage shows and matching costumes? Be still, my beating heart.
Tinpan Orange are one of Australia’s most revered lo-fi folk trios. Led by the ethereal and spellbinding Emily Lubitz alongside her brother, guitarist Jesse Lubitz, and violinist Alex Burkoy. Tinpan Orange’s dark folk music combines the highest levels of song-craft with an aching, sweeping romanticism.
Four bastard children bring you their street smart music skills, derived from a life spent grafting and crafting. Starring smooth vocals by Janet Planet and Sugar Bones, this classified musical collab between Reggie Goodchild and Clarence McGuffie is your very own self-help book. Being confident has never looked sexier, or sounded sharper.
THE SAKTHI RAVITHARAN ENSEMBLE
Since the age of four, Sakthi Ravitharan has imbibed the rudiments of Carnatic music from her guru, Mrs Shobha Sekhar as well as acclaimed Carnatic vocalist Malladi Ravikumar. She regularly performs Carnatic vocal concerts both in Australia and in Chennai during the annual Carnatic Music Festival. For PANAMA, Sakthi is joined by Bhairavi Raman on violin and Santhana Gopala Krishnan Vaidhyanathan on mridangam.
A SWAYZE AND THE GHOSTS
Old rock. Lo-fi. Punk. It’s from Hobart and we like it. Playing exclusively at the pre-party on Friday March 10th.
The Stitch take the sound of a 60’s jazz record on Blue Note and add the tender romance and gritty guitar solos of an Elvis Presley b-side. Improvised and Tasmanian, like all the best things are.
EWAH & THE VISION OF PARADISE
Hobart’s own, Ewah and the Vision of Paradise cover themes of heart-aching honesty, wry domestic drama and escapist Australiana.
Listening to Kat Edwards’ emotive and beautiful recordings it’s hard to fathom that these songs could come from the mind of a 17-year-old from Hobart. The world awaits.
Freak Folk for the rest of us.
JAMES WRIGHT TRIO
Drums, Bass, Keys. D’Angelo to Stevie. Wonderful.
THE MEMORY PALACE
Direct from LA and the the acclaimed podcast label RADIOTOPIA from PRX, Nate DiMeo’s ‘The Memory Palace’ is an incredible example of what radio and podcasting can be. This is a one man cinematic time machine you will never forget.
DJ RAINBOW TROUT
Swimming to us from the glittering streams of Tasmania’s deep south, Rainbow Trout has been making waves with her twisted take on dance-floor jams. A dedicated digital crate-digger and radio host, her collection tunnels through the halls of time and shifting space. Shimmy loose as she weaves a spellbinding tapestry of psychedelic, garage, disco, synth and surf sounds under the Valley stars.
NEON SUNSETS DJ
Ramp ups and wind downs, bedroom jams and familiar sounds. Studio gems, memory joggers, carpet stickers and non genre-specifics. Luminous treats and musical freaks.
LOVE IS THE DRUG AND ACTS OF KINDNESS CABARET
An all-star cast perform impossible acts beneath the hallowed canvas of the Bedouin tent. Love is the Drug is forever.