DASHVILLE BRINGS THE MAGIC TO GUM BALL 2019
Tex Perkins, Magic Dirt to make Belford debuts
Dashville has been chomping at the bit to reveal who's heading to The Gum Ball for 2019, as we tick more legends off our bucket list.
The first rule of The Gum Ball is that there aren't any rules. It's not a folk festival. A blues festival. A jazz festival. A rock festival. A dance or hip hop festival. In its 15 years of existence, our annual boutique Belford bash is nothing more than a celebration of music in all its forms, for the purists - people like us who possess a diverse palette. People who want to bask in the glory days and also dig into modern music to discover something new.
The line-up of Gum Ball 2019 again brings together Oz music legends with a fresh crop of future stars and international gems. From America to Mexico, The Gum Ball 2019 roster has something for everyone.
Heading up our first round announcement is the towering titan of Aussie rock and his new outfit, TEX PERKINS & THE FAT RUBBER BAND. As the voice of the mighty Beasts of Bourbon, The Cruel Sea, Tex, Don and Charlie, Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses and the sell-out hit Johnny Cash tribute The Man in Black, Tex has etched his name into the annals of Australian music history. This new project, featuring guitarist and collaborator Matt Walker (Lost Ragas), rolls around in the mud of swampy blues rock - expect new music and maybe a few Cruel Sea tunes.
One of Australia's main purveyors of melodic, hard-edged rock, MAGIC DIRT have returned from hiatus to reclaim the throne. The band took a break in 2010 following the passing of bass player Dean Turner from cancer. During that downtime, singer Adalita visited for a memorable solo set at the Gum Ball. Now the influential frontwoman returns with her Magic Dirt compadres.
SAMPA THE GREAT is one of the most important artists in the country. Small in stature but giant in voice, the Zambia-born Botswana-raised singer, rapper and poetic lyricist tackles big issues and ideas with her hybrid of hip hop, soul, traditional African and pop. With her full band in tow, you can expect Sampa to be very great at Gum Ball 2o19.
With sell-out shows, critical acclaim, ARIA nominations and a spectacular new record under her belt, it seems the world has woken up to the brilliance of MOJO JUJU. A long-time resident of Newcastle, before relocating to Melbourne, Juju has visited Dashville previously for PigSty in July. That was a stunning show, but we reckon this set will be bigger and better.
We are very chuffed to announce a special reformation for Gum Ball next year. They were the best live band in the country during their reign and now, thanks to much pestering on our behalf, THE HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL MOUSEMOON will reunite for a special return performance. Their live shows are the stuff of local music legend - epic, transfixing prog-rock explorations buoyed by Zackari Watt's impossible vocals. If you never got to see them the first time around, now is your chance. Don't miss it.
Another band returning to the live arena is the trio known affectionately as the "Philly Jays". Power pop party band PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY are back in the studio and heading for a Dashville debut.
When VAN DUREN (USA), a friend of Big Star, released his 1977 debut Are You Serious?, he was touted as the next John Lennon. So why haven't you heard of him? Van Duren's career is the subject of a new Australian documentary called Waiting - The Van Duren Story. The gifted songwriter and performer is travelling to Australia and Dashville's crowd will have the chance to see this unsung cult legend of power pop with his band.
Rounding out the first announcement are Australian surf-rock royalty and soundscape stylists TAMAM SHUD, gifted songsmith and storyteller PERRY KEYES, enduring rocker NICK BARKER & THE HEARTACHE STATE, Mexican ska stalwarts LOS KUNG-FU MONKEYS (MEX), 12-piece soul and hip hop collective THE REGIME, hard-rock behemoth BATTLESNAKE, dub-jazz fusion outfit MIDNIGHT TEA PARTY and the return of Hunter-based psych-rocker WILLIAM JOHN JR..
The Gum Ball returns on Anzac Day, Thursday, April 25 and runs until midday on Sunday, April 28 - which means the festival is a day longer in 2019! Tickets are on sale now, so don't delay.