For the last couple of years, Gizzfest has been building its rep as possibly the best festival in the country for guitar bands, pumping out some monster lineups helmed by none other than King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and this year looks to be the best one yet.
Despite promising four whole albums this year, King Gizzard have still found time to put the national touring fest together again this year, and have just dropped the lineup for their hometown gig in Melbourne, boasting names like ORB and The Murlocs on the lineup alongside international guests like Kikagaku Moyo from Japan and La Luz from Cali.
There are some great names all the way down the bill, from the indefinable rap talents of HTMLFlowers and Jaala’s producer side project Jaala vs. Man, to great bands like Loose Tooth, Lazer Tits and Suss Cunts.
The Melbourne edition will be kicking off on Saturday December 2 at the Melbourne Showgrounds this year, moving on from the Coburg Velodrome that hosted the event last year, with stepped-up A/V production and 10 ‘hut’ stages with curated lineups.
All in all, it sounds like a much bigger affair than last year, and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for the Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Byron Bay legs as they’re announced in the coming weeks, all set to take place between November 18 and December 2.
Until then, we’ll have their new jazz-influenced album Sketches of East Brunswick on rotation, and be hanging out for their fourth and final LP for 2017.
King Gizzard’s ‘Sketches of East Brunswick’ collaborator Mild High Club performs at Gizzfest 2016
King Gizzard’s Gizzfest Melbourne lineup 2017
Saturday, 2nd December
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Kikagaku Moyo (Japan)
La Luz (USA)
The Murlocs (Aus)
Leah Senior (Aus)
Jaala vs Man
Vulture St Tape Gang
Easy Browns Truckstop Chicken Jam Band
Leon & The Freedom Cage
The Moontown Improvised Orchestra (non-stop!)
with more to be announced!