INDIE Pavement legends will headline a new two-stage music festival to launch at Mount Duneed Estate in March next year.
Tent Pole: A Musical Jamboree will feature a curated lineup of 12 bands at the Waurn Ponds winery’s new Top Paddock venue.
Promoters describe the March 4 festival as “an intergenerational, neo-nostalgic celebration and gathering for like-minded music, art and culture lovers; the weird, the wonderful, the outsiders and everyone in between” with “iconic, indie, lo-fi, hi-fi, post-punk, alternative, renegade rock on two stages”.
Pavement have been one of the most popular and influential bands in the American underground over the past three decades and last toured Australia in 2010.
The band – Stephen Malkmus, Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg, Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West – just celebrated the 30th anniversary of 1992’s seminal debut album Tilted and enchanted.
Pavement will join indie-rock royalty Spiderbait, Geelong legends Magic Dirt, alt-pop-rock favorites Floodlights, San Diego rock ‘n’ soulers The Schizophonics, Northern Territory rockers Black Rock Band and punk trio Clamm , with more acts to be revealed soon.
Regional music promoters OK Motels will take over Tent Pole’s second stage, curating programming celebrating music, nostalgia and the Great Australian Trek.
Tent Pole is the first collaboration between festival promoters Michael Newton of Roundhouse Entertainment (A Day on the Green), Brian “BT” Taranto of Love Police (Out On The Weekend and Boogie) and Johann Ponniah of I OH YOU (Out Of Bounds).
“After 21 years and nearly 500 shows, it’s exciting to launch a new event to complete the A Day on the Green experience,” said Newton.
It was fantastic to have a small boutique event with BT and Johann. Zoom calls have been fun so far.
“Mt Duneed Estate is a great venue, and with more bands to come, we look forward to firmly marking Tent Pole as a mainstay on the Victorian festival calendar for many years to come.”
“Let’s get back to those golden sounds with Pavement on the Surf Coast and a bunch of other lovely bands we want to see. Sounds pretty good,” Mr. Taranto said.
“Let’s call it Tent Pole and have a cool event with a loving crew all bringing good shit to the scene. See you in March.
Tickets for Tent Pole go on sale Wednesday, September 21 at 1 p.m. from Ticketmaster, with A Day on the Green, AAMI, and Love Police members presale beginning Monday, September 19.