Welcome to Tent Pole: A Musical Jamboree! Twelve acts. Two stages. And a no-holds-barred attack on your aural senses. Come for the music, stay for the experience.
Tent Pole: A Musical Jamboree will turn the festival experience on its head with a line-up curated for maximum enjoyment over two stages, with the inaugural event taking place at Geelong’s Mt Duneed Estate on their newly developed Top Paddock site on Saturday 4 March.
More than just the music, it’s a cross-generational, neo-nostalgic celebration and gathering for like-minded music, art and culture lovers; the weird, the wonderful, the outsiders and everyone in between. Remembering, discovering and absorbing. All-inclusive and accessible. All senses catered for. All sensations welcome.
Influential and iconic US indie heroes PAVEMENT return to Australia to headline and christen the ground-breaking, fan-friendly new musical gathering, Tent Pole: A Musical Jamboree.
One of the most popular bands to come out of the American underground in the last three decades, PAVEMENT who last toured Australia in 2010, will feature the unbeatable line-up of Stephen Malkmus, Scott ‘Spiral Stairs’ Kannberg, Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West.
The band have just celebrated the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1992 debut album Slanted and Enchanted, a timeless record that not only changed indie music but one that continues to inspire musicians to this day.
Joining PAVEMENT will be indie-rock royalty SPIDERBAIT, legendary Geelong locals MAGIC DIRT, alt-pop-rock faves FLOODLIGHTS, San Diego rock’n’soulers THE SCHIZOPHONICS, NT rockers BLACK ROCK BAND and punk trio CLAMM, with more acts to be revealed soon.
Tent Pole is the first collaboration between Roundhouse Entertainment (the team behind Australia’s iconic outdoor summer concert series a day on the green), Love Police (led by music maverick Brian ‘BT’ Taranto, promoter of excellent international tours Out On The Weekend & Boogie, merch guru, book publisher and record label wiz) and Johann Ponniah, founder of I OH YOU (home to one of the country’s most successful independent record labels). They are combining their decades of expertise in booking the finest bands from all over the globe to give music fans the ultimate experience.
And in a celebration of art, music and retro road trips, OK Motels will take over the second stage, curating a line-up featuring Geelong’s own MAGIC DIRT, indie pop-rockers FLOODLIGHTS, as well as US garage duo THE SCHIZOPHONICS, hailed by Spotify as the “wildest live band in America”. Embracing their unique love of all-things local, rural and retro, and with a nostalgic nod to the ’70s – Kate Berry, the founder and photographer behind everyone’s favourite Instagram account – with Shaun Adams, will produce a very OK program celebrating music, nostalgia and the great Aussie road trek.
Prepare for iconic, indie, lo-fi, hi-fi, post-punk, alternative, renegade rock across two stages. Celebrating an eclectic mix of artists, while showcasing a musically diverse mix of seminal and highly influential international and Aussie acts, as well as local, up-and-coming and emerging artists. So magnificent, it will take two stages to contain them all! Arrive early and discover your next favourite band!
Tickets go on sale Wednesday 21 September at 1.00pm local time from Ticketmaster, with a day on the green, AAMI and Love Police members’ pre-sale beginning Monday 19 September.
With a bill bursting with revered, respected and rising stars, and a strictly limited capacity, don’t miss the opportunity to get your early bird tickets for just *$149.90.
Roundhouse Entertainment Director Michael Newton said, “After 21 years and nearly 500 shows, it’s exciting to launch a new event to complement the a day on the green experience. It’s been fantastic to curate a smaller boutique event with BT and Johann. The Zoom calls have been fun so far. Mt Duneed Estate is a great site, and with more bands to come we look forward to firmly stamping Tent Pole as a mainstay on the Victorian festival calendar for many years to come.”
BT of Love Police, said, “Let’s go back to those gold soundz with Pavement on the Surf Coast and a bunch of other sweet acts we wanna see. That sounds pretty good. Let’s call it Tent Pole and deliver a sweet event with a lovin’ team who all bring good shit to the scene. See ya in March.”
Upon reading the first draft of this press release, I OH YOU’s Johann Ponniah said “... well, how do you follow that?! See ya at the Top Paddock!”
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TENT POLE: A MUSICAL JAMBOREE. Moments of magic to excite all palates.
Tickets on sale now – Ticketmaster.
BLACK ROCK BAND
A voice for culture, family and social justice while incorporating rich cultural sounds with a heavy rock style, BLACK ROCK BAND are a talented and outspoken rock outfit out of NT’s Kakadu, West Arnhem Land. The band draws on their deep musical family history and celebrate their connection to country, fighting for social justice and the future they want to see for the next generation, while singing about contemporary social and political issues reflecting their experiences as First Nations people. Their second album Identity reflected the band’s evolving sound and they have built a reputation for lively shows that excite and engage audiences, with Double J declaring, “No one who has ever seen Black Rock Band play live has any doubt that they are one of the most energetic, passionate, proficient and endearing live forces in the country.”
Melbourne punk power trio CLAMM hope to achieve “community, creativity and catharsis” through their music, while exploring themes of “confusion of what it is to be a young person trying to live an honourable life in this f**cked up world, navigating systems of power and oppression while retaining a healthy sense of self and mental health”. Their recent second album Care – earning a 4-star review from NME Australia – is bigger, louder and darker than their 2020 debut Beseech Me, featuring singles Bit Much and Monday. With recording engineer Nao Anzai (NO ZU, Cash Savage, Rolling Blackouts) adding synth to many of the record’s big, loud and dark garage punk tunes, Care is their first album to feature the band’s newest member, bass player Maisie Everett, joining best friends Jack Summer and Miles Harding.
FLOODLIGHTS make raw, honest, dynamic rock music that melds ’80s alternative rock with ’90s New Zealand jangle-pop. Their live performance is intimate at times, intertwined with large powerful outbursts. In 2019 their sold-out self-released debut 10” vinyl EP Backyard, containing the single Nullarbor, gained them an abundance of global attention. With a reissue of the EP from Spunk Records, and release of their 2020 debut LP From a View, the band continued to gain critical acclaim. Recently the band played sell out shows across the nation, from Noosa to Geelong and a sold-out Secret Sound’s Flood Aid show at the Bangalow Town Hall. FLOODLIGHTS are set to release their follow up album in early 2023.
MAGIC DIRT, the seminal alternative rock band fronted by Adalita, formed in Geelong in 1991. It wasn’t long before the band were packing out pubs in Melbourne and supporting bands like Pavement, Sonic Youth, Hole and Dinosaur Jr. Their 1994 EP, Life Was Better, debuted at Number 1 on the alternative charts. This was followed by their Top 10 debut album in 1996, Friends In Danger, and then by the blistering Young And Full Of The Devil (1998). A further 6 studio albums followed, along with 9 ARIA Award nominations. After the devastating loss of founding member and bassist Dean Turner in 2009 the band went on an indefinite hiatus but are back on the road blitzing the live music circuit in honour of their bandmate, and cementing their status as one of Australia’s best loved and highly respected bands.
In their decade-long early career, PAVEMENT released five era-defining albums – Slanted And Enchanted (1992), Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994), Wowee Zowee (1995), Brighten The Corners (1997) and Terror Twilight (1999) – before disbanding in 1999. Hailed by music critic Robert Christgau as “the finest rock band of the ’90s”, Pavement’s 2010 reunion saw them play four sold out benefit shows in NYC’s Central Park, visit Australia, and top bills of festivals including Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Primavera Sound and Pitchfork. Cut Your Hair, Range Life, Gold Soundz, Stereo , Shady Lane, Spit On A Stranger … Pavement’s enduring influence was on show when they made their long-awaited live return at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound in June 2022, more than a decade since they last reunited.
San Diego’s THE SCHIZOPHONICS – formed in 2009 by singer/guitarist Pat Beers and drummer Lety Beers – “play fuzzy, psychedelic rock mixed with nasty funk, played with energy, passion and freakiness”. Tapping into the same unstoppable combination of rock ‘n’ roll energy and showmanship that fuelled The MC5, their wild live show is heavily influenced by artists like James Brown, Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, and The Sonics. In 2013 they were recruited as the back-up band for El Vez: The Mexican Elvis and his punk rock review. Shindig magazine describe the band’s live show, “Like watching some insane hybrid of Wayne Kramer, James Brown and the Tasmania devil!”. Winner of numerous San Diego Music Awards, the band have built up a formidable reputation around the world as an explosive live act. THE SCHIZOPHONICS are also committed to writing memorable songs, with their latest album Hoof It out now.
One of Australia’s most beloved and exciting live bands, SPIDERBAIT have thrilled audiences for more than 30 years. With five Top 20 albums, two ARIA Awards, a massive number one anthem with the irrepressible Black Betty and topping 1996’s triple j Hottest 100 with Buy Me A Pony (the first Australian band to do so), the genre-busting trio have amassed a huge and loyal following. Even Stephen King is a fan! The author and uber music fan wrote about the band’s “great rip-ass, back-draft rock & roll”. It’s true to say that Kram, Janet and Whitt’s special musical alchemy is a wondrous thing. Earlier this year Spiderbait released Songs In The Key of J, celebrating Janet’s awesome catalogue of songs, featuring their latest single, My Car’s A UFO.