Top Ten Must See Acts at Disconnect Festival

Words by: Drew Krapljanov

If you have never been to a Camping Music and Arts Festival before, the brand new and upcoming DISCONNECT Festival happening from December 11th to 13th may be an excellent time to try it out for the first time. DISCONNECT describes itself as ‘an experience for the body, mind, spirit and soul’ that aims to bring together a huge array of musical acts, art exhibitions, comedy, even Vaudeville performance.

With such a staggering amount to do over the course of the weekend, here are some musical recommendations to help you out:

Mercury Rev
Mercury Rev has an interesting history. In their early years despite critical acclaim, the band never managed to elevate beyond cult status. After the commercial failure of their ambitious 1995 release ‘See You on The Other Side’, the band decided to make one last album before dissolving. This album was the incredible Deserter’s Songs which was a huge success for the band both commercially and critically. Their music from then on evolved into an amalgamation of Dream Pop, Baroque Pop, Neo-Psychedelic and Noise Rock. With their latest album ‘The Light in You’ released just this year, Mercury Rev aren’t to be missed.

Methyl Ethel
Perth Dream Pop trio Methyl Ethel translate the luscious sound of their spectacular 2015 album, Oh Inhuman Spectacle wonderfully and energetically live. Energetic and incredibly talented, their beautiful and simplistic compositions are filled with smooth and groovy drum and bass performances and the versatile and angelic voice of Jake Webb. A must see for another who is a fan of the hypnotic simplicity of Beach House and the ambitious weirdness of Deerhunter.

Hailing all the way from Korpilombolo, Sweden, Goat rose to fame with their 2012 oddball debut World Music which brought them international attention. With their latest 2014 release Commune, the band refine their experimental stylings of World Music and travel down a more Lo-Fi Psychedelic realm in vein of bands like the Doors and Sleepy Sun. Donning masks and bizarre costumes, Goat are sure to be a groovy, truly bizarre sight to behold.

Joni in the Moon
Joni in the Moon is the moniker of Perth Art Pop songstress Joni Hogan. Accompanied by her Ableton Guru brother Josh Hogan and talented keyboardist Tara John, Joni in the Moon are thought provoking and deeply emotive and not to mention Joni herself is both an incredible vocalist and performer. All of this backed by a wide array of musical influences from the Folktronic stylings of her 2014 debut album, ‘Sorrow Trees’ to the experimental 2015 single War and Porn, Joni in the Moon will no doubt be a breathtaking experience.

Father John Misty
Since his departure from Fleet Foxes after their extraordinary album Helplessness Blues, Joshua Tillman or Father John Misty has met with enormous success following his 2015 release ‘I Love You, Honeybear’. Both an incredibly versatile musician, dabbling in Jazz, Indie Rock, Country, Electronica and a talented, thought provoking wordsmith, Father John Misty will be the cause and the solution to your existential crisis and a performance to remember.

With her latest collaboration with Elkkle, 23-year-old Melbourne based producer Woodes sets herself apart from the pack of other Electronic producers with surreal musical production, and creative subdued vocals. Woodes is an artist full of surprises and gathering from the praise from Alison Wonderland and Richard Kingsmill of Triple J will deliver a bizarre and intriguing performance.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
If you think listening to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is mindboggling, seeing them live is absolute lunacy. The Melbourneite seven piece have been going since 2010 and have demonstrated an incredible amount talent from the Krautrock madness of ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ to the Psychedelic Folk of their latest release ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’. If their name is anything to go by, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will take you somewhere magical and you will come back with the biggest smile on your face.

Peter Bibby
Undeniably one of the finest lyricists and singer/songwriters up and coming in Perth at the moment, Peter Bibby is visceral, openhearted and even repulsive at points. Yet listening to his explosive, murky alternative folk debut ‘Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician’, you see there is a profound intelligence to the fuzz and the twangs of his folk balladry and freakouts. Energetic yet contemplative, Peter Bibby will leave a lasting impression on anyone who sees him.

Julia Holter
Experimental Los Angeles artist Julia Holter met with critical acclaim in 2013 with her innovative third album, Loud City Song. Featuring an eclectic array of musical influences such as Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom and Scott Walker, her music is mysterious, ominous and deeply dynamic. Shifting from the lush and spacious sound of Loud City Song to the subdued intimacy of her latest release, Have You in My Wilderness, Julia Holter will no doubt be deeply moving and unforgettable.

Meg Mac
Coming off a supporting tour with RnB legend D’Angelo and winning Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2014, Meg Mac has had another wildly successful year touring with the likes of Mumford and Songs and Jake Bugg. Fiery and soulful, the moody RnB stylings of Meg Mac will surely be as groovy just as it is breathtaking.