Someone over at Playground Weekender HQ jumped the gun a little early this year, officially publishing the first release of the PGWE line-up a day ahead of schedule. I have a hunch that whoever it was just couldn't wait to hit 'publish'…I wouldn't have either! With a line-up this amazing, I don't know who could keep that to themselves. Next year's bill is jam packed with incredible acts from all over the world including The Orb, Fat Freddy's Drop and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti.
PGWE organisers have decided to welcome the cooler weather for 2012, holding the festival in March, slightly later than usual. This just gives us a little extra time to prepare for the veritable feast that will be on offer. With the Black Lips releasing a new video this week, we decided we couldn't contain ourselves any longer. Here are some of the best bits to look forward to from the 2012 Playground Weekender line up...
Fat Freddy's Drop
This seven-piece reggae band from Wellington have been around since 1999 and they are renowned for their impulsive spontaneity, amazing live shows and free-spirited approach. Frequently voted best live gig in Australia by The Brag, FFD's jazzy soul is a must-see.
Pioneers of ambient house music, The Orb, are DJs of the old-school persuasion and they are an act well worth their cult status. The Orb's unique psychedelic ambiance has earned them their cult following and we can guarantee you that their cool, trippy sounds will swirl around your head for days on end.
Canada's finest: electronic duo, Art Department's 'Without You' was voted number one on Resident Advisor's Top 50 Tracks of 2010 poll last year. According to the crew over at RA, this was largely due to the track's retrospective feel and the ultimate timelessness of their sound.
Oyster and The Festivalist favourites, Canyons are two boys from Perth with a wicked sense of humour, an internationally released debut album that'll make you dance along to its tropical pop vibe, and a whole lot of success in the States. These guys could basically rule the world.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
These guys from LA are one of those really surreal and enigmatic bands to watch live. Their psychedelic pop fused with Lo-Fi vibrations results in something that's akin to pure magic.
And a pre-festival teaser…a video by Black Lips
Atlanta natives, Black Lips, are up to their tricks again, releasing their latest video for 'Raw Meat': a noir-style snapshot of New York which follows a pack of mischievous cops causing a stir. The short's Director, Phil Pinto, uses black and white exclusively, lending an old-fashioned feel to the video that contrasts well with the tune. We look forward to catching these guys at PGWE.
Loads of Laneway Sideshows
'Sail Away' with The Rapture