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Do The Pop is the new two-day rock n roll music festival taking over the Port Campbell Hotel in October.
The colorful and bustling seaside village of Port Campbell is set to become an electrifying hub for music lovers in October with a brand new music festival, Do The Pop.
Hosted entirely by members of Melbourne band Grindhouse, Do The Pop (an ode to the 1978 Radio Birdman single) will send the humble town of Great Ocean Road into a high-octane frenzy with a celebration designed to hit the heart of Australia. independent rock’n’roll, while also boasting an international flavor.
- Melbourne band Grindhouse have announced the first Do The Pop festival
- Over 40 superb rock ‘n’ roll bands will take to the stage at the Port Campbell Hotel in Port Campbell
- The festival takes place over two days – October 29 and 30 – and tickets are on sale now.
Check out Melbourne’s most comprehensive gig guide here.
Originally announced for October 2021 and then April 2022 as “Grindhouse in Snake Valley”, the multi-day festival features over 40 killer bands, with 12 hours a day of non-stop rock ‘n’ roll on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2022.
At the top of the list is STÖNER, the latest project from former members of Kyuss (the most influential desert rock band of all time), Queens of the Stone Age and other precursors of desert rock.
Consisting of Brant Bjork (guitar/vocals), Nick Oliveri (bass/vocals) and Ryan Gut (drums), these guys have become a formidable force in stoner rock. With two albums to their credit, featuring a collection of smooth jams to outrageous punk outbursts, Stöner are masters of their craft.
Joining Stöner, young Melbourne punk trio CLAMM are also leading the line-up following their UK and European tour in support of their forthcoming second album Care. Slated to arrive in August, Care follows the band’s 2020 debut Beseech Me and explores “the confusion of what it’s like to be a youngster trying to live an honorable life in this fucked up world”.
Five-room Melbourne garage stalwarts Civic are also taking on headlining duties for Do The Pop in October. Formed in 2017, having forged the idea of a blistering return to Australia’s massive punk heritage in a Japanese bowling alley, Civic have been one of the most impressive and successful garage bands to emerge from Melbourne over the of recent years. They hit the limelight with their debut EP New Vietnam, hailed for its old-school rock n roll punk aesthetic, then released their debut album Future Forecast, calling on the Proto Punk Rock sounds of The Saints and Radio Birdman. .
Speaking of Radio Birdman, The New Christs also join the lineup of the first Do The Pop festival. This band surely needs no introduction, consisting of three members of Sydney’s famed punk band, including Australian proto-punk godfather Rob Younger. They haven’t played for over three years so it will be a baptism of fire.
Brutal rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut Hoss led by Joel Silbersher (GOD), Scott Bailey on bass and Dean Muller on drums (COSMIC PSYCHOS), and heavy rockers WA Seawitch, led by Def FX legend Fiona Horne also join in the rowdy festivities.
Rounding out the monumental beast that is the Do The Pop lineup are festival organizers themselves Grindhouse, Bitter Sweet Kicks, Penny Ikinger and band, Full Tone Generator, Rockafella, Chimers, Blowers, Mario Lalli and the Rubber Snake Charmers , Juliette Seizure and the Tremor Dolls, The Wardens, The Monaros, Electric Purrs, Watty Thompson, The Fck Ups, The Stripp and Sacremento Sweaters, and more to be announced.
This selection of bands has been carefully curated by Grindhouse, a garage rock ‘n’ roll band that has made a name for itself with Australian production car influences and a high octane proto punk sound.
“[The festival features] a selection of bands that have influenced us; bands we love as friends, have played with and look up to,” the band said.
“Bands that added to the rich tapestry that we still constantly rely on as Australian musicians, punters and music lovers!!!
Along with the blazing music, the festival (18+ only) will also be offering craft beer and festival food to keep punters fueled for this epic new festival dedicated to celebrating Australian indie rock ‘n’ roll. (and international) decades, plus a few other surprises yet to be announced.
With the new festival site there will unfortunately be no on-site camping, but there are a ton of accommodation options in the town, including a BIG4 caravan park 100m from the pub.
Do The Pop takes over the Port Campbell Hotel in Port Campbell on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 2022. Tickets are on sale now via the site here.