At summer's end, Camp Casual waits.
Set amidst the golden grasses and whispering forests of Gippsland, it's a utopian dream of music, camping and general realness.
Over two days and three atmospheric stages, Camp Casual offers the chance to party well. But with a relaxed timetable, there'll also be time to laze, explore, swim, play, or simply bask in the dreamlike surroundings.
We'll be keeping numbers cozy - small enough to be intimate, but large enough to ensure a healthy D-floor at all times.
Feet will frolic, laughter will resound, people will probably make out. It will be a collective unleashing of joy. A moment wrested back from the supervisors and middle-managers of this world, where many will come together and say, in the immortal words of B. Jovi, "it's MY life."
Recalling the lazy, hazy antipodean anthems of the eighties, the Ocean Party have been breaking hearts across the nation for the past couple of years. Their blissed-out brand of AM rock will vibrate well in the breezy surrounds of Camp Casual.
When they're not slamming tinnies and stealing girlfriends, Scotdrakula are winning acclaim with their spirited breed of melodic garage. Be prepared to get down, go deep, and scream your lungs out.
A euphoric, candy-coloured collage of j-pop, trap, r'n'b and eurodance, Dugong Jr's music will take you higher on a wave of fizzing synths and popping snares. This young Melbourne producer had a huge 2014 and we have no doubt he's set for world domination this year with his infectious dance pop. Your hands will be in the air, and you just won't care.
Joining us all the way from Vancouver, British Columbia, the Courtneys make sun-drenched pop punk with sweet licks that'll stick with you for days. This is the girls' first visit to the sunburnt country, but we're sure they'll feel right at home in Camp's warm embrace.
Mr O'Connor's music is a late night affair. Scented with French cologne and smoke machine vapour, it's a synthetic and seductive listening experience. Grab someone you lust and get lost in the rhythm.
Pearls, once known for their dark, droney, shoegaze anthems, have taken on a brighter, hookier sound lately, but the results are just as thrilling. Their latest opus “Big Shot”, is the sexiest thing we've heard in ages, reviving a seventies rock swagger that hasn't been heard since T-Rex. And though it's neither here nor there, they're also huge babes.
Evelyn Morris, the musical polymath at the centre of Pikelet, began making music as a hardcore drummer, but you would never guess it when you hear her psychedelic, highly textured sounds. What's clear is that she's no stranger to experimentation, drawing from a range of influences to create pop songs that are enigmatic but maintain a sense of fun. Pikelet has performed with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Beirut and Goldfrapp, and we're pretty bloody honoured to have them at Camp this year.
Riotous surf rock from Melbourne via Okinawa, Empat Lima never fail to make hands clap and voices holler. We're super stoked to be welcoming them to Camp Casual this year.
A frenetic assault of 8-bit beats, anthemic choral vocals and live instruments, kind of like the soundtrack to a Zelda game on speed. The energy of their live show is infectious and dancing very quickly spreads from the stage to the audience, so make sure you're wearing breathable clothes. Also they made this bloody amazing luded-out Taylor Swift remix:
Sounding at once like No Doubt on acid and the theme song to Rocko's Modern Life, Mangelwurzel have miraculously slipped through the cracks of any current musical trends. They're a strange and spectacular addition to the Camp Casual musical family, and we're beyond thrilled to have them.
Fluid, textured, pensive, ecstatic, meditative, rhythmic, distorted, crystalline, cute - it sounds like a contradiction, but Strict Face is somehow all of these things at once. A highly original and exciting new artist on Australia's electronic scene, he's not to be missed.
Olympia performs bittersweet highway ballads and melancholic lullabies with her unforgettable voice. Somewhat of a secret powerhouse in Melbourne, she's played a supporting role to many of Australia's best, but it's her talent as a solo artist that'll win your heart at Camp.
With their messy Mexican party spirit, Mesa Cosa will raise fists and shake hips. Come join the chaos if you dare, and wear your bruises with pride the next day.
Lex and Patches are the two halves that make up the whole of B.O.O.M.A. Though they collaborate from separate cities, the beats they produce are singular, like two brain hemispheres working in harmony. Some of their tracks crackle and pop at high pace, some slow right down to a drunken drawl, but all burst with inventiveness and fun. With such a diverse output of remixes and original beats, we're not quite sure what to expect at Camp Casual, but we're bloody excited to find out.
Sunny, sensual house music that goes deep while maintaining a light and bubbly texture. Tomb Boss is an exciting young producer from Melbourne who will bring the sex to Camp Casual this year. Let your eyes roll back and float to your happy place.
Jon creates ecstatic dance pop that never fails to elicit big goofy smiles from his audience. Don't miss this one, his live show is an experience you won't soon forget.
Speedy and sweaty. Metallic and furious. It's impossible not to be caught by the motion of Duck Duck Chop. A much-loved staple of the Melbourne music scene, DDC will be bringing a little noise to the calm pastures of Camp Casual.
Biscotti doesn't crumble as you would expect, but rather drips...with cool. She brews a highly danceable blend of R'n'B, hip hop, disco and house that will shake even the most sedentary booty.
Get ready to frock up and freak out with The Sugar Fed Leopards. They'll bring the girl group grooves to Camp Casual this year, you just bring some sensible dancing shoes.
From across the Tasman come Carb on Carb, a boy and girl who play, in their own words, noisey, poppy, punky, emo-y, dreamy, guitar music. And yes, they're as delicious as their name suggests.
Here they are being silly in China or whereabouts:
This Sydney beatmaker and DJ has sampled artists as diverse as Deep Forest and Kylie, and his mixes span everything from house to hip hop and funk. But it all comes together beautifully with his distinctly laid back, effortless touch. Whether you want to shake it off or shake your ass, Felix shall provide.
Yes, Grug is that stripey, haystack-shaped character from the kids books. But Grug is also a DJ who will be coming to Camp to spin the finest disco and hip hop at his disposal.
Stop what you're doing and watch:
Redspencer make terrifically tight shoegazey wonderpop. In other words, you will dance. Much like...
Golden Girls make a bed of deep beats and slow grooves with echoing guitars and lilting vocals floating ethereally above it. They describe themselves as "post-party", a term that makes perfect sense when you hear them. Magnifique.
Legend has it that Tourist Dollars once stole Stevie Nicks' ouija board to conjure up the laid back Cali grooves, jangly guitars and strong sense of melody that comprise their sound. As punishment, she placed a curse on their heads that they shall burp only the taste of cardamom forevermore. They say ‘hey, it could have been worse.'
The Shabbab are a cross-cultural thickshake of punk and psych with a tinge of traditional middle eastern flavour. Drawing members from such far away lands as Tel Aviv and Shepparton, they explode on stage in whirlwind of dance and face-melting energy. Yalla Shabbab!
Gerard, partly responsible for the riotous party experience that is Keith! Party, deejays as Hello. It's a completely unGooglable name, but that shouldn't detract from the fact that he'll be spinning sweet sweet house music that will make you dance a real lot.
Erik channels sunshine and rainbows through his magnificent ukelele.
Emerging from his rainforest hideaway in the wilds of Far North Queensland, Elkhorn creates a fusion of organic sounds and highly danceable beats.
Dancey, trancey, prancey... you'll poo your pantsy. In a good way.