Winter Wild announces new artists

Laura Jean, Friendships, Sui Zhen and more join the WinterWild program July – August 2017 A second round of artists have been added to Apollo Bay’s new after-dark festival WinterWild, which will take place over four wintery weekends across July and August.

Braving the elements for the final weekend of the festival (Fire: 12 – 13 August) will be Laura Jean, Sui Zhen, friendships (pictured), Seagull and Sarah Mary Chadwick.

Two weeks prior to that, Dr. Susan Carland, Les Twentyman, Charlie Word, Horns of Leroy, Spyndrift, Rondo and Amy Bodossian will join the Air instalment in the festival (19 – 30 July), which will coincide with the Apollo Bay Writer’s Festival.

It has been ten years since Melbourne singer-songwriter Laura Jean announced herself as a powerful new voice in Australian music, with her lush, pastoral debut album Our Swan Song. In that time Laura has become iconic, revered for the striking beauty of her music and the strength of her piercing, intimate lyrics. Her albums have been shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize, and nominated for multiple Age Music Victoria Awards. She has recorded with Paul Kelly and The Drones, appearing as a vocalist on their respective latest albums.

Nic Brown and Misha Grace of friendships have an air of invincibility about them. Immortality even. An audio/visual two-piece from Melbourne, they play chaotic future sounds, storming drum’n’bass, postWarp slammers and searing, earshearing techno. Their debut LP Nullabor 1988-1989 was released late last year, topping numerous best-of-2016 critics’ polls.

Sui Zhen is the alias of Melbourne-based artist Becky Sui Zhen. Following EPs Female Basic and Body Reset came the dream-beat world of Secretly Susan. Sui Zhen is a versatile musician who has appeared most recently with heat-beat band NO ZU on vocals, as well as in recent collaborations with Tornado Wallace. Through her music, Sui Zhen invites listeners into the larger narratives that surround her work; her colourful, surreal and staged landscapes allowing her unique take on pop music to sit within its own uncanny terrain.

Previously the lead singer-songwriter of cult grunge outfit Batrider, Sarah Mary Chadwick has released two solo LPs to much critical success – 9 Classic Tracks (2015) and Roses Always Die (2016). In her work, Sarah explores memory, grief and personal analysis in a way that few songwriters are capable of.

Seagull is the brainchild of Christopher Bolton, a classically trained guitarist influenced as much by the sonic adventuring of minimalist music as he is by the rustic traditions of folk and blues. He has very recently released a new and stunning LP, 1000001.

Winter in the Otways is challenging. The winds blowing in off the Southern Ocean can be fierce and bring lusty storms; the days are short and the nights long. This festival won’t be for the faint-hearted. It is very much aimed at adventurous spirits ready to take on a challenge; to embrace the harsh environment and celebrate the beauty of the elements at their extremes. Don’t look away.

WinterWild 2017 July – August

Apollo Bay, Victoria

Water: July 1-2, Earth: July 15-16, Air: July 29-30, Fire: August 12-13
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