It is a little-known fact that Methyl Ethel was confirmed on the PANAMA bill once before. It was back in 2016 and they had just released their excellent debut album and were playing small club shows around the country. But alas, it was not to be. Opportunity came knocking and the band were whisked away to South by Southwest and onto bigger and bigger things. A signing to 4AD and a seemingly endless stream of sold out shows around the world.
Their second record “Everything is Forgotten” was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and saw the band take out the #4 spot in the hottest 100 with the tune UBU, now a certified GOLD single.
Khruangbin are a Texan psychedelic trio who draw inspiration from the deepest depths of music history: mixing 1960s Thai funk scene with 1970s Persian rock and 1980s Algerian symphonia with a dash of disco, soul, and Balearic beat. They've found fans all over the world from Iggy Pop to Haley Joel Osment to Lee Hyori, Korea's biggest pop star, and have been playing festivals as diverse as Glastonbury to Electric Forest to Wonderfruit in Thailand.
And now they come to Tasmania. To play a tiny festival called PANAMA. Just for us.
His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin is Burralung/Gela boy. Every song he has released in his brief time on the Australian music scene is an instant classic. Young, strong and proud, Baker Boy raps in Yolngu Matha language, representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines. He knows his value, his worth and he raps on Cloud 9 so others get it.
Baker Boy closes the PANAMA Mainstage on Saturday March 9th.
Lindsey Jordan is on the brink of something huge, and she’s only just graduated high school. Her voice rises and falls with electricity throughout “Lush”, her debut album as Snail Mail, spinning with bold excitement and new beginnings at every turn. Throughout the debut, Jordan’s clear and powerful voice, acute sense of pacing and razor-sharp writing cut through the chaos of growing up. Since graduating high school in Maryland, she has toured the United States opening for the likes of Girlpool and Waxahatchee as well as selling out her own headline shows. With a nod to powerful indie ballads of the 90s, it’s no surprise that Snail Mail has been the darling of tastemakers Pitchfork and NPR. Catch Snail Mail on the PANAMA main stage on Sunday March 10th.
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
It's rare that a band's debut album sounds as confident and self-assured as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's “Hope Downs”. With it, the Melbourne quintet elicits warm memories of the golden age of Australian and New Zealand guitar bands with ten urgent and passionate gems. The live show is wild and rambling and has been catching attention overseas too, with the band having been invited to play the California desert festival Coachella and 2018’s Paris Pitchfork Festival. Catch them live at PANAMA on Sunday March 10th.
At PANAMA any band that’s a part of the Pieater label is like family. Big Scary, #1 Dads, Slow Dancer - they are a part of our event’s history. 2019 sees No Mono join the club. An incredible collaboration between Tom Snowden and Tom Iansek. A sound difficult to describe and impossible to forget. Operatic, electronic, experimental soundtracks. Catch No Mono, stripped back and starlit, Saturday March 9th, for part one of the PANAMA Speakeasy.
Stella Donnelly is at the forefront of a new guard of Australian songwriters. Her relatable way of writing is her lens on the world in which we live, a glimpse into what it’s like to be a millennial woman in the age of Trump, Tinder and third wave feminism. With a debut album in the works for 2018, Donnelly is set to play the PANAMA Speakeasy on Sunday March 10th with a set that promises to be a festival highlight.
In 2018 Mojo Juju released a song called “Native Tongue”, a genre-blurring masterpiece accompanied by what is easily the film clip of the year. The record of the same name came later. She has now collected three ARIA Award nominations, is amassing a growing swag of glowing reviews and features with her powerful and honest storytelling and smart punchy production. We are super proud to present Mojo Juju with her band at a festival called PANAMA 2019.
Kaiit is the rapper's rapper with a voice to boot. At only 20 years old, she has shaken up the world of future-soul and RnB. Dropping her debut EP in 2018 she has gone on to sell out big rooms and take her place on festival bills across the country. Perhaps most telling of what’s to come this year, she copped a shoutout from RnB heavyweight Jill Scott who claimed KAIIT as her Australian love child with Erikya Bahdu. Damn.
With full band in tow, we feel supremely lucky to present KAIIT at PANAMA 2019.
SHANNON & THE CLAMS
California’s own Shannon & the Clams come to PANAMA with a swag of tracks that blur the lines between garage, punk, doo-wop, surf and classic 60s RnB. Playing the PANAMA mainstage on Sunday March 10th. Wear something pretty. We’re going dancing.
Kira Puru will hit the late night stage at the Bedouin Club to close out PANAMA 2019. 2018 saw Puru release her self titled EP which, as it turn out, is nothing less than a collection of straight fire bangers. Kira Puru is a Molotov cocktail of pop and the party won’t start till we see her walking in. Hold my drink.
It has often been asked: Is Nick Cave slowly becoming Donny Benét or is Donny Benét slowly becoming Nick Cave? The answer, is of course, neither. It’s just a haircut thing. Don’t expect dark moody masterpieces from Donny. Expect to sweat. A lot. Expect reverb-soaked sax and deep deep bass. We don't deserve Donny Benet. But we’re getting him anyway.
When RVG first self-released their debut LP, “A Quality of Mercy”, there was no press release. Not one sheet. No music video. No proper band photo. No Image to uphold. No narrative to forward.
Instead, there were just two guitars, bass, drums. Eight songs. Classic songs. Songs recorded by the band, live off the floor at Melbourne's iconic rock’n’roll pub, The Tote. Songs that leant on the band’s heroes - the Go-Betweens, the Soft Boys, the Smiths, whilst never sounding like homage or pastiche. Songs hitting that sweet spot between light and dark, employing guitars both angular and jangling. Songs passionately sung by Romy Vager, the eponymous leader of a band once called, in full, Romy Vager Group.
This EP has ended up taking them around the country and around the world, playing iconic stages and festivals including Meredith and the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London.
And now, they come to us. Catch RVG on Saturday March 9th at PANAMA.
Sisters Lily and Grace Richardson were born in Mollymook and raised on the anthemic ballads of the ‘90s. After moving to Sydney, the pair - who have been singing and making art together since they could walk - recorded and released their first single “Museum”. Classic songwriting and two amazing voices with that inimitable sibling harmony saw the song go straight to high rotation on radios around the nation followed by a signing to Wonderlick Records worldwide. Game on.
Merpire fashions soundscapes of macabre dream-pop that explore the fluidity of life, death, relationships and the human condition. The brainchild of singer-songwriter Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, Merpire’s honest and captivating refrains are a masterclass in writing and performance.
Playing twice over the PANAMA weekend.
Conceived in the perfect echo chambers of Canada’s cheap motel bathrooms, Meres is the solo project of Mary Shannon (Bansheeland, Isla Ka and Joel on Joel). Based in Launceston, Shannon’s solo writing is awash with reverberant vocal delay and menacing dissonance. Her debut single “Feardom” is a banger.
Quivers have been making lyric-driven guitar pop that jangles and shimmers since Panama 2016, when they debuted as a 10-piece because it feels so damn good to sing and shout with friends. Since then the Hobart-born band have toured Canada and New Zealand, released debut vinyl “We’ll Go Riding on the Hearses” on Hotel Motel Records, and relocated to The Mainland. Now, an all singing 4-piece, half men and women and double the grit and spit, Quivers are thanking lucky stars they get to return to Golconda and catch up with you.
CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN AND
THE GREAT ESCAPE
At the last moment last PANAMA, Hobart’s own Chris Coleman became available to play a little set in the playground tent. With a guitar and keyboard coming through a small PA he played one of the most magical sets of the weekend. Later the merch tent told us he sold the most albums out of anyone on the bill. Take that Grizzly Bear.
In 2019 he returns. This time on the big stage with a big band and brand new songs.
Hobart's very own 12-piece, all original, astral-travelling horn orchestra. Baba Burja play the Bedouin Club on Friday March 8th. Brass is a five letter word.
With members from Hobart and Melbourne, Paywand performs songs based on traditional Afghani, Persian and Indian music. The members of Paywand began as young musicians in Afghanistan, captivating audiences with their performances.
Every festival needs a wedding band and we need Paywand.
When The Stitch closed out PANAMA 2018 with their rendition of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.... tho’ it might have been the excessive smoke machine use.... however, we couldn’t help falling in love with The Stitch. So expect to see them at PANAMA 2019, perhaps even in places you never expected