When Julia Jacklin played PANAMA back in 2017 we got her to sign our vinyl and on it, she wrote
“ Hi PANAMA! I think you are the best festival in the world, no jokes! Thanks for having me, please have me back.”
And so, with the release of her beautiful second album Crushing and her support growing across the country and the world, we thought the time was just right for a return to Lone star.
We loved New Zealand songwriter Aldous Harding’s 2017 Album ‘Party’. A sleeper success, it was internationally lauded and crowned Rough Trade Shop’s Album of 2017. Her 2019 release Designer has seen the cult star touring the world to adoring audiences and at PANAMA HQ we’ve had it on repeat since it landed. We’re incredibly proud to present Aldous Harding at PANAMA 2020.
EVELYN CHAMPAGNE KING
+ MONDO FREAKS
Born in the Bronx to a musical family Evelyn Champagne King was discovered at 15 while working as a cleaner in a Philadephia recording studio. What followed was a 40-year career and a back catalogue of classic disco hits. For PANAMA Evelyn is backed by Melbourne’s own Mondo Freaks.
Headlining Saturday night. Wear something special darling because the disco is coming to PANAMA
With his four acclaimed solo albums and myriad records of various collaborations, Kevin Morby has become a true musical auteur. His singular vision, literate lyrics, and aptitude for catchy, dense songwriting have placed him firmly among the ranks of modern icons. Each Morby record possesses a unique persona and explores intriguing themes and fertile terrain through shifting, focused textures and dexterous, dedicated skill. And now, with the lavish, resplendent, career-best double LP Oh My God, Morby delivers a grandiose director’s cut of his biggest statement to date, epic in scope as well as sound.
Playing in full band mode on Saturday, March 7th.
Call them minimalist agit-rock, beat-based political punk, or...don't, but what you can't call Seaford Mods is is half-arsed.
They’re aggressive, abrasive, and unabashed in their lyrical support for England’s working class and in railing against the oligarchs who deny people their basic human and civil rights.
Vocalist Jason Williamson shouts against austerity-era Britain’s malaise and stagnation with plenty of profanity, but even more cleverness and wit; and while his lyrics specify conditions in his home country, his anger and call-to-arms can unite all of us who witness and work under a system that privileges the wealth of the few over the bare comfort, and even the survival, of the just-as-worthy many.
With Andrew Fearn‘s deceptively simple beats and melodies underpinning Williamson’s virtuosic vocal performances, this would be a fascinating act, message or no; but the drive, meaning, and compassion behind their catchy, and even dancefloor-ready tunes make Sleaford Mods as vital politically as they are artistically.
Word of the Japanese Psych band Kikagaky Moyo’s wild and immersive live show filtered around the Australian Music scene after King Gizzard programmed them for their nationally touring event Gizzfest. A crowd highlight. We heard the whispers. So when we discovered there was an opportunity to bring them to PANAMA we took it.
Expect a wild journey of experimental psychedelia the likes of which these hills have never seen.
From Tokyo to Tasmania - we are PANAMA
The elusive crew of artists hailing from Sydney and Melbourne have established their presence with their tongue in cheek, rave-inspired bangers.
With an unquenchable thirst for good times and indulgence in all things art and pop, Haiku Hands pull together numerous talents to create an original and off-the-wall product; an unlikely but brilliant fusion of dance party and performance art.
Closing the mains stage on Sunday, March 8th.
It’s not about you.
Genesis Owusu is a brilliant example of everything that is good in the new wave of Australian Hip Hop. Continually delivering his own ever-changing and unique style that showcases both his artistic versatility and poetic approach.
Saturday, March 7th - Mainstage.
DYSON STRINGER CLOHER
Any one of these brilliant songwriters would be a coup for the PANAMA speakeasy but in 2020 we bring you all three. In 2019 Jen Cloher, Mia Dyson and Liz Stringer came together to make a record at JeffTweedy’s ‘The Loft’ in Chicago. Taking on production duties themselves, they asked Wilco’s Glenn Kotche to join them on drums and Grammy Award winner Tom Schick to engineer. The results are what you might expect, inspired guitar playing and exceptional songwriting.
Catch Dyson Stringer Cloher at the PANAMA Speakeasy. Stripped back and under the stars.
We have been quietly falling in love with MILDLIFE. Put on their debut album ‘Phase’. Turn it up loud... and now imagine it’s midnight on Sunday in the Bedouin Club. You’re a few cocktails deep and surrounded by your friends in a tent full of strangers. You’re dirty and tired and happy and you haven’t looked at your phone in three days. It’s PANAMA 2020 and Mildlife are the house band for a party at the edge of the universe.
We are PANAMA
Gordon Koang Duoth is a Neur speaker and musician hailing from the Upper Nile region of what is now South Sudan. Accompanied by his cousin Paul Biel, Gordon performs a blend of traditional Neur rhythms and original compositions in English, Arabic, and his native language, Neur.
Having recently arrived in Australia seeking refuge from a country torn by civil war, Gordon and Paul are attempting to raise funds and awareness in an attempt to rejoin the rest of their family and settle safely in Australia. Musicians of a world-class standard, Gordon and Paul have previously toured throughout Europe and North America, performing to sell-out crowds. They are currently waiting approval of permanent residency in Australia, which will allow them to once again travel and perform around the world.
It is our great privilege to present Gordon Koang at PANAMA 2020
We caught Miss June at a small club show in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley about a year ago and it was wild and rough and excellent. Since then the New Zealand punk four-piece have toured Australia gaining widespread acclaim for their electric live show.
Playing Midnight on Saturday, March 7th in the Bedouin Club.
Are you looking at me Punk?
Introducing Wollongong singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stevan. Silky lyrics layer up on harmonised vocals and woozy guitars, blending elements of folk, indie and hip hop production styles. Stevan is a powerhouse of natural ability.
Tiana Khasi is world-class. Her latest release ‘Meghayala’, co-written and produced by Sampology, is elegant and beautiful. A powerful statement of intent that honours her Samoan and Indian heritage. Playing twice over the weekend in full band mode.
Witnessing WA songwriter and guitarist Carla Geneve perform is akin to a sermon of fire and brimstone. It is a sensory commandment of flesh and blood. The naked vulnerability underpinning the immediacy of her songs is emboldened by the raw and unbridled energy of her live shows.
Champagne communists based in Hobart, Slag Queens’ style of off-kilter post-punk is equally at home in the garage or the art museum. Throw in the odd power-ballad and a few dance bangers and you’re at a gig fit for the revolution.
Long live the Queens.
DENNI is the collaborative project of pakana woman Denni Proctor. Starting out as a talented indie-folk guitar strummer and storyteller, she later developed an affinity for lush synths, big beats and soulful vocals. You'll be caught up in a world of deep, resounding atmospheres, pop hooks and erudite lyrics. Poetically crafting songs of self-transformation, and a hunger for change.
SLAUGHTERHÄUS SURF CULT
Hobart’s own Slaughterhäus Surf Cult's blistering style of garage punk translates into theatrical and frenetic live shows and uncompromising recordings.
We love a good cult at PANAMA - Welcome to the family.
Taking on late night duties for the midnight Pavillion set as well as being the playground’s house band - Tassie’s own “children of Khrungbin” King Billy return to PANAMA in 2020.
Horse&Wood blend the ethereal traditional music of Mongolia, with the strings of the Middle East and Asia, along with spontaneous improvisations and music crossing many genres.
Described by John Shand of the Sydney Morning Herald: “At a stroke, the pair shrink about 8000 kilometres of the vast expanse of Asia to nothing, and in the process invent a whole new sonic colour combination that arguably could only have happened in Australia.”
Hobart ensemble Django's Tiger perform swinging gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Featuring Charlie McCarthy on violin, Harry Edwards on guitar, and Isaac Gee on double bass.
HER SOUND, HER STORY
A Documentary and Panel.
HER SOUND, HER STORY is an intimate conversation unveiling the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women in the Australian music industry.
Featuring more than 45 artists spanning six decades, its unique narrative brims with rage, strength, beauty and triumph: a moving and powerful dialogue that extends beyond the music industry to ask, "Where do we want women's voices to sit in the world today?”
The documentary will screen twice during the event. Once on Friday evening and again on Saturday Afternoon. On Sunday afternoon PANAMA will host a panel discussion with its director Claudia Sangiorgi Dallimore and guests
THE KAHLO CURIE CABARET OF CLOWNS CHAOS AND CURIOSITY
Witness if you will the riff-raff and vagabonds of the carney world. Here we have gathered the cream of the crop, the tortured and the terrific. Come see the clowns, conjurors, contortionists and comics that we have stolen from the vaudeville world. Panama is thrilled to continue the tradition of producing cutting edge cabaret for your entertainment pleasure. The 2020 spectacles will please and tease. Be there or be square