News; Southbound Festival


Summer means music, culture and the great outdoors. Summer means Southbound.

And we’re excited and humbled to announce that the fourth annual Southbound Festival has completely sold out in record time!

We salute you WA for embracing your very own Music, Camping and Arts Festival.

But the work is not finished yet! After unleashing our finest line-up of talent yet, Sunset Events is proud to announce another round of superb acts in Base Camp for Southbound campers as well as a festival-wide eclectic explosion of visual art, circus performances, dance, experimental art and more, making Southbound 2008 the ultimate ‘festival’ experience – in the purest sense of the word.



Snuggling up alongside The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, Lior and Angus & Julia Stone for the stripped back Friday night performance under the Big Top in Base Camp will be none other than alt-country indie maestros New Rules For Boats and the mighty power of Abbe May & The Rockin’ Pneumonia. Also, we’re chuffed to announce that after more than 260 entries Institut Polaire have been selected as the winner from the Sonicbids entries to play the Big Top.


Returning to Southbound 2008 is the Carnivale Stage, featuring talent from across the great artistic divide. Laugh to larrikins, circus to comedy – the Carnivale Stage will be the centre of festivities on Friday night featuring, among others, hip-chick breakdance and hip hop crew Magnetic Dance FX, the Rio percussion flavour of WASAMBA, a fusion of traditional African and contemporary dance from Organikdance, the manic and bizarre antics of the sword swallowing, chainsaw juggling Matty Blades and so much more. Also, watch your step around the festival – many of these crazies may pop up anywhere as part of our Roving Performer program.


The outdoor cinema will also return to Base Camp on both Friday and Saturday nights with an inspired collection of films from around the globe, including WA short films from SPLIF, the full-length feature The Treasures Of Long Gone John, sci-fi US/French collaboration Electroma, Japanese (Daft Punk) sensation Interstella 555 and plenty more pop culture flicks. All you need to do is open your eyes!


What’s a festival without a good ol’ fashioned boogie? We agree, and that’s why we’ve drafted the finest instigators of bottom-shaking this side of the solar system for the Groove Tent. The Debauchery Bros, Sawami Adima, Charlie Bucket, Pussy Shoogah, Namu, Loco Ren, Sammy J…need we say more?


A brand new initiative, we’ve gathered the finest crooners of the intimate stage to garrison the Lounge/Open Mic stage in Base Camp all through Friday as campers arrive to help get them into the festival swing, as well as DJs on Saturday night as camper’s return from the main festival. Alongside the growling Abbe May, get your tapping toes ready for Bilsby, Jim Pearson, B Still and so many more. Or maybe get up and have a tinker yourself. The stage is yours!


That’s right…karaoke is back. Shrug off those inhibitions and take hold of the mic. You know you want to.


The Southbound Festival isn’t simply about watching the talent. It’s about getting involved! And we’re as proud-as-punch to be able to initiate the Healing Circle workshops, where you get a chance to learn from the source – whether it be juggling, drumming or dance. Get involved and add your talents to the artistic kaleidoscope that is the Southbound Festival. Saturday morning healing classes include yoga, tai chi and other free chilled-out group classes.



On Saturday we’re thrilled to welcome into The Other Stage (now, don’t get that mixed up with This Stage) in the main festival ground the esteemed DJ services of legendary Austrian-born, Aussie residing Nick Toth, DJ Gorky (all time party DJ from the bombastic Bonde Do Role) and Aussie beat sensation Muscles. Plus expect a manic VJ feast to accompany the sweet sounds!


We’re a little thrilled to announce that The Paper Scissors have been chosen from over 260 Sonicbids entries as the winner to perform at the main festival, alongside the StageBound and Triple J Unearthed winners, who will both be announced in December. The Paper Scissors are damn fine…get in early and check them out.


It’s all in the name friends! The Coconut Club (presented by Beach Suite) in the main festival ground on Saturday is where to go for your dizzy fix of mayhem and tomfoolery, spiced with chilled beats and shaken grooves. Catch, among others, Sharif Galal (Suite Musique), Micah, Swami Adima, Charlie Bucket, Phil Cooker and many more. Come and enjoy a fresh fruit mocktail whilst grooving under the palm trees on the beach sand dancefloor. Talk about decadence.

The fourth annual, all-ages Southbound Festival is supported by Triple J.

The Southbound Festival – a Music, Camping and Arts Festival.

Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton


Camping and pre-festival entertainment

The Waifs, The Beautiful Girls, Lior, Angus & Julia Stone, New Rules For Boats, Abbe May & The Rocking Pneumonia and Institut Polaire


Main festival and camping

Kings Of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Groove Armada, Spiderbait, The Waifs, Augie March, Regurgitator, The Go! Team, José González, Built To Spill, Blackalicious, Mattafix, The Herd, Girl Talk, The Pipettes, Bonde Do Role, Gotye, Lior, Midnight Juggernauts, Neville Staple’s Specials, Operator Please, The Mess Hall, Angus & Julia Stone, Nick Toth, The Panics, DJ Gorky, The Beautiful Girls, The Dirty Secrets, Muscles and The Paper Scissors

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