Just announced for November 2016 – Tasmania is getting a new festival. It’s the first ever Tasmanian, (and as far as we can tell, the first ever Australian) Folk-Punk Festival! What’s that you ask? Well you know folk festivals, where you run from venue to venue to catch the acts you want to see? Well it’s just like that. Only all the bands are playing folk-punk, all the venues are pubs around Hobart, and nobody will tell you you’re being too loud.
Yes the irrepressible hobos responsible for Tasmanian folk-punk legends The Dead Maggies and Tassie based label Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records are on the rampage once more. Not satisfied with bringing the best of Australian folk-punk bands down to the south island one at a time; they’ve decided they should all be thrown together in one massive four day folk-punk orgy across various venues all around Hobart Town.
With some of the biggest names in Australian folk-punk, along with some of the best you’ve never heard of, all thrown together in mass celebration alongside the explosion of excellent local Tassie talent you’ve got something damn special. Whether you’re a fan of folk music, punk music, something in between or something totally different – this is an amazing opportunity to see a whole music community coming together to see what each other have got.
The first round of the 15+ acts to be announced include globetrotting superstars The Go Set fresh back from the USA on their constant world tour. Two acts from the Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records roster: Sydney’s bush-punk immortals the Handsome Young Strangers and Brisbane’s celtic-punk rising stars Fox ‘N’ Firkin. And two Tassie home-grown heroes: This Is A Robbery, acoustic anarcho-punk fronted by internationally revered songwriter Chris Burrows; and new kids on the block Squid Fishing – who are just 18 and still in school, but are rapidly winning respect from the folk-punk and punk-rock communities.
Yes 2016 will go down as the year the first ever Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Festival was held; Hobarts very own folk-punk orgy, 10 -13th November. They’re calling it HOBOFOPO, you can find it at www.folktilyapunk.com/fest, www.facebook.com/hobofopo or by following the hashtag #HOBOFOPO.
Hobart’s Original Folk Punk Orgy HOBOFOPO has just announced the second round of acts, for their folk-punk festival in November. Joining The Go Set, Handsome Young Strangers, Fox ‘N’ Firkin, This Is A robbery and Squid Fishing are
Celtic Punk band The Ramshackle Army, who have been back and forth between the US from touring with Dropkick Murphys, The Tossers and Frank Turner.
No surprise that local band The Dead Maggies are on the bill, but they’re bringing all the musos that they know to form The Dead Maggies’ Dark Orchestra to perform a special piece titled “200 years of oppression, a history of van diemens’ land”.
Potty-mouthed, middle-aged Newcastle yobs The Australian Beefweek Show, are in for a fun and raucous time. They used to have some cow-punk and folk-punk songs, but they’ve aged disgracefully and now just get drunk and swear a lot.
The alternative darlings of beer-soaked country folk The Stragglers make their first trip to Tasmania, featuring members of The Little Sisters and Cherrywood, expect some sweet tunes and sweet melodies to swig a few bottles of whiskey too.
And, local enigma Hairyman will be venturing out from the forests of the far south of Tasmania to deliver his a’cappella bush-ballads.
And where and when will this folk-punk orgy be I hear you ask???
the dates and venues follow.
Tickets will be available soon, so keep your eyes on www.folktilyapunk.com and follow #HOBOFOPO
Thurs 10/11 – The Republic Bar 9-11pm
Fri 11/11 – Willie Smiths Apple Shed 7-9pm
Fri 11/11 – The Brisbane Hotel 9pm-late
Fri 11/11 – Big Dan’s Franklin Tavern 9pm-midnight
Sat 12/11 – Frankies Empire Cafe – intimate lunchtime acoustic sets.
Sat 12/11 – Afternoon All Ages, The Brisbane Hotel 3-6pm
Sat 12/11 – The Homestead 9pm-midnight
Sat 12/11 – The Brisbane Hotel 9pm-late
Sun 13/11 – Arvo BBQ session, Fern Tree Arts Hall 1-8pm
Sun 13/11 – Folky wind-down at The Homestead 9-11pm