Lismore rockfest Mazstock will explode hearts
BACK FOR its eighth year straight, Lismore’s premier boutique multistage rock festival returns.
On the long weekend Saturday the 11th of June, bands from across the Northern Rivers region and from as far as Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and Maitland converge on The Italo club in North Lismore for an all-day all night rock extravaganza.
Headlining this year is Sydney’s Bunt. These guys have just celebrated 20 years together and have quite the underground cult following, particularly in Japan where they have toured every year since 2009. If you like quality garage rock n roll with some stage antics thrown in, then this band are not to be missed.
Wollongong’s premier rock legends Leadfinger are in the mix and have a new album that’ll feature in their set. Leadfinger always draw a crowd in Lismore and the album has been long awaited.
Also from Wollongong is the Hot Sweets headed up by the divine Carrie Phillis. This is rock n roll to shake your hips to and make your heart explode.
This year Mazstocks organisers were pretty keen to see some women in rock action, so along with the Hot Sweets we’ve got Brisbane’s Marville and Dirty Liars. And of course those lovable local rouges Spanx. These Women know how to rock.
This will be the Lismore debut for Sydney band Loose Piils. Playing hopped-up power pop like Sydney’s answer to Cheap Trick, there’s a lot to love about this band.
Well known singer songwriter Mick Daley (The ReMains) returns home to the region with his new band The Corporate Raiders. If you like well-crafted songs that move from country rock to psych rock political rants then you’re going to love this.
Last year’s stand out band were Forever Since Breakfast and accordingly have been invited back for another go this year. Mazstock co-founder Maz Schofield describes this band as ‘simply sublime’. “How are they not famous?”
Appearing for the first time on the Mazstock bill are Port Macquarie’s Royal Chant and Coffs Harbours Son of Jaguar.There’s some fine musical pedigree in both of these bands and it’s fantastic to have bands from the mid north coast on the bill.
Rounded off by Lismore’s own This Thing Called Progress, one of the most authentically punk outfits going around at the moment and Mazstock ‘mascots’ from Nimbin The Antibodies, this show is not to be missed.
The artist chosen to do this years event artwork is none other than Justin (Julla) Livingstone, famed for his work in the back alley gallery. Julla will be creating a live art piece at the festival too.
Also look out for the limited edition Mazstock zine which is sure to become a collectors item.
Tickets are $25.00 on the door and doors open at 1pm sharp.