07 Feb By The Meadow 2018: 5 Artists To Check Out
By The Meadow is a small festival held 1.5 hours out of Melbourne in Bambra. With both Paradise Music Festival and Shady Cottage taking a year off this summer, By The Meadow is this summer’s most eclectic festival line-up of local musical artists.
Held from the 6th-8th of April, tickets are only $97.20, which is absurd for the talent ratio per dollar. There’s a wide range of talent and genres, from Fazerdaze to Tiny Little Houses, The Harpoons to Billy Davis and The Good Lords, and The Senegambian Jazz Band to the DayDreams DJs. But here’s five artists your future self may proclaim with pride to have once seen at the small festival called By The Meadow.
Darcy Baylis isn’t entirely sure what his sound is, but his hardworking quest to discover himself has made him fascinating since he was a teenager playing as Naminé. His EP last year had enough talking points to write a thesis — it’s not always perfect, but when he get’s it right and it clicks, it’s eye-opening stuff. The man does it all himself, an all-in-one package who could easily disappear off the map or become the next big thing. So catch him now, in case of either scenario.
In late 2015 the Sydney band Flowertruck dropped one of the more underrated Australian EPs of recent years, an EP I still listen to regularly. Five songs that glisten with optimism, fun and skill that make it all sound so simple and effortless. Lead singer Charles Rushforth is full of joy and character — he draws you in but he’s not demanding. Nor is he the only star in the band; Sarah Sykes who also provides vocals is a another talent to keep an eye on, with her own band Sunscreen dropping a great EP last year. Watch out for Flowertruck’s next album release, they have too much talent not to take the next step.
Thank fudge this awesome trio moved to Melbourne from Perth. Perth’s lovely and all, but they deserved far more exposure and respect. These three women are a powerhouse live, playing at 100% every time on stage. I mean, you don’t move across an entire country unless you take your craft seriously. Dianas have the kind of band chemistry that makes you want to start a band.
I always enjoy Leah Senior — you’d have to be soulless not to. But it wasn’t until BIGSOUND 2016 when I watched them in person, that I really become mesmerised by Leah. There’s a lot of singers out there that sound a little too close to their idols. There’s a huge wave of Angel Olsen singers right now for example, but Leah comes across genuine with her vocals and delivery. Leah truly has a beauty inside her and she translates it magnificently with light finger play and her angelic vocal range. The world could use more Leah Seniors.
File Stella in the “catch her before she’s huge” folder. Stella continued her rise throughout 2017 and is set to play all over the world in 2018, at SXSW, Live in Leeds Festival and is opening for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever around Europe. But before she takes over the world, you can catch her intimately at By The Meadow. Which honestly suits her better than the larger stages she’ll soon be playing; her music needs the quietest of crowds to be truly appreciated.