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The last Christian music festival in Australia is no more. The team at Forest Edge have announced there will be no festival in 2018 and that ‘conversations about the long-term future of the festival’ will be commencing shortly.
FEMF now joins a long list of festivals to have called it a day in the past 10 years, with Remain Festival, Easterfest, Blackstump and Strawberry Jam all calling it quits since 2007.
Forest Edge Music Festival 2017 is on soon! In less than three weeks – a collection of 40 artists will come together and put on the performances of a lifetime. Camping spots are still available, but selling out soon – don’t miss out! Full line-up details are after the jump:
She’s a young, blonde, guitar-playing singer who pens poppy tunes. Comparisons are so obvious that Riordan Stewart-McDougall preempts them.
“I used to listen to a lot of Taylor Swift,” the Geelong teenager freely admits. “That shows in my music today.”
At age 8, Riordan was a serious and promising ballet dancer. But at 12, she made the tough decision to give it up and dedicate herself to music.
Soon after, the preteen picked up a brown, $10 op shop guitar that her mum had bought for her older brother. She taught herself to play using chord sheets and YouTube videos.
Riordan hasn’t looked back.
“I’ve always been a ‘just go do it’ kind of person,” she affirms. “If I want something, I’ll do it, I’ll get it.”
You know them from their debut EP release ‘New World’ and irrevocably popular, party sets at Forest Edge music festival, but the Melbourne band have taken some time out to focus on new musical endeavours.
“We found that it was hard to be creative with writing and musical direction when we were so focused on the next show,” says acoustic guitarist and supporting vocalist John Longley.
It was a “lads weekend” away that generated creativity and rejuvenated the indie pop group.
The weekend consisted of “eating ribs, checking out the main street, chasing Pokemon – and squeezing in some tracking,” says Longley.
The tracking processes proved quite the unique adventure Longley explained. “We built him (Luke Sexton – Drummer) a special mattress fort for his drums. He was a pretty happy guy in there, just drumming and sweating away.”
The deliberative hiatus allowed the boys some time make a little bit of a shift musically. It was then this trip away that provided the perfect facilitative song-writing/recording environment.
“We are still a band that creates our music as a group, so while the songs may start as bedroom acoustic songs, notes on scraps or riffs in a jam, they come together with influence from all members of Wire Bird. These new songs are taking a stronger lyrical focus, I feel our lyric is becoming increasingly honest and vulnerable.”
The boys are looking to introduce these highly anticipated new sounds to coincide with another new venture, a debut video to their hit, ‘Always.’
The video has been a collaboration with French filmmakers who featured ‘Always’ on their pilot episode on MTV France. As remuneration the filmmakers set out to create the boys a film clip.
“It has been exciting to see how they interpreted our song and where that best fit in their story and how we have interpreted their footage to complement our story for Always,” says Longley.
The boys will be playing their first headline show this year at the Workers Club October 29 to celebrate their video launch.
You can expect the boys to be “playing new material but also digging into the catalogue of songs people might have heard a few times. We’ve got a new stage look for people to check out too, a little less foliage and a bit more Beyoncé,” says Longley.
With influences including Foals and Band of Horses you can expect vibrant pop melodies, lots of energy and a whole bunch of fun times.
Check out their upcoming gig here; https://www.facebook.com/events/1272512389467282/
Wire Bird’s EP ‘New World is available on iTunes & Spotify here; https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/new-world-ep/id1063696951
The Forest Edge train has been rolling on, with a whole new plethora of artists heading to Neerim East in Victoria over the Labour Day long weekend. With 25 artists already announced and tickets going on sale on September 9th, this is probably the biggest week of announcements yet.
Forest Edge Music Festival have continued to grow their line-up, announcing their first international headliner – American act Stars Go Dim.