Writing by Rose Sejean
Ocean Rhythms is paving the way for gender equality at Australian music festivals, announcing an all-female (you heard right!) line-up for their 2018 festival. The indie/rhythm & blues beach bash is now in its third year as part of New South Wales’ long running Old Bar Beach festival.
Event booker, Jacob “Bourky” Bourke says he was too aware of the gender imbalance plaguing band line-ups at Aussie festivals and jumped on the opportunity to shake things up: “Last year I worked for 20 festivals around Australia and you really notice it. triple j have called it out, Camp Cope called it out at Falls Festival, it’s definitely something that the music industry needs to hear right now.”
If the last two years on the major festival circuit are anything to go by, it’s become common place to expect that female or female-fronted acts will occupy a small fraction of a festival bill: “I’m not saying every festival should be female only, it’s about aiming for more diversity in the line ups, not having 25 male acts and 3 female acts like it’s normal” says Bourke.
With past headliners including Kim Churchill and Tash Sultana, this year’s Ocean Rhythms “femme-fuelled” line-up is headed by ARIA award winner Amy Shark, joined by a wicked bill featuring Angie McMahon, Sammi Constantine, Elki and many more.
Ocean Rhythms is an all ages event and your perfect one day get away for good vibes, chill-outs, street food and quality beats.
Get on board and support your 2018 girl-gang!
The festival will hit the golden dunes of New South Wales’ Old Bar Beach on April 21st.
OCEAN RHYTHMS MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS
On Sale Wednesday March 7, 2018
Online Tickets – $74 (inc. bf) via I Wanna Ticket
Limited Hard Copy Tickets – $60 from Old Bar Tavern (Available March 12)
Free entry for kids 12 and under when accompanied by a responsible, ticket holding adult.
OCEAN RHYTHMS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018
Saturday 21st April, 2018
Old Bar Airfield, Old Bar, NSW