The countdown to summer festival season is on, and one of the first to get the campaign rolling is Listen Out in September. After a mixed reception to last year’s events, the festival delivered on their promise of a bigger experience and if this year’s line-up is anything to go by, they’re definitely moving in the right direction. Despite being a predominantly dance music festival, the hip-hop headliners they’ve scored for September’s event make that festival ticket price look well worth it.
A$AP Ferg really doesn’t need much of an introduction but we’ve definitely been vibing off Always Strive and Prosper, so the promise of watching Ferg unleash tracks like ‘Let It Bang’ live in a festival setting is pretty exciting, to say the least. It’s only been a year since Ferg was last on our shores but let’s be real, there’s no way we wouldn’t turn up again with the Trap Lord.
Multi-disciplinary musician and man on the rise Anderson .Paak is returning to Australia for consecutive years with his equally smooth and talented band The Free Nationals. Paak will still be riding high off the smash success of his album Malibu, and has scored many a coveted feature appearance since. His live show with TFN is always one of the highlights of any festival bill, so this is one not to miss.
Two of the big young talents to come out of Europe, Stormzy and Yung Lean, will also be in the mix, bringing their distinct flavours to the line-up. Both rappers have also sold out headline shows in Australia within the past year, so we already know the fans will be happy about their addition to this festival, and can almost guarantee things are going to get a little raucous.
Of course, there are a heap more on the bill, including impressive local musos Ngaiire, LDRU, Cosmo’s Midnight, Willow Beats, just to name a few. And we’re sure that the line-up will just continue to grow as we get closer to the date.
Tickets for Listen Out 2016 go on sale at midday on Thursday June 23.
Listen Out 2016
Saturday September 24: Melbourne – Catani Gardens, St Kilda
Sunday September 25: Perth – Western Parklands, Joondalup
Saturday October 1: Sydney – Centennial Park
Sunday October 2: Brisbane – The Sporting Fields, Victoria Park
Tickets via Listen Out