WELCOME TO STORYLAND
EXT. EARLY AFTERNOON. PARK BEACH RESERVE.
[FADE TO] A bunch of ARTS NERDS starting a big 1-day outdoor live music and multi-arts event at their film festival. They attract funding and are supported by the Australian Federal Government through the RISE Fund.
The ARTS NERDS pull together a crack team of music curators, creative directors, sound engineers, event managers, animators, installation artists, and volunteers. A feeling of excitement lingers in the air with more artists to be announced soon.
You feel an unshakeable compulsion to buy a ticket and have an absolute ripper time.
SWIFF’s STORYLAND takes place on the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr people. We acknowledge the original storytellers of this land and pay respect to Elders, past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuous connection to country, community and culture. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.
Saturday April 23, 2022. From 2pm till late. Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour.
What can you expect from the line-up at STORYLAND?
The full line-up of music artists will be announced in the lead-up to STORYLAND (SAT 23 APR). Originality, dynamic performances, and artists that move away from the middle – that’s what you can expect coming in the line-up.
STORYLAND’s live music line-up is curated by Danni Colgan – an industry veteran whose credits include Head Music Programmer for Sydney Festival, WOMADelaide, and Melbourne Festival, Brighton Festival (UK), and PIAF – among others.
More STORYLAND music artist announcements coming soon.
In the hands of Courtney Barnett, fragments of everyday life become rich and riveting. A deft lyricist and virtuosic guitarist, she is an emblem of millennial wit and one of Australia’s most successful musical exports.
Based in Melbourne, Barnett first found critical acclaim with 2013’s The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, and broke into the mainstream in 2015 with her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Garnering a coveted Best New Artist Grammy nomination and numerous other accolades, the album stands as a generational classic. Barnett followed her debut with 2017’s Lotta Sea Lice, an acclaimed collaborative record with Kurt Vile, and eschewed the vignettes of her early records on 2018’s Tell Me How You Really Feel, her humid, political sophomore record, which featured the Margaret Atwood-invoking single “Nameless, Faceless”.
Barnett is also a powerhouse live act, playing slots at festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Primavera, and Lollapalooza. In 2021, she’ll release Things Take Time, Take Time, a remarkable artistic step forward. In the meantime, Barnett will undoubtedly continue doing what she does best: translating the chaos of the world into sparkling, indelible poetry.
Melbourne-based, worldwide-beloved, twice-Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote returns in 2021 with their new album Mood Valiant.
Comprised of Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums), Hiatus Kaiyote broke internationally in 2012 with their first LP, Tawk Tomahawk, which was praised by simpatico musical travellers from Erykah Badu to Questlove to Prince. Their first R&B Grammy nomination, for their song “Nakamarra,” was followed by a second for “Breathing Underwater,” from their sophomore album, 2015’s Choose Your Weapon. Still, their music defied categorization: Some called it “neo-soul,” others “future soul”; the band calls it, simply, wondercore.
The irony of the completion of Mood Valiant was that it coincided with another health crisis, the COVID pandemic. In the Great Pause, the band found more time to tweak, and more time to create. The ups and downs, the starts and stops of the process, inform the very name of the album, for which Nai evoked, again, the spirit of Suzie Ashman: “My mother had two Valiant station wagons, iconic, vintage Aussie cars,” Nai says. “One was white and one was black. And depending on what mood she was in, she would drive one or the other. She was a single mother with six kids: If she drove the black one, you knew not to fuck with her.”
Mood Valiant is an act of love, of courage, of altered perspective, of sister-and-brotherhood.
Hachiku is the brainchild of German-Australian bedroom-producer Anika Ostendorf who writes and produces her home-made dream pop from whichever bedroom she is currently inhabiting.
Hachiku’s self-recorded, self-mixed and self-titled debut EP was released on Australian label Milk! Records in June 2017. Since then Anika has taken her catchy melodies, highly tasteful, textural guitar playing and shimmering walls of sound across the world. Recent shows include opening for Courtney Barnett, touring with the likes of The Breeders & José González around Australia, and opening for Jen Cloher and Snail Mail. A definite highlight in Anika’s career has been an invitation to attend the nordic music festival Iceland Airwaves in 2019 as a representative of Australia’s diverse music culture.
Hachiku’s bedroom beats and autodidactically learned recording and production skills were quick to create a buzz before any official releases, and In 2020, Hachiku recorded and produced a series of ‘isolation covers’ that were released as the 99 Dreams EP.
Hachiku released their debut LP ‘I’ll Probably Be Asleep’ on Milk! Records in November 2021 to widespread critical acclaim “Vast and intimate all at once. A big, beautiful, cinematic whirlpool you can’t help but be swallowed up inside of.” – triple j Unearthed
STORYLAND is a playground for grown-ups. Turns out, as an arts festival, we’re pretty big fans of art.
As an 18+ event, we can get a little cheeky when it comes to the experience – and part of STORYLAND’s vision is to create a sense of adventure and play through a bunch of tactile, immersive art installations. Basically, you can have a beer and wander through our outdoor art gallery.
So we’ll bung some art around the place for you to walk through, to touch, to freak out about, and to get the conversation flowing – all produced by a collective of very passionate, equally cheeky, local artists.
STORYLAND’s art installations are led by STORYLAND’s Creative Directors, Zakpage.
With SWIFF being a film festival, how can we not get a little cinematic? Introducing the signature element of STORYLAND – a cinematic backbone.
“What the flip is that?” I hear you read. Basically, it’s what puts the ‘story’ in STORYLAND.
Across the event, a live cinematic story will unfold, told across chapters of original performance, elaborate costume, experiences, and projection art that will weave through the event – ultimately telling a riveting, just bloody riveting, story. Like watching a movie but in real life. No, not theatre. Different to that.
I guess you’ve just got to come and see it for yourself.
Each year SWIFF will collaborate with new storytellers to tell the annual story of STORYLAND. For the first year, it only makes sense to start at the start in Australia, with prolific First Nations Creative Directors Zakpage stepping into the Director’s seat.
What’s going to be the inaugural story of STORYLAND?
You will have to come along and find out.
MORE TO DISCOVER
NSW Discover Vouchers are accepted until 30 June 2022, which means you can put $25 towards your ticket to STORYLAND! To redeem, just enter the code from the Service NSW app voucher on the Payment Checkout page. There is a limit of one voucher per order. For detailed redemption instructions, click here.
TICKETING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
STORYLAND is a playground for grown-ups. Over 18. Our friendly crew will ask you to present ID upon entry and either a printed or a digital ticket.
Please do choose your tickets carefully. Incorrect purchases DO NOT qualify for a refund. There are no refunds on tickets except as required by the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice.
STORYLAND is supported by the Australian Federal Government through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.