This week, we learned of the latest additions to A festival called PANAMA for 2017. Alongside the likes of Kurt Vile, D.D Dumbo, Koi Child and Margaret Glaspy join some incredible musicians including Big Scary, Emma Louise, Julia Jacklin and NGAIIRE. To look at the festival line up, now in its full glory, is a thing of beauty – representative of some stellar international visitors but more importantly, the sheer talent we’re producing in music, A festival called PANAMA has struck out well once again.
The festival enters its fourth year in 2017 and has become one of the country’s most popular ’boutique’ events. An event exclusive to Tasmania, PANAMA has got that unique edge that other festivals like Secret Garden, UNIFY and Strawberry Fields have maintained in recent years. Punters will go regardless of the line up (much of the time, before the announcement is even made) – the festival’s reputation for a good quality time spread quickly and understandably, it wasn’t to be long before more and more people wanted a hit.
PANAMA’s eclectic programming has also made it a frontrunner on the Aussie festival circuit, especially in the wake of the death of the touring festival. These sorts of events not only have to cater to and satisfy their increasing numbers year in, year out, but they also need to remain fresh and come packing with artists who hold the potential to captivate and challenge newcomers. And with the conversation surrounding a lack of gender diversity on events of this scale, PANAMA has lifted for 2017 in producing a rather balanced line up of male and female artists.
Over the course of three nights, festival goers will be able to soak up the R&B greatness of NGAIIRE’s Blastoma, while then being taken on a completely different journey courtesy of Gareth Liddiard. With Sex On Toast and Koi Child on board, you can be guaranteed nights of non-stop dancing.
It’s this type of environment where, walking in, you don’t know how the next few days will present themselves. Musical opinions are diversified, new loves are discovered and perceptions of genres can be challenged.
With only 1400 tickets available for PANAMA this year, you can bet we want to be getting out and seeing what’s set to go down in Tassie’s North East next March. For a taste, check out our playlist below – music from ten artists you shouldn’t be missing out on.
A festival called PANAMA runs from March 10th – 12th 2017. For more information and the full line up, head to www.panamafestival.com.au
Article contributed by Lucy Regter.