Tired Lion to Ocean Alley: 9 Artists to suss ahead of The Plot Festival!

Before going to any festival, I like to make a festival playlist to highlight a couple of my must catch acts and also, to pre-game. Anyway, here’s my picks for The Plot Festival! There are some rising goodies, as well as some more obscure and alternate acts for a little mix.


I loved Tired Lion’s relentless energy that just flows without overflowing too much. Sophie Hopes, the frontwoman of Tired Lion, has a voice that just reeks of raw intensity that reminds me of the 90s Brit Pop rock. Seeing how their energy translates onto stage would be quite interesting for me.

Tired Lion play the Future Sailors Stage at 4:40pm.


Photo: Cole Bennetts.
Photo: Cole Bennetts.

Soul Benefits mix classic soul and funk with hip-hop and rap so well, it almost sounds like they were meant to be a genre in itself. This one goes old school for those who miss the old sounds.

Soul Benefits play the 2150 Stage at 8:50pm.



Another one of those hip-hop/pop, electro fusion acts, Mallrat dominates the fusion alt-scene. Trap in one song and dreamy shoegaze in another – you really don’t know what to expect next from Mallrat! Her performance sounds like its going to be a ride.

Mallrat plays the High Society Stage at 1:40pm.



Funky disco beats that is not for those mainstream music lovers! Bootleg Rascal have pretty catchy tunes that don’t fit strictly in one genre, but then again, everyone’s pretty fusion and new age now. They’re working on a new album, so attendees might get a little listen of some new stuff!

Bootleg Rascal plays the Future Sailors Stage at 3:50pm.



Another name that has been rising fast on the charts, Montaigne is another one that I’ve been hearing a lot of lately. With her sonorous voice lending itself to the catchy alt-pop beats, its no wonder that Montaigne has been making the rounds on the festival circuit this year.

Montaigne plays the Future Sailors Stage at 8:30pm.




Melodic punk rockers Luca Brasi are from over the seas (read: Tassie), but they have gone quite far with their two new singles. They also did a cover of Paul Kelly’s classic “How To Make Gravy” that won me over after the first verse. Luca Brasi kind of goes rock, but not too hardcore and crazy, which is what I like.

Luca Brasi plays the Future Sailors Stage at 9:40pm.



It’s like a mix of spoken word and singing, and Dylan Joel’s voice suits it to a tee. If you listen carefully, you’ll find his clever use of wordplay and socially aware lyrical content impressively encouraging listeners to stay true to who they are and what they stand for.

Dylan Joel plays the Duck Pond Stage at 7:40pm.



They were named after a water body, so it’s no surprise that Ocean Alley sounds like a beach band next to a bar on the sand. You can pretty much hear the waves in the background, adding another layer of melodies to the guitar grooves. They’ve got a laidback feel that makes you appreciate summer in all its goodness after months of cold.

Ocean Alley plays the Duck Pond Stage at 2:45pm.



Hot off the rocks, Vera Blue is surely set to be one of the hottest acts this summer. Really annoyed that I didn’t manage to get to go to her show when she stopped by in Sydney earlier this year, but I’m definitely going to be the first one at the stage at The Plot Festival! I’ve heard nothing but good things about her, so its definitely going to be a blast.

Vera Blue plays the Duck Pond Stage at 6:05pm.

Catch all these acts at The Plot Festival in Parramatta on 19th November to welcome summer. Tickets are still available here.

Header image by George Foster.


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