Festival of the Sun

Six Australian music festivals you can’t miss this summer

August 19, 2019

This summer is looking like a scorcher with some extra-hot line-ups being released ahead of the festival season. Earlier this month, Lost Paradise dropped their bill filled to the brim with some incredible Australian talent including Rüfüs Du Sol, Hilltop Hoods, Mallrat and The Chats, joining a huge list of festivals, both new and established, […]

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Didirri, Vera Blue and Clowns share their favourite music of 2018

December 31, 2018

Earlier this month, we sat down with Didirri, Vera Blue and Clowns to talk about their favourite music of 2018; potentially the songs they’ll be choosing for the Hottest 100 and some of the albums that excited them over the last 12 months. Photo of Didirri taken at Festival of the Sun by Larry Heath

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Did Festival of the Sun just drop its best lineup ever?

July 26, 2018

The 15th Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie, NSW, just set the bar massively high for the Summer season as they dropped a huge lineup for their circus themed “Roll Up Edition”.  For 2018, festivities begin December 13th and the event will run through to December 15th with performances from headliners Vera Blue and […]

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Interview: Kim Churchill on returning home for FOTSUN, fresh from touring Europe with Milky Chance

December 21, 2017

Kim Churchill is no stranger to the Australian festival scene. Easily one of the country’s most popular and hardworking performers, Churchill found himself home from Europe and back into the swing of things earlier this month, hitting the Festival of the Sun stage in Port Macquarie. We checked in with Kim as the weekend rolled out! It’s always […]

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Interview: The Preatures on the making of “Yanada” and looking ahead to new music at FOTSUN!

December 20, 2017

We always have a great time with The Preatures; longtime fans of the Sydney band, we’ve loved watching their rise from local favourite to nationally beloved live band. Their latest album, Girlhood, has seen The Preatures continue to step into their own light and as a live band, their shows have been second to none. Catching up […]

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Interview: Horrorshow check in with us backstage ahead of their FOTSUN headline set

December 20, 2017

Festival of the Sun this year brought some stellar sets of music to Port Macquarie; for some, it proved to be the start of the final run of shows for the year and for others, it was a playground on which new material to be tested on. For one of the country’s most acclaimed hip hop […]

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Summer is Here: Festival of the Sun proves to be the perfect kick off event for the festival season

December 20, 2017

Port Macquarie’s Festival of the Sun – over a weekend packed with festivals around the country – helped kick off the Summer Festival season in style earlier this month, coinciding with the start of Summer holidays for many university students. The event, which has taken over the Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park on the beaches of […]

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Interview: Dear Seattle on linking up with Domestic La La and a huge 2017, capped off with Festival of the Sun!

December 20, 2017

Dear Seattle were quick to emerge in 2017 as one of the new bands to be keeping an eye on and as the shows continued to grow in quality and crowd attendance, these young guns really demonstrated their chops as a live act. Out at Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie, we sat down with the […]

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Interview: Backstage at FOTSUN with Triple J Unearthed winners, Mild West

December 18, 2017

As with every year, Port Macquarie’s Festival of the Sun provides a stage for not only some of Australia’s best known talent, but the fresh and emerging faces of our music scene, to show off their skills and continuously cut their teeth as live performers. This year, we met Mild West, who took out the triple j […]

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Interview: Nathan & Jack of manicSOUL check in ahead of Festival of the Sun

November 27, 2017

Port Macquarie’s own, manicSOUL, are preparing to tread the stage at Festival of the Sun in a few weeks – representing for their picturesque part of the mid-north coast, the duo are eyeing up a big show to cap off a fruitful year. Purveyor of ambitious and playful hip hop that is already beginning to make waves […]

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Interview: imbi the girl looks to a vibe-filled festival debut at FOTSUN in December

November 24, 2017

Sydney’s Imbi the Girl comes representing for the current wave of young artists making their mark on Australian music in an unashamedly unique way. A fierce lyricist with a stage presence that is only snowballing in confidence and charm, Imbi is an artist to watch at next month’s Festival of the Sun. For the uninitiated, check out some […]

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Interview: WHARVES prepare to make a splash at Port Mac’s Festival of the Sun!

November 23, 2017

Striking out hot from Lennox Head, WHARVES have had an impressive year. Turning the ears of triple j big wigs with their brand of indie rock music, the group have found themselves on stages around the country alongside the likes of The Delta Riggs and Polish Club, as well as at Splendour in the Grass and […]

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Interview: Son of Jaguar on what they hope to get out of Festival of the Sun next month

November 22, 2017

Hailing from the Coffs Coast, Son of Jaguar know a thing or two about hitting the tour circuit in Australia hard. Having already supported the likes of The Bennies, The Hard Aches and The Living End, the group have earned a solid reputation as a killer live band, fusing garage rock with melody and punk sensibilities […]

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Interview: Press Club provide their camping tips ahead of Festival of the Sun

November 20, 2017

With Festival of the Sun soon approaching, punters are invited to get space-y as the Outer Space theme for this year is bound to produce some great moments out in Port Macquarie. Ahead of the event, we get to know a little more about the artists set to grace the stage – first up, Brunswick’s own, Press […]

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MILD WEST and Imbi The Girl join Festival of the Sun next month

November 17, 2017

Some changes and new announcements have gone down at Festival of the Sun HQ this week, as the festival nears kick off for another year out in Port Macquarie in December. Due to personal commitments, Ali Barter has had to pull out of the festival, with Sydney’s Imbi The Girl stepping up to the plate. She joins […]

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Festival of the Sun welcomes new additions to December event

October 5, 2017

Festival of the Sun is coming up in a matter of a few months now, set to host some of our best loved artists including Meg Mac, The Preatures, Ball Park Music and Holy Holy. The festival is completely sold out – unsurprisingly – for another year, but the good news out of the FOTSUN camp […]

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Festival of the Sun punters encouraged to get in early on tickets; on sale this week

August 28, 2017

Festival of the Sun has revealed more about their 2017 edition, this time letting y’all know that ticket sales are set to kick off this Thursday! With last year’s festival selling out tickets completely in just a week, we’re expecting this year’s to follow suit. The passes include free camping and admission, so if you’re […]

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The Preatures, Holy Holy & more announced for Festival of the Sun 2017

August 15, 2017

Festival of the Sun returns to Port Macquarie this December, looking to sell out quickly too, if previous years’ ticket sales are anything to go by! Long regarded as one of the east coast’s most popular festival events, Festival of the Sun hasn’t changed its blueprint one iota. Still completely BYO, FOTSUN has retained its family […]

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Festival of the Sun announces 2017 dates and theme

July 12, 2017

Port Macquarie is once again going to be hosting one hell of a party this December, with Festival of the Sun returning to the Breakwall Tourist Park on December 7th & 8th. With the line up to be announced in early August, the Festival of the Sun crew are pretty keen to get things going, revealing […]

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Urthboy talks 18 years of Elefant Traks & how writing for his daughter has changed live shows

January 13, 2017

At Festival of the Sun recently, Larry caught up with Urthboy to reflect on recent live shows, the 18th anniversary of his label Elefant Traks and more! At the time of our catch up, the Sydney hip hop label was readying itself for its huge celebration gig but as Urthboy says, they’re still operating with the same ambition and […]

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Festival of the Sun artists rate the Best Albums of 2016!

December 23, 2016

As we reach the end of another year, the question of what has been the best album/s of the 2016 has been thrown around. While up at Festival of the Sun recently, we posed the question to some of the artists backstage. From Mesa Cosa‘s Blood & Brains, Skegss‘ Everyone Is Good At Something, D.D Dumbo‘s Utopia Defeated and A.B. […]

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Australian music shines bright at the annual Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie

December 16, 2016

Set on the sun soaked shores of Port Macquarie on the NSW central coast, Festival of the Sun is an annual event that brings together punters from all over the region for what is essentially one of the country’s biggest parties. Buoyed by an amazing and eclectic Australian lineup, the fact that the audience is […]

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Max Dunn & Donnie Borzestowski reflect on 2016 for Gang of Youths and tease Album #2

December 15, 2016

Festival of the Sun this year saw Sydney’s Gang of Youths top the bill at Port Macquarie, drawing in strong numbers for what was to be one of their first festival shows of the summer. After spending 2016 on the road with The Positions and the Let Me Be Clear EP, the boys have hit the studio hard in recent months […]

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Watch as L-FRESH the LION freestyles for us in Redfern Park!

September 26, 2016

2016 has definitely been a year of blessings and great things for L-FRESH The LION – his album Become has put the rapper further on to the radars of music fans right around the country and recently, he’s been hitting the road with a live show boasting pure talent, positivity and captivating performance energy. December sees L-FRESH and […]

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FOTSUN expands, adding The Creases, Mallrat, Ayla, World Champion and more!

September 16, 2016

This year’s Festival of the Sun line up has just gotten bigger, with the addition of some great local and emerging artists joining the likes of Gang of Youths, The Smith Street Band, Urthboy and more out at Port Macquarie this December. Also in today’s FOTSUN news is the addition of BYO Comedy Night for Thursday night, featuring Anna Wilson, Gen Fricker and Luke […]

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Gang of Youths, Seth Sentry, Montaigne & more hitting Port Macquarie for Festival of the Sun!

August 15, 2016

Festival of the Sun returns to Port Macquarie for its 12th year in 2016, bringing with them a strong and brilliantly curated line up of Australian artists for the ride. The ‘Deep Sea Edition’ of FOTSUN this year will be hosting the likes of Gang of Youths, The Smith Street Band, Montaigne, Seth Sentry and more on the North Coast this […]

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Speed Dating with Jeremy Neale at Festival of the Sun!

June 29, 2016

Jeremy Neale is a lover, not a fighter. So when we ran a competition for three lucky campers at Festival of the Sun last year to meet the Brisbane legend for a round of speed dating, we weren’t surprised when the session went better than we could’ve anticipated. Getting to know each other over this game of ‘The Beachelor’, […]

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Festival of the Sun announces 2016 dates!

April 14, 2016

Festival of the Sun returns to Port Macquarie this year, with the organisers dropping a cheeky little ‘save the date’ video online today! Set to go down from December 8th through until December 10th this year, FOTSUN will be bringing a delectable line up of Aussie talent through for some fun in the sun. View […]

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Lou & Phoebe chat about Alpine’s 2015 & where they hope to take their music in the New Year!

January 27, 2016

Sitting down with Larry at Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie near the end of 2015, the ladies of Alpine reflected on their year of touring, releasing Yuck and how their round of overseas touring affected them all individually as musicians. “We did have quite a while away,” Lou says. “We were touring the […]

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Alex & Otto on the final sleepmakeswaves show with guitarist Kid Khor

January 26, 2016

Festival of the Sun 2015 was a little bit of a bittersweet show for Sydney’s sleepmakeswaves, as they wind down time with original guitarist, Kid Khor. Backstage, Larry was joined by Alex Wilson and Otto Wicks-Green to chat about the band’s final gig with their brother, touring overseas and where the band is headed in […]

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