The release of the Coachella lineup got me thinking who’d I’d like to see in 2016, so I put together a wish list. May the magical powers that be bring all these acts to Melbourne in 2016.
Thanks to WOMADelaide and Bluesfest respectively, two from my wish list – Calexico and Brian Wilson – are already doing sideshows in Melbourne. A Modest Mouse Bluesfest sideshow would make that three off the list!
The next lot all owe their Aussie fans a tour based on recent releases. These include: Editors, Maximo Park, Metric, Lianne La Havas, Villagers, Marina and the Diamonds and Delta Spirit. Unfortunately, I might have to head overseas (not so unfortunate, really) to see the latter few of these, as without a festival presenting them they’re not too likely to get here.
Perhaps more likely, and with albums to be released in 2016, are these acts: Miike Snow, Band of Horses and The Last Shadow Puppets. Splendour in the Grass, anyone?
Finally, some straight up wishes: Justin Vernon said there wouldn’t be any more Bon Iver shows for a good while, but a few have popped up. So why not in Aus? And if LCD Soundsystem have reunited for Coachella, surely they can tour a little more broadly, too? Finally, it’s not gonna happen, but can Them Crooked Vultures come out of hiatus already?
16 for 16
Lianne La Havas
Marina and the Diamonds
Band of Horses
The Last Shadow Puppets
Them Crooked Vultures