Jess Mauboy, King Stingray and Northeast Party House set to rock Play on the Plains this March
WORDS BY LUCY ANDREWS
Play on the Plains Festival returns for a third year, with big name talent Jessica Mauboy leading the one-day festival line-up performing alongside established and emerging artists King Stingray, Northeast Party House, Alex Lahey and Carp Factory.
The cracker festival is hosted on Yorta Yorta land in the regional town of Deniliquin – the festival site is home to the famous Deni Ute Muster.
Play on the Plains Festival is a fantastic form of support for young Australians living in regional and rural Victoria and New South Wales to access and experience performances by musicians who would otherwise not make it to these smaller towns .
The festival takes place on Saturday, March 11, just off Conargo Road, with gates opening at 12pm and the last act closing the stage at 10.30pm. Tickets are now on sale at Oztix.
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With her superb latest single Automatic adding to her plethora of past hits, Jessica Mauboy remains a powerful role model in the music industry as a remarkable artist and a proud First Nations woman.
2023 looks set to be another massive year for Mauboy as she embarks on a tour of Australia in February, with her stop in Deniliquin marking her fifth live performance.
King Stingray is a five-piece Yolŋu (indigenous people of northeastern Arnhem Land) and balanda (non-indigenous) surf rock band making serious waves across the country.
When you listen to King Stingray, you can hear the connection to country and family in the lyrics, and the musicians’ brilliant playing will have you embodying that connection with your fellow players in no time.
Northeast Party House
The team at NPH are hot on the heels of every number one song on the radio, and they’re not giving up on the chase.
With at least nine live shows already announced for this year across the east coast of Australia and across the pond in New Zealand and Indonesia, this act is one to catch when you can.
Pop on their Cranky Boy remixes and prepare yourself for the absolute joy and delight of a Northeast Party House live performance.
Alternative rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, down-to-earth angel, and all-around sane person Alex Lahey will grace the Play on the Plains main stage this year.
A truly special live act to experience and one not to be missed. Lahey has a chockablock calendar for 2023, appearing on the lineup for Dylan Alcott’s Ability Fest and as a special guest on Peking Duk’s recently announced national tour.
Melbourne garage-punk four-piece band Carp Factory will grace the stage with their tongue-in-cheek lyrics and raw, energetic presence.
Making their debut at The Workers Club in Fitzroy in July 2021, the boys are making their mark on the scene for all the right reasons. So what are you waiting for? Karp Diem (sorry) and grab a ticket here.
Battle of the bands
In addition to these five acts is the first youth battle of the bands competition, open to all local primary and secondary students. Whether in a band or an aspiring solo artist, this is your chance to step into the spotlight. Cash prizes are on offer, as well as the opportunity to win $750 worth of music equipment, sponsored by Deniliquin Nextra. How good it is!
The festival for all ages welcomes adults, youth and families to enjoy themselves. Discounted tickets are available for children under 13 years old for just $20 (additional booking fee applies), and general admission tickets are $120. For that price, you’ve got a bargain to see five up-and-coming and beloved acts perform for you and your mates in an outdoor setting.
Accessibility and inclusiveness are at the forefront of the festival organisers’ minds, with companion cards offered free of charge to ensure every ability and need of the punters in attendance is met. Additionally, the festival site facilitates sun safety and protection with tarpaulin shade structures for you to relax under.
You can expect all the usual amenities of this beautiful one-day festival, including great food and drink options and some fun additions like beach volleyball and a silent disco. If you want to make a weekend of it, camping options are available on site.
Car parking is free, and there are shuttles and buses from nearby towns provided free of charge, giving you every excuse to let loose and enjoy yourself, knowing you have a safe and guaranteed way home. Towns served include Echuca, Moama, Mathoura, Picnic Point, Hay, Cobram, Barooga, Tocumwal, Yarrawonga, Finley, Koondrook, Barham and Wakool.
There is a Zero Tolerance approach to any anti-social, aggressive, dangerous or intimidating behaviour. You can contact the festival organizers with any accessibility questions.
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now before they all sell out via Oztix.
This article was made in collaboration with Play on the Plains.