The musical acts at World Vegan Day both entertain and expose the audience to a wide range diverse musical styles and cultural influences. With musicians of all ages, from teens to performers in their 60s, the World Vegan Day live music stage brings you a great mix of international and local acts, the line-up appeals to a broad range of audiences and age groups.
We are very pleased to welcome the following Live Acts:
Dave Walker Band
The Dave Walker Band, a seven piece hybrid of acoustic, electric and electronic instruments, has released their debut album, Fake Hotel. Twelve original songs, stories, grooves, goosebump moments. There are times when the groove is reminiscent of The Band, at other times it’s as tender as a Ryan Adams ballad. The blend of old school drum machines and electronic grooves with drums, bass, fiddle, mandolin, keys, guitars and cigar box guitars topped with five vocalists is a dynamic and engaging live experience. Dave Walker plays guitar in Melbourne hard rock band Destroy She Said and plays guitar and sings in Celtic festival favourites Shanakee. He has been making albums under his own name since 2003. The band is: Dave Walker on vocals, guitars and cigar box guitar, Paul Ryan on drums a, John Edgar on bass, Junji Masayama on beats and grooves, Dylan Walker on keys, guitar and bv, Amanda Masayama on backing vocals and Greg Hunt on violin and mandolin.
Madi Das from Bhakti Without Borders
Beyond Birth and Death
Beyond Birth and Death is a Melbourne based Spirit Rock outfit playing traditional Indian “kirtan” style mantra music in the rock/fuzz-rock genre. They strive to deliver high energy ecstatic chanting of ancient sacred sounds which in practise can lead one to direct perception of the soul. Popular at the St Kilda festival last year, we are extremely excited to have them on stage at World Vegan Day this year.
Tommy Castles is a Surf Roots musician who has been mentored by leading roots & blues musicians & has played festivals & venues extensively across VIC,TAS & NSW.
“A teenager, Castles is already a confident and established young performer. With bare feet and curly blonde hair, he is far from conventional…”
“ There is no denying Castles’ incredible multi-instrumental and experimental abilities, and he is definitely one to watch!” Speaker T.V.
“Sounds like this dude’s got plenty of energy and he’d need it to to handle the plethora of instruments around him.” Triple J, Dave Ruby-Howe.
“One of Melbourne’s most innovative musicians” 1700, SYN
Mihra are a 6 piece experimental pop band out of Melbourne, Australia. After releasing two singles in 2015 the band have been tucked away in the studio recording their debut album, now finished and to be released on independent label ‘Wigwam Records’ in September 2016. The band are proudly playing World Vegan Day amid their October album tour.
Abolición. Five piece Vegan Melodic Power Punk onslaught, converging from all over metropolitan Melbourne. Abolición burst onto the Melbourne music scene in mid 2015 and have made immediate waves, turning heads with their unique blend of hardcore punk and power pop, playing dive venues from Melbourne to Frankston and a spot on the 2015 World Vegan Day at Melbourne Showgrounds. Don’t be surprised if you are singing along by the last chorus, and punching the air during the instrumental breaks.
Our first single and video clip “The Prisoner” can be found on YouTube, and second single “Don’t Eat Me” is available for Name Your Price download on our Bandcamp. www.abolicion.bandcamp.com
Sweetly unique, charming and as down-to-earth as you can get, Melbourne girl Charlie Lane has been making music nearly as long as she could walk. Her lifelong passion shows with music that streams from her very soul – but not without a quirky twist that makes her as entertaining as she is memorable.
Her vast repertoire ranges from indie pop/ low fi indie surf pop, from edgy alternative to deep-seated blues. She’s a genius at matching the best-suited musical sound with any given gig, yet never loses the groove that is all her own. Her eclectic vibe may be best described as a one-of-a-kind recipe that mingles the hilarious stories and songs in the vein of Kimya Dawson and Kate Nash with a husky voice reminiscent of Joss Stone.
Run Rabbit Run
Melbourne based Run Rabbit Run are a brew of country’s revelry, folk’s raw honesty, and the intensity of rock. Armed with an impressive assortment of instruments, and a knack for stylistic shifts, the five-piece folk-rockers are undeniably attention grabbing as they leap effortlessly from banjo-laden country, to mood-altering and atmospheric rock. Having recently returned from a stint in the studio recording their debut EP Bloodline, the band is eager to once again return to the live music scene after almost a year away from the stage. The Bloodline EP, a follow-on from the band’s 2014 two-track release, was largely recorded as an all-in, same take, full-band scenario, with the intent of capturing the energy and sincerity of their live performance. Bloodline is due to be released this summer.
Melbourne-born singer, songwriter and producer James Franklin is quickly becoming one of the most exciting new acts in the music business. The Australian Music Network has stated that Franklin is “bound for success in Australian music and beyond”. Franklin got his start playing in coffee shops and festivals around Australia, pleasing crowds with his unique sound and songwriting skill. Keeping crowds silent through soft, tender ballads then dancing through his funky, soulful songs is something that has had audiences in Europe, Australia and the UK fall in love with James Franklin.
Fire and Sky
Fire and Sky is a beautiful mess. It is both intensity and peace. It is a musical ambition borne from isolation, forged with integrity, and honed through an affinity with folk music and bespoke recording styles. It is a project that, at its core, is defined by a need to create, write, live, and give, with love at the roots. Before embarking on this project, I was stuck. Embroiled by a life corroded. Facing this chaotic world, the scant authenticity, the emotionless urban rage, the acts of selfishness honoured, of rejecting love rewarded and denying truth expected. Confusion, disconnection, disenchantment and inevitable depression. Yet I continued an implacable need to fight, to stay true to what is inside, to return to openness, pureness, love. And to ruminate on what it means to endure. And in writing I rose. I expanded on what existing with love deeply means, deconstructing what was taught, and returning to the beginning of emotion to simply live in it. All of its chaos. Where songs evolved. Stories of struggle, fear, triumph and exultation. All with a guiding purpose; to live with love, truly and openly. To heal and shield, to care and conserve, to feel and give. My dream is to generate untold beauty and grow love with everything it touches. My goal is to be that person, every day. fire and sky is my rite of passage. fire and sky performs as a one piece (acoustic guitar and vocals), three piece (adding electric guitar and percussion), and five piece (adding bass and piano/organ). The act will be performing as a three piece at World Vegan Day.