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.
(In alphabetical order)
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.
Abolición’s sole purpose is to to bring to attention the injustice of all animal use and the moral, ethical and environmental imperative for humans to return the rights of animals to them and to no longer use, harm, hurt or kill animals in any way. Which of course means going vegan. All to the infectious pop-punk grooves and thought-inducing lyrics created by the band. 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.
The members of All Truism have two things in common – the love of animals and the love of music. Coming from diverse backgrounds, All Truism play an eclectic range of styles and music, interspersed with some Originals. Most if not all songs are picked for either their message, their lyrics or because they have some connection to the values of animal and environmental rights. Of course, some stuff is purely chosen for the love of the song! From softer styles like Portishead, to Harder rock like System of A Down, All Truism are sure to play something for everyone.
Melbourne-based Singer-songwriter Charlie Lane, paved her way into the industry baring her soul with a defying sound and a unique musical styling. With her refreshing wit, the occasional comedic delight and an unmatched vocal performance blending cabaret, bubble gum pop, edgy alternative, surf pop and even deep-seated blues, she fast caught the attention of many hearts as a truly authentic and genuine artist. And now, from Cabaret to Alternative Pop ‘with a side of energetic soul and grunge’, Charlie Lane provides listeners an intimate look into the world of ‘Mood Swings & Antidepressants’, the title of her second EP, based on her very own life experience. Revealing her ups and downs from childhood to adulthood, this eclectic Artist reflects on the emotional rollercoaster of fighting, rebelliousness, love and loss – one she could only call life.
Melbourne jangle-pop duo Cloud Castles blend shimmery glistening guitar lines washing over sturdy drum grooves. Previously of beloved Melbourne trio Return to Youth, Matt (guitar/vocals) and Alan (drums) demonstrate a telepathic musical interplay built upon years of lounge room jams and playing in bands together. The duo made their return to Melbourne’s music scene via single ‘Puzzle Pieces’ – recorded in their DIY studio.
Crafting jams and riffs into infectiously catchy pop songs is what Cloud Castles do best, sounding like a fusion of Something for Kate, DIIV, Beach Fossils, Warpaint, Last Dinosaurs and Tame Impala. Cloud Castles release their debut self-titled EP on Wednesday 4 October.
Reminiscent of many strong alternative singer/songwriters, yet brimming with individuality, Anaid’s emotive melodies are backed by powerful vocals and heartfelt relate-able lyrics. Solo or with band, our Triple J Hottest 100 artist and 5 time ARIA nominee, Diana Anaid brings a festival to life with her crowd pleasing intimate sets. Celebrating 20 years since the #1 alt-rock classic ‘I Go Off’, this Australian musician is a ‘truly talented singer/songwriter’ The Music Network.
Gerry Rival & The Wheels N Fire
Punk influenced Americana/Alt. Country Band from Melbourne, Australia.
Fronted by singer-songwritter Gerry who has been writing songs and playing in bands for 20 years. While coming from an Indie and Punk Rock background he has also drawn influences from a wide range of artists and styles; from Alternative Country to Americana to roots and the classic Aussie sound, he has found his own unique style. Blending melody and emotive guitar work to create a compelling sound that carries his seemingly simple yet thought provoking lyrics.
Run Rabbit Run
The music of Melbourne based Run Rabbit Run is a reflective journey through the minds of dual-front men Casey Martin & Michael Roberts. Best described as Progressive Folk Rock, the bands sound teeters and sways between sombre, unassuming folk, raucous fast-paced country, and often leans into the realm of atmospheric and climactic prog-rock.
After touring throughout Victoria and Sydney in early 2017 to promote the release of single We Don’t Know, the band is ready to unveil their highly anticipated debut EP, entitled Bloodline. The five-track EP shows a more atmospheric side of the bands music than that of their previous 2014/15 single releases, while retaining some more up tempo moments fans of their past work will appreciate. The title Bloodline references lyrics from the EP’s closing track Lights; “I’m tied to my bloodline, it pulls and oh it confines.” The lyrics reflecting upon our connection to our past, of familial ties, and the apparent inability to ever gain true independence from our makers.
Bloodline is set for release mid-September ’17.
From Destroy//Exist webzine: Melbourne, Australia’s dark folk songwriter, Em Highfield, creates a hauntingly beautiful amalgam of traditional folk music, dreampop, gothic and metal, throwing her own unique voice into the same dark music pit that in recent years has sprung the talents of Chelsea Wolfe, Marissa Nadler, Emma Ruth Rundle and previously artists like Jarboe and Nico.” In her own words, Highfield “likes to weave folk stylings, metal intensity and acoustic tones with reflective lyrics,” and obviously she has quite the knack for it.
Highfield has teamed up with acoustic guitarist Nick Blackmore, to evolve the sound to an atmospheric acoustic blackgaze style, a new genre fusing uplifting melancholy, in the likes of Opeth and Alcest. This acoustic project called Suldusk, has garnered substantial international followers on the Soundcloud platform, whilst simultaneously starting to gather a loyal following in live venues across Melbourne.
Suldusk is currently in production for an upcoming full length album “Solus Ipse” to be released in February 2018. Put on your leathers, check your boots, grab your pack and lets wander into the dark, magical sounds of Suldusk – ‘Too Much Love’ Magazine
The Buttons were formed in 2012 in Gippsland Victoria. Their original music could be best be described as a synthesis of folk, rock and blues. The Buttons have performed at festivals, wineries, pubs and charity events all over Gippsland. Their album “Swerve” can be found on their bandcamp page.
We are an instrumental Jazz Guitar Duo. We play every weekend and play at a number of vegan venues around Melbourne. We are regulars at Lentil as Anything, playing there every month, as well as the Healthy Planet Cafe and other Vegan events such as ‘The Ethical Night Market’. We play an instrumental repertoire and are a perfect act for events, where people can walk around talking, eating and soaking up our sounds without us overpowering the event.