Americana-themed Out on the Weekend Festival coming to Sydney and Melbourne
Sydney and Melbourne are gearing up for a festival that celebrates all things Americana this October – with incredible tunes, finger-licking food, vinyl, denim and whisky to bring the good time American vibes down under.
Out on the Weekend will return to Melbourne’s Seaworks in Williamstown on Sat October 17 after a successful first-run at the same venue in 2014, and will have its Sydney debut on Sat October 24 at the historic Bella Vista Farm – where you can get amongst the wooden barn houses, merino sheep and giant bunya pines and rock out to killer acts from here and overseas.
Named after the opening track on Neil Young’s Harvest record, Out on the Weekend (OOTW) will welcome the likes of star-spangled artists like L.A.’s Dawes, Sam Outlaw from Southern California, Jonny Fritz from Montana and Texans Jamestown Revival, as well as local acts Ruby Boots, Mustered Courage, The Morrisons and more.
Despite the impressive line-up – curated by legendary tour promoter Brian ‘B.T.’ Taranto from Love Police – you could almost head to OOTW for the tasty food alone – with local foodsters Mary’s Newtown, Porteno/Bodega, Beat Box Kitchen (Melbourne only) and Taco Truck just a few of the names bringing an American flavour to the day. The now-infamous Mary’s burger is coming to the show, and in addition to the Mary’s, cheese, chicken and veg varieties they’ve created a special OOTW burger featuring Jack Daniel’s bacon. Yeah, holy shit. But Porteno’s whisky game is strong too, with their treats being served with a Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, while Sydney-siders can slam down fried brisket balls with Jack Daniels maple glaze and slaw.
You can also expect pop-up stalls from vinyl champions Laughing Outlaw Records (Sydney) and Greville Records (Melbourne) who will have curated boxes of Americana greats on hand, and in Melbourne you can customize some denim at the Levi’s Tailor Shop or check out an exhibition of Nudie Rodeo Tailors – who basically created rhinestone suits for the likes of Elvis and Dolly Parton. In a similar vain Sydney will be showcasing a Neil Young t-shirt exhibition of around 50 iconic shirts from over 40 years of his career.
So bring your tatts, your beards, your whisky liver – and just put that goddamn diet on hold – to head out for a weekend day of indulging in great tunes, fried chicken and good, good vibes. Tickets on sale now.