By Melissa Walsh
The Pier Street Party is officially set to shake up Melbourne’s outer suburbs once again on February 24, 2018. For the second year running, the outdoor festival will be jam-packed with incredible music and summertime fun for all. Headlining the street party will be Sydney hip hop superstars Thundamentals, with support from a heap of Aussie legends – Art vs Science, Gyroscope, The Getaway Plan, Rackett and Jesswar.
Held outside The Pelly Bar & Pier Bandroom in Frankston, this epic street party will be the talk of the summer. Bringing the local community and music fans together for such an unmissable lineup, The Pier Street Party is guaranteed to set the example for Aussie summer festivals to come.
Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton is thrilled to play host, saying, “Frankston City is ready to rock as the Pier Street Party prepares for its second year. Council is delighted that our city will be hosting world class acts at this fantastic event for the community and visitors to enjoy.”
And Jeswon from Thundamentals is amped to get in on the fun, enthusing, “VIC, we coming for yiiieeew!!! Looking forward to playing The Pier Street Party in Frankston next February!! Plenty of dope acts bringin the fuego to ya ear holes, come thruuuu!”
Thundamentals have had an absolute corker of a year, with the release of their fourth studio album Everyone We Know and the newly announced Decade Of The Thundakat national tour, plus a massive festival run scheduled for this summer, and Tuka explains they are rapt to be the headline act for this years Pier Street Party.
“I originally grew up in the Blue Mountains but have been based in Sydney a long time. We have never played in Frankston before love Victoria and we are thrilled and honored to be asked to do this,” said Tuka, from a band that has recently had two songs feature in the Triple J’s Hottest 100, one of which was in the top 10.
“We released a record called Everyone we Know last year and each song represents a different person in our life and we transfer that onto our set this week. We celebrate our 10th anniversary of touring this year and this got immersed in that so we will definitely be bringing some special guests along, its kind of transferrable a lot of people have felt the feeling of mourning or loss or insecurities and we try to cover the human experience, to find that reference point for everyone and celebrate difference but also talk about the narratives that we share,” he said.
“Hip hop is this beautiful mirror that gets thrown on society, I think it is misunderstood sometimes but for us it is about friendship first and foremost and social commentary and what we see in Australian society.”
Tuka says it has been an evolving process as the last decade has shown.
“You do that for long enough and eventually you work through all your personal conditioning and you start to look out more and more, and find that our stories are more important than my story,” said the man who grew up in an alternative community in the Blue Mountains. “I guess we have always been a little left of centre and community minded. The intention of our music is to open people up and so it is a big conversation about love, life and social issues.
People that practice the art of hip hop will always have a social conscience, sometimes they might not be aware of it but that’s what the practice is. We are not trying to be activists we are just musicians but you cant deny the social issues.”
Thundamentals will be playing a whole range of tracks at the Pier Street Festival, sure to inspire likeminded people of all ages.
Art vs Science will also be smashing through their latest single Wickoo and some older fan faves. Gyroscope will be right there alongside them ahead of their 2018 national tour playing their first studio recording since 2010 – their new double A-side Crooked Thought and hits from albums past. In just one year, loud and experimental pop-punkers, Rackett have gone from virtual anonymity to playing major theatres and festivals throughout Aus, making waves with their debut EP Ready or Not. The Getaway Plan had a busy year on the road, supporting Alexisonfire and recently wrapping a national tour of their own. And independent Brisbane-based hip hop artist Jesswar will bring her touring chops to the stage, having been busy sharing stages with 360, Tkay Maidza and Allday.
Masterminded to bring the community together to enjoy a day of world class music; The Pier Street Party team have put together a killer lineup at a very accessible price point for punters.
Saturday 24 February 2018 – opening 2:00pm. Pelly Bar Frankston, 508 Nepean Highway