We interrupt your regular viewing to announce that Australia’s biggest alternative travelling music festival, aka Good Things Festival is fast upon us and it’s the biggest one yet! We’re not kiddin’ when we’re saying tickets are almost sold out with less than 500 tickets left for Brisbane, Melbourne is almost at 90% sold out and Sydney at 80%.
Good Things come to those who wait and we’re thrilled to announce the headline sideshows from some of the artists on the huge Good Things Festival line up. This is the first and only sideshow announcement and there will be no more sideshows announced. Set your alarm clocks as these tickets won’t last.
Early bird pre-sale tickets on sale: Wednesday 18 October @ 9am local time
General tickets are on sale: Friday 20 October @ 9amlocal time www.goodthingsfestival.com
Without further adieu, we present to you the Good Things Festival 2023 sideshows…
SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER – SPARK ARENA, AUCKLAND* WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY* WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER – FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER – JOHN CAIN ARENA, MELBOURNE
*with special guests HANABIE.
LIMP BIZKIT are one of the most defining nu metal bands of all time. Forged in Florida in the mid 90s with a raucous fusion of rock, metal and hip hop, they now have six studio albums under their belts, including their #1 charting albums Significant Other (1999) and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000) as well as their most recent full length Still Sucks (2021), LIMP BIZKIT have also received three Grammy Award nominations, wins at the Billboard Music Awards and Kerrang! Awards, and an induction into MTV’s Total Request Live Hall of Fame in 2001.
A band who can party like it’s 1999 multiple decades on, LIMP BIZKIT‘s palpitating array of rock, metal, rap and beyond is as potent as ever, inciting mosh pits and rock’n’roll rebellion in a way only frontman Fred Durst and co. truly can. From their generation-defining singles like Break Stuff, Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle) and Nookie to newer cuts that keep the party vibes ferociously pumping, it’s undeniable that LIMP BIZKIT as as electrifying now as they were when nu metal first reigned supreme.
SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER – ICC SUPER THEATRE, SYDNEY WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – QPAC, BRISBANE WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER – PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE
American new wave legends DEVO will be performing their last-ever Australian appearances saying Goodbye to 50 years of De-Evolution. Recorded under the auspices of pioneering producer Brian Eno, 1978’s Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was seen as a call to arms by some and became an underground hit. Others found DEVO’s sound, imagery, and material threatening.
The band broke through to the mainstream with 1980’s Freedom of Choice, which contained the platinum-selling hit single, Whip It, and represented a peak in their songwriting. The video became an MTV smash, juxtaposing the band’s low-budget futuristic look against a down-home farm setting and hints of S&M.
Albums, New Traditionalists and Oh NO It’s DEVO! continued their 1980’s decade world touring success accompanied by the hit songs, Beautiful World and That’s Good respectively. In1990 the band left the world of touring and recording to pursue film and TV projects.
I PREVAIL WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE PLOT IN YOU
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE
Since first joining forces in the metro Detroit area back in the summer of 2013, I PREVAIL have made an immense impact on the world of alternative music and have quickly became one of rock’s biggest breakthrough bands. 2019’s Trauma took things to a whole new level while in 2022, they elevated themselves with the release of True Power.
Rising to an arena level status and receiving two Grammy Nominations — for Best Rock Album for Trauma and Best Metal Performance for their single, Bow Down, they are rising to the peak of the alternative music world and making major, undeniable waves beyond it and are kicking into a whole new gear.
After racking up over 100 million streams and receiving praise from Billboard, Rock Sound, Alternative Press, and more, THE PLOT IN YOU released their fifth album, Swan Song in 2021. Last year, the band’s 2018-released single FEEL NOTHING was officially certified Gold by the RIAA and the song is a digital success story that still streams over 2 million times and has enjoyed an exciting beyond-viral moment on TikTok. The track appears on the band’s album DISPOSE.
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – NORTHCOTE THEATRE, MELBOURNE
Uncompromising, unfiltered, and undeniable in any arena, COREY TAYLOR continues to impact culture as the frontman for both Grammy Award-winning multi-Platinum juggernaut Slipknot and Platinum rock force Stone Sour. Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author as well as an actor with a myriad film and television credits. Impacting generations of fans and peers alike, his voice has rallied millions of fans across the globe. Globally Slipknot boast 13 Platinum and 44 Gold albums, three of which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 (All Hope is Gone, .5 the Gray
Chapter, and We Are Not Your Kind).
The Australian shows will see COREY TAYLOR perform solo and tracks from his latest solo studio album, CMF2.
TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER – THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER – COOLANGATTA HOTEL,
GOLD COAST FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER – DRIFTERS WHARF, CENTRAL COAST SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER – TORQUAY HOTEL, TORQUAY
Flying the flag for all things raucous, Golden State staples PENNYWISE will flex their fiery flair, with the iconic California punk rockers are no strangers to our shores.
Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles—a neighbourhood with a rich punk-rock history, PENNYWISE began in 1988. The band went on to amass an international following with their relentless touring and a melodic, high-energy sound fusing classic punk, surf punk, and blistering hardcore. Through the years, they have solidified their place in punk history with 12 albums under their belts and iconic songs like ‘Fuck Authority,’ ‘Alien,’ and ‘Bro Hymn’ (their timeless ode to brotherhood and departed friends).
Resolutely work outside the margins of the mainstream, the band has emerged as an enduringly vibrant staple on the worldwide touring circuit.
MONDAY 4 DECEMBER – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER – LIBERTY MUSIC HALL, SYDNEY
Since forming back in 2003, ENTER SHIKARI have gone on to release seven full-length albums with their latest release,A Kiss For The Whole World, debuting #1 on the UK chart, while garnering ongoing industry acclaim, and multiple awards for good measure. And armed with high-octane lashings of punk, electronica and alt rock palettes alongside personal lyricism and oft-politically charged thematics, ENTER SHIKARI continue to be one of the most magnetic forces in the modern musical landscape.
ENTER SHIKARI have played somewhere in the region of 3000 live shows around the globe, including three headline arena-sized tours in the UK, substantial UK / Europe arena supports with The Prodigy, Linking Park and 30 Seconds To Mars, and more big and small festivals than it would be possible to list fully in this space. 2023 kicked straight off with the announcement of their new album, and what became known as the Residency Tour, which took in five British cities over the course of one week, repeating for three months.
FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER – POWERSTATION, AUCKLAND MONDAY 27 NOVEMBER – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – THE GOV, ADELAIDE TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER – MAX WATTS, MELBOURNE
In the annals of metal there is no band more synonymous with an unswerving commitment to the single-minded defiance of expectation than BEHEMOTH. Over the course of their remarkable 31-year career, these Polish hellraisers – spearheaded by Adam Darski, aka Nergal – are more than just the architects of their country’s legendary extreme metal scene. Over the course of three decades and previous 11 albums, Nergal’s singular vision has forged BEHEMOTH into something far more than a mere black metal band.
Beyond any confines of genre, they have grown to become nothing less than the personification of rebellion, individuality and unflinching self-expression informed by a literate worldview and worldliness that’s resulted in a locking of horns with everything from the mainstream press to the Polish Catholic church – most notably manifesting in Nergal’s trial for blasphemy in 2010 that only served to expose the deep-seated hypocrisies that his music seeks to challenge. It also highlighted the distinct lack of fucks that he has to give.
SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER – METROPOLIS, FREMANTLE TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – THE GOV, ADELAIDE WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – MAX WATTS, MELBOURNE MONDAY 4 DECEMBER – PRINCESS THEATRE, BRISBANE
It goes without saying that the global metal scene would not be the same without SEPULTURA. For nearly 40 years now, the Brazilian icons are not only a band revered worldwide; they have been, are and forever will be at the very forefront of Thrash Metal, trailblazing ever since they released their long-since legendary debut album Morbid Visions in 1986.
While quickly establishing themselves as leaders of the second wave of Thrash already in the late eighties, to this day they never came even close to stagnation. Now three albums deep into what may very well be their strongest incarnation yet, SEPULTURA are an unleashed power to be reckoned with, uniting bucketloads of experience and youthful vigour in a totally revived way.
TAKING BACK SUNDAY
WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER – PRINCESS THEATRE, BRISBANE WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER – FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY
TAKING BACK SUNDAY are extremely excited heading into 2023 with their 8th studio album, 152, out at the end of the month. From the band’s landmark 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends to 2016’s Tidal Wave, TAKING BACK SUNDAY has evolved from a key player in an early 2000s scene to a genre defying rock band without ever ceasing to push the limitations of their sound.
In between all of their constant touring with acts like My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind and others,. TAKING BACK SUNDAY are best known for their explosive riffs, affecting vocals, and epic choruses that has resonated with their audience for so long.
PVRIS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MAGNOLIA PARK & CHEZ
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – CROXTON BANDROOM, MELBOURNE TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
Over the past decade, producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Lyndsey Gunnulfsen has trailblazed her own path with her genre-breaking project PVRIS. EVERGREEN marks Gunnulfsen’s most cinematic sonic and visual project to date.
2023 marks PVRIS‘ most critically-acclaimed and exciting chapter. From Coachella, to Reading And Leeds, to Lollapalooza, Gunnulfsen has solidified PVRIS as an international touring phenomenon. Throughout her career, Gunnulfsen’s dynamic vocal abilities and instrumentation transcend effortlessly across her largely co-produced catalog, from enchanting and angelic harmonies, to aggressive and gritty deliveries that rival some of rock’s greatest.
Prolific five-piece MAGNOLIA PARK will be releasing their new album Halloween Mixtape II on October 27. It’s the follow up to 2022’s debut record Baku’s Revenge and spiritual counterpart to 2021’s Halloween Mixtape, Their kaleidoscopic fusion of sound is on display more than ever as their aesthetic is a contemporary fusion of magnetic pop, punk, nu-metal, hip-hop, phonk and 2000s theatre-emo.
SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER – MANNING BAR, SYDNEY WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER – THE GOV, ADELAIDE
SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL emerges from the darkest corners of the metal scene, wielding an uncompromising sound that resonates with the intensity of a thousand thunderstorms. Led by the formidable frontman, Alex Terrible, their ferocious blend of deathcore and blackened metal is a sonic onslaught that leaves no survivors.
Originally formed in Russia, the band made the bold decision to relocate to Florida, USA, in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war. Firmly standing against violence and conflict, they carry a strong message of unity and peace through their music.
Their relentless pursuit of metal domination has led them to conquer stages across the United States. From their electrifying headline tours in 2022 and 2023, which saw sold-out shows reverberating with their signature blend of aggression and melody, to headlining prestigious festivals such as So What in Dallas, Inkcarceration in Mansfield, and Blue Ridge in Alton.
Brace yourself for the reign of SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL the sonic architects of chaos.
WHILE SHE SLEEPS WITH SPECIAL GUEST BLOOM
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – HOLLYWOOD, AUCKLAND THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER – STAY GOLD, MELBOURNE TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER – THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE
Some bands play it safe when it comes to taking their next steps. But then, WHILE SHE SLEEPS have never been “some band”. The Sheffield quintet have made a career out of confounding expectations, be it through their dizzying blend of crushing metal, guttural hardcore and arena-worthy hooks, or the way they’ve carried themselves over an explosive, 17-year career.
Their long-awaited sixth studio album is due in March 2024 which will see them enter the new era of WHILE SHE SLEEPS. They sold out their recent UK headline tour supported by Bury Tomorrow and Polaris including the iconic Alexandra Palace in London.
Formed in 2017, Sydney Metalcore group, BLOOM combine fierce sounds and impassioned lyrics to celebrate their influence and usher in a new era of heavy music in Australia. After the release of their second EP In Passing, BLOOM completed a 19 date Australian tour in 2021, then followed up with the release of Sink Into the Soil. SITS saw them take on their first headline tour around Australia, along with national tours supporting Void Of Vision, Holding Absence, Ocean Grove and Bad Omens alongside numerous sold out headline shows and festival appearances at UNIFY Gathering and CVLTFEST along the way.
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – STAY GOLD, MELBOURNE MONDAY 4 DECEMBER – THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE
Forming in 2015, Japanese metalcore outfit HANABIE. blend metal, hardcore, hip hop, electronica and J-pop with Harajuku-inspired aesthetics. Brandishing their secret weapons, pop, genre-less music and kawaii neo-Japanese style, HANABIE. also embrace tongue-in-cheek lyricism, as witnessed most recently on their 2023 album Reborn Superstar! as well as on their debut 2021 full length Girl’s Reform Manifest. Previously performing at Aftershock, Louder Than Life and Blue Ridge Rock Festival, HANABIE. are a breath of sharpened fresh air in the heavy realms, and a must-see in a live setting.
ROYAL & THE SERPENT
WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER – CROWBAR, SYDNEY MONDAY 4 DECEMBER – STAY GOLD, MELBOURNE
RIAA Gold-certified singer-songwriter ROYAL & THE SERPENT is an artist entirely unafraid to bare the deepest and darkest parts of her psyche. Originally from New Jersey, she first took up guitar at age 14 with help from the then-six-year-old sister of her friend Donna Missal then relocated to L.A. at age 18. Thanks to the buzz behind songs like 2019’s Weddings & Funerals and Salvador Dali—and to her electrifying live show—she eventually inked a deal with Atlantic.
Royal’s unfiltered songwriting has proved wildly resonant to her ever-growing fanbase and led to such triumphs as touring with Demi Lovato and making an appearance on the pop superstar’s latest full-length. She’s performed at major festivals like When We Were Young and Firefly and toured with artists like grandson and PVRIS. Made with producers like Zakk Cervini (Yungblud, Poppy), Keith Sorrells (Demi Lovato, Pink Sweat$), and David Dahlquist (Hayley Kiyoko, Pierce the Veil).
GOOD THINGS FESTIVAL 2023 LINE UP:
Fall Out Boy
Devo (The Farewell Tour Celebrating 50 Years)
I Prevail | Bullet For My Valentine | Corey Taylor
Pennywise | Spiderbait | Slowly Slowly | Enter Shikari
Behemoth | Sepultura | Taking Back Sunday | PVRIS
In Alphabetical Order: Bloom | Boom Crash Opera | Eskimo Joe | Frenzal Rhomb | Hanabie | Jebediah | Luca Brasi
Magnolia Park | Make Them Suffer | Ocean Sleeper | Royal & The Serpent | Short Stack
Slaughter To Prevail | Stand Atlantic | Tapestry | The Plot In You | While She Sleeps
DATES AND VENUES: Friday 1 December – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (LIC AA 15+) Saturday 2 December – Centennial Park, Sydney (18+) Sunday 3 December – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane (LIC AA 15+)