Beyond the Valley, one of the titans of the Victorian New Year’s festival options, drops a huge and varied lineup for their four night event.
Following a common trend in large festival lineups across Australia, Beyond The Valley seems to be trying to create a diverse crowd with an eclectic mix of genres. The headline artists range from long standing legends of international electronica Little Dragon and The Presets to current sensations Stormzy and Mura Masa, with Matt Corby thrown in to the mix for good measure.
Although the lineup of Beyond The Valley is dominated by DJs and electronic duos, the festival demonstrates an unwillingness to cater purely to electronic tastes. Indie rock makes a noticeable appearance with The Preatures, Meg Mac as well as newcomers Cub Sport and Ruby Fields.
Hip hop makes a small but notable appearance with the booking of Schoolboy Q just six months after his Splendour in The Grass show in July. The lesser known but highly innovative local hip hop act Sampa The Great is sure to whip crowds into a frenzy.
Stars of the alternative scene are also sneaking on to this lineup with party starters GL and Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda, who will no doubt impress audiences with their proven stage presence.
Despite some stand out acts in other genres, it is disappointing that the bookers of a festival so embedded in the DJ scene failed to include more than a couple of acts who are not cisgender males. In fact white male DJs or duos out number the number of groups which feature a female member. As well as this Little Dragon is the only headline act which features a female member,
However, there is hope that the inclusion of Australians acts, such as George Maple, Nao and Jack River as well as New Yorker, Princess Nokia with impressive live reputations may help to increase the thirst of audiences for more diverse acts on stage.
Beyond the Valley goes down from the 28th December 2017 to January 1st 2018. Pre-sale tickets for the event are on sale Wednesday 16th of August with general sale next week on Thursday 24th August.