Out On The Weekend 2024 Line-Up Announced

Love Police has announced the line-up for the Out On The Weekend Festival, Melbourne’s favourite Americana, alt country, country and western lifestyle music festival, celebrating 10 years of good times at Seaworks, Williamstown on Saturday October 12. Tickets ago on sale on June 4.

Headlining this year’s event will be HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, returning to Australia on the back of their latest album The Past Is Still Alive. Love Police toured Alynda Segarra and the band way back when, so they thought it was about time that they brought them back as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations.

Other acts so fare announced include:

Punk cowboy NICK SHOULDERS all the way from Arkansas, brings his infectious tunes featuring jangling Cajun rhythms and surf rock blues.

EMMA DONOVAN’s country gospel roots with the Gumbaynggirr star sharing songs and stories of her childhood, when she performed with her family band The Donovans. Now she has a brand new album, Til My Song Is Gone.

The psychedelic cosmic cowboy sounds of first time visitors ROSE CITY BAND, led by Portland, Oregon musical leader Ripley Johnson (see also Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo). Through their interplanetary mind-blowing Grateful Dead-owing cosmic saga that is Garden Party, expect to become a disciple by the end of the first jam.

Six-piece musical feast of SWEET TALK, homegrown talent who are about to take on the world with their frenzied states of boogie and high-energetic and satisfying soul food.

MARGO CILKER, leaving the Columbia River near Washington to play in Australia for the very first time Down Under. Her new album is Valley of Heart’s Delight.

What’s an Out On The Weekend 10 year celebration without favourite sons of heavy sonic country sound LOST RAGAS making an appearance?

JONNY FRITZ from Montana and Nashville regular JOSHUA HEDLEY are back, running into our open arms with their joyful blends of country and western, fiddle playing and good ol’ fashioned Honky Tonk. Between them they have played at eight of the festivals.

Austin, Texas country rockers UNCLE LUCIUS, whose song ‘Keep The Wolves Away’ appeared in Yellowstone. It’s the band’s first time here and they’ve just reunited to bring their great tunes to the live stage.

It’s been 20 or so years since BARB WATERS released Rosa Duet, so Barb will be playing songs from the album which is a tribute to the greatest duos of all time: Gram & Emmylou, Nancy & Lee, George & Tammy. Loads of local legend duet partners to be announced.

Melbourne country favourites JAMES ELLIS & THE JEALOUS GUYS will be two stepping all the way to Williamstown, polishing their cowboy boots for a rioting good time with the Out On The Weekend regulars.

HANA & JESSIE-LEE’S BAD HABITS return to the stage with their electric vocals and jangly guitars. THE SMITH & WESTERN JURY will draw punters in with their songs of heartache and happiness, sad and sunny cowgirl songs and our favourite cattle camp crooner WILLIAM ALEXANDER will trade his saddle for guitar this spring for a great return to country and western in the great wild west of Melbourne. To separate the sawdust on the dancefloor come honky tonk dancin’ and experience the fun-loving tunes of NO SLEEP TILL TEXAS.

BT of Love Police and curator of Out On The Weekend said: ‘I’m constantly warmed by the loving comments of Out On The Weekend regulars I see on the street or online. “Its our favourite day of the year” .“Best day ever” .“Been to every one”etc. I love it, they love it. At Love Police, we really are just turning our teenage dreams into colourful vibrations, and this one wears a cowboy hat if it wants to, and hangs out for a day of excellent good times with like minded folk.  The weather always does us great, and it’s that time in Melbourne post footy and pre summer where there ain’t that much to do. Out On The Weekend can more than fill that gap if you let it, and some. See ya there.’