Golden Plains 2023 sells out, festival line-up expands

Some good news for ticketholders: Mo'Ju, DJ Kiti and Exek have joined the bill for the festival's return next year

Victorian festival Golden Plains will return in March 2023, after two years of cancellations, with a line-up led by Bikini Kill, Four Tet, Carly Rae Jepsen and Angel Olsen.

Other names on the lineup of Golden Plains’ 15th edition are Saharan rocker Mdou Moctar, Melbourne indie rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, LA-based R&B singer Rochelle Jordan and Perth art rock quintet Methyl Ethel.

After tickets first went on sale last month through the festival’s ballot system, allocation has since been exhausted. Fans who missed out cans sign up for the ticket waitlist here. The festival selling out hasn’t stopped organisers from adding new acts to the bill, however, with Mo’Ju, DJ Kiti and Exek all joining the line-up.

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Golden Plains 2023 will mark the festival’s first edition after the coronavirus pandemic. In late 2020, its organisers Aunty Meredith announced that it would not be organising a 2021 edition due to public health concerns, highlighting in a statement that “one more spin around the sun should do the trick”.

In November 2021, the organisers again announced the festival would not go ahead in 2022, though it stated that Golden Plains’ sister festival – Meredith Music Festival – would continue in December 2022 as planned. The latter festival is scheduled to take place as its 30th iteration between December 9 and 11, and boasts an extensive lineup including Caribou, Yothu Yindi, Courtney Barnett, Dry Cleaning, Sharon Van Etten, Tkay Maidza, Tasman Keith, and more.

Golden Plains’ last edition took place in 2020, days before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and relevant restrictions took effect. It featured Pixies, Hot Chip, Stereolab, Sampa The Great and more.

The lineup for Golden Plains 2023 is:

Bikini Kill
Four Tet
Carly Rae Jepsen
Mdou Moctar
Soul II Soul
Angel Olsen
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Brian Jackson
Overmono (live set)
Earthless
Rochelle Jordan
Methyl Ethel
Kokoroko
Andrew Gurruwiwi Band
Stiff Richards
Armand Hammer
Soichi Terada
Jennifer Loveless
Mo’Ju
Rick Wilhite
Freya Josephine Hollick
E Fishpool
Mulalo
Delivery
DJ Kiti
EXEK

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