The Veronicas, Short Stack, The Getaway Plan and more to play inaugural Our First Kiss festival

The line-up is rounded out with Dream On Dreamer and Closure In Moscow

Destroy All Lines and the Wonder Group have announced the inaugural edition of Our First Kiss, a new Melbourne-based festival described as “the ultimate emo throwback party”, with a five-act bill topped by The Veronicas, Short Stack and The Getaway Plan.

Rounded out by Dream On Dreamer and Closure In Moscow, the event will go down on Saturday May 7 at the Port Melbourne Industrial Centre For The Arts. Tickets will go on sale here at 9am next Tuesday (April 5), with an “early bird” presale – which also sports a $10 discount – running here from the same time this Friday (April 1). To gain access, punters will need to sign up for the festival’s email newsletter.

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Our First Kiss comes as the latest in a series of Destroy All Lines’ festivals aimed at the punk, emo and alternative crowds – just last weekend, Melbourne hosted the inaugural Full Tilt festival, with a second edition teased for this July. They’ll bring the first-ever Monolith festival to the city – as well as Brisbane, Sydney and Perth – this August, while this year’s edition of Good Things is also due to be announced in the coming weeks.

Though its nostalgic edge is a primary selling point for Our First Kiss, over half of the acts playing it are in the midst of new album cycles. The Veronicas released two full-length efforts last year – ‘Godzilla’ in May and ‘Human’ in June – with Short Stack’s fourth LP, ‘Maybe There’s No Heaven’, is due out next Friday (April 8)

Closure In Moscow have a new record imminent, too, as the band near completion on the follow-up to their 2014 album ‘Pink Lemonade’. Dream On Dreamer released their final album, ‘What If I Told You It Doesn’t Get Better’, in April of 2020 – the band announced their breakup shortly before its release, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve extended their ever-growing farewell tour into a third year.

Short Stack’s new record was recently highlighted by NME as one of the best upcoming Australian releases, writing: “For their second shot at a comeback, Short Stack have crafted a boldly defiant, kaleidoscopic exploration into pop and rock. 

“It wields an ambitious sonic palette, these 11 cuts spanning everything from glitch-tinged balladry that tugs at the heartstrings (‘Love You Like I Used To’) to explosive rock anthems primed for the mosh pit (‘Burn You Down’).”

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