Hyper returns to Midland with an all-star Australian line-up

Published on: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Hyper, WA’s longest running and largest alcohol-free, all-ages music festival, will return to Midland in March with another stacked line-up of Australian talent.

The festival, scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2024, will feature headliners (A-Z) Pacific Avenue, Sly Withers, Sycco, Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers, and Ūla.

The headliners will perform alongside local acts South Summit, Joan and The Giants, Coco Elise, Elianie, Teenage Vertigo, Lachy John and the Red Bellies, Blue Lighthouse and Rosalie Chilvers.

Hyper is unique – a program curated and completely organised by a team of young people who volunteer their time across the year to receive mentorship and learn how to organise a music festival by doing it.

The result is one of WA’s longest running festivals, an institution known for its finger-on-the-pulse programming, inclusivity and community spirit.

This year’s sell-out event featured Thelma Plum, King Stingray, Teenage Dads and Old Mervs, and previous line-ups have included the likes of Spacey Jane, Amy Shark, San Cisco, Stella Donnelly, Camp Cope and Ball Park Music.

The 2024 line-up will showcase the next round of incredible rising talent in Australia, with ARIA Top 10 albums, triple j Hottest 100 appearances and many more hallmarks of success littered throughout the day’s programming.

In addition to the music, attendees can also enjoy gourmet food vans, free 18-hole adventure golf, games, merchandise and a signing tent for all of their favourite artists.

NSW South Coast rockers Pacific Avenue released their debut album Flowers this year, and it’s already left an indelible mark on the music industry, debuting at No.1 on the Australian album charts and earning the band two ARIA nominations. Since their beginnings in Gerrigong, Pacific Avenue's trajectory has been steep, with their acclaimed single Easy Love setting the stage for their ascent and leading to sold-out headline tours and prestigious festival bookings across the country. 

From high school hopefuls to festival main-stagers, Perth’s Sly Withers are the Western Australian embodiment of hard work paying off and dreams coming true. Their emotive, weighted brand of big-swinging alt-rock has seen them play to sold-out audiences across the country, ranging from sweaty rock club headliners of their own to arena support slots with Amy Shark, and Tones and I.

The ascent of Sycco (pronounced sigh-co) – 22-year-old First Nations artist/writer/producer Sash McLeod – only started in 2020, but her pop-driven, psych-infused, dance-inducing brand of electronica has already won her fans near and far. Following the release of a string of successful singles including Dribble, and Ripple with Flume, Sycco’s trippy bops have landed her in the pages of Vogue Australia, NME, Billboard, Paper, Cool Hunting, Nylon, Paste, Ones To Watch, and triple j, among others. She has amassed more than 40 million streams – and counting. 

The music of Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers is a pure balance of emotion and conscious observations of the world around them. Punk-rock music packed with heart and wit – it’s this combination of energy and musicianship that has made Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers one of Australia’s most exciting set of voices.

Ūla’s musical “bubblegum grunge” aesthetic, complimented by her vibrant persona and visually hypnotising ode to Y2K fashion is truly unique and with more than 1.5M engaged followers, her fans tend to agree. Her unashamedly individual attitude exudes empowerment for her Gen Z peers, but with the curveball of being born and raised in Sydney, on a diet of 80’s rock (with a side serving of traditional Lithuanian folk music), Ūla’s target audience has no limits.

Tanya Richardson, City of Swan Mayor, said the longevity of Hyper showed that young people should not be underestimated.

“The incredible thing about Hyper is that an event of this scale is put together by a team of young volunteers every year. These are the people who know the Australian music scene best and the success of this event is a testament to their hard work,” Mayor Richardson said.

“We are very proud to support the Hyper team and the local artists who will give crowds another unforgettable day in the heart of our City.”

Tickets to the event are only $35 – or $30 each in a package of four. They are on sale now and are expected to sell out quickly.

Hyper will be held at the LoCale event space and Weeip Park in the New Junction precinct, at the corner of Cale Street and The Crescent in Midland.

Presented by the City of Swan and supported by triple j and Edith Cowan University, Hyper is an all-ages event that is drug, smoke and alcohol-free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For more information, check out www.hyperfest.com.au or www.facebook.com/HyperFestival.

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