Karnivool, 360, Anti-Flag For Pyramid Rock Festival

7 August 2012 | 4:46 pm | Celline Narinli

360, Anti-Flag, Karnivool, Xavier Rudd, Urthboy and more...

Pyramid Rock Festival has today announced the first bunch of acts for the New Years weekend, to be held at Victoria's Phillip Island. Lead by 360, Xavier Rudd, Anti-Flag and Karnivool, the line-up boasts an array of local and international acts.

The complete first announcement features:

All The Colours
Blood Red Shoes
Children Collide
Closure In Moscow
Dead Letter Circus
Doctor Werewolf
Dream On Dreamer
Friendly Fires
(DJ Set)
Hands Like Houses
House Vs Hurricane
Luke Million
Slow Magic
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Xavier Rudd

Now in its ninth year, head along for all the celebrations. Pyramid Rock Festival runs from Saturday 29 December 2012 - Tuesday 1 January 2013. Two day and three day passes will go on sale at 9am AEST on Tuesday 4 September via the Pyramid Rock Festival's official website.

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Multi-instrumentalist/roots artist Xavier Rudd released his seventh studio album, Spirit Bird, earlier this year in May. Renowned for his live performances (especially in the festival environment) Rudd will be playing at the New Years festival this year. The 34-year-old artist touches upon topics that are close to his heart, including environmentalism and Aboriginal peoples' rights via his music. He came in to theMusic HQ earlier this year for a very special, acoustic performance of a single from his latest record, My Own Eyes.


American punk rock outfit, Anti-Flag, were last in the country in June and will now return to Australia at the end of this year. Known for their left-wing political views embedded in the themes of their music, their latest offering, The General Strike, was seen as a celebration of "the new vision" brought on by the Occupy movements, which the four-piece were heavily inspired by. See what other enlightening political views they have to share at Pyramid Rock.


After a short hiatus, Perth boys Karnivool made a stellar return to the music scene this year with a mammoth tour dubbed Melodias Frescas. The five-piece have played much of their new material whilst making the rounds across Australia, but no news yet of a forthcoming record. Only time will tell! Catch them playing the old hits along with possibly new, unheard material this New Years Eve.


Melbourne prog-rockers will be hitting up Pyramid Rock Festival this year to showcase their unique brand of heavy rock. Having supported My Chemical Romance in January this year, they've honed their live craft immensely and are set to start 2013 with a bang.


After drummer Ryan Caeser left the band this year in February, Children Collide continued as a two-piece and have proved to be stronger than ever. Following a bit of a shuffle and one less band mate, their latest offering, Monument, hit the charts and airwaves across Australia - along with their massive national tour which accompanied the release.


With a new record scheduled for an October release, Urthboy (aka Tim Levinson) will be unleashing new material along with some of those older favourites. Levinson, who first surfaced as a member of Aussie hip hop outfit The Herd, already has three solo albums under his belt and is a co-founder of Elefant Traks. He's a force not to be reckoned with! Watch him perform at New Years. Here's the video for his new single Naïve Bravado featuring Daniel Merriweather for a taste of what is yet to come from Levinson.


360 (aka Matt Colwell) will be capping off a huge year with his appearance at Pyramid Rock. The Aussie hip hop artist has been a festival favourite this year, also recently playing at the triple j One Night Stand. His 2011 release Falling & Flying proved to be a huge success.


Australian/New Zealand indie rock band will be heading to Pyramid Rock this year. Dubbed as a 'Band To Watch' by popular music site, Stereogum in 2011, the band has only gone from strength to strength following the release of their debut self-titled record in that same year.


Stonefield - the four sisters who are rocking out like they are still living in the '70s - will be making an appearance at New Years this year at Pyramid Rock. After garnering much attention and success via their triple j Unearthed High win under the name Iotah, they released an EP Through The Clover and even played Glastonbury Festival in the UK in 2011.


After winning the triple j Unearthed slot for the Splendour In The Grass festival earlier this year, Kingswood are hot on everybody's lips. Comparisons have been made to Queens Of The Stone Age and more, check them out for yourself, the four-piece will be at Pyramid Rock come December!