Thrashville Announces First Four Acts

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Thrashville Announces First Four Acts

As public gathering restrictions begin to ease around the country, Dashville is excited to be able to share some forward movement with the announcement of the first four acts for heavy music event Thrashville, an event destined to be held 13th February 2021.

After taking a year off in 2019, Thrashville was set to make its return as a ‘slightly heavier’ music festival in September 2020 but due to the pandemic, it suffered the same fate as all of Dashville’s festivals and was postponed to 2021.

Since the festival’s inception in 2017, Thrashville has proven to be a valuable outlet in a very sparse and challenging ‘heavy’ live music landscape, with the event proving to be one of the few grassroots outdoor heavy music festivals in existence.

Given its rarity and strong interest from heavy music fans across regional NSW, organisers are eager to ensure punters that we have full intention of the festival going ahead in 2021 in whatever form is achievable.

Ahead of further artist announcements, please welcome four hand-picked acts for Thrashville in 2021.

Astrodeath are a duo born in 2018 as the heavy-hitting, sludge-grunge brainchild of Timmy Lancken (guitar and vocals) and Yoshi Hausler (drums). Their self-titled debut album is a concoction of tormented vocals, heavy slabs of evil riffage and titanic drums that will slap you right across the head.

Featuring a litany of incredible 80’s metal rock riffage and a light show to expel the retinas out the back of your head, the renaissance of Rock and Roll is here when Battlesnake annihilate a stage near you.

SCABZ are a driving force behind Australia’s punk scene, serving up direct and unapologetic protest in songs like ‘Feel Good Summer’, next to tales of drunken nights out with Australian Fast Bowler Brett Lee with ease. SCABZ are closing in on a full, reckless and energetic sound that no other act in Australia can match.

PurEnvy hail from the steel city of Newcastle, NSW. Fusing elements of thrash metal with harmonies reminiscent of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, PurEnvy have been perfecting their craft for many years, appealing to a wide range of heavy music fans, and attracting a loyal following along the way.

Thrashville at Dashville
Lower Belford, Hunter Valley

Why are only four acts being announced?

Only four acts will be announced today, as this is the legal limit of how many acts can play on any given day, according to the current NSW government restrictions on the live music industry.

Worst case scenario is if restrictions on the music industry fail to ease by late January 2021, then Thrashville will expand to become a multi-day event, with four more acts being announced for an additional Friday night concert.

Best case scenario is the NSW government ease the unfair restrictions imposed exclusively on the live music industry and we can host a COVID safe festival as intended.

They amend the definitions within the Music Festivals Act (which was an act that was invented due to drug related issues, not a pandemic) and recognise that the duration of live music does not increase the risk of COVID and they revoke the limit of 4 acts per day ‘concert’ limitation.

Dashville is dedicated to the survival and growth of live music in the community. As a live music venue, will not reduce the amount of strum time for artists, or the pump time for the fans – particularly when it is clear that performing on stage, does not compromise the safety of the public in regards to COVID pandemic.

“How is it that a million people can congregate around Inner-city Sydney to watch a fireworks display? Or 40,000 people can attend a football match, or 5000 people that can attend a regional showground for a community fair, but you can’t have more than 4 acts or 5hrs of live music in an outdoor venue? The exclusive restrictions on the music industry are untenable” says Dashville promoter Matt Johnston.

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