Aussie Summer Festival Is Here & Hotter Than Hell


Ah, the great Australian summer. Blowflies, barbies, bushfires, backyard cricket, cyclones and, in 2018, one of the hottest tours to hit the country since Homebake, Livid and Big Day Out.

Hotter Than Hell was announced yesterday, and holy hell it is the festival of our nostalgic ’90s/’00s dreams: Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Killing Heidi, Grinspoon, The Superjesus, Thirsty Merc, Dallas Frasca, Frenzal Rhomb and Regurgitator have all been announced, with more acts to be confirmed for some locations.

The tour will bring some of the best rock acts through Queensland, Victoria and South Australia – for once a tour is skipping NSW, much to the chargrin of some fans.

Not all acts will perform at all shows – expect to see four to five headliners per location. Organisers have said: “The intention of Hotter Than Hell has been to bring back the nostalgic feel of some of your best festival memories similar to that of Homebake and Livid, but more importantly, bringing it to thriving areas that don’t get spoiled with great touring music usually”.

One of the best things about this tour, though, is the inclusion of female-fronted rock bands without even trying! We love that!

With early bird pre-sale tickets on sale for $65 from tomorrow (limited to 1000 tickets per show) it’s reminiscent of prices from 20 years ago, as well. General early bird tickets go on sale Wednesday 18th October.

Register your interest at the Hotter Than Hell web site.

To get you in the mood, check out part of Grinspoon’s set at Homebake in 1998:

Hotter Than Hell Tour 2018

Saturday 13 January – Kirwan Tavern, Townsville
Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Killing Heidi, The Superjesus, The Koffin Rockers

Saturday, 20 January – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone
Grinspoon, Jebediah, Killing Heidi, The Superjesus, The Koffin Rockers

Saturday, 27 January – Redland Bay Hotel, Brisbane
Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, The Superjesus, Thirsty Merc, Dallas Frasca

Saturday, 3 February – Coopers Ale House, Adelaide
Grinspoon, The Superjesus, 28 Days, Rackett

Saturday, 10 February – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich
Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Frenzal Rhomb, Rackett + More TBA

Saturday 10 February – York on Lilydale, Mt Evelyn
Grinspoon, Killing Heidi, The Superjesus, Dallas Frasca, IV League

Saturday 3 March – Gateway Hotel, Geelong
Grinspoon, Regurgitator, The Superjesus, Dallas Frasca, IV League