With Nk-Riot, Automatic Knives, Los Glifos, Dream Clinic, Music Mammal, Alé, The Swords of Fatima, Band de Bloom, Pocket Rockets, Creatures Choir, Bastidas! and others.
Presented by MiddleGround Gallery, the debut of the Yass! Music & Arts Festival features three stages overflowing with music, DJs and poets. It’s part of a large group art exhibition that includes work by local artists such as Marcel DeJure and Patricia Alvarado, as well as Pablo Damas, Carissa Louise Martin and others who will paint live onstage. Almost two dozen bands are on the bill, ranging from the crazed and unrestrained psychedelic Latin-punk explosions of Bastidas! to the strangely mesmerizing interplay of The Swords of Fatima, a local duo with former Popdefect drummer Nick Scott’s alt-rock and surf beats anchoring Buko Pan Guerra’s febrile vocals and blurry layers of guitar. Nk-Riot’s pulsating waves of electronics collide with Peg Leg Love’s goth-tinged punk. The musical lineup also encompasses Los Glifos, Alé, Creatures Choir, Pocket Rockets and DJ Ghetto Funk.