11 Acts That Could Play Listen Out 2015

Written By Sam Murphy on 06/15/2015


Australia's boutique touring festival Listen Out is set to return in 2015 after two massive years. In 2013, its inaugural event was headlined by Disclosure and last year they brought Flume back home for his only shows in Australia in 2014. The lineup is set to drop Tuesday 16 June from midday and with no leaks so far it's going to be a (hopefully) great surprise. Here's a few acts that we reckon might be heading our way for the festival.


This British duo headlined the festival's first ever event in 2013 and since then they have been back twice more. Disclosure obviously love Australia and with a new record on the way it seems only natural that they would return to their old stomping grounds. Unfortunately the festival clashes with Austin City Limits at the beginning of October, meaning they would have to do some really tricky manoeuvring in order to play both. But technically they could play the final day of Listen Out in Brisbane and be in the US for the final day of ACL in the nick of time.

Hudson Mohawke

HudMo was here at the beginning of the year but way back then we had no idea he was about to drop a full-length album. That record, Lanterns, came out at the end of last week and is just screaming to be played to a festival audience. With an emphasis on interesting but accessible dance music Listen Out seems like the perfect setting for Mohawke to unleash his euphoric, pulsating music. His schedule says yes and so do we, so let's make it happen. He's also well acquainted with the festival as he's played before with Lunice as TNGHT.

EDIT: Well that was short-lived. He's just confirmed he's playing Laneway.

Jamie xx

Jamie xx was also here at the start of the year for Falls Festival but at that stage, he hadn't released his brilliant debut album In Colour and Australia deserves the chance to celebrate that release with him. He has a suspicious Listen Out-sized gap between his European and US tour which would give him plenty of time to play a few shows and enjoy the sights for a week or two. The only issue is if he is up for another Australian visit so soon after his last. But, then again, he played Laneway in 2014 and came back at the end of that year.

Hot Chip

They're a little more established than the usual acts that Listen Out books but they fit the genre-mould perfectly. Hot Chip have just released their latest LP Why Make Sense? and are begging for an Australian festival to show it off at. There is a gap in their schedule that says they would be able to come down-under but maybe it's just the time that most artists take a mini-break. Who knows?


Australia has already had the chance to sing-put ILoveMakonnen's mega-hit Tuesday with Drake when he toured with Future Music but we need the chance to tip our hats to the original artist. This US newcomer has been treading a perfect line between straight-up hip-hop and electronic styles so he'd be a perfect fit for Listen Out. The only problem is whether or not there is enough demand for him or not. There's also no Listen Out events scheduled for a Tuesday so that might pose a problem.

Ryan Hemsworth

It's been a while since we've seen Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth tour the country. Since he was here last, he's released his sophomore album Alone For The First Time and churned out gold with his Soundcloud label Secret Sounds. He's a sure-fire winner for the festival and one that's very well acquainted with the Australian dance-music fan. His schedule shows he's got nothing better to do so why not come to us?


This enigmatic British producer was in the country in December last year for a few shows but a major touring festival would be the best place to introduce his brand of saccharine electronica to a wider-audience. Booking SOPHIE would be a really interesting choice for Listen Out and one that shows that they're willing to push the boundaries a little. SOPHIE is booked to play in France on the first date of Listen Out but surely we could come to some kind of agreement?

George Maple

Like Chet Faker was when Listen Out booked him last year, George Maple is Future Classic's big push at the moment. She's proved herself with a run of stellar dates around the country earlier this year and has more than enough material now to entertain with a classy afternoon set. Australia is in need of a pop queen with a foot in the dance world and Maple is ready to fill that slot. She's a no brainer if Listen Out are looking for the best Australian talent.


Hermitude look set to be the Aussies that turn up on every festival bill this year. There's a reason for that too. They are a sure-fire winner when it comes to pleasing crowds and with a new album just released, they've got plenty of new material to keep things exciting. They fit the aesthetic of Listen Out to a tee and would easily pack out the mainstage, book-ended by international acts.


If Listen Out are really looking to please us, they will book Timbaland's latest protégé Tink. Her single Ratchet Commandments has been doing the rounds at triple j and would surely gain more momentum if she had an Australian tour on the horizon. If her Fader Fort set at SXSW showed anything it's that she's a fierce, relentless performer and she'd bring it to the stage down-under. Her schedule looks to be pretty free - it just depends if she's too busy wrapping up that debut album of hers.


Australia fell in love with these Brits when they released their debut album Home in 2013. Rudimental are going to drop their sophomore LP We The Generation in September and Listen Out would be the perfect place to unleash it upon an Australian audience. As I write this they're tearing up the Bonnaroo stage. There's no doubt that they know how to work a festival stage and they may even make an appropriate Listen Out headliner.

Ten Walls

Only kidding. Mardi Gras 2016 would've snapped him up long ago.