What do you get when a “big time” organizer shuns away a group of musicians because they see them as “nobodies”? Well, these nobodies have proven that they can bring together a music festival that people will like—and love—even without the support of big names.
This year marked the fifth year of the Nevermind The Warp’d Tour Festival which was held at Brisbane and continues its legacy of holding a successful and music-filled festival held by “nobodies”. So what Started the Nevermind The Warp’d Tour Festival?
In 2013, some Melbourne local bands approached the Warped Tour event organizer to consider adding some of them to the lineup of their tour, only to get a response of “Not a fucking chance, you’re nobodies”. Instead of getting discouraged with this arrogant response, these Australian bands decided to come together and held the first-ever Nevermind The Warp’d Tour Festival on December 7, 2013—the same day of the Warped Tour.
Since then, various Aussie punk bands come together every year in the first week of December to hold the annual Nevermind The Warp’d Tour Festival. What Happened in this year’s Never mind The Warp’d Tour Festival? In the fifth year of this Aussie music festival, punk rock bands have come together once again to show that nobodies are somebodies. More than 35 bands from all over Australia, including Japan’s Guitar Wolf, rocked Australia with success.
The first and only Brisbane Nevermind The Warp’d Tour Festival held at the New Globe Theater was a smashing victory, showing how local Aussie bands can truly rejuvenate the music scene with their own pieces.
What’s going to happen next?
While the groups behind the Nevermind The Warp’d Tour Festival say that this is their last Brisbane tour, we can only expect more to come in the future. Aussie bands, especially their fans, feel that this type of music festival must continue on for more years to come, not just because it has always been a success, but because it is a great venue for new and aspiring bands to come together.
This may be the first and last Brisbane tour, but the success of this music festival pose great hopes for the future such that it will be held in various locations across Australia.
The Nevermind Warp’d Tour Festival has proven that what other people consider as nobodies who can’t get enough audience, are actually much Australia. Every year, welcomed in fans look forward to seeing their favorite groups perform, including No Idea, Strawberry First Cake, Ferocious Chode, and Australian Kingswood Factory among others. Still, what makes this music festival a success is how new groups are always very much welcome to show what they can do in front of everybody.
We could only assume and hope that the success of the Nevermind The Warp’d Tour Festival would be kicking off even harder? What better place to show the greatness of the local punk rock Aussie bands than this place that holds music festivals from every genre?
Truly, the Nevermind The Warp’d Tour Festival local Aussie bands continue to show Australia, and the whole world, that even those considered “small” and “insignificant” by others can bring a smashing success, especially for the future of the Aussie punk rock scene. We think everything happens for a reason but it would be truly sad to see this event disappear. It is not only a matter of Aussie pride but principle also. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!