|Sunday 02 July 2017 @ 02:00pm : -
Formidable Vegetable Sound System
Possibly the only band in the world promoting permaculture principles, frugal hedonism and the joys of climate change adaptation through dance music, Western Australia’s Formidable Vegetable Sound System are the world’s most unique experiment in ‘ecological electroswing’. With high-energy live shows consisting of glitchy bass-beets, swingin-ukulele chops, violin shredding and hyperactive horn playing, this act has only one goal: to pound simple solutions for sustainability deep into your consciousness in the funkiest way possible!
Having made it into every corner of the globe over the past four years from Glastonbury Festival to the headquarters of the United Nations, Formidable Vegetable Sound System is paving the way with a special brand of musical activism towards simple solutions to some of the worlds’ biggest problems and are rapidly becoming a favourite on the Australian and international festival circuits, having played at Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland), Rainbow Serpent (Victoria), BOOM Festival (Portugal), Shambhala (Canada), Symbiosis (USA), Boomtown Fair (UK) plus many more alongside acts such as Fat Freddy’s Drop, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Thom Yorke and The Rolling Stones.
Realising that music is one of the best tools for bringing about cultural change, Formidable Vegetable Sound System frontman, Charlie Mgee has dedicated his musical mission to composing swingin’ tunes on a ukulele about plants, peak-oil and permaculture – among other things – with the intention of inspiring folks to create the kind of sustainable world they want to live in, starting with their own front yards.
Joining him in the band is Mal Webb on slide trumpet & trombone, Kylie Morrigan on violin, Tim Bennett on drums and DJ Winx on the beets.
In a world gone mad, there’s one thing you can do to improve the party: Lettuce Turnip the Rad-ish Beets and Rocket!
"You don’t have to be a greenie to love this" ~ Sydney Morning Herald
"Fantastic music… singing about the important issues of our time" ~ The United Nations
"F#@$%ng FANTASTIC!!!" ~ Glastonbury Festival
"Becoming one of the most important voices in a global cultural movement" ~ Harry Angus, The Cat Empire
"Formidable Vegetable Sound System connect the creativity of nature with the creativity of music" ~ Vandana Shiva
"So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still" ~ Sydney Morning Herald
"A World first" ~ Robbie Buck, ABC Radio National
"Brilliant!" ~ Jo Goode, BBC Radio London
"Eternally fresh and crisp – never a droopy gig played!" ~ Woodford Folk Festival
"Zany as hell and pretty much to the point" ~ The AU Review
"My favourite permaculture educators of all time!" ~ Earth Garden Magazine