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Want free entry to the After Party?

Head to our Facebook page and scroll to Jan 19 and the post about the AAA passes competition, #BackstageBandits

Tell us what you LOVE about Vibes in the comments section & the 2 Access All Areas passes could be yours, as well as entry into the After Party @ Picnic Social / Harpoon Harry. Easy. Peasy. Lemon. Squeezy.

You & a mate can hang our with your favourite artists, use any of the VIP facilities, retreat from the crowds, eat some nosh, grab a couple of coldies, and chill out like a boss all day with the coveted AAA lanyard.

Then sashay back to the after party like a rockstar with your Vibes entourage. (more info on the After Party @ Harpoon Harry to come – stay tuned)

What are you waiting for? Get typing!

The Vibes Crew will judge the winning answer.
If at any point on the day you act like a nob, your pass will be revoked and no free entry to the party for you nobby mcnobster.
You’ll already have to be attending the event; this is an upgrade on existing tickets.

Bondi Set Times


Lucky you! Here’s the set list for your to save in your phones prior to the event, so you know where to head and where to vie for position to see your favourite artists at Vibes 2016. Feel free to share this with your mates.

As you can see the lineup is jam packed with sonic goodness for you and yours and now there’s no reasons for you to miss out on your faves.

The CURATOR SERIES artists from Sweat It Out and Katalyst Sound Systems will have more flexible times around their performance schedules as they’ll be playing to a Sound System style format and each jumping into each others sets. Funkdafied artists will be playing an hour per artist.


The Curator Series

It’s a brand spanking new platform where Sweat It Out! Sound System, Katalyst Sound System and Funkdafield will showcase a new wave of performers directly to you.

“Since its inception in 1994, Vibes has always had an ear for showcasing what’s new and what’s next and 2016 will be no exception,” said the all-dayer’s promoter Joe Conneely.

The Curator Series is a freshly minted platform on which some of Australia’s most prolific and well-established music stylists, labels and producers can deliver their selection of artists representing the sounds of the future.

Returning to its spiritual home at Bondi Pavilion on January 24th, Conneely says the expansive line up across four arenas will be, “the perfect soundtrack to a Summer’s day on Bondi Beach.”

Sweat It Out! Sound System– ‘The Courtyard’

With a line-up that Conneely says will “Introduce a whole new crowd to Vibes at Bondi,” The Sweat It Out label boss is a natural choice for an inaugural curatorship as releasing, publishing and touring great music is what the label does best. Heading up the Sweat It Out! Sound System is the outstanding Yolanda Be Cool, and the inimitable Juan Dü Sol.

The full heat from the Sweat Sound System in ‘alphasweatical’ order: Danny T, Frames, Go Freek, Jad & The Ladyboy, Juan Dü Sol, Mickey Kojak, Plastic Plates, Playmode, Polographia and Yolanda Be Cool.

Katalyst Sound System – ‘The Seagull Room’

Ashley Anderson of Katalyst is unquestionably one of the most prolific, collaborative and hard to define genre hopping label operators in the country today and he’s just too damn good not to give a curatorship to.

His posse on the day will be made up of Leeroy Brown, Natalie Slade (Yum Yum), Mister Clean and the champion sound that is the Inner West Reggae Disco Machine. And he’ll be dropping a ton of exclusives from his upcoming Stones Throw project, Quakers 2, Space Invadas, Guilty Simpson and his new beat project SUPA K.

Funkdafied – ‘The Balcony’

Nobody in Australia does what Funkdafied does as well as Funkdafied does it. If you like your groove purist, deeply funky, rare, classy, and of the vinyl persuasion, then you’re already in love with Funkdafied’s showcase.

The all-star cast includes JC, Eddie Mac, Paris Groovescooter, Graham Mandroules, Russ Dewbury (UK), DJ Hudge (UK), MC Mirrah Reflects, Krystal Diola, The Groove Merchant and Cool Hand Luke in an uncompromising ensemble of musical goodness and badass beats.

Check out the Vibes website for the full artist line up and stay tuned for more artists to be announced.

Jazzie B, Sound Systems & The Vibe

Whether as a precursor to the Summer Of Love or a sign of the times, there was certainly a change in the air in the late 80s that spawned the phenomenon that we know as dance music culture.

One where we looked after each other, looked out for each other, and shared the experience openly with each other.

Jazzie B shares his memories from his Soul II Soul days when he first noticed a change in mentality in the UK’s sound system scene.

“It was so rammed in there … that I asked the people inside who’d were already paid their money if they’d mind leaving early so that the people outside could come in. And they fucking did it.”

Check out this short video for a little reminder on what dance music culture was always about.

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Second Line Up Released

Original London rude boy via Jah Wobble, Bomb The Bass, Grand Central Records and most recently Berlin, we give you the original London rude boy and DnB pioneer Spikey Tee, joining fellow countryman via NZ, the B-Boy Championships’ resident and Glasto legend DJ Hudge.

Australia’s answer to just about any musical question, multi-award winning, serial collaborist, DJ & producer Katalyst, along with Funkdafied and the 45 Sessions supremo Mr John Cawley aka JC.

And it is with utmost humility, respect and tooth-itching excitement we give you four of the most accomplished and respected instigators of the Australian dance music scene, flying in from all over the shop for Vibes On A Summer’s Day, DJ’s Sugar Ray, Phil Smart, Simon Caldwell and Crucial D. Take a bow gentlemen.

The artist released today complement an already a stellar line-up that promoters  confirmed in October would  include  Jazzie B, Faze Action, Kylie Auldist, DJ Packer, Russ Dewbury and Beat Spacek as headliners for January’s Vibes on a Summer’s Day all-dayer at Bondi Pavillion. Further announcements will be made in due course.

Due to popular demand, Vibes on a Summer’s Day returns after a 13-year hiatus on Sunday, January 24th 2016. The event will take place at the all-dayer’s spiritual home, the iconic Bondi Pavilion.

Have a romp around Vibes’ new website for more on all these artists, and we’ll see you on the dancefloor. Love, The Vibes Crew x

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The Visual Vibe

Artwork design has always played an integral part to Vibes On A Summers Day. Over the years we’ve engaged some of the country’s most talented and innovative graphic artists, and we continue this tradition in 2016 with the one and only bearded bard, Mulga. 

Our designs brief to the artists are always simple: Bring to life the look and feel of summer in Australia – We provide the artists with music and let them do the rest!
Joe Conneely, Promoter


Mulga is Joel Moore, a man with unique style and inspiration. He creates unforgettable artworks of the things he loves to draw; bearded characters, gorillas, lions and magical creatures with laser beam eyes. Originally Mulga worked in economics and finance, until he realised that making art is more fun.

Ben Brown

Ben & Vibes was a marriage made in heaven. Ben’s artwork was synonymous with Vibes and was an essential part of the Vibes aesthetic for over seven years. Ben Brown is quite simply a creative genius whose enthusiasm and output knows no bounds. In addition to doing the Vibes on a Summers Day artwork, Ben was also responsible for the one-off Vibes on a Tropical Day designs in 1999 held in Far North Queensland at the Tanks Art Centre. In addition, Ben was also in charge of the original designs for Good Vibrations club nights that was run at Slip Inn in Sydney and created by the Vibes crew.

Jeff Raglus

The first two Vibes poster designs where created by Mambo’s own Jeff Raglus, who has exhibited extensively throughout Australia. The first iconic Vibes poster was even exhibited at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra as part of the Mambo retrospective.  Jeff’s band the Feelin’ Groovies also played the very first Vibes On A Summers Day in Melbourne in 1994.


Jeremy provided us with his own unique take on our design in 1996. Shown as part of an exhibition in Japan, his Vibes design was also replicated in one of the most iconic Vibes promo vehicles in Adelaide, when a VW Combie was covered all over with his artwork for what was considered the best Vibes location in Adelaide, Semaphore Beach. Jeremy’s design can also be found on the first Vibes CD, which became an essential purchase for all music heads.

Joe Ferrara – Art Director

Overseeing all this work during this period was one person that many consider to be one of  the most humble men in the music/art world, Joe Ferrara. Joe’s work has been seen all over Australia in many publications, but special mention should be made of his work as Art Director for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1990’s. In addition, Ferrara was an integral member of the Vibes team whose designed flyers, booklets, posters, ads and CDs artwork that are to numerous to mention and too important not to acknowledge.