March 26, 2024

Ocean Alley, Ball Park Music

Psychedelic surf-rockers Ocean Alley are set to headline the Here Comes the Sun Festival at the Torquay Common next weekend.

Over the past decade, the band has played to sell-out crowds across Australia, as well as North America, Europe and the UK, and in 2018 their track “Confidence” – now certified platinum – took out Triple J’s Hottest 100.

Heading into its fifth year, Here Comes the Sun has become a Western Australian institution known for its laid-back coastal vibe and epic lineups.

Next weekend’s Torquay edition marks the first time the festival has come to Victoria.

Ocean Alley guitarist Mitch Galbraith said it felt “pretty special” to be headlining the event’s Victorian debut.

“We’re stoked. We’ve played in Torquay before at the Torquay Hotel and, of course, we did [Falls Festival when it was] down in Lorne.

“It’s a beautiful part of the world, so pretty stoked to get back there.” He said audiences could expect a “sick light show” and “the usual good times”.

The band – comprising Galbraith, Baden Donegal (vocals, guitar), Angus Goodwin (lead guitar), Lachlan Galbraith (keyboard, vocals), Nic Blom (bass) and Tom O’Brien (drums) – will play tunes from their most recent album Low Altitude Living, along with some old favourites.

Galbraith said audiences on Victoria’s Surf Coast “share a similar ethos” with the band’s members, who hail from the Northern Beaches in New South Wales and cite a love of the ocean as their biggest inspiration.

“We’ve got people who grew up near the beach, who love to go surfing and love the outdoors, love nature."

Read full Surf Coast Times story here.

Image credit: The event marks the first time the festival has come to Victoria. Photo: HERE COMES THE SUN

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