Category: Music & Tours

2017 World Tour: USA-UK-EU Grow Do It Launch

From May to July, we’re off on our fourth (or is it fifth?) World Tour, launching our new album, Grow Do It – which is taking us from beaches of The Kingdom of Hawai’i to the glacial mountains of Iceland (including a bonus solo stint with Charlie Mgee in the Autonomous States of America!) not to mention our third appearance back at the world-famous, Glastonbury Festival in the UK (alongside Radiohead!)

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In the UK, we’ll be joined by the ineffable Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan and on top of Glastonbury, we’ll be playing at some other fantastic festivals such as the Green Festivals in the US, Seed Festival in Stroud, Free Harmony Festival in Bristol, Compost Festival in Malta and the Nordic Permaculture Festival in Iceland, so do check them out and grab your tickets before they sell out!

On top of that, we’ll be playing at a stack of venues (listed here on our gigs page) so do tell your mates, invite your mum, bring some veggies to munch on and we’ll hopefully see you soon!

(It’s the last time Formidable Veg will be touring for the foreseeable future, as Charlie is going back to uni to study teaching, so do make sure to come and say hi!)

Formidable Veg are heading back to Glastonbury

It’s official! Your favourite purveyors of climate-change dubstep, perma-funk, post-apocalypso & peak-oil polka are heading back for their third year playing at the biggest music festival in the world: Glastobury!

Here’s an acoustic number they rattled off in the back of a taxi at Glasto 2014:


New Single ‘Dad’s Dunny’ out on Valentine’s Day

Here’s something different! Our new song ‘Dad’s Dunny’ dedicated to composting toilets and humanure (‘dunny‘ means toilet to those not familiar with Aussie-slang). It’s out on Bandcamp this Feb 14. In the meantime, check out the heaps-fun music video we made with Karl Wilson while we were in Tassie this summer (made possible by all of our wonderful patrons on Patreon)!

 

Dad’s Dunny is a brave, yet lighthearted jaunt into the world of backyard composting toilets. In a time where water scarcity is such a huge issue we believe that flushing clean drinking water down the toilet is one of the dumbest things you can do.  Composting our own ‘humanure’ not only offers a solution to the water crisis, but also provides valuable nutrients to our gardens if done safely. Download it for just $1 this Valentines Day – for the love of POO!

Tribute to Bill Mollison (1928-2016) – Father of Permaculture

Bill Mollison, co-founder and ‘father’ of permaculture died peacefully in Tasmania on the 24th of September. A few weeks before he died, his daughter Frances got in touch and said that he’d been listening to Formidable Vegetable Sound System and enjoyed it thoroughly. Since he was a fan of my music in his last weeks, I thought his passing deserved a special tribute. Most of the lyrics are Bill’s own quotes – being, in my opinion one of the most quotable humans to have lived. The title of the song came from a scene in the TV series, Global Gardener, where Bill was talking about the roots of a certain species of tree being able to catch and eat nematodes in the soil, at which point he turned the the camera and said with a grin, “They’ll eat you in the end”.

Share and enjoy.

Love, Charlie.

Grow Do It Album Launch Tour

It’s happening, people! Formidable Vegetable Sound System’s second proper album, Grow Do It is hitting music stores and hopefully your ears today. It’s a kids’ album with a difference. Have a listen now if you feel like a happy dance!

To celebrate, we’re embarking upon our 100% veggie-oil powered National Album Launch Tour, which will be taking us everywhere from Daylesford to Perth via Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and a whole load more exciting places.

For the full list of dates and to get your hands on tickets, head to: www.formidablevegetable.com.au/gigs

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(Note for people in QLD, NT and the rest of the World: I am sincerely sorry we can’t make it to you for a show at this particular time, but since 2016 is my no-fly year, everywhere we go must be within reach of my veggie-oil powered van, Norbit and some places are just too far away. But we will make it up to you!)

Also, excitingly, our long-time compadre and loopy horn-playing nerdburger, Mal Webb will also be launching his new album ‘Not Nor Mal’ at the same time! So it’s super-double-album-launch-happy-funtimes all round! Check out his crankin’ new tunes below:

 

GROW DO IT / NOT NOR MAL AUSTRALIAN ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

Sept 2016 Show Dates:

FRI 2 SEPT | DAYLESFORD TOWN HALL, VIC | ALL AGES 
TIX: http://bit.ly/FVSSDaylesford

SAT 3 SEPT | THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE, VIC | ALL AGES 
TIX: bit.ly/theatreroyalcastlemaine

FRI 9 SEPT | CAMELOT, MARRICKVILLE, NSW | ALL AGES
TIX: stickytickets.com.au/40535

SAT 10 SEPT | CANBERRA MUSICIANS CLUB, ACT | ALL AGES 
TIX: http://canberramusiciansclub.org.au/

SUN 11 SEPT | THE SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK, VIC | ALL AGES TIX http://bit.ly/spottedmallard

THURS 15 SEPT | FLOW STUDIO, PORTLAND, VIC | ALL AGES
TIX AT THE DOOR www.flowstudio.com.au

FRI 16 SEPT | MT GAMBIER CITY HALL, SA | ALL AGES
TIX: www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au

SUN 18 SEPT | THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH, ADELAIDE, SA | ALL AGES
TIX: 
thegov.oztix.com.au | All Oztix Outlets

WED SEP 21  |  HANNANS CLUB, KALGOORLIE, WA  |  ALL AGES
TIX:
 hannansclub.com.au

SUN 2 OCT | PERMAFEST – SWAN VALLEY ADVENTURE CENTRE, PERTH, WA
ALL AGES | FREE ENTRY | INFO:
 facebook.com/Permaculture-Fest-1699582213643165/

New album ‘Grow Do It’ featured on national kids’ radio

Yay! Our new album, ‘Grow Do It’ comes out next week and we’re stoked to announce that it’s become this week’s feature album on Australia’s biggest kids’ radio broadcaster, Kinderling Kids Radio! Tune in for an exclusive listen all this week! As of yesterday, you can also have a cheeky sneak preview and pre-order the album at: music.formidablevegetable.com.au

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Kimchi Song – New single out Aug 19

Our new single ‘KIMCHI’ from the forthcoming kids’ album ‘Grow Do It’ will be dropping right into your bowl of bibimbap next Friday!

The ridiculous music video we made for it has been kicking around for a few days and has been flying around the interwebs at the speed of cabbage. Here it is for your enjoyment at seeing Charlie get coated from head-to-toe in chilli, radish and fish-sauce:

The single drops officially next Friday, with the album ‘Grow Do It’ and a national launch tour not far behind! Keep your eyes de-gooped and your ears de-waxed!

Smellin’ Like Fish & Chips Winter Tour

From April til July, Charlie is embarking on a mostly-solo mission through every state and territory in Australia on his slightly left-field “Smellin’ Like Fish & Chips” tour.

 

In a bid to reduce waste as well as his carbon footprint, Charlie has decided to take a year off flying and instead has taken to the road in a specially converted van to smash out the 20,000+ kilometre journey powered on waste vegetable oil (WVO). Preferring to fuel up from the deep friers at fast food joints, pubs and restaurants, rather than diesel bowsers, Charlie set out from Perth to Cairns via Alice Springs and down the east coast in an epic S-bend formation around the country.

Earlier this year, Charlie’s determined resolution not to fly gained him media attention on Channel Ten News, when he hitchhiked a 2000km leg of a tour from Adelaide to Perth in under 24 hours. Crazy Thymes!

Here are the tour dates if you feel like coming along to a show:

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The UN plays Formidable Veg for World Soil Day

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Last night we were super excited to find out that on World Soil Day, the United Nations held the world debut of our new track “You Are What You Eat” at the closing ceremony of the 2015 International Year of Soils at the UN FAO headquarters in Rome. The news came with a lovely letter of support for our music and an invitation to collaborate with them on future projects! They’ve since shared our new animated music video on their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts! Amazing!!

 

Check out the clip below from the UN FAO conference:

Pemberton Mill Hall – Jan 22 Homecoming Show!

For the first time ever, Formidable Vegetable Sound System will be playing in the hometown of frontman, Charlie Mgee (known to the locals as Charlie Jones). The band will be putting on a very special launch party at the Pemberton Mill Hall on Friday the 22nd of Jan (Australia Day Weekend) to celebrate the launch of their new single ‘You Are What You Eat’.

Also featuring will be the incredible Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan, who are bound to bend you brain in all kinds of delightful ways with their beatboxing/trumpeting/violining loopiness!

Tickets are $15 from here.

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