A couple years back in the heart of Occy country, Connor O’Leary country even (how good is that guy going in his rookie season?), two groms who’d opened their own independent art gallery (Space 44), put on their first music and art festival in their hometown of Cronulla. They called it Sounds of The Suburbs and placed it in the dinky laneway behind their gallery. It was an absolute corker.

Three years later and not only is it still firing, but they’re going from strength to strength, its 2017 iteration moving to a sturdier venue, still in Sutherland, and dropping their most stacked line-up ever. We’re talking local heavy hitters Skeggs and Camp Cope, international heavy hitters Harlem and Colleen Green and local up and comers Ruby Fields, Sloan Peterson, Wash, Blister and a festload more, including those scumbags the Goons of Doom. It’s on Sunday September 3, and will probably sell out shortly after you read this text, so grab your tix now if you plan on going to Australia’s best smaller festival. –

Vaughan Blakey