Last live shows: How long’s it been for Full Tilt festival bands?

Arguably the country’s first major heavy music festival since COVID-19 shut shit down, Full Tilt Brisbane and Melbourne are set to fire up the metal, punk and rock scenes in a big way come June and July.

That’s especially true for some bands on the roster who will not have played live in 18 months, as well as for others who released a new album but never got the chance to play a single song to a crowd.

Spearheaded by Northlane, Full Tilt features an all Aussie lineup including Hands Like Houses, In Hearts Wake, Thy Art Is Murder, Luca Brasi, Slowly Slowly, Make Them Suffer, Frenzal Rhomb, Press Club, Alpha Wolf, Thornhill, Yours Truly and The Bennies.

Reliqa rounds out the Brisbane event, while Drown This City takes the stage in Melbourne.

So while we wait for the rare winter headbangathon, let’s take a look at the lineup and how much time will have passed between gigs.

Slowly Slowly – June 11, 2021

Slowly Slowly will be the freshest act on the lineup, playing the day before FT Brisbane at 170 Russell in Melbourne as part of their Race Car Blues tour. Race Car Blues is the third studio album by Slowly Slowly, released in February 2020.

Frenzal Rhomb – May 8, 2021

Frenzal Rhomb fans will be able to catch them before FT at Spring Loaded’s Sydney party on May 8.

Hands Like Houses – April 25, 2021

Fans of Hands Like Houses will be happy to see the band at Maroochydore’s Solbar on April 25 before they take on FT. The show follows their self-titled EP, released in October 2020.

In Hearts Wake – March 27, 2021

The last show In Hearts Wake will play before heading to FT looks to be at The Tivoli in Brisbane on their Kaliyuga Australian Tour 2021. Kaliyuga is the fifth studio album by In Hearts Wake, released in August 2020.

Drown This City – March 27, 2021

Drown This City are joining In Hearts Wake on their Kaliyuga run, making March 27 their closest gig to FT.

Thornhill – March 27, 2021

Thornhill are also jumping aboard the Kali train, making Gravemind the only one out of the four bands not appearing at FT. Thorny released their last record, The Dark Pool, in October 2019.

Press Club – February 26, 2021

Barwon Club Hotel in Geelong will host Press Club on February 26, which will give them a few months to get ready for their FT adventure.

Luca Brasi – January 15, 2021

Luca Brasi last played live at the Mona Foma Mofo Sessions at Royal Park in Launceston on January 15. The sessions were evening concerts celebrating Tassie performers, staged on the banks of the Tamar. Luca Brasi’s fifth studio album, Everything is Tenuous, is out February 12.

Yours Truly – November 12, 2020

Yours Truly’s last venture into the limelight was to support Amy Shark at Crowbar Sydney in November. Their debut studio album, Self Care, was released in September 2020.

Alpha Wolf – March 14, 2020

Alpha Wolf were 77 dates into their 100-plus-date Fault (2019 EP) world tour when COVID shut down the shop. Their last gig was in Joliet in the US on March 14, 2020. The band’s second studio album, A Quiet Place to Die, was then released in September 2020. Their return to the stage for FT will be extra special given the fact they haven’t performed a single song live from it. They plan on supporting this album in long form later in the year.

Thy Art Is Murder – March 12, 2020

Thy Art Is Murder got one show into their North American Human Target Tour before COVID made it (Philadelphia) their last. Luckily they’re properly hitting the road again later this year.

Make Them Suffer – March 11, 2020

Make Them Suffer were in Aarau, Switzerland, supporting After The Burial on their Behold The Crown Tour when they were stopped in their tracks. Their return to the stage for FT is hotly anticipated given they haven’t performed anything live from their new album, How To Survive A Funeral. Here’s our latest in-depth interview with founder and lead vocalist Sean Harmanis.

Northlane – February 1, 2020

Northlane were out supporting their album, Alien, in February 2020 on their 4D regional tour when the virus pulled them up. Their last live performance was at the Saloon Bar in Launceston. To go from not playing live for over a year to headlining a festival like FT is pretty wild – but those are the times we live in.

The Bennies – December 29, 2019

It’s been a minute for The Bennies, who planned to make the Free Cannabis Victoria 420 Rally their only show for 2020, but sadly those plans were extinguished. That makes their December 2019 show at Miami Marketa at the Gold Coast their last outing.

Reliqa – November 30, 2019

Reliqa jumped out of the gate at full speed in 2018 and 2019 only to be stopped in their tracks in November 2019. Their last hoorah was the Good Things band comp final at Sydney Crowbar.

So there you go – all 15 bands and their live music happenings over the past year or two. Excited?

Full Tilt is June 12 in Brisbane and July 3 in Melbourne

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