SAD by SAD WEST, a festival about embracing emotion, in music & life, and recognising and appreciating our immediate space and communities.


SAD by SAD WEST is a fringe festival focused on connecting community and art through shared philosophies rather than genre or medium presented by Lesstalk & Papaiti Records. Our aim is to create events that showcase shared ideas, values, and alternatives that refuse to consider art to be a commodity, but rather a sustainable form that through a communitarian approach can challenge the current climate of modern society.


SAD by SAD SOUTH – Wellington – April 21-23


April’s Fool, Bad Friend, Callum Goacher, Carb on Carb, Eamonn Marra, Evangeline Riddiford Graham, Faith Wilson, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Fruit Juice Parade, Hera Lindsay-Bird, Girlboss, Grayson Gilmour, How Get, Jess Locke (AU), Joy Holley, Lily Norman, Long Distance Runner, Prizegiving, Shannen, Sinead Overbye, Soda Boyz, Sudha Rao, Thirtysomethings


Fri 21 April: Newtown Bowling Club
Sat 22 April: South Coast from – 2pm
Sat 22 April: Newtown Community Centre
Sun 23 April: House Show Crawl from – 2pm

Tickets available from Under The Radar – individual night $20 +BF / two night pass $35 +BF


SAD by SAD WEST – Melbourne – April 27-30


Fri 28 April: Night Heron – 8pm – Tickets
Allison Gallagher, Carb on Carb, Ben Rivers (reading for Dave Drayton), Foley, New Seddon Dads, Rhea Bhagat, Slow Job, Superdevf

Sat 29 April: The Reverence Hotel – 6pm – Tickets
Alice Allan, Diploid, Error Margins, Flood Plains, Gavin Yates, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Jess Locke Band, Kiara Lindsay, Phillip Hall, Pinkbatts (NSW), Shiny Coin



SAD by SAD WEST – Sydney – May 04-07


Thu 04 May: D.I.Wine & Dine: Cornersmith Cafe – 6pm (collaboration with Cornersmith for a paired 3 course meal) – tickets
John McCallum, Pinch Hitter, Toby Fitch, Zzzounds + Dr Jack Tsonis

Fri 05 May: Beatdisc Records – 7pm – tickets
Daniel Comensoli, Dave Drayton, Long Distance Runner (NZ), Mc Lovin, New Seddon Dads (VIC), Pinkbatts, Rory Green

Sat 06 May: Red Rattler – 7pm – tickets
Allison Gallagher, Amelia Dale, Bilby, Carb on Carb (NZ), Dave Drayton, Lower Body, Naif Martin, Pinch Hitter, Subsumer (USA),  Toby Fitch