Mountain Goat Valley Crawl (MGVC) returned this year with a killer lineup of 45 artists, filling nine venues with an obscene amount of talent, musical diversity, and people, for a free festival like no other. Punters were certainly spoilt for choice as they put on their comfiest shoes, mapped out the quickest routes between sets, and made hard decisions on which acts to see. With many up and coming acts having their chance to captivate huge swarms of attendees, MGVC offered a unique, unpredictable, and truly rewarding experience.

Beginning the evening at The Elephant Hotel, local electronic-pop queen, Marloe, gathered a diverse crowd of adoring and prospective fans in the early hours of the action-packed evening. Gracing the stage with a captivating, ethereal sound, Marloe exhibited her sweet pop influences paired with strong electronic instrumentals. Her charismatic performance was engaging and set the bar high for the night. Then came a quick race upstairs to The Foundry to catch one of the best new bands on the scene, Melaleuca, who dropped their awesome debut EP, Face Down, earlier this month. Quickly garnering a sizable crowd, Melaleuca launched into their title track with a thunderous performance, soon backing it up with more of their crisp 2000s inspired alt-rock sound.

Next, it was back to The Elephant for the smooth electronic sounds of Akurei, who dazzled audiences with snapping percussion, lush guitar melodies, and a soulful voice that was captivating, wrenching, and downright beautiful. With so much to see, a hard decision was made to race over to Black Bear Lodge to see Hot Coffee, a decision well rewarded. The Gold Coast band had completely packed out the venue, and for good reason. Capturing elements of hip-hop, dance, and electronic music, there was something for everyone in Hot Coffee. With a huge groove working from the back to the front of the crowd, the guys had captured the hearts, minds, and dance moves of Valley Crawl’s punters.

With many great, unique acts performing every year, MGVC offers infinite combinations and experiences to be dazzled by, and even more stories to share afterward. MGVC is a festival that captures the best aspects of our local music scene like no other, and we’re lucky to have it!

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This review is courtesy of Phoenix Radio’s Emerge program, hosted by Calen Le Couteur and Russell Thompson. Follow Emerge and tune in on Monday nights 7-9PM HERE.