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Public Enemy to Headline Golden Plains Eight

Public Enemy

Well, we sure have seen some Astonishing Things Happen over the years in the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre... but NEVER anything quite like this.

Today – the day the Golden Plains Ballot opens – we are BEYOND HONOURED and insanely excited to announce that an iconic, unparalleled, revolutionary phenomenon will Bring The Noise to Golden Plains Eight. Yes! Hip Hop Royalty, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, an EXPLOSION OF ENTERTAINMENT that feeds your mind and soul; once-in-a-generation renegades who raised a social, cultural, political and musical consciousness up into the speakers of millions. 

Tickets to Golden Plains are firstly allocated through a Ballot. To enter go to before 12noon on Monday 21 October 2013 (it’s a quick one this year), and follow the prompts.


The legends, the icons, the gamechangers. They stand alone, not just in Hip Hop terms but in musical and social history. There never was and will never be another group like them. They broke ground all over the place, scared the pants off the establishment and entertained the hell out of everyone along the way. Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, DJ Lord and the baNNed Bring The Noise with their legendary, nothing-like-it-on-planet-earth live show – ALIVE in The Sup’ on the Sunday Nite of GP8.

Fight The Power. Bring The Noise. Don’t Believe The Hype. 911 Is a Joke. He Got Game. Rebel Without a Pause. Welcome To The Terrordome and on and on and on. Icons of The Modern Era. Theirs is an unparalleled musical revolution, built on hard rhymes, apocalyptic beats and the sharpest, most incisive music of the era. Their call for empowerment and enlightenment resonates as loudly today as it ever did.


They make genuinely groundbreaking, thrilling, threatening and funky music, and it reaches people by the millions. Chuck D describes their sound as ‘Ferocious Soul’ and famously epitomised their message and medium by saying “rap is black people’s CNN”.


“PE completely changed the game musically. I put them on a level with Bob Marley and a handful of other artists — the rare artist who can make great music and also deliver a political and social message. To me, Chuck D is the most important MC in hip hop. Public Enemy made hip hop that was more than entertainment. They inspired a lot of people who believed that you can effect change through music…” – Ad Rock, Beastie Boys


Delivering socio-political messages that give voice to those who have long been ignored, unafraid to question institutional injustices, and challenging both leaders and laymen alike to work for change, Public Enemy do so with an intensity, eloquence and depth that few can match. Chuck D’s deep and resolute vocals implore and scold at once while Flavor Flav’s euphoric delivery delights a crowd like no other hypeman can, cleverly dispensing wisdom disguised in a seriously good time.


Public Enemy concerts are electrifying, with Chuck and Flav and DJ Lord underpinned by a band that makes you forget that hip hop started with only two turntables and a microphone. PE also changed the internet’s music distribution capability by being one of the first groups to release MP3-only albums, a format virtually unknown at the time. Highly recommended viewing is BBC doco on PE ‘Prophets of Rage’.


It’s a tremendously humbling and thrilling honour for Aunty and Golden Plains to host perhaps the most important artist in the Supernatural’s lifetime, and one of the most important artists in modern history. Chuck D and Flavor Flav in The Sup! What time is it?!

Chuck D / vocals
Flavor Flav / vocals
Professor Griff / vocals
DJ Lord / DJ, Director of Music
S1W Brother Mike
S1W James Bomb
S1W Pop Diesel

The baNNed:
Khari Wynn / Guitar, Leader of the baNNed
Atiba Motta / Drummer
David Reeves AKA Davy DMX / Bass

Sunday night in The Sup. A Happening of gigantic proportions.

The rest of The GP8 LineUp will be out around Ballot result time as usual. It stacks up.


We pride ourselves on Looking After You Brilliantly from start to finish at Golden Plains and making your time here Unforgettably Joyful. We are proud to say she is The Same Perfectly-formed Shape and Size as last year. Still waters still run deep: still BYO, no commercial sponsors, the No D!ckhe@ds rule, and a One Stage Policy so you miss nothing and experience everything. We are supremely determined to roll out the Greatest Golden Plains ever.


One of the best places on Earth to spend a Long Weekend with friends and lovers – and yourself – The Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre has been natured and nurtured on twenty-three years of knuckled-down know-how, for the singular purpose of hosting Something Uniquely Remarkable. For Golden Plains it’s set to Premium Mode, bathed in glorious autumnal light, with even more Spacious Space for camping and glamping and everythinging. The Sun is like honey on the trees and afternoon goes on all day, the Summer Fool is spent and a giant spike of excitement goes KABLOOEY two-nightly.


The Subscriber Ticket Ballot ensures the majority of tickets go firstly to Subscribers, before the rest go on public sale. There’s two rounds (draws) of The Ballot – on or before October 23 for existing Subs and October 30 for newer Subs. Ballot-winners are emailed a Golden Code for the Online Ticket Box Office and have seven days (or until the ballot allocation of tickets runs out) to purchase up to 3 tickets.


There’s only one type of ticket: the Full Golden Plains Experience (Saturday to Monday, inc. camping and parking) is $319 + $10 booking. (Ballot & Online tickets via Registered Post is $7). We work hard to protect the integrity of Golden Plains – same number of people as last year, no commercial sponsors, BYO; plenty of Time and Space for everyone.


We guarantee we will continue to listen, fix things if they don’t work, not mess with them if they do and Keep On Making Golden Golden.

I would love to have the exquisite pleasure of your company in The Sup’ for Golden Plains Eight. 




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