HOBOFOPO is HOBart’s Original FOlk Punk Orgy, and for four years; it has been a thing. This year it’s on 31/10 – 3/11. A debaucherous four-day gig crawl of folk-punk attracting all the crusty hobo-trash and dusty punk-folk for an annual pilgrimage. They’ve hosted acts such as; Days N Daze, AJJ, Sydney City Trash, The Go Set and Handsome Young Strangers, and this year they’ve got an amazing lineup.


Joining the previously announced;

UK emo anti-folk legends CRYWANK,

Manic “chainsaw folk” immortals (launching a new album) THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND,

Celt-punk riot that have done several USA and AUS dropkick tours THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY,

and the honest, dark n husky songstress from the wilderness CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR.


RUNEBILLY RATTLE, from the ashes of Adelaide’s Dr Piffle and The Burlap Band, a “fortune stone doombily” acoustic act, they’ve been only gigging on rare occasions, and we’re feeling lucky to have the opportunity to witness them.

DEPARTURE PARTY, having resurrected the band and getting back into the NZ scene, Jojo is coming over to deliver a solo version of their anti-folk fun.

MEDUSA’S WAKE, the rising stars of the Sydney celt-punk scene. You could be mistaken for thinking you’re in Ireland and ten Guinnesses deep into a the best night you never remembered.

JODIE FLANGE, front woman of Brisbane punk rock act Flangipanis will be strapping on an acoustic guitar and doing us a solo treat.

RUSTED TONGUE, recipients of the inaugural Irish Mythen bursary grant.

We are honoured to have been donated $500 from Canadian folk singer Irish Mythen to distribute to a female musician(s) to help develop their musical endeavour. Rusted Tongue are an emerging band from Melbourne with five female members, we see great potential in this new band. They are currently recording, and could use the money for production of their recordings. HOBOFOPO2019 will provide a great opportunity for them to present their music to a new audience and network within the Australian folk-punk scene.

Plus some of the mainstays of Australian folk-punk of the last five years, these acts have played every HOBOFOPO so far, and it would be amiss to not have them;

Convict punk storytellers THE DEAD MAGGIES, fun emo and positive observational QUINTON TREMBATH, boozy bluegrass and cheeky country folk trio THE STRAGGLERS, more anarcho psychosis from the gutter THIS IS A ROBBERY, better dead than alive THE DEAD PEASANTS, fails at singing about unemployment BRODYGREG and another anarchist punk playing 4-chords and the truth JUDE JOSEPH.

HOBOFOPO2019 will happen across a range of venues in and around Hobart town from Thurs 31st October to Sunday 3rd November. Most are a stumble apart, and some might have public transport.

Thursday 31st – (North Hobart) – 5pm Boodle Beasley, 9pm The Republic Bar

Friday 1st – (Hobart) – 3pm Dirty Pennies, 6pm The Brisbane Hotel

Saturday 2nd – (Fern Tree) 1pm Fern Tree Arts Hall – (Hobart) – 7pm Hobart Brewing Company, Midnight The Brisbane Hotel for late night open mic.

Sunday 3rd – (Huon Valley) 1pm Willie Smiths Apple Shed Grove, 4pm Next Door Bar Franklin, 8pm Afterparty somewhere in Franklin.

Tickets are on sale through OZTIX now, $50+bf for the weekend pass (entry to all 8 gigs), $20 for Fri night (Crywank) or Sat night (Crooked Fiddle) shows only.

Full lineup follows:

Crywank (UK)

Crooked Fiddle Band (NSW, album launch)

The Ramshackle Army (VIC)

Claire Anne Taylor (TAS)

Runebilly Rattle (SA)

Departure party (NZ, solo)

Medusa’s Wake (NSW)

Quinton Trembath (VIC)

Jodie Flange (QLD)

Rusted Tongue (VIC, Irish Mythen grant recipients)

This Is A Robbery (TAS)

The Dead Maggies (TAS)

Knifey Spoony (NSW)

Billy Puntton (NSW)

The Stragglers (TAS)

Jude Joseph (VIC)

BrodyGreg (VIC)

The Dead Peasants (VIC)

The Clotheslines (VIC)

The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble (TAS)

Hairyman (TAS)

Tash Zappala (TAS)

Abitow Yagahn (VIC)


The Sketches (TAS)

Stuns’l Booms (TAS)

Ryan Garth & Emily Wolfe (TAS)

Hard Rubbish (TAS)

David Beniuk (TAS)

Late Night Open Mic (YOU)

Hobofopo happens Thurs 31st October to Sun 3rd November 2019