HOBOFOPO is on; 6 – 9 December 2018. Hobart, Tasmania.

First acts announced – Days and Daze, headlining on first visit to Australia!

First press release:

Since Folk Til Ya Punk Records’ raucous and beautiful launch party in 2014, those hobo folk punks have spread and encouraged fopo music and hobo life; backing up their musical decadance with HOBOFOPO – HOBarts Original FOlk Punk Orgy: A dive into all things folk punk, and community get together. This year they’re overwhelmed with excitement to announce they are hosting Houston Texas thrashgrass crusty legends DAYS N DAZE, for their first trip to Australia.

Now in its third year, HOBOFOPO has seen acts such as; AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad), The Go Set, The Ramshackle Army, Paddy McHugh and The Berkeley Hunts all descend on Hobart for a four-day folk-punk gig-crawl.

DAYS N DAZE have been busy headlining punk and folk-punk festivals accross Europe and America, while relentlessly touring with acts including Leftover Crack. Hobofopo will form part of their 8-date Australian tour in December.

Also announced for HOBOFOPO2018 are:

Australiana folk-punk immortals HANDSOME YOUNG STRANGERS. Stalwarts of the Sydney scene for fourteen years, HYS feature four singer-songwriters, a cracking live show, and millions of YouTube views. HYS perform a blazing blend of colonial, bush punk/rock that is uniquely Australian – tunes about bushrangers, shearing, droving, convict hardship, sports heroes, war veterans and other iconic Australians.

After coming to Tasmania on tour from Victoria, THE STRAGGLERS car broke down, and they never left. This female three-piece band deliver ratbag bluegrass and booze-soaked country-folk, they have been busy with festivals since their southern immigration including; Falls, Dark Mofo, Cygnet and Panama.

QUINTON TREMBATH is a regular visitor to Tasmania, a van-dwelling troubadour currently residing in Melbourne. Quinton sings lots of words over a fast strummed guitar, personal and positive songs toasting to mates and life and longnecks. Quinton will play with a full band at HOBOFOPO2018.

JUDE JOSEPH has been busy in his hometown of Melbourne, commanding stages to shout about depression, optimism and anarchism.

ANDY PAINE is from Brisbane, but happy to hitch anywhere to deliver non-pretentious political anthems on a somewhat out of tune acoustic guitar.


HOBart’s Original FOlk Punk Orgy takes over Hobart town occasionally. Thanks to the mob who descend from all over the world to take part this town becomes a folk punk utopia. Amazing performances, the best fopos and hobos ever, the best times. Last year saw AJJ (USA, formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) along with This Is A Robbery!, Paddy McHugh, The Berkeley Hunts and The Dead Maggies headline an amazing array of talent.

HOBOFOPO takes place across and around Hobart, Tasmania. Like an old-skool folk festival / pub crawl it makes use of the amazing live venues, dive bars and bush pubs that already support the scene.

Applications are still open now BUT CLOSING 31ST AUGUST, and to be honest, the later you leave it the less likely we will have a spot for you.

If you want to apply for HOBOFOPO 2018 please do it like this:

Email to:  folktilyapunk@gmail.com

HFo2018 *Your act’s name* ARTIST APPLICATION HOBOFOPO 2018

Please keep to one short paragraph explaining what ya do and why ya want to do it at hobofopo 2018.

Include a link to one or two tracks or videos online and links to any websites or social media.

And contact details – an email and a phone number.

We are a total grassroots festival, not in a fancy way… In a we haven’t got a budget kind of way. Artist pay comes out of whatever pot we make over the festival and it’s generally a bit crap. Look basically, coming and playing at hobofopo is totally worth your while, just probably not financially. Unless you are Mutiny. Or Sydney City Trash, or The Barons of Tang. In which we will totally pay your flights… In fact, if you’re Billy Bragg, we could just about afford one flight from UK to Tas, so you can totally apply Billy.

HOBOFOPO takes place in various venues in and around Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records is, y’know, some sort of collective who does this ‘cos it should happen.