If You Like The Chats You'll Love These 5 Bands Also Performing At Feedback Festival

The Chats play Feedback Festival (Gold Coast), which runs 3-13 December at 10 venues. The Chats play Feedback Festival (Gold Coast), which runs 3-13 December at 10 venues.

Whether you're on 'Smoko', having a 'Pub Feed' or 'AC/DC CD' is blaring on the car stereo, punk-rock living legends The Chats know how to bring the good times.

Which is what they'll be doing when they hit the stage at Vinnies Dive Bar on the Gold Coast (4 December) for the inaugural Feedback Festival.

Set to feature 100 hours of live music from 50-plus bands across 10 Gold Coast venues (3-13 December), Feedback Festival will sate any local music lovers appetite, whether that's indie rock, punk-rock, folk, roots, blues, pop, singer-songwriters, jazz, and electronic, even Italian-inspired soul.

For those punters who enjoy getting sweaty and thrashing about like a fish on dry land when the speaker stacks are blaring, and who have The Chats on constant rotation, here are five punk-rock acts also playing Feedback Festival we reckon you'll thoroughly enjoy.


Bugs brand of relatable rock, noise pop sing-alongs has seen them share the stage with Grinspoon and The Gooch Palms, while their 2019 album 'Self Help' spawned triple j favourite 'Seriously'.

They've also ticked off their own run of national headline shows when they packed the tour van and brought along mates Sweater Curse and TOWNS.

After releasing their 'Can't Get Enough' single in April, Bugs dropped their newest track, the rapid-fire rock-licious effort 'Old Youth Feeling' yesterday.

Bugs play The Golden Weekend at Mo's Desert Clubhouse 5 December.


With a sound that traverses between Joy Division aesthetics and the pure sludge bless of Mudhoney, Gold Coast act Toadus released their debut, self-titled album this past winter.

Oozing from a shed in Burleigh Heads, Toadus craft sludgy pub punk, rock & roll inspired by the likes of Eddy Current and Amyl and the Sniffers that'll have you head-banging while you chug down that tallie.

Toadus play Vinnies Dive Bar 4 December.

Ghost College

Ghost College are a Brisbane-based trio formed last year between friends Era, Danny (ex-member of Deluso) and Chris (Suicide Country Hour, Distant Witch and formerly Hound).

With a shared love for alternative rock and melodic punk, Ghost College have so far released three singles: their debut 'Apartment' released in April, followed by 'Rad/Sad' in June and newest release 'Notion'.

"Our debut 'Apartment' is a song about, basically, just living on your own in an old apartment block, drinking alone and occasionally 'going down the shops'.

"'Rad/Sad' is a song about just that: feeling rad, and sometimes sad, also has a new music video, directed by Will Johnstone, shot early one morning at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.

Ghost College join Toadus at Vinnies Dive Bar 4 December.

The Unknowns

With their raw rock & roll sound and punk attitude, energetic Sunshine Coast trio The Unknowns are mates with The Chats – but that's not the reason they made this list.

Oh, no, no, no! Rather, Josh Hardy (vocals, guitar), Nathan Montgomery (bass) and Caleb Hardy (drums) have laid the groundwork for their own impressive resume bringing their garage rock, power-pop bangers to stages across the country: The Triffid, 170 Russell, Solbar, The Gov, The Zoo, The Tote, Factory Theatre.

On stage, the band deliver an unassuming simplicity to sharing their truth with dynamic live sets and an animated stage presence that gets crowds dancing along to their rhythm and groove.

2020 has seen the band release the singles 'Waste My Time', 'Oh Yep' and 'Will You Wait For Me'.

The Unknowns play Vinnies Dive Bar 5 December.


Alternative punks Radolescent are made up of three, long-time mates from the Gold Coast: Isaac (guitar, vocals), Lachlan (bass) and Kurt (drums), who've been joined by lead guitarist Kerrod Chant.

Lyrically the band tries to represent the 'questionable' choices they make and how they have shaped them both musically and as people in their day-to-day lives.

Creating scream-along songs that embrace all that is good about being human, the band hopes to highlight the joys of being far from perfect.

Their latest release is 'Calling Out', a rumbling punk-rock monster that bounces along at a frenetic pace hinting at The Offspring throughout.

So grab a beer, hug your mates and at the end of the day everything is going to be okay.

Radolescent join Peach Fur at Elsewhere 11 December.



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