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The World Is a Vampire

With a name like this, of course this new music fest is led by The Smashing Pumpkins — with Jane's Addiction and Amyl and The Sniffers also on the lineup.
By Sarah Ward
March 17, 2023
By Sarah Ward
March 17, 2023

Talk about a perfect name: if you're going to start a new music festival that revolves around The Smashing Pumpkins, then calling it The World Is a Vampire is a no-brainer. This exciting addition to Australia's festival scene is being sent to drain all of your attention this autumn, when it heads around the country with one helluva bill. Billy Corgan and his band members will be there, of course, and so will fellow alt-rock legends Jane's Addiction.

Naturally, you can expect the rollicking classic that is 'Bullet with Butterfly Wings' to get a spin. As well as hearing fellow Pumpkins greats such as 'Disarm', '1979', 'Tonight, Tonight', 'Today' and 'Zero', the Perry Farrell-led Jane's Addiction will be on hand to bust out 'Been Caught Stealing', 'Jane Says' and the likes.

How many 'Zero' shirts will you see at the fest? Oh so many, as at every Pumpkins gig.

Also on the bill: Australia's own Amyl and The Sniffers, RedHook and Battlesnake, plus yet-to-be-announced local acts opening each stop. And this fest has stops. It'll be singing about rage and rats in cages at PICA in Port Melbourne on Saturday, April 22 and Thursday, April 27, alongside trips to the Mornington Peninsula and Ballarat.

Each show also features professional wrestling, including matches between Billy Corgan's NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) and the WAOA (Wrestling Alliance of Australia). Wrestlers will take to the ring in-between the bands — and yes, Corgan does own the alliance that bears his name.

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