In just three years, G Flip has had the career trajectory most artists could only dream of.
The Melbourne-born, LA-based musician, producer, and drummer has gained a legion of dedicated fans across the globe for their authentic, relatable and energetic performances, with their surging popularity evidenced by the release of their 2019-released debut album which opened at #1 on the vinyl charts, at #6 overall and has received more than 180 million plays to date.
Not only that, but G Flip has also dominated the triple j Hottest 100 – the largest listener-voted music poll in the world – for the past three years, all while the “GET ME OUTTA HERE” rocker gets the crowd moshing at their epic live shows, at festivals, and on sold-out US tours in support of Fletcher and K.Flay.
Now, G Flip is once again returning Down Under for Falls Festival, and if our chat with the effervescent rocker is anything to go by, it’s going to be the way to ring in the new year (and don’t we all deserve it).
For the first time since the pandemic halted the music world, Falls Festival is making its comeback, and doing so right and proper with one of the best lineups we’ve seen all year.
With over 45 artists set to hit the stages across Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia, the 2022/23 edition of Falls Festival will be an unmissable event.
Joining the likes of superstars such as Artic Monkeys, Lil Nas X, Peggy Gou, Chvrches, Jamie xx, Ocean Alley and more, G Flip told Rolling Stone Australia that the fact that their name appears beside music’s finest is something they’re still yet to fully comprehend.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Arctic Monkeys and it’s gonna be it’s gonna be awesome [to perform at Falls],” they explained.
“I remember saving up my money to see the Monkeys at Rod Laver Arena when I was younger to see them and being at the back row, basically against the wall, the worst seat in the building.
“So it’s gonna be very cool to share a stage with them and see them up close, I can’t wait! I love Falls Festival, the last time I played Falls was 2019 and it was an absolute hoot, so I’m very keen to do it all again,” they added.
It’s still a pinch-me moment for the muso, who had long attended Falls as a punter before their music career took off.
“I remember getting really sick and having tonsillitis, so it wasn’t like a fun time for my throat, it felt like I was swallowing razorblades,” they recalled of attending the iconic festival as a punter.
“I remember seeing Ball Park Music, and the lead singer came on stage with a backpack, and then, three songs in he takes out a kettle out of his backpack and makes himself a tea!” they laugh.
“And then he just starts offering everyone tea. I thought it was amazing.”
Anyone who has attended the annual festival knows that the experience doesn’t begin when you walk through the festival gates, it’s during the road trip there that the party gets started.
“First of all, I think road-tripping is so underrated,” they declare, adding, “I think it’s so great to lose reception on your phones, just with you and your mates in the car for hours, stopping off at those cute little towns along the way.
“The road trip is such a cute, wholesome thing to get back to reality and put your phone down and make great memories,” they continue.
“I remember I drove from the top of Cairns down to Brissy with my three best mates and stopped in at so many local towns to go to the local pub to have a beer and make friends with the locals. It’s such a highlight of the whole experience, I love it.”
As for what punters can expect from G Flip’s Falls performances, they revealed, “Expect a high energy a lot of drum solos. My family also tend to make a lot of cameos; the last festival I played in Australia I had my dad and my uncle on stage doing shoeys. People really like to get around my dad, Mr Flip, he’s a bit of a crowd favourite.”
“But yeah, there could be some special guests, could be some covers. So definitely expect a lot of high energy and a lot of fun – I can’t wait to be out there!”
Having recently made headlines for their loved-up relationship with Selling Sunset reality star Chrisell Strauss, G dished on whether their reality star girlfriend of one year would be supporting them at the festival, saying, “I think she might make an appearance if she’s available. She loves coming to festivals. She grew up around music, dancing, playing in a band – she loves music.
“So if we work out our schedules, she’ll definitely be there.”
Despite her all of their massive success, G still manages to remain humble when it comes to reflecting on how far they’ve come as an artist over the years.
“There’s easily a moment each day that I’m like, ‘I’m just so lucky.’ Like, I’m one of the billions of people on the planet who get to do my absolute dream,” they explained.
“There are so many positives to this job and it’s amazing that people love my music. Sometimes if I just message [fans] back on Instagram, it can make their day, which is crazy to think.
“I also love seeing my friends and family have a good time on this journey and bringing them to festivals and seeing them drunk on the side of the stage,” they said, adding, “Seeing my mum wasted at festivals is always a highlight.”
G Flip added, “I love seeing people having a good time and loving each other. No one’s having punch-ons, everyone’s getting along and singing and having a good time. And that’s the best view.”
You can purchase tickets for Falls Festival 2022-2023 for Byron bay, Victoria and Western Australia at Moshtix.
G Flip will also be performing at the inaugural Heaps Good festival on Friday, 6th January, which sees many of the Falls Festival lineup – including Arctic Monkeys, Chvrches, and Peggy Gou – head to Adelaide Showground to get the party started again after you’ve recovered from your New Year’s festivities.
You can nab your ticket for Heaps Good Festival here.
Falls Festival Lineup 2022/23
Lil Nas X
The OG Wiggles
Amyl and The Sniffers
Barry Can’t Swim
December 29th-31st, 2022
Pennyroyal Plains, Colac, VIC
December 31st, 2022-January 2nd, 2023
North Byron Parklands, Yelgun, NSW
January 7th-8th, 2023
Fremantle Park, Fremantle, WA