OneFour Set to Headline Melbourne's RISING Festival Amidst Challenges

Published March 11, 2024

The Western Sydney rap group OneFour is scheduled to headline at Melbourne's RISING festival in June, signifying their first major show in Melbourne as the main act. The group, known for their distinctive drill music style, plans to perform on Saturday, June 8 at Festival Hall, a venue with a capacity for over 5,000 attendees.

Past Challenges and Law Enforcement Scrutiny

OneFour has faced significant setbacks in recent times, particularly with their 2019 national tour getting canceled due to police concerns. Their content and performances have been under strict scrutiny by authorities who believe their lyrics promote violence and are linked to gang culture in Western Sydney. Despite these issues, they look forward to a fresh start and a significant moment in their career at the RISING festival.

Probable New Beginnings

RISING festival's co-artistic director, Hannah Fox, expressed her enthusiasm about supporting OneFour, citing their unique and fresh perspectives as contemporary Australian artists. Despite prior law enforcement interventions and three members facing legal problems, the group, including founding member Jerome "J Emz" Misa, is hopeful but cautious about their upcoming performance.

Lineup Changes Within OneFour

The rap group has undergone changes, with Pio "YP" Misa leaving to become a Christian priest, and Salec "Lekks" Su’a being deported to New Zealand. The remodeled lineup is ready to reconnect with fans and bring their music to the festival stage. Hannah Fox remains positive about the show proceeding without apprehensions.

Continuing To Rise Amidst Controversy

Even with their turbulent history, including recent charges against individuals plotting against the group's members, OneFour stays resilient. Their participation in RISING, a culturally rich festival funded by Victorian government entities, marks an opportunity to rebound from setbacks and showcase their long-awaited album after three years of postponements.

Anticipation for the Festival

With over 400 artists performing across 16 nights, the RISING festival is not short of talent, featuring both international and local acts. For OneFour, this event is much more than just a performance; it's a chance to announce their comeback to the music scene unaffected by legal and policing hurdles.

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