The Tote
Saturday 6 February 2016

One day, 18 heavy bands from around the country and a kick-ass barbie. Filthfest 2016 organiser and BØG guitarist Tim Jacka talks imagination, heavy sounds and striking chords.

Ithaqua [JP] © Zo Damage

Ithaqua [JP] © Zo Damage

What was the catalyst for Filthfest? Was there any one thing that made you think: Yeah, I gotta do this?

You get these ideas in your head and they don’t rest until they’re spent. Playing on a bill with so many good bands I’d seen or heard throughout the year [2015] that were forming a big list in my Notes app, finally pushed me to bring them together in one event.

Seeing the guys from Ithaqua was mind blowing, fantastic musicians and fantastic people. The whole day was one massive highlight. Literally every band brought their A-game and just destroyed. — Tommy, Merchant

I was pretty blown away when you told me that you had not met or played with many of the bands playing Filthfest. 

The best part was getting a ‘yes’ from these bands, many of which I’d never seen live or been in contact with. But the event took on a momentum of its own. It’s ideation, the conceptual cave, the mire that Filthfest offered; [all that] struck a cord and drew in bands.

LO! [SYD] – Filthfest 2016 © Zo Damage

LO! [SYD] – Filthfest 2016 © Zo Damage

How did you go about nailing such a sick lineup?

It started with the sounds, followed by the imagination they provoke, took into account the support some had shown for BØG and, [on top of that], the general attitude of solidarity and fairness shown. You take that, a whole heap of love for the loud and heavy, a bottle of wine and a laptop and you’ve got your motivation and means.

Gvrlls [SYD] – Filthfest 2016 © Zo Damage

Gvrlls [SYD] – Filthfest 2016 © Zo Damage


There was a lot of traffic on Facebook; that’s were most of the communication happened. We were lucky to find Ithaqua in the mood to tour our land. They didn’t even have an FB page at the time so I messaged them through Bandcamp. We soon realised that we were kindred spirits so it ended up we toured them down the east coast together with Siberian Hell Sounds from Brisbane. It was the snowball effect.

What about the interstate bands? 

I soon got the impression, after putting up posts about the Filthfest, that bands from other states were keen to get in the cave. It seems the other states struggle to get extreme music scenes moving due to venues, new restrictions and the like. Melbourne is still the music capital of Australia, so the interest in playing here is a natural one.

Slayer, Thomy [Batpiss] & Tim [ BØG] – Filthfest 2016 © Zo Damage

How important was it that the bands are from different genres of heavy music?

The diversity of metal–punk subgenres on the bill was a by-product of intent to select bands for their intensity and deep commitment to their art. The unifying element is a love of the craggy filth muck of extreme music. It’s something we can all celebrate.