From a small town in Western Australia to the glory of the World stage, Formidable Vegetable is sowing the garden of our minds with the seeds of change to ‘turnip the beets’ for people and planet.
Founded by ukulele-strumming ecological troubadour Charlie Mgee, the band has organically grown their dedicated following over the years on a mission to inspire local action for global issues and now find themselves firmly planted in the fertile soils of the growing regenerative movements worldwide.
Charlie grew up in an off-grid mud brick shack among trees, chickens and a veggie garden, later graduating to a waste vegetable oil-powered fire truck he converted to a tiny house. Inspiring minds young and old with songs about simple solutions for living a good life, Formidable Vegetable are most at home on the live stage, whether it be to heaving crowds at Glastonbury Festival (where they’ve performed several times) or school kids rocking out in the playground.
No strangers to the international festival circuit, Formidable Vegetable have toured to more than 20 countries over the past decade and even received accolades from the United Nations, who hailed their song ‘You Are What You Eat’ as the official soundtrack to the International Year of Soils. According to the BBC, Formidable Vegetable became the first band in the world to turn down the huge opportunity to perform at Glastonbury Festival due to the ecological impact of international travel, but they have still found ways of using their unique brand of musical activism to compost the problems of the world and grow community-scale solutions in their place.
Whether it’s getting to gigs powered by waste veggie oil, crashing on couches or handing out heirloom vegetable seeds at their shows, Formidable Vegetable try to walk the walk of sustainability and regenerative living wherever they can on the road and at home. Through their relentless ongoing commitment to the movement and the music, Formidable Vegetable have cemented themselves as favourites on the bill of Australian and international festivals, having regularly played at some of the biggest arts & music events in the world such as Woodford and MONA FOMA (Australia), Shambhala (Canada), Symbiosis (USA) and Glastonbury (UK) alongside such acts as Dolly Parton, Radiohead, Tame Impala and The Rolling Stones.