Its hard to belive that 2 years have already passed since my previous visit to the Big Day Out. It's also funny to think how much has changed since then.
Since I really cant be bothered writing here on LJ anymore (it feels like using a computer in the mid 90s), I shall just write a couple of brief things, followed by some photos.
- This year, I went with Tracy, Lombardi and Makan. There were quite a few other friends floating about, but other than Kelly and Ian, I did not catch up with any of them.
- It was Tracy's first big festival. She was apprehensive about it, but had a good time once we got there.
- The first act we saw was Decoder Ring from Sydney. It was early in the day, and hardly anyone was around. There were probably only about 100 people in the Boiler Room. Even less than at Unkle last time. That did not stop them from playing fantastically, and certainly didn't stop us from having a good time.
- Second stop was The Temper Trap from Melbourne. They could have easily performed on one of the main stages, and I'm not sure why they were put on the Green Stage. They put on a great show, and the audience certainly loved it. Reactions to Fader and Sweet Disposition were fantastic. Everyone had their hands in the air. They are a great band... I look forward to seeing where the future will take them.
- Passion Pit was the first downer of the day. There was nothing wrong with them. Even though the guys voice didn't really sound like it does on the album, they played a great gig. The problem here was the venue and the crowd... mostly the crowd. It was like standing in a constantly changing stream... people were endlessly moving around, squeezing past me on all sides... every few seconds some new person felt the need to go somewhere else... it was a real mood killer. I have little doubt that if we had stood somewhere else, we would have had a magnificent time, but we didn't really want to join in with the other pushy people to try to find a sweet spot in the place.
- At this point, we all split up. Makan went to see The Hilltop Hoods, while Lombardi went to The Decemberists. The Decemberists were certainly on my list of bands to see, but it was time to have something to eat. The Hare Krishna's came to rescue... I was very happy to see them there. Tracy and I ate, and then headed to the main stage to see Dizzee Rascal.
- Dizzee Rascal. Indeed. I have no doubt he put on a good show.... but it was here that the bad sound quality at the main stage really showed its ugly side. We were sitting halfway between lilworld and the main stage, but all we could hear was lilworld going off. There was just nowhere near enough sound coming from the front. We could barely hear Dizzee's voice. We moved to the other side of the main stage.. there things improved slightly. The sound was much better, but we could not see him at all.
- Lily Allen actually put on a pretty decent show I thought. The crowd seemed a bit more generic/fake than at the other stages, but hey. Its mainstream pop after all. As with Dizzee, the sound was bad. When I go to a concert, I really expect to feel the beat on my man-chest. At my last Big Day Out I made specific mention of how good it sounded.... I certainly cant make the same statements here.
- At this point, Trace and I decided to have another sit-down. This time near the free Lipton Ice tea stand. There was a big hole in the time-table that did not really please me. That was probably a good thing, since sitting in one spot for a hour helped me to recharge my batteries. Lombardi and Makan met up with us again, and we had a bit of dinner.
- Is a festival ever complete without flooded portaloos?
- We decided to head down to the main stage in order to position ourselves nicely for muse, early. Powderfinger were still playing, so the crowd was manageable on the Muse side. I had no interest in seeing Powderfinger, but they ended up being the surprise hit of the night for me. I enjoyed them a lot, and will have to heed them more respect and attention in future.
- Four to five dickheads (male and female) turned up suddenly within about 5 minutes of Muse starting. I wont go into things too much, but lets just say that we had a wonderful spot one moment, where everyone was smiling... and the next moment there were shirtless bogan assholes, and bogan bitches with little brains and huge filthy mouths giving us the shits. They just shoved themselves in there, and told everyone around them that complained to fuck themselves. They proclaimed to be huge fans, but that did not stop them from simply standing in front of us chatting 90% of the time while Muse were playing. Natural crowd movement eventually saw them shift to the side, and I was no longer forced to dryhump the sweaty shirtless fucks.
- So, it was a bumpy start to the show, and it took about five songs for the pissyness to subside.... but once it subsided, we had a fantastic time. They really are an awesome live band... I will see them again towards the end of the year (I assume). I jumped like a madman during Knights, and I still feel the ill effects from that today.
- We swung past Groove Armada on the way out. The Boiler Room was packed, and there was no hope of finding a comfortable place to just sit and enjoy the music. We stayed for about four songs before calling it a night. I liked what I heard... and the new album certainly does not disappoint. I've been wanting to see these guys for ages... about 10 years in fact. I hope they tour to support their new album soon.
Overall, it was a great day, with some great bands. And great people. Peace-Out!
|Decoder Ring |
|Festival Hotties |
|More Festival Hotties |
|The Temper Trap |
|..watching the Temper Trap |
|Passion Pit |
|Trace and Powderfinger |
|Makan and Lombardi, waiting for Muse |
|Makan and Amanda |
|Groove Armada |