In news that will no doubt affect many Australian festival-lover's calendar, it's been revealed that the annual Parklife festival tour will no longer be held. In it's place, Fuzzy Entertainment have announced a new festival in Listen Out. The new touring festival is being billed as the country's only 'IDM' or Intelligent Dance Music event, and will be travelling around the country in September and October. Everywhere except Adelaide, it seems.
As the legendary Bob Marley put it, ”Sun is shining, the weather is sweet; make you wanna move your dancing feet…” - nothing could describe Parklife in Adelaide better. Traipsing through the Botanic Gardens on a Sunday were hundreds of punters keen for a dance along to tunes provided by over 35 national and international acts and as I’d find out as the day continued on, the artists were just as keen to get in on the party as we were.
Making their debut Australian appearances earlier this year, Chairlift have quickly cultivated a strong and loyal Australian following. Their place on the Parklife marks the New Yorkers' second festival tour this year and their ever-endearing frontwoman Caroline Polachek sits down backstage in Adelaide for a chat about the festival so far and why performing with Gotye made her so goddamned nervous.
The 2012 Parklife comes to an end in Adelaide this year and as many acts have already taken to the stages so far, festival headliners The Presets are still yet to bring their new album Pacifica to life onstage on this leg of the festival. I catch up with Julian and Kim for a quick chat about life in between Apocalypso and Pacifica, and an embarassing moment of mine at a gig of theirs back in 2009.
The day was frigid. But the punters were undeterred (and under-dressed), ready to dance the cold away and enjoy a rain-soaked Melbourne version of the travelling circus that is Parklife.
AU Review's photographer Yaya Stempler captured additional footage that rounds out our Parklife Sydney coverage.
Pictured: The Presets.
A hint of summer was in the air as the 2012 edition of Parklife hit Wellington Square with a lineup featuring The Presets, Passion Pit, Nero, Robyn and more. Stuart Sevastos was on the ground to bring the photos of the day.
"HIPSTERS ARE SUCH IDIOTS, BRAH."
The Bondi (anti-)Hipsters, Dom and Adrian, took a break from the sellouts and carnies at Parklife and graciously welcomed The AU Review into their self decorated backstage 'space within a space' to fill us in on the best ways to poach salmon, get pingers past the sniffer dogs.... and why Surry Hills hipsters suck.
I had to trash my mental map for this year’s always-anticipated Parklife, as the Sydney leg of the established yearly dance festival came with a not-to-distant venue change. The familiar Kippax Lake was left alone as brightly-lit kids marched into Centennial Park for a day filled with gorgeous weather and trendy tunes.
Brighton hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks will arrive in Australia later this month to play Parklife around the country. We caught up with the pair to discuss their music, the tour and much more...