The surprise announcement of Something For Kate's intimate warm-up Howler show in anticipation of their Golden Plains set had a fair few people more excited than your typical Wednesday. As someone that has seen Something For Kate more times than you could count, it's fair to say Wednesday night was truly unique. The lack of Stephanie Ashworth taking charge of the bass remained unsettling throughout the whole evening, but their explosive 80+ minute performance sans-Steph was the mark of the consummate professionals these guys are.
A full capacity show on a Friday night was something I half-expected for Falling In Reverse. Having struggled to set foot in Australia because of visa issues, it was a dream come true for many to see frontman, Ronnie Radke in the flesh. Waiting in line is always a tease and the struggle getting into the venue was real.
"You think this is a failure tonight?!" Dave Grohl exclaims, noodling away on his signature blue Gibson, in the middle of a packed out Cooper's Stadium. It's a windy night mid-week and the Foo Fighters frontman is commenting on recent labels that Adelaide has no scene for rock music made in the wake of the disaster that was Soundwave Adelaide. And, as he dedicates "Times Like These" to the Billy Corgans and the AJ Maddahs, the crowd erupts with applause and hollers. It would seem Adelaide's not taking any shit talk about their city tonight.
Day 2 of Soundwave brought in more Sydney goers compared to Saturday’s festivities. With the lineup being catered to mainly pop punk fans as well as the metalheads too, it was riveting to see what the second day had in store. I liked the idea of spending my weekend at Soundwave; it was like taking a holiday by seeing your favourite bands live.
”Fkn Insane! Sexy Amazing. Dance like nobody is watching. I’m off-chops right now, loving everybody. This is sick! 2 Chainz is lookin 4 my booty cos I got a big booty. Do you want to go out with me then break up right before Drake? We love Future!”
Being an avid goer of Soundwave for six years, every year I’ve always been happy with the turnout of the event. This year, the festival panned across two days which was something I wasn’t used to, but then again, this meant that it would bring me more time to explore the talented bands out there. Going to any music festival with an open mind enables you to uncover some gems along the way which is essential to fully experiencing the true joy of a huge music festival like Soundwave.
As Soundwave rolls into town for another year, punters are forced to choose between a slew of great bills. For fans of pop-punk it was hard to go past a triple bill of The Wonder Years, Bayside and New Found Glory.
Photo: Lisa Frieling
A mix of mellow tones and synth-laden flow conducted the night, settling the wide-eyed crowd deep into their seats and cementing upright feet to the wood-covered floor. Sold out wall-to-wall, Thebarton Theatre witnessed the beckoning influence of Chet Faker firsthand. Top-knots galore and full-faced beards dominated the male crowd, complemented by an overwhelming mist of affection from the ladies.
With the sweltering final day of the 2014-2015 summer period beaming down upon Randwick Racecourse, Sydney welcomed another edition of Future Music Festival with a crowd of around 50,000 strong fully taking in one of the festival's biggest line ups in years. Future is now the first Australian festival to deliver world-dominating hip hop artist Drake, giving him a 75-minute headline set that sat neatly in a schedule with other big name acts like The Prodigy, Example, Aviici, Die Antwoord, Knife Party, Hilltop Hoods, and Sven Vath.
With Soundwave Festival commandeering one of the most loyal fan bases to a festival in Australia, it's always a slight disappointment to see the focus on overseas acts rather than some of the rising stars of the local heavy scene - thankfully, the 2015 season has addressed this, bringing Melbourne grinders King Parrot, Smith Street Band fellows and 420-friendly jamsters The Bennies and the avant-garde take on black metal of Ne Obliviscaris.
Well sweet Jesus, Margaret Court Arena. You make for one fine live music venue, don’t you! When I first heard that MCA was expanding her purpose beyond tennis and hosting an array of concerts and gigs, I had difficulty picturing this concept but only because the last time I was here was well before her renovation, which was debuted at this year’s Australian Open.
Deadlines and multi-day festivals do not mix. Day 2 of Soundwave should really feel like a slog, but after getting into the grounds and witnessing the onslaught of King Parrot, you can't help but feel reinvigorated. Check out them and the other antipodean offerings for this years edition of the festival in the featured photo gallery/review "The Locals".
A magical, wild and completely creative festival of music and art, Secret Garden Festival 2015 once again proved itself to be an event well worth experiencing. A camping festival that spans from Friday 27th to Saturday 28th February, Secret Garden is on a beautiful farm out in Cobbitty NSW, just an hour’s drive from Sydney yet well and truly removed from the city scene.
Soundwave, the undeniable king of summer festivals, has stepped it up a notch this year with the expansion of two days and a vertible slay of headliners including Slipknot, Faith No More, Slash, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the finest undercard for quite a few years.
Despite being a massive fan of the sum of the parts in Killer Be Killed (aka The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato, Soulfly's Max Cavalera, Mastodon's Troy Sanders and The Mars Volta's Dave Elitch) it was one of those things that kind of passed me by - thinking that it would be the standard side project-slash-supergroup that always tends to be more of a ego-boost than anything really resulting in anything worth listening to.