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.
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.
Fucked Up are one of those special experiences - one of those perfect festival bands, with the dedicated fanbase turning out wherever they pop up, and the absolutely amazing performance that will draw in any curious bystanders and immediately convert them.
Oh man, Soundwave Day Two just kicked Soundwave Day One right in it's 40 degree face. Don't get me wrong, Saturday was fun, it was a good time, but man. Sunday just knocked it right out of the park.
So here it is. The first day of the last ever Soundwave Adelaide – and, coincidentally, the first time Soundwave has had a first day. The decision to split Australia's biggest music festival across two days was met with kind of...mixed reception. Some people were excited about having a festival stretch across a whole weekend, and some thought Soundwave might struggle to pack out two days with quality bands.
Timetable clashes are always going to be an issue going into this year's Laneway Festival, an event that is now renowned and trusted for it's well-curated and diverse line ups. Punters were then left with some fairly tough choices all throughout the day, but had that nice guarantee that whoever they chose to see, they were sure to be in for a satisfying performance.
More Australian music followed Courtney (read about her in part one) with Angus and Julia Stone taking the stage to play tracks from their latest self-titled album and old favourites like "Big Jet Plane" and "For You". The duo played well, accompanied by a four piece band. But their down tempo tracks didn't quite match the loud, raw energy of the band that followed. Brighton duo Royal Blood cranked everything up to 11 in what was the best performance I've ever seen from them - they really are at the top of their game right now. After a year of non-stop touring, that comes of little surprise.
With 13,000 punters from Singapore and around the Asian region descending on the iconic Gardens By The Bay, yesterday saw St Jerome's Laneway Festival take place for the fifth consecutive time in the city, with organisers selling out tickets for the first time ever.
Meandering through the kept gardens of Werribee Mansion, there was a certain je ne sais pas that drifted, stirring the sensibilities. Melbourne’s typically impulsive weather had smiled upon the French gathering, turning on a particularly beautiful Summer’s day. Upon arrival, the stretch that lay in front of the mansion greeted patrons with a sea of white umbrellas, a flurry of red lips and a bare chested dancer with a scarf draped over his head (basking in the sunlight and good times).
Despite the weirdness of day three weather-wise, there was more confidence with what the skies gave us for the remaining two days of Woodford. We at least got some semblance of normalcy with an overcast day and a pleasant coolness in the air. It made for a good time watching bands.
The concept of a music festival the day after the biggest global celebration, New Years Eve, seems flawed from the get go. But the crowd and energy tell a very different story. Festival boys are wearing deep, deep v-neck singlets matched with beards and bucket hats, every other girl is either in a black trilby hat or a bra-less midriff, and everyone is there for a good time.