Big Day Out 2012 - Melbourne
Big Day Out. The annual pilgrimage the northern hemisphere-residing bands want to make. Celebrating its 20th year, BDO’s Melbourne event lived up to my expectations; a dizzying day of racing between stages in the heat, expensive festival food and a corroboree of boho-dressed girls and board short-sporting guys.
Believe it or not, this was my first BDO – a musical coming-of-age for me, albeit 10 years too late. I was there shooting for Life Music Media!
Here are some of my highlights from Big Day Out – Melbourne:
From left: My Chemical Romance, The Living End and Kimbra.
Soundgarden – Orange Stage
The REAL headliner of the Big Day Out came in the form of veteran grunge Gods from Seattle, Soundgarden. That is all.
The Living End – Blue Stage
On the main stage, Chris Cheney never fails to deliver, effortlessly keeping the energy levels up. Playing a set list of 90s classics and throwing a few spanners in the works, The Living End should have a standing date at BDO for years to come.
Kimbra – Converse Green Stage
Kimbra brought a welcome relief of estrogen to the Big Day Out – it seemed that every photographer was there to cover her set. Her incredibly strong pipes, crazy Rio-inspired outfit and captivating presence, had both the audience and photographers thrilled.
Cage The Elephant – Essential Stage
Now and then there’s a pretty great discovery. After tearing up Coachella festival, Cage The Elephant played their first Big Day Out like they meant it. Lead singer Matt Shultz was a photographers dream, providing the only crowd surf moment of the day.
Full gallery on Life Music Media.
I’ve had Beth Orton on my “must see” list for sometime now and thankfully Beth did not disappoint! Performing an intimate acoustic set in the classic Athenaeum Theatre, the set list featured old fan favourites and a taste of new music from her upcoming album.
Check out all my photos from the night on Life Music Media!
So Frenchy So Chic in the Park at Werribee Mansion
A one day celebration of new French music performed against the magical backdrop of Werribee Park Mansion. Crowd favourites, Moriarty performed their unique blend of depression-era blues. Nouvelle Vague were ever as crazy, touring with Melanie Pain & Phoebe Kildeer. And new to Australian shores (and sure to be regulars) – Asa and Féfé.
Check out all my photos from the day on Life Music Media!
Nouvelle Vague – Phoebe Kildeer & Melanie Pain
Bluejuice frontman Jake Stone
What a great way to ring in the new year, than with two solid days of music at Pyramid Rock! I covered the festival for Beat Magazine. Can you spot yourself in the crowd? Check out the pics!
- Pyramid Rock Gallery – Day 1 – The Living End, Gotye, Cloud Control, Spiderbait, Spank Rock, Ash Grunwald, Vascoe Era, Lyrics Born, The Herd, The Delta Riggs, Dum Dum Girls, The Bamboos and more…
- Pyramid Rock Gallery – Day 2 – Scissor Sisters, Bluejuice, Sparkadia, The Panics, Drapht, Blue King Brown, Illy, Owl Eyes, Hermitude, Georgia Fair, Graveyard Train, Grace Woodroofe, Abbe May and more…
Kimbra @ The Forum
New Zealand songstress, AKA “The Next Big Thing,” played to a sold out Forum Theatre in Melbourne last night. With support from Husky and Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, the show was evidence that young Melbourne is a rocking town.
Check out my photos from the concert on LifeMusicMedia!
Live at Prince Bandroom
Lamb (UK) recently reunited, after a string of successful shows across Australia last year they returned to launch their new album. They entranced the Prince Bandroom with their ambient new songs, as well as the classics, including an epic rendition of Goreki. Support came from Brisbane band Oh Ye Denver Birds. Check out my photos
CocoRosie live at the Prince Bandroom
Theatrical French sister-duo CocoRosie
wooed the Prince Bandroom on Thursday night with their unique folk-electronica music. Support was from Melbourne garage duo Oscar & Martin and French beat-boxer Tez, who is also part of CocoRosie’s touring band.
I covered the show for The AU Review
, check out my photos on flickr
Marina & The Diamonds live in Melbourne
Marina & The Diamonds performed her first Australian concert at Melbourne’s HiFi bar on Tuesday night in support of The Family Jewels album. Being compared to artists such as Kate Bush, Florence + The Machine and Lady Gaga comes with great expectations, but Marina surpassed the hype. Straddling the line of indie and commercial with her brand of new wave/indie pop sound – decked out in a Mickey Mouse jumpsuit, Marina played a powerhouse set to the Diamond-cultists of Melbourne. My personal favourite was Shampain, youtube it. One to watch in 2011! Support was from lively Melbourne pop band Strange Talk. I covered the show for LifeMusicMedia, check out my photos.
Boho Ball punter
The bi-annual Bohemian Masquerade Ball rolled into Melbourne at the beautiful Thornbury Theatre. The event showcased a whole range of performers from gypsy bands, burlesque dancers, acrobats, poets and installation art. I covered the show for The AU Review and LifeMusicMedia, check out my photos if you dare!
Sarah Blasko mesmerised the audience at the Palais Theatre on Friday night on her Spring Tour 2010. I shot the gig for The AU Review
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