As the crowd stumbled into the Unibar, Lyall Moloney mixed elements of folk, hip hop, reggae and blues rock, and came up with a unique sound and a solid set. Bootleg Rascal must have liked Moloney’s set because they asked him for a little help on a few tracks. The track Sharks was a boppy beachy bundle of fun and Psychotica got a great crowd reaction. Bootleg Rascals laid back guitars and seamless dub influence ensured crowd energy stayed on the way up.
It was good to see local boys The Vanns getting to play to such an excited and sizeable crowd, and even nicer to see them absolutely kill it. James Vann’s husky vocals on Don’t hold me back combine nicely with tight basslines, bouncy guitars and tropical beats. Blender was the song of the set.
Sticky Fingers took the stage at around 10.30, dressed as sharply as you would expect five boys from Newtown to be. Their punk rock spirit and cock rock attitude is ever present, though the boys add a sense of maturity through Dylan Frost’s husky vocals and clever lyrics. The dub beats and semi psychedelic guitars coincide with the bands overall energy. These Days provided a nice softer moment, Australia Street was a nostalgic dance along track and closer Caress Your Soul was huge. Overall it was a great bill of acts whose sounds complimented each other nicely, great times.
This Saturday we were lucky enough to head over to Centennial Park for Listen Out, the new dance music festival that is Fuzzy Entertainment’s replacement of the now-scrapped Parklife festival. The festival’s tagline of “Party. Redefined.” was well reflected by the headliners of Disclosure and Azealia Banks, along with countless dance acts, both Aussie and from abroad.
We arrived just in time for Aussie electronic artist Hayden James, who started the day off with some heavy beats from his recently released five-track EP Permission to Love. Following Hayden James was Sydney-based trio RüFüS, whose debut album Atlas debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart on August 18th. Despite only having formed in 2010, this indie dance band has skyrocketed in popularity and managed to draw one of the largest crowds out of the early acts at Listen Out. Fans were well rewarded by their foot stomping set which ended on a fantastic, extended, upbeat version of their popular single ‘desert night’.
Next up was Touch Sensitive, who you may know as any of Arithmatix, a multi-instrumentalist band member of Van She, or by his actual name Michael Di Francesco. He delivered a synth-tastic set complete with hip shaking, a remix of Hayden James’ ‘Permission to Love’ and his current hit single ‘Pizza Guy’. Minutes afterwards, British duo AlunaGeorge hit the stage to keep the party going, with Aluna Francis capturing the attention of every man and woman alike with her alluring dance routine and awe-inspiring vocals.
Not so well received was headliner Azealia Banks from Harlem, New York. Ten minutes into her set she berated a crowd member for throwing a can onto the stage. A few songs later a not-so-impressed crowd member threw another can onto the stage during Azealia’s rendition of ‘Harlem Shake’, sending her storming off the stage in a fit of rage. The crowd booed and many crowd members were heard saying something along the lines of “she didn’t even do her main song!” Lucky for the few who were holding out for ‘212’, she came back on stage briefly to perform the debut single and then promptly left again. In stark contrast, UK house superstars Disclosure drew the largest crowd for the day and kept the crowd very pleased. Opening on huge dance numbers ‘F for you’ and ‘When a Fire Starts to Burn’, Disclosure had their fans dancing from the get go and never slowed down from there.
Overall, listen out was a solid day of dancing, great music and good times. Look out for it to become an annual shindig.
Vydamo headed up by Art vs Science‘s Jim Finn are hitting the road with their ‘Gonna Make It’ Tour after the scorching popularity of their song with the same name. Be sure not to miss Vydamo’s first official tour, especially considering Jim is heading back to spend time with Art Vs Science as they approach a new album.
Fri 19th April - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sat 20th April - The Toff, Melbourne
Sat 27th April - Alhambra, Brisbane
Tickets from vydamo.com
Elizabeth Rose is hitting the road as part of her ‘Give In’ tour this March. Hitting the East Coast with a host of yet unnamed special guests (denoted by *) and for the Sydney show Triple J Unearthed winners, the highly touted Olympic Ayres and rising act Polographia.
THURS 21 MAR - OH HELLO, BRISBANE*
FRI 22 MAR - ELSEWHERE, GOLD COAST*
FRI 29 MAR - CAN’T SAY, MELBOURNE*
SAT 30 MAR - MAJOR RAISER, SYDNEY
W/ OLYMPIC AYRES & POLOGRAPHIA
http://WWW.MOSHTIX.COM.AU // 1300 GET TIX
Being big supporters of U18s music in Australia we are so excited to announce the line-up for Brisbane’s first major U18′s music festival ‘Live It Up’.
Being staged at the RNA Showgrounds on April 13th the first announcement of the line-up features something for everyone with The Amity Affliction, Pez, The Getaway Plan, Chance Waters, Pigeon and MESSRS all playing.
Local promoter and Live It Up founder Zanda Strofield echoed our views describing Live It Up Festival as “for young people who want to hear some of Australia’s most exciting young acts in a cool environment where they can hang out with their friends and it’s all about the music.”
With U18s in mind, tickets are also on the cheaper side, compared to most festivals, being just $37 per person for the earlybird offers (More info here). So check out the website and keep your eyes posted for more details and second line-up announcements.
The Amity Affliction
The Getaway Plan
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Rock the Bay Festival is back for 2013, rocking the Espy in St Kilda on February 16th and being headlined by the hairiest of rockers The Beards. Also featuring Electric Mary, the ever exciting Sleepmakeswaves, and a host of other fantastic up and coming acts the night promises to be an absolute belter and one not to miss.
Tickets from http://www.oztix.com.au