Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Festival season


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After a cold and slow winter, the festival season and the good weather are pretty much around the corner and some of my favourite bands will be in town.

These are my picks for the following few months, in case you need a little bit of help. Click on the link to go to the official site.

Melbourne Festival. 11-27 October. This is probably one of the most interesting ones if you have already left your mid-twenties behind. Shellac (fancy Fugazi?), Anthony and the Johnsons and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth).

I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne 16-17 February. Small festival that claims to go against the grain of larger commercial festivals, with better sound and good organisation. This would definitely be one of my picks. My bloody Valentine, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the Drones.

Meredith. 7-9 December. Primal Scream, Spiritualized and iconic Australian  band Regurgitator. 
If you miss this one, Golden Plains takes place at the same spot in March 2013

Falls Festival. 28 December. Don’t miss the Hives, Django Django, Maximo Park and the Flaming Lips (remember my photo of the fella in the bubble? Yes, that one!)

Harvest. 11 November 2012. Beirut, Beck and your only chance to see Sigur Ros this year in VIC. Sold out, but there is a second date announced.

Big Day Out. 26 January, right after a good Christmas meal. I would probably skip the headliners and see Yeah yeah yeahs, Against me and Band of Horses. Foals and Vampire Weekend will probably be wicked too.

Soundwave. 1 March. A lot of distorted guitars in this one, but heaps of fun bands amongst the line-up, Motion City Soundtrack, Blink 182, A perfect Circle (!) and  Stone Sour (Slipknot). I would probably save myself for the sideshows.


Laneway Festival. Sunday 3 February 2013. Bat for Lashes, Nicolas Jaar and Kings of Convenience, together with a bunch of good young Australian artists such as Chet Faker, Alpine, Pond and The Rubens.

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