Major Lazer. Not too bad, but the best thing that came out this set was the fact that I had my gullible friend convinced that Wesley Snipes was the lead singer. I didn't know she was this gullible and I love gullible people – they'll believe anything. Over the course of the rest of the festival I got her with:
• The 'encore' originated in Finland
• The Pyramids in Egypt got blown up by Terrorists
• The MC down at The Village was Peter Helliar's brother.
• Parts of the first two Rocky movies were filmed in this very area.
Ah! What a blast!! Okay, time for bed. We've gotta do this ALL again tomorrow. I'm fairly certain my major organs are going to give me an A.V.O after this.
After a mandatory coffee and breakfast burrito, a relatively late start to the day saw us venture into the realms of Dappled Cities. They were the first band to wear shorts on stage the whole festival. I've always thought it a tad silly when bands do that. It's 39 degrees and they're donning the Levi's? Holy chafe Batman!! Oh yeah, Dappled Cities were great! Question: did they make me drop the crepe? Answer: Yes. Yes they did.
Time for a little bit of the ol' El Comedy! Enter, stage left Tom Ballard and Arj Barker! I haven't heard much of Tom Ballard, but he was great! Although the sauce in my comedy-filled crepe copped me in the eye on it's way to the ground, I still laughed my arse off. Now ARJ!! The comedy legend. I swear the man is funnier than a dancing midget. The whole Big Top tent was packed and if you weren't laughing you weren't human … or you don't understand English … or you don't have ears … or you are a sandwich. I guess that would explain the morose look on that earless Armenian sandwich in the corner.
Art Vs Science!! What a crepe-dropping show!!! The hill was packed tighter than Chinese food, there was blow up horses and kiddie pools in the mosh and a cover of Boom Shake Shake Shake the room sent the crowd crazier than a Scientologist. Well done Art Vs Science! Your Mother's would be proud.
Little tiny Little Birdy. Better than I thought actually! Don't think it was a total crepe-dropper, but entertaining nonetheless. At least you're not a total naff tool like your brother.
And the skies did open!! Yep, pissed down during Jamie T, but it was one hellava good show! The rain didn't stop everyone going batshit crazy. Jamie T, may I present you with a crepe dropping you crepetacular bastard!
Due to Xavier Rudd making me want to mine Jabiluka myself, I went up to see the Phenomenal Handclap Band and, like many, my knowledge of PHB extends to the song off the Bonds ad, but it was raining heavily and they were under the tent. So it was either Xavier and deal with the rain, or hang out with PHB and you know what? They weren't half bad. It's not like I'm going to go buy their tshirt, all I'm saying is that they entertained me while I was getting out of the rain. Half a dropped crepe.
Holy HELL the lead singer of The Scare, Kiss Reid, was drunk and, to be honest, a bit of a dick. Mumbling half-coherent sentences that didn't really make sense gave an awkward feel to the set and if I wanted to hear half-coherent mumbles I'd go and get pissed. They weren't awesome, but I didn't want to throw things at them which is good. No crepe droppings this time, but maybe if I see them again they'll be better.
Welcome back Moby! This one is a strange one for me, for I would never have a hankerin' for some good ol' fashioned Moby on the radio or my CD player, but the man can put on a live show. I saw him a few years back at Splendour In The Grass and he gave me one of my best festival moment when he played 'Shook Me All Night Long'. He came back and turned it all the way up to eleven. Crepe dropping moments everywhere and I'm fairly certain I'm in love with his singer. Talk about sass! That lady had it oozing out her ears! Well I hope that was sass and not something gross.
At an interesting set time, the Hilltop Hoods brought in the new year and did the same schtick as they always do. It's not that it's bad, it's just that it's a little boring … sort of like plain Salada biscuit. Maybe that can be a name change for them? Hilltop Salada Biscuits. I think it's kind of apt.
Oh, Happy New Year too! My new years resolution was to keep being a ranga. So far so good.
By this time I was SO spent my brain was saying, 'go to bed, fool!', but my heart was saying, 'nope! Stay up! King Khan is on!!'. The heart wins yet again.
Glad I did! King Khan were rad to the power of awesome! Capes and a cheer leader chick had the still rambunctious crowd still cranking on. Well, most of them, I managed to step on a few sleepy revellers on my was through the crowd. King Khan is king of the crepe-droppers!
Yep, that was it! Falls Fest is over for another year and I can safely say that it's still one of the best festivals Australia has to offer. It feels like it's designed for the punters, not to make cash and they manage to create a great vibe and a broad selection of bands. Something for everyone. I'll be back...