The day started of really well, we had a fruit picnic by the beach and it was a more relaxed feeling than the last two days and it was calm and collected, not that it was chaotic. The first act for the day of choice were Oh Mercy, who were awesome and amazing. They had the crowd eating out of their hands, and lead singer said something very funny things, like "There are only two states to be in, Western Australia and drunk", and many more similar. Sadly most of the crowd were sitting for them, which I found intolerable, but maybe it was their mix of slow guitar and melodies that made people want to sit.
After Oh Mercy, we went and saw Children Collide who were awesome, after seeing them on such a small stage at V Fest last year, they had really grown as a band a put so much into their performance and were just able to build and build from their sing-a-longs (Farewell and Social Currency) to their mosh moving sounds, they had truly earned a spot on the main stage.
After that sadly I missed White Rabbits, but hung around for Xavier Rudd, who I didn't really want to see, and just really more talked through his set and tried to find other friends, for his fans though he was loved, even coming back for an encore.
After that we went our different ways, some went to see Tame Impala and I went to see Future Of The Left who know how to put on a show. The trio were just belting tune after tune of pure energy and power and the crowd gave it right back. Well worth seeing.
After there set, I rushed off to see Temper Trap who once again proved that they know how to write quality songs, they put on another amazing and energetic live show. Having seen them (as well) at V Fest they too had come along way, showcasing a new song and playing Sweet Disposition, but not Sirens. But it was still a really good show.
But for seeing Temper Trap I missed Miami Horror, which was a shame. After that though I saw the first two songs of Hilltop Hoods, where everyone swarmed to see them. Luckily I went off to see Datarock who had a small crowd, but passionate one. A definite festival highlight. Everyone was singing along to all the songs. The love show was amazing and who could go past the matching track suits? Towards the end they pulled Art Vs Science on stage for some stage dancing, and pulled them plus some more out on to stage, for more dancing it was really sick. Then Datarock as a tribute sung the "We are. Art. Versus. Science" chant a couple of times. Truly worth staying until the end. After that I ran to Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Karen O was crazy on stage, but I think they are a band who you either love or hate, and have no in-between, I loved them however, and we were weaving our way through the crows to get closer and closer, it was crazy experience. When they finished, we all though there was going to be an encore, but sadly there wasn't, and I felt a little cheated after all out chanting but what an amazing experience and show.
Overall Southbound was amazing, and being my first one, it had that essence of everything was new, and that I was camping added another element to it altogether.