New Years Eve! As I woke up on the last day of both the year and
decade I was filled with a great sense of anticipation, today was going
to be a good day! Kicking off the musical festivities for the day was
Breakfast Balcony, a four-piece outfit that delivered some catchy indie>br>
pop songs, and they deserved a much bigger crowd than they received,
but this was due to the bite of the mid-day sun, and not an
unresponsive crowd. Lisa Mitchell was next on the bill, fresh from a
massive year of promoting her much loved album ‘Wonder,’ Lisa proved
to have the ability to draw a massive crowd, despite the heat, ‘Coin
Laundry,’ ‘Oh! Hark!’ and ‘So Jealous’ were great sing-along moments.
Next on my agenda was Chairlift, a three-piece indie synth-pop outfit
hailing from New York, Chairlift are the band responsible for the catchy
indie hit ‘Does it Inspire You?’ Boasting a very distinct visual presentation lead singer Caroline Polachek came out on stage wearing nothing but a
mini skirt, see-through mesh top and hot pink tape over her nipples,
though by the end of the set she wasn’t the only band member to have adhesive applied to their erogenous zones, and the other two members
were guys! Chairlift’s set built up slowly into a wild finale, where they
played their big hit, a finale in which there was a smashed guitar and a
series of instrumental musical chairs.
Datarock were up next, and this red tracksuit clad, Norwegian four-piece certainly know how to rock the party, with their blend of 80’s synth and electro rock, firstly playing tracks off their recent album ‘Red’ before
closing the set with some old classics, before the very fitting tribute to
the great man himself, Patrick Swayze with their interpretation of ‘The
Time Of My Life,’ complete with saxophone solo and very passionate
It was about time for a change of pace, so I made my way over to the
Field Stage to catch the sweet Icelandic songstress Emiliana Torrini,
who drew a massive crowd, some of whom presented her with a giant
ring fashioned from a hula hoop. The songs ‘Sunny Road,’ ‘Big Jumps’
and ‘Jungle Drum’ were my personal highlights of her set.
After having a quick stop off at the campsite to rest and refuel, as I was
not coming back there for another 10 hours, I quickly made my way up
to the main stage to catch the start of what was sure to be an amazing
First off the bat was indie wiz-kids Grizzly Bear, who gave a solid, if somewhat reserved performance, though when it came time in their set
to play the tracks ‘Two Weeks’ and ‘While You Wait For The Others,’ the crowd joyfully erupted, joining in to create a massive sing-along as the
sun started to dip low, towards the horizon.
Next up was The Temper Trap, a band that you may have heard of at
some point this year. Despite the unfortunate sickness of lead singer
Dougy Mandagi, The Temper Trap succeeded in amping the atmosphere
of the crowd to boiling point, with songs like ‘Sweet Disposition,’ ‘Fader,’
The Science of Fear’ and ‘Down River’ going off like a frog in a sock.
(to coin a phrase that I don’t really understand)
Keeping up with tempo was the next band on the bill, and my highlight of
an already amazing festival, The Editors. Creators of some of the most inspired, soul rattling and epic rock music that I have heard in recent
years, The Editors put on a performance that impressed all who saw them. Tracks like ‘Smokers Outside Hospital Doors,’ ‘Blood,’ ‘All Sparks’ and
‘The End Has A Start’ were just mind boggling to see performed live,
with lead singer Tom Smith invoking some kind of ancient magic to
channel both the legends of rock and the spirits of earth, in order to
create such a powerful aura of stage presence that words do not do him justice by trying to describe, it was simply mind-boggling!
Smith must have succeeded in unlocking something otherworldly, for as
The Editors finished, a warm wind picked up and their was a certain electricity in the air, which was manifested in the lightning storm that was rolling up over the hills of Marion Bay, so by the time The Midnight Juggernaughts took to the stage, the hills were alive, with the sound of a
rock n roll apocalypse.
There could not be a better band to take the stage in such a vibrant< br> atmosphere, with the Midnight Juggernaughts stylized blend of dark
electro rock complementing the weather conditions perfectly, and as
the lightning lit up the night sky, during the rise of a blue moon, it truly
was a wholly unique moment, and one that you just had to stop and
cherish every moment of. After a short delay where the band was taken
off stage for safety concerns, the Midnight Juggernaughts came back out
to finish their set, and as the lightning rolled out to sea they closed with
the situation appropriate song ‘Out Into The Galaxy.’
Taking us into the New Year was the mighty Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's who put
on a rollercoaster of a performance, taking the crowd up to dazzling
heights with recent tracks ‘Off With Heads’ and ‘Zero’ before sinking into some melancholy lows, and whilst under the ever-watchful gaze of the
giant eyeball on stage, 16000 lovers of music brought in 2010 with Karen
O and her band, and they rocked.