Normally the first couple of Saturday’s in January are quite boring. Majority of the inner-city people are away on holidays and promoters know this so there aren’t a lot of events, let alone festivals. When I received my Facebook invite to go to Sandcastles Festival in St Kilda a couple of months back there was one major problem – I was still living in Darwin. I accepted anyone and brought 3 tickets straight away in the hope that work would give me the time off to come down for the weekend. As it turned out, I moved back to Melbourne over Christmas so going was now no longer an issue.
The week before I was being the mother of the group (that’s generally my role when going...anywhere) ensuring we had sunscreen, appropriate outfits for the 36 degrees day and that each of us knew how we were getting into St Kilda. Everything seemed perfect – until I went surfing the day before, had an accident with another surfer and I put a hairline fracture in my left foot. Fractured foot or not, I was going to the festival.
Saturday morning roles around and myself and my 2 best friends role up to a somewhat empty-ish Festival area. This was due to the fact we got there as soon as the festival started. By 2pm there was a decent crowd and by 4pm the place was swarmed with people of a range of ages, styles and a mixture of sober and drunk people.
The first band to catch my attention was Madonna. I received a text earlier in the day to look out for them and I happened t already be standing near the stage they were playing so I was able to see them perform and see what the fuss was about. One person next to me said “they’re like a party on stage” and that really is the best way to describe them. Their lead singer, Anti, is a ball of energy. The same your 5 year old nephew would have. You couldn’t just stand there listening to them. Even I had figured out a way to “dance” without hurting my foot even more. Before I knew it their set was over but I was keen to find out more. I hunted them down and got to chat with a couple of the boys to find out more about them and where I can hear more of their stuff. Sadly after 7 attempts to upload the interview to YouTube I don’t think I am able to get that video up by the dealine. If you stay tuned to my channel, cammobarbie, the video will be up as soon as I can figure out what the issue is.
After hobbling around for a while and grabbing some food, I overheard some awesome beats coming from the main stage. I convinced all of my friends that I met up with there to move and check these guys out. Their name – Gameboy Gamegirl. These guys were the most entertaining people I have seen on a stage in a long time. They have very original lyrics over awesomely mixed beats from dance tracks and pop songs that most people in the crowd would have known. I think their best mix was the remix of the Hurry Christner song. I did pause for a few seconds wondering where the song was going, and then it was mixed in with again, lyrics that were relatable and delivered in a highly entertaining way. The most entertaining was when one of the voluptuous MC’s took his clothes off and danced around in his jocks. Apparently this is normal for their shows. I know I will be looking them up to see what shows they have coming up and I look forward to the almost nakedness on stage.
Come 7pm I had at least 3 pots of beers dried up on my arms, a very burnt nose (even though I kept reapplying!) and a sore foot so it was time to go home...even though I was going to miss Miami Horror. The day was amazing and lead my to watch DJs and bands that I would have seen otherwise and now I have some new Melbourne acts to watch during the week and on weekends. I am so happy that a complete stranger sent me the invite to go to Sandcastles Festival and truly hope it runs again in 2011 with the same atmosphere and the same array of patrons present.
P.S - Hope you enjoy the videos that I managed to get uploaded. Also, the photo is me trying to prove I was there with an injured foot. If you believe the bandage haha xx