Oh yes. It’s time to share the wonder of Sunset Sounds
– in photo form. Just click if you want to see anything larger. Photos will be accompanied by random commentary because things like alcohol and massively sweaty heatstroke affect my memory. I’ll wait while you get your walking shoes and your adventure hat… are you ready?
kicked things off with a fantastic bang. Know what gets hundreds of kids off their asses and running down a hill to mosh? Coca Cola
Next up was Datarock
. I have a soft spot for these dapper Norwegian lads with their red tracksuits and their headless guitars. I think you should find a soft spot for them too.
- talented in both rocking with a guitar:
And crotch grabbing of epic proportions:
I trekked over to watch Art Vs Science
and let me tell you, they tore it up like crazy from the moment they emerged in a mass of smoke and backlighting. They played the whole set as if they were headlining, and it was well good.
, and damn son, he should be the face of L’Oréal or some shit. The man is ageless, and he looks exactly the same as I remember him in high school. Even the light rain couldn’t dampen the headliner of Day 1.
Standby, because as good as Day 1 was, Day 2 was even better.
And one of the reasons why is this fine sir here:
Oh, Andrew Bird
. Every time your music floats out of your mouth or flows through your fingertips, my heart beats happiness and it was such a pleasure to see you live. This is what I would tell him if ever I met him, and it would be majorly creepy, but oh so true. I took a whole sick day off because I wanted to see him so badly, and it was worth it.
. And I know I spoke unfavourably of their newest album, but they are so enthusiastic live, I’d have to reconsider. Tom Smith may or may not be a crazy person.
As darkness rolled in, Melbournites The Temper Trap
emerged. I was watching from the crowd and met a gal named Renee and she shouted at me that his was a voice you could make love to. Then we held hands and started dancing to Fader
By now pretty much everyone was primed for Yeah Yeah Yeahs
goodness. Seeing Karen O up close is really an experience, she actually emanates this weird vibe of… energy.
And this is what it looks like when thousands of people go apeshit for her. Karen O is one freakin’ cool lady.
Then when I was leaving, someone started shouting my name, and it was Rosco, the security guard I’d met on the first day while I was panicking about sorting out my passes. He told me how he’d done crowd control at festivals for the past 16 years and that he’d keep an eye out for me at the next one. Then he gave me a big hug and that pretty much summed up what a fantastically wonderful two days I had.
Incidentally, this feels like the best possible way I could finish off my posts here at My World Tour and so I think I will. I’ve had such fun. Good luck kids! I’m cheering for you. Yes you!