Apologies for the lack of posts this week! We’ve been a little busier than usual celebrating the engagement of our friends Kristy and Kieran!!! CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO! OK on to a little musical history . . .
I’m no different to millions of others out there who claim to “love music”. BUT I can’t carry a tune, play any more than 2 songs on any instrument, my dance moves are a little frigid and my musical knowledge has definitely been on the decline over the past few years. What I can pride myself on is the number of concerts and gigs I have managed to attend over the past ten or so years… Of course I have a lot of my friends and mostly Mr L. to thank for partying with me, being able to stand my obnoxious sing alongs in their ears and my dance moves that could scare even gangnam lovers.
I was sorting through a few photos to add to this post (and got way too sidetracked while sorting through them all) and I have also realised how terrible I have been at taking photos of recent gigs and concerts. There’s no order below I’m just going to throw a collection of photos at you with a few dates and I’m sure you’ll get the idea.
New Years Day – Summadayze 2012
I can’t 100% remember who was here but we did see Flying Lotus (a favourite) oh and Snoop Dog. It was crazy hot the first 35+ day we had in Melbourne and I’m pretty sure we spent most of it seeking shade in the VIP Areas (NB: No I’m not an uptight VIP we got those tix so the drink lines were short). This year we went for the more mellow Let Them Eat Cake in Werribee also featuring Flying Lotus… Such love right there.
Camstonbury – Feb 2011
A really good friend has a sheep station in the middle of the North Island (I’m talking NZ people!) and decided to set up a sound system and portaloos amongst the hay and tractors. Not a big scale event (at the moment1) but such a fun weekend!!!
Paper Kites at the Corner July 2011 – The Corner Hotel
Excuse the grainy iPhone quality photo. I remember this gig being one of my first at the Corner Hotel – a place I have frequented OFTEN over the past two years for other gigs such as Mayer Hawthorne, Tiki Taane, Bonobo & Andreya Triana, Band of Skulls, Tijuana Cartel, and most recently Hermitude (I know there are loads of others but they escape my mind right now!)
Florence & the Machine – May 2012 and Kings of Leon – November 2011 – Rod Laver Arena
A couple of epic concerts with Miss Short.
Awesome set and performance by Flo
Band of Horses – one of my all time favourite bands, ever in the world, of all time!
Kings of Leon
The Nextmen (cannot remember date!) – Section 8
It was one of those nights out where you don’t expect much (and are kind of hoping it won’t be because its a school (work) night) but you end up a little drunk and happy with a few holes in the night. I do remember however a quick hilarious chat with one half of the duo down a random laneway in Chinatown…
Parklife 2011- Sydney Myer Music Bowl
One of my fave venues in Melbourne and the home of inner city outdoor concerts. I also saw the Black Keys here most recently.
The Streets last tour . . . Ever apparently . . .
My girl crush Lykke Li.
DJ Crush – Kubik as part of Melbourne Music Week 2011
This is what you get when you make a venue out of plastic water disposal units and good lighting. Don’t remember much about the music because you could stare at the stage all night watching the lights change.
Splendour in the Grass Woodford 2010 and Belongil Fields Byron Bay 2006.
One of my favourite Australian Festivals (still need to try a bunch) so far and I can barely remember seeing specific artists in 2010 just Mumford and Sons, Temper Trap, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Sneaky Sound System, the Pixies, Ben Harper, and Passion Pit. I also remember the best burger I have ever eaten and Mr L. purchasing the most hideous scarf I had ever seen instead of a hot drink to keep warm.
and 2006 . . . With ‘the girls’ and Will.
Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival 2005
This was my first time in Byron Bay and now I claim it as my 3rd favourite place on earth (that I’ve been to of course!) Miss S and I went a little crazy on a three week holiday getting ourselves into all kinds of mischief, you can read more about that here. Part of the fun was Byron Bay Blues and Roots festival where we saw Michael Franti, Batucada Sound Machine, David Gray and we were supposed to see Public Enemy but they cancelled at the last minute 😦
Rippon – Rippon Vineyard Wanaka 2006
Again with Miss S at one of the most spectacular venues I have ever been to. We partied like rockstars with an amazing holiday house for the weekend complete with heated kitchen tiles we lounged around on after the festival. We saw a plethora of awesome kiwi bands . . . Shapeshifter, fat Freddy’s, Kora, Shihad . . . and a bunch more. I have been meaning to head back to this Biannual festival but haven’t managed it yet.
Big Day Out 2000 – 2011 (with two missed sometime in there)
Big Day Out was my first ever big scale festival back when I was 14 (before the 15+ age rule came into play!) I remember seeing the Chillies, blink 182, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters and more . . . I have an excuse for not including photos from then . . . I didn’t own a digital camera for another 3 years . . . and I’m sorry but I don’t have the patience to scan any such photos. The last year I went (before it turned into the minimalist show and then eventually cancelled in Auckland) it was the first time it rained and I was under the weather (haha) after suffering a severe bout of gastro, a little anger after Mos Def had cancelled a gig in Auckland two nights before and frustration after the Black Keys cancelled their BDO performance. Our BDO ritual usually consisted of hanging out in the sun at the Lily Pad waiting for the big acts to come on and although our ‘must see’ act had cancelled we stil got to check out Edward Sharpe (my highlight) and the pyrotechnics of Rammstein (music I could potentially do without though). Trust me I have a million Big Day Out photos in my computer these were the most accessible. I’m sure you’ll see most of them in upcoming posts! Side note: BDO Auckland is returning!!!! Wooooohoooooo
FYI Hannah is a babe!
Batucada Sound Machine 2010
Sound Splash 2006 & 2007 – Wainui Raglan
I’m not sure if you can get a better view from a campsite. Soundsplash tied with Splore are my favourite New Zealand festivals of all time. Unfortunately Sound Splash is no longer as the venue Wainui Reserve used to take a hit from all the campers. It was so mellow with mostly roots and reggae sounds but you can get a similar vibe at Splore although bigger international acts hit there (such as Pharoah Monch and Talib Kweli when I went). I would choose these festivals over the bigger ones like Rhythm and Vines or Coromandel Gold (although they are still amazing!!)
Shapeshifter – Christchurch Town hall 2009
My first gig when I got back from Canada and the States. Such a cool welcome home and good excuse to catch up with friends all at once. I’m pretty sure I had already seen both Shapeshifter and Fat Freddy’s twice here.
A Huge Range when I was in Canada and the States 2008/2009
Mr L and I were so lucky to spend over a year in North America working and holidaying up a storm. Here are just a few pics of the greatness and some cheesiness we saw!
I could never forget the Sook BlueGrass Festival held in Sook on Vancouver Island. It was not exactly what we had in mind when a friend said there was a festival on BUT it ended up being a fun day out of Victoria (Canada) anyway.
Z Trip we managed to see him twice while in Victoria.
Incubus in San Diego . . . SO . . . EPIC
Colbie Caillat (shut it haters) in Portland, Oregon.
Damn I thought I had loaded more photos from the states . . .we also saw . . . Mos Def, Brother Ali in Portland, Afrika Bambaataa in Vancouver, Taib Kweli, Hi Tek and Supernatural at the Belly Up in Southern California, Rock the Bells (feat the Roots, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Damian Marley and Nas, Slick Rick, KRS-One, RZA and GZA) in LA and I’m so sure there is more . . .
I almost feel bad for leaving a lot out as I am starting to remember more BUT they’ll just have to wait for another time because I’m sure you’re almost sick of this marathon walk down memory lane! Hope you enjoyed it anyway . . . let us know what your favourite, first, or latest concert or gig was??!
Enjoy the rest of your week!! xx L