The Border Watch : February 6th 2014
Day out delivers for regional fans M AL e McGREGOR ALEX email@example.com THE Big Day Out once again proved to be a huge hit for music fanatics from the South East, with this year’s festival attracting people from across the state to see the large line-up of rock heroes. Revellers were not deterred by the extreme heat and put all of their energy into their favourite acts by singing and dancing along, while occasionally taking a break under the mist showers set up at Adelaide Bonython Park for the huge event on Friday. Almost 20,000 festival attendees strolled through the gates from 11am onwards, wearing large hats and lathered with sunscreen in preparation for the massive day of music ahead. Hydration stations and water sprayers provided relief for fans who needed a break from the action, but the dedication of the enthusiasts ensured they caught their favourite acts on the day, despite the conditions. With a bill containing big names including Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) and Major Lazer, this year’s festival proved to be a massive hit with music fans across a broad range of genres. Mount Gambier festival fan James Withers said he knew this year’s line up was good, but did not expect it to be as amazing as it was on the day of the festival. “My personal highlight was seeing Violent Soho play - they were easily one of the best bands at the Big Day Out this year,” he said. “Obviously Pearl Jam blew me away and I was ecstatic to see such a great band at the festival. “Seeing the frontman of Mudhoney join them on stage was insane.” Australian electronica artist and ARIA award winner Flume took to the Boiler Room at 7.30pm and delivered a sweltering variety of dance tracks from his self-titled debut release to a packed crowd. The energy was on a high as the 22-year-old Sydney DJ continued to pump out huge hits including Drop The Game, On Top and Insane, while blending tracks together from his renowned album. Alex Bond from Mount Gambier said the festival was a HAVING FUN: Richard Parry of Arcade Fire made sure to deliver a solid performance during the band’s set, but he also managed to have a lot of fun throughout the hot conditions during the Big Day Out. SOFT AND SWEET: Wesley Schultz plays during The Lumineers set, delivering some of the most authentic and beautiful indie and folk tunes to the festival. great experience, even though the weather was very hot throughout the day. “For my fi rst music festival, I had a lot of fun and it defi nitely lived up to my expectations,” she said. “The acts I saw during the event were Blue Juice, Peking Duk, Rufus, The Lumineers, Beady Eye, Arcade Fire, Flume, Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller and Flosstradamas.” Montreal-based indie rockers Arcade Fire decorated the Orange Stage at 6.30pm, teasing Blur fans by playing the introduction to Song 2 before hitting the stage to play hits including Refl ektor, No Cars Go and Here Comes The Night Time to close the set. Sydney-based fi ve-piece act Northlane pleased their energetic fans by playing through a powerful set, including Scarab, Dream Awake and Windbreaker from their second full-length album Singularity. The metalcore act closed their set with tracks from their debut album Discoveries, which included Dispossession and Transcending Dimensions, before wrapping up their set on a high note with their fi rst single from Singularity, Quantum Flux. Tarpeena festival fan Demi Gray said the festival had an amazing vibe and the security did an amazing job of looking after the crowd during the sweltering conditions. “It was amazing - Snoop Dogg was the best performance out of them all for me,” she said. “The stage presence and set-up was great and I had a great time at his set.” Demi’s other favourites on the day included Naked and Famous, Grouplove and The Lumineers. The Lumineers took to the Red Stage with their acoustic instruments at 5.30pm to play a calm and atmospheric set of indie tracks, including Ho Hey and Flowers In Your Hair. Seattle rock band Pearl Jam were one of the fi nal acts to close out this year’s festival, with a captivating stage presence and playing a variety of hits from their two and a half decades as a band. Opening with a powerhouse performance of Why Go, the band continued to throw energetic guitar riffs at the crowd from songs including Even Flow, Sirens, Betterman and Daughter. After two encores, the American rock and roll legends hit the stage once again to play some cover songs from famous acts including The Who and Pink Floyd, much to the delight of the strong crowd that attended their performance on the Blue Stage. As the fi nal acts unstrapped their guitars and crews unplugged microphones and turned off amplifi ers, the lights began to fade, drawing a close to a hot and sweaty Big Day Out in Adelaide that showcased 44 acts on a packed bill. Best behaviour at big festival POLICE were pleased with the behaviour of crowds at the Adelaide Big Day Out music festival on Friday. With close to 20,000 people in attendance and despite sweltering conditions, the festival goers were generally well behaved, although 25 people were evicted for being intoxicated and exhibiting disorderly behaviour. One person was reported and evicted for a theft and assault and three people faced drug diversion penalties for possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. Police were particularly pleased with the way those attending the festival left in an orderly manner at the completion of the event, showing patience and good humour while waiting for taxis and public transport. CAPTIVATING MUSICIAN: Andy Bell from Beady Eye ensured the crowd rocked along to his constructive riffs and mesmerising guitar work during the festival in Adelaide. The Border Watch, Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 19 ARE YOU LISTENING: Sweden’s Pelle Almqvist of The Hives listens to the crowd sing along while delivering an energetic set during the Big Day Out festival at Bonython Park.
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