Friday, 17 January 2014

Falls Festival Roundup

I spent the end 2013 and the beginning of 2014 at the Falls Festival at Marion Bay, Tasmania. Besides the obnoxious festival go-ers, the environmentally friendly no-flush toilet holes, the cold weather and the couple who kept having sex on the side of our tent every night (despite our neighboring campers flashing their car headlights at them), it was okay. If you don't mind drinking all day, buying overpriced fried food and not showering for four days.

Hot Dub Time Machine
The atmosphere was good and he remixed a large range of songs. Mr Brightside really went off. It was a good start to Falls.

Chase City
I didn't know them before coming to Falls. Returning to Sydney, I listened to some of their recorded stuff and I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of them, but I really enjoyed their performance. If they ever have a gig in Sydney in the near future, I would definitely go check them out again.

The Preatures
Not a fan of their music. However, the lead singer had great stage chemistry with the other band members and they had a very energetic performance.

Tom Odell
I listened to a lot of his music prior to Falls. His performance was very emotional, which was pretty impressive. He sounded like he was going to burst into tears during some of his songs. He was quite sweet and has a nice talking voice.

The Paper Kites, The Rubens, Flight Facilities
Their performances were pretty unmemorable to me. I was probably just pretty fucking tired.

London Grammar
Hannah Reid is a goddess. She looks and sings beautifully and she received many marriage proposals throughout their set. The music was mesmerizing and I would 100% see them again.

I only listened to her music during the car ride to Tasmania prior to the festival, but other than that, I did not have much of an idea of what to expect, but she totally blew me away. She got literally everyone dancing and she was so lovely. She sounded like million soulful angels who decided to descend to Earth at the same time. Her energy was really refreshing.

The Cat Empire
Also pretty amazing. The instruments, the crowd, it was hypnotic. 5000% would see them again.

Vampire Weekend
Thank goodness they played all the songs I loved during the first half of their set, because I was microsleeping in the second half. Not that it was their fault in any way, I was just burnt out from all that acts from the morning to late at night. Never stopped dancing though.

We decided to take it easy on the last day of the festival, in order to have enough energy for the night leading up to the new year. Which was fine, because I did not mind missing out on a lot of the acts.

Chet Faker
I love his music, but his voice sounds so lovely and smooth in real life. My favourite song of the set was Cigarettes and Chocolate.

The War on Drugs
They were alright. The lead singer is pretty pedantic, stopping every so often to complain about how his guitar sounded or something. Maybe it was due to the tech people, I really don't know/care.

Crystal Fighters
My favourite act of the festival. They were so energetic and I found I wasn't waiting for the songs I liked, because literally every song was perfect. Even if you did not know some of their songs, you would still have a great time seeing them. They were a real pleasure to watch perform and they blew me away.

Why did they play their new stuff? Regardless, Time to Pretend, Electric Feel and Kids really went off.

The Wombats
They brought in the new year with a bang. Wonderful, as expected. They had a small problem with one of their guitars and during the time they were fixing it, I think Ezra told the crowd a really rubbish joke.

Overall, the festival was alright. Marion Bay looks lovely this time of year.

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