Falls Festival Film Photos

Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Remember how it took me 6 months to develop my film photos from Sydney? Well, here are my photos from Falls Festival at Byron Bay nearly a WHOLE YEAR LATER. Timeliness is not my strong point, obviously. Although, with Falls Festival coming up again soon I guess this post is sort-of-maybe timely again. I really wanted to embrace Falls Festival, because I’d heard so many good things about the Lorne and Marion Bay festivals, however Byron Bay didn’t really cut it for me. Don’t get me wrong, the musical acts were all top notch, but the entire experience just wore me down. Which is weird because usually I love Byron Bay festivals. Despite being a pretty adept camper, I struggled with the festival camping situation. The searing summer heat, thunderstorms, and bare minimum shade really got to me in the end. And don’t get me started on those composting toilets. It probably didn’t help that I was coming down with a summer cold, either. Thems the breaks I guess. For those heading to Falls at Byron Bay this year, the following is a list of things I learnt or would do differently if I had the chance.

1. Test out your camping gear. Make sure your tent can withhold a thunderstorm. Summer storms are rife around these parts and you don’t want to be caught off guard. We were lucky in that our cheap tent from Kmart held the rain at bay (#blessed) but others around us with seemingly solid tent set ups weren’t so lucky. 
2. Wear sunscreen. LOTS OF SUNSCREEN. Think the amount you’ve put on is enough? Nope. Double that. Apply that stuff liberally. Shade is a luxury on these grounds. Also avoid wearing anything that’s going to leave you with a weird tan for the rest of the year. Learn from my mistakes etc.
3. Start training for those hill climbs NOW. One of the main entrances to the amphitheatre involves hiking up a bitch of a hill. If you’re constantly zipping between stages, you will feel the burn. There ‘s another entrance to the amphitheatre on lower ground but it’s not always the most direct route. Start on those squats and lunges now and by the time the festival rolls around everything will be a cake walk.
4. Plan your escape and stick to it. If you’re staying the full length of the festival, avoid the mass exodus and potential traffic jams by leaving super early on the last day. I’m talking pack most of your gear the night before and leave at 5:30 in the morning early. As someone who survived the great Splendour in the Grass/Woodfordia traffic jam of 2010, I have well and truly learnt my lesson. Every minute counts. If I were to do Falls again I would even consider booking accommodation elsewhere for the final night and not have to deal with the mad rush to leave in the morning. 
5. This is one of those wishful thinking tips but if you can, scam some VIP passes. Anything VIP. Even if it’s not *really* VIP. Just so you at least give yourself the chance to use some clean toilets/access some shade/avoid queues… anything. One time I won VIP tickets to a festival I would usually avoid but HOLY MOLY what a difference proper toilets/full-strength alcohol/VIP viewing platforms/not having to deal with shirtless bros makes. This is probably just coming from someone who is getting older and more weary of festival crowds but whatever. 

There are definitely way more generic advice tips like drink plenty of water, pack snacks etc. but they’re pretty much givens and these were my main takeaways from the festival. The only festival I’ve got lined up this season is Laneway and luckily that’s a one day-er, at home, and rarely requires any planning other than “just show up and have a good time”.

Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay

^ Someone brought a T-rex along to Tkay Maidza’s set. They probably couldn’t find a Brontosaurus.

festival archive: beastie boys ’07



In memory of Adam Yauch, also known as MCA from the Beastie Boys, here are a few photos from when I saw the band perform at Good Vibrations in 2007. Growing up, the Beastie Boys had always been on the periphery of my musical tastes. I never really remembered when I ‘discovered’ them (Licensed to Ill was released before I was even born), just that their songs had always been present in amongst the pop songs that would dominate my primary school years. I guess I have weekends spent watching Rage and a more musically versed older brother to thank for this. It wasn’t until high school that I delved deeper into the Beastie Boys discography and built upon the few songs that I already knew. Needless to say they soon cemented themselves as one of my favourite bands. So this morning when I checked my twitter feed (so Gen Y of me) it was with great sadness that I learned of MCA’s death. The Beastie Boys were a band that had become so entrenched in popular culture that it’s hard not to feel affected by such a loss. RIP MCA, you’ll be dearly missed.

film photos: future music festival

DFA Stage @ Future Music Festival
Friendly Fires @ Future Music Festival
New Order @ Future Music Festival
New Order @ Future Music Festival
In my last post I mentioned going to Future Music Festival over the weekend. Like always, I took a film camera along for the ride. It’s not a festival I would usually go to and I wasn’t really interested until the second lineup was realeased with New Order and Friendly Fires on it. Luckily, I managed to score tickets through a Sportsgirl competition. Highlights of the festival were definitely Friendly Fires and New Order, as well as the free Cornetto ice creams that were being handed out (ice cream will always save the day). I also got to see a bit of Hercules & Love Affair, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, and The Wombats. Lowlights mainly had to do with the un-chill vibe of the crowds and the shocking traffic situation afterwards. My friend and I eventually managed to hail a taxi away from the festival site but others weren’t so lucky. I probably wouldn’t attend this festival again, but am so happy that I had the chance to finally see Friendly Fires (lots of missed connections in the past) and witness a seminal band like New Order perform.
1. Saw Hercules & Love Affair at the DFA stage. The Smirnoff sign kind of kills this photo for me.
2. Friendly Fires. Every time I listen to their songs now I have the urge to dance like Ed.
3. Lights at New Order. I really like how this turned out even though it’s not of anything in particular.
4. NEW ORDER.

I posted more photos to Flickr but to be honest, I didn’t get many good shots.

st jerome’s laneway festival 2012

Moves like Jonny
The Drums
M83
Cults
Toro Y Moi

These are a few shots from Laneway Festival on Saturday. Because of the rain, all the stages were moved undercover. This was a blessing (we didn’t get wet) and a curse (harder to get good photos). Due to it being such a good lineup, there were bound to be more than a few timetable clashes. I ended up seeing Yuck, Austra, Active Child, Cults, Feist, the end of Toro Y Moi, The Drums, and M83. Unfortunately I missed out on Girls, The Horrors, Washed Out, and SBTRKT. However, it turned out that I could have seen Washed Out since M83 started their set 45 minutes late due to ‘technical difficulties‘. They then had to finish their set early to appease council noise restrictions. Despite the less than ideal circumstances, M83 still managed to put on a solid performance. It was, however, such a disappointing end to what would have otherwise been a pretty epic day.
1 & 2: The Drums. My highlight, always a good show, still waiting to hear ‘Saddest Summer‘ live.
3: M83. The bassist is my new hero, that kid has moves!
4: Cults
5: Toro Y Moi
P.S. You can see a few more photos from the day over on my Flickr.
P.P.S. Big ups to blog reader Eva (I think that was your name, sorry if it’s not!) for saying hi.

harvest festival

Confetti!
Riverstage, Watching The National
Disco heart Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 
I finally got my Harvest Festival film developed this weekend. I’ve been really slack on the film photography front lately. I still have two rolls of unfinished film to get through, one of which dates back to the beginning of the year and the other which I had with me in Europe. I’m kind of afraid the latter might have been affected by too many airport x-rays. Anyway, I posted earlier about the Flaming Lips’ set at Harvest but these will hopefully give you a more rounded view of the festival. You can see a few more photos from the day over on my Flickr.
From top:
1. Confetti and balloons during The Flaming Lips
2. Sitting on the hill at the Riverstage, watching The National
3. Disco heart!
4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, with the Botanic Gardens as a backdrop
Also, congratulations to Eliza, who was the winner of my Status Anxiety giveaway. Thanks again to all who entered. Here’s to hopefully more giveaways in 2012!

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