Kings of Leon – Allphones Arena
I’ve seen Kings of Leon 3 times previously – but it was a few years ago now, so I was interested to see if they’d go through the motions or not. Unfortunately, initially at least, they did go through the motions for most of it. Four songs in and not so much as a ‘Hello Sydney’.
I’ve never been one who moans if the band doesn’t speak to the crowd, I’d rather do without the fake “[Insert city name here], we love playing here/this is our favourite place” etc. But give them their due, they did seem to get into it half way through. They weren’t exactly mind-blowing (I think I knew what to expect as well), but they were pretty solid.
Boy & Bear – Enmore Theatre
A few months ago, an internet stranger recommended Boy & Bear to me because they were of similar ilk to Mumford & Sons (who I like) – they actually supported Mumford & Sons when they toured in Australia. They’d also sold out the Enmore Theatre for the previous day on the Saturday, so I was intrigued to see what the fuss was about (hoping I could tell my mates about my new ‘tip for the top’ discovery down under).
Acoustic guitar – check
folky sound – check
As good as Mumford & Sons – Nope.
Will they make it big – probably not.
Mr S. Cowell
I like their song ‘Feedling Line’ though.
I spent most of the time looking around wondering how good the Arctic Monkeys will be when they play in there in January (somewhere that isn’t a huge 10k capacity arena). My conclusion, with the hairs on the back of my neck standing up: “immense”.
The inaugural Harvest Festival. A one day, 10k capacity festival, with a line up which included Portishead, The National and The Flaming Lips surely couldn’t disappoint, could it?
You could walk from one end of the site to the other within 5 mins and with minimal band clashes you could mostly watch whole sets before moving yo-yoing with the crowd inbetween stages.
I managed to catch This Town Needs Guns, The Family Stone, The Walkmen, PVT, TV On The Radio, Bright Eyes, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mogwai, The National and Portishead.
I’m just disappointed that I didn’t stick around for Flaming Lips (but I’d seen them a couple of years ago at Glastonbury) – opting instead, to get a couple of beers and a decent spec. at the other stage for Portishead.
I wasn’t sure how Portishead’s music would go down at a festival. When it was announced they were playing over here I was hoping they’d also play at the Opera House. But alas, they didn’t…they didn’t need to.
I’ve never heard a crowd that large be so quiet during songs. The best behaved crowd I’ve seen; no cheers in the quiet bits, no screams, no stupid yelling out…even the singer commented on at the end “thanks for being quiet”.
I never thought I’d get to hear ‘Roads’, live, so that was a personal favourite. As was the chest thumping bass of ‘Machine Gun’ and the hauntingly quiet ‘Wandering Star’.
Crowds at gigs seem to be a bit more civilized over here, not least because I’m still yet to see a plastic cup of beer/piss get thrown. Normally, in England at least, Kings of Leon would be enough to bring all the knobhead beer throwing tools out in force.
Enimen plays here in 2 weeks, I’d like to see him, but I’m not willing to pay nearly $200 for the privilege. So, it looks like the next concert will be Fleet Foxes at The Opera House on 2nd Jan.