Bigsound 2012, what a night! 120 bands in 12 locations all around Brisbane. If you planned your schedule right you get to see a small handful of the greatest! Our schedule was…planned well, but much harder to stick to than expected.
Trading in our tickets for wrist bands early in the night we began with pre drinks at ‘The Wickham’ while downloading the Bigsound app to map out our night. Loon lake were first on the list on 8:50. But then friends rocked up and by the time we looked at the clock next it was 9pm!!! Rushing off to see ‘Hayden Calnin’ perform at Oh Hello, we get there in time to go up to the stage and get a triple j bag full of goodies.
Listening to Haydens music on SoundCloud is nothing short of amazing. His powerful voice belting out a heartfelt song and capturing you in your tracks reeling you into every song. Listening to Hayden perform live was very different to that. His voice still ever so powerful and flawless it was the stage performance as a whole that left me disappointed. The songs had more silences in them as Hayden spent most of the time recording, looping and playing back sounds, words and rhythms. And although impressive and skilful to do so it left the performance a little dull for me. I have seen this thing done before by none other than ‘The Twoks’ and they do it in such a way that it is still entertaining! I felt like I was watching him in the studio record and not watching a performance.
The only performance I had set aside the entire set time to see and not leave early, ended up being the most disappointed. However based on his singing and producing ability I still think he is one to look out for!
Leaving Hayden early to head to Bakery Lodge and see Owl eyes, because we weren’t informed she had been cancelled…but this little surprise turned out to be a highlight of the night!
Dubmarine replaced Owl Eyes and with a mixture of drums, trumpets, keyboards and two very entertaining lead singers, this band ROCKED THE HOUSE! The audience was IN the music, moving with every beat, singing with every word, this band really knew how to entertain! Jumping off the stage, body paint, shiny dresses, they had it all!
Dubmarine had a massive fan base and were definitely worth a mistake.
Quickly shooting off to Magic City to see Battleships and wow..
Already pumped up and dancing before they came on stage I was in the mood to have my mind blown! And ask and they shall receive. Up the front watching the emotion on their faces, the sweat pouring and feeling the vibe I was in musical heaven. The instrumental build ups had everyone in the audience in a suspenseful state before a final drop of the beat and rocking it all out was what we did. People screaming (mainly me) and all coming together to dance as one to a band who stole the night.
This band Battleships know how to perform, entertain, make music and make you feel good!
With the next act being The Art Of Sleeping whom we had seen a few weeks ago and the time fast approaching a booty shake competition that needing attending, we decided to call it an end to the Bigsound portion of the night.
Bigsound was a great event. Planned well, performed on time by all and enjoyed by most importantly me! You should have come :)