“I was supposed to do great things” is certainly a definition of Cold War Kids’ career. This opening line of indie rockers fourth studio album is very fitting for a band that had everything in front of them following their debut release Robbers and Cowards in 2006. In the wake of their impressive debut, the Californian four-piece never seemed to reach the heights with either Loyalty to Loyalty or the heavily criticized Mine Is Yours.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts comes firing out the gates with Nathan Willett’s rapid piano intro in the album’s opening but also highlight track “Miracle Mile”. The fun flavour of the track proves that it could be blaring out of the speakers of any indie nightclub. The heavily percussed pop tune clearly showed the direction the band wishes to take - Cold War Kids could have easily opted to follow their 2006 recipe of slow piano ballads with detailed storytelling – yet the band did not take the easy way out and instead tried to build a great mid/high-tempo album.
The pianos are replaced with synths: a welcoming addition during “Loner Phase”, while “Fear & Trembling” is a skippable track with its over cluttered finish. After a great start to the album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts could have very well fallen into a downward spiral though luckily saved by the soulful ballad of “Tuxedos” and the CWK heritage track “Jailbirds”. The latter sounds as though it could be slotted on The Killers’ latest album with Willett’s vocal similarities to that of Brandon Flowers.
With the album clocking in at 36 minutes, it never outstays its welcome. Thankfully Dear Miss Lonelyhearts shows a return to form and has given us a renewed belief in the band. It may have not been a totally ground breaking album, but the cracks within Mine Is Yours have been filled with some indie pop gems.
During its nine years in existence the Groovin’ The Moo Festival has made a name for itself on being Australia’s most popular regional festival. The festival tours around Australia and brings massive international and local acts to towns that they would not usually have the chance to see. This year’s event brought in bands such as Tegan & Sara, The Kooks and The Temper Trap to headline the one day event on May 4th.
Two things were learnt during Bendigo’s Groovin’ The Moo; Animal Onesies are certainly this year’s fashion trend and secondly GTM is a fantastically ran festival. Surprisingly Bendigo (a country town two hours north-west of Melbourne) handled the 15,000 attendees with ease as there was only a limited amount of traffic across the country town and the queues into the festival were non-existent.
As Aussie acts warmed up the main stages, Matt & Kim were the first international act to grace the gold rush boomtown. The Brooklyn indie pop duo proved to be one of live music’s hidden secrets and provided a fun afternoon full of balloons, confetti and even sampling some unusual tunes (including Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” & Ludacris’ “Move Bitch”) between songs to keep the party going. Matt and Kim were very vocal during their set which included a lot of dirty talk. As the duo performed set-highlight “Now” they had the entire crowd moving while the base dropped to the climatic gleeful chorus.
Immediately following the duo of Matt & Kim was Australian hip-hop sensation Seth Sentry. The 2012 Oz Artist of the Year award winner had a large crowd gathered to hear recent hits such as “Float Away” and “Dear Science”, although it was his signature track and debut single “The Waitress Song” that the Bendigo attendees went wild for and sang in unison. As Seth delivered freestyle raps to the locals on the main stage the Moolin Rouge tent were hosting a head banging-body crashing set courtesy of post-hardcore rockers The Amity Affliction.
Frightened Rabbit gave the festival a relaxing vibe in true Scottish indie folk style, though at times seemed a little flat. Unfortunately the five-piece’s set was lacking material from their first two albums; instead the crowd were treated to more of the band’s recent work including “The Woodpile” which highlights front man Scott Hutchison’s strong Scottish accent.
The band that brought us quirky sitcom Malcolm in the Middle’s opening theme, aka They Might Be Giants, had their jokes lost in translation while Tame Impala were quite the opposite with their limited on-stage banter. The Kevin Parker project have shot up in popularity since their 2012 LP ‘Lonerism’, winning many end of year accolades last year from music empires NME, Triple J and Rolling Stone. The Australian rock band put on a psychedelic performance with crowd favourites ““Elephant” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”; though they are not for everyone they were an excellent choice to be the sunset band of the evening as the warm weather slowly turned into cold chills.
Twin Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara were impressive with classics “Walking With A Ghost” and “The Con”. The duo finished up their 50 minute set with the openly sad song “Now I’m All Messed Up” and “Closer”, which has the sisters exploring new territories of sound with a synth-pop sound. The Kooks brought the sing-along to Groovin’ The Moo as the British boys belted out a spree of catchy delights starting from “Ooh La” and concluding with “Naïve”, which had the sold out Bendigo crowd shouting “True or false it may be, she’s still out to get me”.
Bringing the main stages to a close were Melbourne hometown heroes The Temper Trap. The brilliant performance was a reminder on how the band’s talents suit the festival scene. Dougy Mandagi’s flawless falsetto was prominently displayed during set opener “Love Lost” and “Soldier On”, where in the latter the instruments take a backseat within the mellow tune. The Temper Trap delivered hit after hit showcasing songs including “Trembling Hands”, “Rabbit Hole, and “Fader”. As the cold wind swept through the Bendigo Showgrounds, Dougy asked the crowd if it was cold enough before leading into “Science of Fear”.
The captivating show came to a closure with the one-two knock-out punch of “Drum Song” and “Sweet Deposition”. “Drum Song” had Dougy pour water over his drums that were front of stage and drumming along to the instrumental track which had the water flicking everywhere, creating a magnificent spectacle which looked like something from the Beijing Olympics. The brilliantly orchestrated rock song that was destined for festivals and to be the soundtrack of girlfriends sitting on shoulders will be forever “Sweet Deposition”, a perfect closer for the day long Groovin’ The Moo festival which is only going from strength to strength.
Hungry Kids of Hungary: Average performance - 5/10
Matt & Kim: Highlight of the day, at one point the duo made note of a guy in the crowd wearing a “penis hat”, Kim went on to speak about how much of an urge she had to sit on the hat, Kim went crowd walking on the mosh-pit. - 9/10
Seth Sentry: Not my kind of thing, but crowd got into it, Seth inviting his mates Urthboy, Tuka and Ellesquire to perform a Bendigo-specific rap. 5.5/10
The Amity Affliction: Solid set - 7.5/10
Frightened Rabbit: A lot of hype with Frightened Rabbit but they didn't win me over with the live performance - 6/10
They Might Be Giants: Not a big fan of the band - 5/10
Tame Impala: Everything is loving these guys recently, but I just can't get into them 6/10
Tegan And Sara: Fantastic set by the Canadian duo - 8.5/10
The Kooks: Solid set which was heavily featured tunes from the band's debut album 8.5/10
The Temper Trap: Great way to finish the festival 8.5/10
2012 Top 20 Albums A very consistent year in albums, the difference between the album that finished 15th compared to 1st is minute.
#20 Funeral Suits – Lily Of The Valley Key Tracks: All Those Friendly People, Hands Down By Your Side
#19 Toy - Toy Key Tracks: Colours Running Out, "My Heart Skips a Beat.
#18 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange Key Tracks: Super Rich Kids, Thinkin Bout You.
#17 O. Children - Apnea Key Tracks: Holy Wood, Oceanside.
#16 Stars – The North Key Tracks: Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It, A Song is a Weapon
#15 Martin Rossiter - The Defenestration of St. Martin Key Tracks: Drop Anchor, Three Points On A Compass.
#14 Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg Key Tracks: Taste It, Seen It All.
#13 The xx - Coexist Key Tracks: Fiction, Angels
#12 The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten Key Tracks: Here Comes My Man, 45
#11 Maxïmo Park- The National Health Key Tracks: Write This Down, This Is What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.
#10 Imagine Dragons - Night Visions Key Tracks: Nothing Left to Say, It’s Time
#9 DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams Key Tracks: Dumb It Down, No Sleep.
#8 Mumford & Sons - Babel Key Tracks: Lover of the Light, I Will Wait.
#7 Hot Chip - In Our Heads Key Tracks: Motion Sickness, Flutes.
#6 Passion Pit – Gossamer Key Tracks: Take a Walk, I'll Be Alright.
#5 The Killers – Battle Born
Key Tracks: Be Still, Here With Me, Runaways.
#4 Billy Talent – Dead Silence
Key Tracks: Viking Death March, Surprise Surprise, Cure for the Enemy.
#3 Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - Theatre Is Evil
Key Tracks: The Killing Type, Grown Man Cry, The Bed Song.
#2 Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood of Colour
Key Tracks: Search Party, Arguing with Thermometers, Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here.
#1 Bloc Party - Four
Four years after their previous LP, and their fourth studio album is the appropriately titled release “Four”. The guitars are back with this solid effort as Bloc Party are still yet to release an “average” album. Key Tracks: Real Talk, V.A.L.I.S., So He Begins To Lie.
Honourable Mentions: The Shins - Port of Morrow Japandroids - Celebration Rock The Heartbreaks - Funtimes Calvin Harris – 18 Months Anberlin – Vital Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
2- Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – The Killing Type 3- CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share 4- Bat For Lashes - Laura 5- Bloc Party – So He Begins to Lie 6- Daughter- Youth 7- Bloc Party – V.A.L.I.S. 8- Passenger – Let Her Go 9- Enter Shikari- Search Party 10- Youngblood Hawke - We Come Running 11- Mumford & Sons – The Lover Of The Light 12- Enter Shikari – Arguing With Thermometers 13- Martin Rossiter - Drop Anchor 14- Matt & Kim - Now 15-The xx – Angels 16- Imagine Dragons - Nothing Left to Say 17- Solange- Losing You 18- Hot Chip - Motion Sickness 19- Imagine Dragons- It's Time 20- Maxïmo Park – Write This Down 21- Palma Violets - Best Of Friends 22- Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks 23- Billy Talent- Surprise Surprise 24- The Killers - Be Still 25- Funeral Suits - All Those Friendly People 26- Cameras – Running Up The Hill 27- Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Grown Man Cry 28- Grimes - Oblivion 29- Mining Boom - Telecom 30- Jake Bugg – Taste It
Honourable Mentions: Feed Me & Crystal Fighters - Love Is All I Got Toy - Colours Running Out Lana Del Ray- Blue Jeans Adelee- Skyfall Alt J- Breezeblocks Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe & Convicts - Look Down This Sanctuary - Run
Best Movie Soundtrack: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Best Debut Album: DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams
Best Music Video: Sigur Rós - Fjögur píanó
Best Album Artwork: Hot Chip – In Our Heads
Top 5 Gigs of 2012 (Which I Attended): 1- Coldplay @ Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (13/11/2012) 2- Morrissey @ Festival Hall, Melbourne (19/12/2012) 3- Enter Shikari @ Billboards, Melbourne (28/02/2012) 4- Flight Of The Conchords @ The Plenary, Melbourne (24/07/2012) 5- My Chemical Romance @ Big Day Out, Melbourne (29/01/2012)
1- The Dark Knight Rises 2- The Perks of Being a Wallflower 3- Looper 4- The Intouchables 5- Seven Psychopaths 6- Zero Dark Thirty 7- Silver lining Playbook 8- Les Misérables 9- Django Unchained 10- Argo
Honourable Mentions: Skyfall The Grey Moonrise Kingdom
Top Documentary: Searching for Sugarman
Top 10 TV Shows: 1- Breaking Bad (Season 5: Part One) 2- Homeland (Season Two) 3- Survivor (Season 25) 4- Sons Of Anarchy (Season 5) 5- Game Of Thrones (Season 2) 6- The Newsroom (Season One) 7- The Walking Dead (Season 2: Part Two/Season 3: Part One) 8- Community (Season 3: Part Two) 9- Dexter (Season Seven) 10- Life's Too Short (Season One)
Most Played Artists 1 Bloc Party 266 Plays 2 Enter Shikari 161 3 The Killers 145 4 The xx 134 5 Morrissey 133 6 Hot Chip 126 7 My Chemical Romance122 8 Maxïmo Park 110 9 Flight of the Conchords106 10 Radiohead 104 11 Coldplay 103 11 Frank Turner103 13 Kasabian101 14 Interpol 97 15 Snow Patrol84 16 The Throne80 17 Passion Pit77 18 The Smiths76 19 Kanye West73 20 Muse70
Most Played Songs 1 Bloc Party – So He Begins to Lie24 Plays 2 Bloc Party – V.A.L.I.S. 22 3 Passion Pit – Take A Walk 19 4 Enter Shikari – Search Party16 5 Blaqk Audio – Afterdark 14 5 Bloc Party – 3x3 14 5 Bloc Party – Real Talk 14 8 The xx – Angels 13 9 My Chemical Romance – I Don't Love You12 9 Frank Turner – One Foot Before The Other12 9 Enter Shikari – Arguing With Thermometers12 9 Passion Pit – I'll Be Alright 12 9 The xx – Fiction 12 9 Bloc Party – Day Four 12 9 Bloc Party – Octopus 12
Deap Vally Saturday 6th of April, 2013 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Support: Gung Ho
Setlist: Baby I Can Hell Raw Material Gonna Make My Own Money Your Love Walk of Shame Ain't Fair Lies Creep Life End Of The World ----- I Put A Spell On You (cover)
Indie rock three piece Gung Ho opened things up for the Californian duo. With only a few tracks released by Deap Vally the set was short but sweet. The 45 minute performance gave us a taste of tracks that could feature on their debut LP, along with already releases tunes such as ‘Gonna Make My Own Money’ and ‘Lies’. The female duo were quite entertaining with antics such as spitting water onto the front row crowd and kissing a female crowd member.
It was great to see the garage rockers at a small venue like the Northcote Social Club, as I have a feeling the next time they are on Australian shores they will be playing much bigger venues. The sexy duo finished the set with a cover of Screamin Jay Hawkin’s tune ‘I Put A Spell On You’.
The xx Thursday 4th of April, 2013 – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Support: Jagwar Ma
Setlist: Try Heart Skipped a Beat Crystalised Chained Reunion Far Nearer (Jamie xx cover) Sunset Fiction Reconsider (Coexist B-Side) Night Time Swept Away Shelter VCR Islands Infinity Encore: Intro Angels
Australian band Jagwar Ma started things off with an average set. The alternative dance act were nothing special, but their track ‘The Throw’ does signify that the duo do have some potential.
Up next were London’s The xx. Their performance was close to perfect. The band have great stage presence, a fantastic sound, and had a wonderful light show. Also when a band only has two LP releases you are guaranteed to hear 90% of their material and unlikely your favourite songs will be missed off the setlist.
The trio (who were all dressed in black) have such a cool and slick presence, and at various times during the gig it would seem that both Romy’s and Oliver’s guitars were making love to each other. The sound and lighting was some of the best I have seen at Festival Hall…and my god the bass was mindblowing! When I first saw Romy tonight I would have never recognised her, she is surprised me on how fit she looks lately. I also have to mention how awesome Jamie’s mixing desk looked with the stylish xx cabinets on display.
The highlights of the show included ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Islands’. As the band performed their pre-encore closer ‘Infinity’ the black backdrop lifted to reveal a massive “X”. The band returned onstage for a two song encore which featured the amazing chill-out instrumental track ‘Intro’ and their Coexist lead single ‘Angels’. The xx left the stage and told the crowd they would see Melbourne again soon.
Frank Turner/Dropkick Murphys Tuesday 2nd of April, 2013 – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Support: Swingin' Utters and The Sleeping Souls*
Frank Turner Setlist: If I Ever Stray The Road Peggy Sang the Blues Reasons Not to Be an Idiot Glory Hallelujah Long Live the Queen Recovery Wessex Boy The Real Damage Four Simple Words Try This at Home I Still Believe
Frank Turner put on a great performance for the half empty Festival Hall crowd. Ticket sales were quite low for the co-headline tour of Frank Turner and Dropkick Murphys. The Dropkicks sold out two Melbourne shows on their last tour, and with the addition of the wonderful Frank Turner that there would be somewhat of a demand for these two acts. Thankfully the general admission area was at full capacity, although the majority of the seated area of Festival Hall was curtained off to give the venue a modest look.
Turner’s set consisted of songs such as the ‘Long Live the Queen’, ‘Wessex Boy’ and the newly released ‘Recovery’. The Brit finished with very lively and crowd sing-along ‘I Still Believe’. I can’t wait for Frank to come down under again, but next time for a headline tour.
Frank Turner’s Rating 8/10
Dropkick Murphys Setlist: The Boys Are Back Burn Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya Going Out In Style Your Spirit's Alive Worker's Song Prisoner's Song My Hero Out On The Town The Warrior's Code Jimmy Collins' Wake The Battle Rages On Forever The Irish Rover Out of Our Heads God Willing Rose Tattoo Captain Kelly's Kitchen I'm Shipping Up to Boston (with Frank Turner) Encore: Barroom Hero End of the Night Skinhead on the MBTA Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (AC/DC cover) Citizen C.I.A.
To be honest I would never think of attending a Dropkick Murphys concert, I don’t dislike their music….I am just not a fan. The fans that do support them are quite dedicated and go nuts for the American Celtic punk rockers. The highlight of the set for me was ‘I'm Shipping Up to Boston’ where Frank Turner joined the stage with Dropkick Murphys.
MINING BOOM Saturday 23rd of March, 2013 – The Gasometer Hotel,Melbourne
Support: Palms and Bad Dreems
Palms kicked off the evening with a solid thirty minute set. Palms were quite casual and frontman Al Grigg (ex-Red Riders) was quite funnily disorganised which made the set entertaining. At one point Grigg asked the crowd if they wanted a upbeat or slow tune…the crowd voted for upbeat. ‘Love’ was definitely the bands highlight track.
Up next were South Australia’s Bad Dreems. The set started out a little average and the band encountered a few technical problems, although at the bottom end of their set the guys settled in and had a handful of good tunes.
The lead singer of Mining Boom almost made me think that Ned Kelly was still alive and now rocking out in the music world. Mining Boom seem to have some mystic about them and they have a great presence on stage. The half Perth/half Melbourne band are ones to look out for. With songs like set-opener ‘Telecom’ and ‘PDA’ these guys have big things ahead.
Bloc Party Thursday 14th of March, 2013 – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Support: World’s End Press*
Setlist: So He Begins to Lie Trojan Horse Hunting for Witches Positive Tension Team A Real Talk Blue Light Waiting for the 7.18 Song for Clay (Disappear Here) - ('Kele - Tenderoni' intro) Banquet Coliseum One More Chance Octopus Encore: Kreuzberg Ares This Modern Love Flux ('Rihanna - We Found Love' intro) Encore 2: Ratchet Truth Helicopter
A sweaty and sold out Festival Hall hosted Bloc Party’s return to Melbourne. The indie rock kings haven’t performed in Melbourne since 2010 and the crowd were ready and vamped up for an amazing performance in which the quartet indeed delivered. New track ‘So He Begins To Lie’ started things off, which was followed by an unexpected performance by ‘Trojan Horse’.
Though it wasn't until the great combo of ‘Hunting for Witches’ and ‘ Positive Tension’ that the night really begun. The latter had the energy levels at breaking point with the climatic “SO FUCKING USELESS” collective shout. ‘Banquet’ was as amazing as always, as it brought the moshing and singing along to a maximum. ‘Kreuzberg’ was a surprising pleasure and ‘Flux’ was yet another highlight.
Kele was not too talkative during the performance, but instead focused on thrashing out twenty great songs. The London four-piece added ‘Ratchet’ to their set, a brand new track which followed Bloc Party’s climatic formula and had a very positive crowd reaction. ‘Helicopter’ was the perfect note to finish on and summed up a great performance and an enjoyable night from England’s premium alternative act.
Sure not all my favourites were played, but Bloc Party have such an extensive catalogue that covers four brilliant albums that they cannot please everyone (Though I am still waiting for ‘Two More Years’ one of these days!). Although I felt the tracks they played from their latest LP ‘Four’ were the albums weaker tracks, and they ignored songs such as the upbeat ‘V.A.L.I.S’ and ‘ Day Four’.
SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL Friday 1st March 2013, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne.
For the ten year anniversary of AJ Maddah's Soundwave Festival the venue was upgraded from the Melbourne Showgrounds to Flemington Racecourse. The festival also pulled out an all-star lineup of acts including Metallica, Blink 182 and Linkin Park.
Fozzy: 12:20PM-1:00PM (Stage 5) Watched: ALL OF SET Setlist: Spider In My Mouth Sandpaper Pray for Blood Martyr No More God Pounds His Nails Sin And Bones Enemy Blood Happens
A great start to the day, Fozzy rocked out with a set mostly consisting of songs from their latest release “Sin and Bones”. Chris Jericho proved to be a great frontman, and used his charismatic wrestling skillset to get the crowd up and about. During the tune “God Pounds His Nails”, thanks to lyric training from Jericho, the crowd chanting “Hey Hey Hey, 1, 2 , 3” within the chorus. The highlight was the climatic “Enemy”. There were plenty of “Y2J” chants, but Jericho reflected them many times during the set and had the crowd singing a “Fozzy Fozzy Fozzy, oi oi oi!” chant. Rating: 7/10
Stonesour: 1:10PM-1:55PM (Stage 1B) Watched: 1:10-1:50 Setlist: Gone Sovereign Absolute Zero Mission Statement Made of Scars Reborn RU486 Say You'll Haunt Me Through Glass 30/30-150
A good performance from the American alternative metal lead by Corey Taylor. “Through Glass” was definitely the set highlight. Rating: 6/10
The Vandals: 2:00PM-2:45PM (Stage 2B) Watched: ALL OF SET Setlist: It's A Fact Cafe 405 N.I.M.B.Y. The New You People That Are Going To Hell Oi To The World I've Got An Ape Drape And Now We Dance My Girlfriend's Dead Don't Stop Me Now (Queen cover) Waltzing Matilda
Prior to Soundwave I had never listened to The Vandals, though they performed an entertaining set. The band are aging, but still have amazing energy. The punk-rockers finished their 45 minute slot with Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and Australia’s unofficial national anthem “Waltzing Matilda”. Rating: 6.5/10
Billy Talent: 2:45PM-3:30PM (Stage 2A) Watched: ALL OF SET Setlist: Devil in a Midnight Mass Viking Death March This Suffering Line & Sinker Rusted from the Rain Try Honesty Runnin' Across the Tracks Devil on My Shoulder Fallen Leaves Surprise Surprise Red Flag
One of the great acts of the day. With a mix of old, new and crowd favourites the performance was fantastic. Highlights included Fallen Leaves, Surprise Surprise and Red Flag. Rating: 8.5/10
Slayer: 3:25PM-4:20PM (Stage 1A) Watched: 3:35-4:20 Setlist: Disciple War Ensemble Die by the Sword Chemical Warfare Mandatory Suicide Altar of Sacrifice Jesus Saves Seasons in the Abyss Dead Skin Mask Angel of Death South of Heaven Raining Blood
Not a fan of Slayer, I couldn’t quite get “into” the performance. Rating: 4.5/10
A Perfect Circle: 4:20PM-5:20PM (Stage 1B) Watched: ALL OF SET Setlist: Annihilation (Crucifix cover) Imagine (John Lennon cover) Weak and Powerless The Hollow Passive Rose Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums By and Down The Package The Noose When the Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy cover) The Outsider
Unusual stage set up with the band performing on pillars and stood like statues for the majority of the set. I was thrilled the band included their awesome cover of “Imagine” (originally by John Lennon). A Perfect Circle’s set was low energrised but still was enjoyable, especially the finale piece “The Outsider”. Rating: 6.5/10
Blink 182: 5:20PM-6:30PM (Stage 1A) Watched: ALL OF SET Setlist: Feeling This Up All Night The Rock Show Down Violence What's My Age Again? Disaster Reckless Abandon Ghost on the Dancefloor All the Small Things First Date Dumpweed Blow Job Stay Together for the Kids Man Overboard Josie Carousel Dammit Family Reunion
Early on in the set Blink 182 (minus Travis Barker) had some sound troubles and it was quite hard to hear the punk rock act from the distance that I was from the stage. It was quite hard to hear the on-stage banter between Blink. A solid set, but the sound troubles really let the performance down. Rating: 7/10
Linkin Park: 6:30PM-7:45PM (Stage 1B) Watched: ALL OF SET Setlist: A Place for My Head Papercut Given Up New Divide With You Somewhere I Belong Lies Greed Misery Points of Authority Waiting for the End Breaking the Habit Castle of Glass Lost in the Echo In the End Numb What I've Done Burn It Down Bleed It Out Faint One Step Closer
I was never a big fanboy of Linkin Park, but there performance at Soundwave blew me away. With a great singles back catalogue and an impressive new album it was the perfect formula for a remarkable setlist. The climax of the set was one of the best I had seen in recent years. With hit singles “In The End”, “Numb”, “What I’ve Done”, “Burn It Down” and “Bleed It Out” follow one another it was 25 minutes of pure enjoyment. Rating: 9.5/10
*Checked out Metaliica for 10 minutes before travelling over to see The Offspring.
The Offspring: 9:00PM-10:00PM (Stage 2B) Watched: ALL OF SET Setlist: You're Gonna Go Far, Kid All I Want Come Out and Play Days Go By Have You Ever Staring at the Sun Want You Bad Gone Away Hit That Bad Habit Spare Me The Details Why Don't You Get a Job? (Can't Get My) Head Around You Americana Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) The Kids Aren't Alright Self Esteem
Solid performance from the punk rock veterans, including crowd sing-alongs such as “Pretty Fly”, “Why Don’t You Get A Job” and “Self Esteem”. The downfall of the set, was it being overcrowded as the infrastucutre was not ideal. The stage was tucked away in one of the corners of the festival site which made it hard to see the stage with blocking structures in the way. Rating: 7/10
While leaving the festival site I caught the final moments of Metallica’s set.
Overall an enjoyable festival, stages were a little crowded and it was weird to see a D Barrier on a Stage 2. The two best performances of the day were Linkin Park and Billy Talent. I regretted not taking sunscreen as I was quite badly burnt. A great day out, and Soundwave currently has the upper hand over rival festival ‘Big Day Out’.