Posted by Sheamus Duggan
23. Aug, 2012
After last week’s Melody Pops you’d be forgiven for thinking this column had turned into a blog dedicated to bringing you the latest in what’s happening in the world of music festivals. And that’s OK, because it has.
This week Harvest announced its first November event had sold out, added a few more artists to the bill and revealed a second date would be taking place on the same weekend.
The 2011 Melbourne leg of Harvest billed itself as “a civilised gathering”, excelling in a beautiful venue in Werribee Park, an affordable price and a great line-up that did indeed attract a friendly, civilised crowd. And that Mogwai set was irrepressible.
In execution, the facilities at Harvest fell far short of demand, resulting in long queues for food, drinks, drink tickets, toilets and a two hour wait to get out of the car park – making the festival a mildly irritating, fantasy indie-military school type experience.
By mid-afternoon word had got around that bars were running low on booze, resulting in a bevy of alcoholics, desperate to use up our play alcohol money, forming what are known as ‘rogue queues’. With the threat of drinks running dry many Festival-goers were left to choose between seeing musicians and queueing for drinks (so as to not be out of pocket with leftover tickets) and that, my friends, is not civil.
Promoter A.J. Maddah, the sadist responsible for bringing Linkin Park to Melbourne for the next Soundwave, has promised to make amends for last year’s mishaps. If the facilities match the quality of this year’s line-up so far, I predict a better-than-average-to-great time. If not, attendees shall remain disgruntled for approximately three weeks before returning to their lives ahead of Harvest 2013.
The Harvest line-up to date includes Beck, Sigur Ros, Liars, Fuck Buttons, Ben Folds Five, Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane, Grizzly Bear, The Dandy Warhols, Silversun Pickups, Cake, Dexys and The Black Angel. It all happens over the weekend of Nov 10-11 at Werribee Park.
Gigs of the Week
Witch Hats and White Walls are playing a free gig at The Liberty Social in the city tonight.
Bob Log III brings his spaceman garage rock show to The Tote this Saturday night, with Puta Madre Brothers and Rattlin Bones Blackwood supporting.
Dave Larkin Band, Spencer P. Jones and Royston Vasie present an evening of rock, in addition to roll, at The Grace Darling this Saturday night.
Bail Out's plans to help out Melbourne's disadvantaged youth.
Snap away with The Fox Darkroom, a mecca for photography aficionados to learn all about the traditional methods of black and white photography.
It almost sounds like the premise of a reality TV show: pile a bunch of artists in a bus for seven days, send them across Mexico and see what happens.