Jeez – what a BIG one – we left home about 9 am and didn’t get home again till nearly 1 am (!)Train ride into town & to Prince Park is always fun – excitement & vibe from other people on the way too – so many people crowding into the place.
The first part of the day was spent exploring & seeing a few bands “during a drive-by”. I saw Sick Puppies” whilst queueing for merchandise – the standard “stubby-holder” for the collection – I have FIVE now.
They’ve had a huge hit with their song FREE HUGS – with many hits to the YouTube video clip – only 9.5 million !
Will have to check out some of their other stuff – they sounded great.
Had a wander into the bar area next – was $6 for a beer – and $9 for a bourbon can ! Wasn’t stopping anyone though – lots of people about.
Good “beer garden” area – and lots of shade too – not too hot, but cooking when the sun was out.
Pushed & squeezed our way into the D area to see The Butterfly Effect. Have seen them many times before – and not liking the way they’re going. They’ve lost some of their edge – becoming too big for their boots in a sense.
Had to push my way out of the “D” to go to the next band.—-
A chockers tent saw the arrival of Trivium – the heavy-metal band of the day. And gee – they rocked ! Lots of hair flying about on stage – and great old-school rock riffs.
The lead singer really got the crowd wound-up, and then they played Master Of Puppets – an old classic Metallica song. The crowd went berserk ! Highlight of the day – thus far.
Sat and listened to some of Legends Of MotorSport – and then met up with my mates again after wandering solo for a while – ie. back to the bar.
Had heard about Lily Allen – and thought I’d wander down to The Boiler Room – along with half the Big Day Out crowd. In hindsight, she shoulda been on the main stage – was bursting at the seams.
Some cool funky jazz hip-hop, with attitude. Couldn’t see much, but nice grooves.
Back to the bar (again) – good to have a rest after lots of time wandering about – and some food too. Lots of “good” food carts this year – was some pretty crappy offerings last year.
Never cheap though – was $9.50 for a souvlaki – and $8 for a Nando’s burger (!)
Sat throught the last few songs of Salmon – local Melbourne band with 6 guitarists and 2 drummers. Very bluesy, AC/DC style – with each guy doing a solo – kinda cool.
Something For Kate are one of my favourites, but have disappointed the last few times. They were on the main stage last time – between silverchair and System Of A Down – kinda tough for them.
Some great songs from Echolalia – as well as more recent stuff. They’re officially a 4-piece now, no longer just the 3 of them up front, with another dude “off to the side”.
Left half-way through to go see The Killers, who some of my mates were keen to see.
But – wasn’t greatly getting into them, unlike many people about. They’re good at what they do – just not really my thing. So – I wandered back to see the rest of Something For Kate.
I bumped into an old work friend (Maria) – and said hello to some of her friends.
I’d forgotten how much I like SFK – was singing and dancing away up the back of the crowd – another highlight for the day.
After trying to get into the D once before – during John Butler Trio – I thought I’d have another last-ditch attempt to get to the front.
It was a squash and squeeze for about 1/2 an hour – only missed Jet, so no great loss there.
Some of my other mates had gone home by then – Vista girl was feeling sick – and another guy had finished half a bottle of Vodka on the train trip into town – and had passed his use-by-date.
Was just three of us remaining – for Muse.
I’d seen them before, but (I think) it was waiting for Metallica (BDO-04) – and was sitting down, and just waiting for them to finish, rather than watching them.
This time, they had a brilliant light show – and great songs – will have to check out some of their stuff – I didn’t realise they had so many cool riffs.
And then the main guy would play some piano – and then into a grunty rock-riff. Had a little does of Queen to them in some respects.
The last band of the day was Tool – lots of lights & show-screens & lasers – and a bass player with about 8 finger on each hand. I’ve always wanted to see them play – and they didn’t disappoint.
More rock-tunes, with lots of cheering & singing along. We’d lost another player by then – was just me, and Mark (brother-in-law) – we started out as 6, and ended up as 2 !
Then – after a great BIG Day Out – was a BIG Trip Home – thanks to Connex for cancelling trains to Glen Waverley.
We sat at Flinders St station from 11.15 pm – till 12 am – and so didn’t get home to bed till after 1 am !
Thankfully – I had a day off “in-lieu”. Ironically – from scheduled maintenance @ Connex !
Highlights for the day :
* Something For Kate
* My mate Andy, who’s battery in his digital SLR went flat after Trivium – and so he tram’ed down to Ted’s camera & video in Elizabeth St – and bought a new battery & charger.
Then – set it on quick charge, went to grab a coffee – and back to the Big Day Out – for more photos !