St. Kilda Festival, Melbourne, Australia

The big day has arrived! My first saturation in music since I left the U.K in august beckons at the Free St. Kilda Festival Sunday. A scattering of 6 stages were primed and ready as the music began early. I was there to witness the days best and worst musical offerings. Over the course of the day I managed o cactch a total of 16 bands so here is a brief(ish) report on the days talent.

Georgia Fields
First up on the New Music Stage was the twee indie pop of Georgia Fields. Musically they were pretty tight and lyrics were quite good to. Just what the gloomy overcast day needed, some happy mellowness to ease us into the festival.

Chistian Mizzi & the Sirens
The rain didn’t worry the crowd gathered to watch the next band up on the new music stage. These guys were fun time pop/rock band who have some cracking tunes in their arsenal. Catchy, melodic, fun, danceable and highly entertaining. Easy singaling chorus’s struck the right chords with me and I really hope these guys make it big some point soon.

Catching the end of their set on the Main stage I wasn’t overly impressed. One track was superb but in between the lacklustre poor mans snow patrol mix of songs they were easily forgettable.

The WooHoo Review
An Australian Gypsy band…apparently so! They were musically very good too, a more traditional take on the gorgol bordello madness was on show here. Violins, guitars and trumpets drive each instrumental track on its merry way. The lack of vocals made this grow tiring faster than it probably should have, so I left looking for more musical thrills.

Last Measure
If you are ever in the unfortunate position of being at a Last Measure gig, make sure you have a good pair of ear plugs for this extreme youth playing the angy punks. In a word Bloodyawfulterribledigracefullybad (Now I know that’s technically 5 words strung together, but they were just that bad).

Trip Hop died in the 1990’s….clearly nobody told these guys…shame really!

Ryan Meeking and the Few
At last another good act and its yet again at the New Music Stage. These guys have had some good coverage from the indie station triple J and the crowd size reflected this popularity. Their blend of country fold with honest lyricism rolled into a neat poppy package was very palatable. Their show was very good and had its fair share of foot stomping moments. These guys already seem to have what it takes to succeed in the biz good luck to them.

The Violet Flames
Sticking with the new music stage next was last years support band for the aussie Bon Jovi tour, so I obviously was there to witness their slot. They were very accomplished and confident! With a set of great pop rock they had every right to be confident as the crowd lapped up each rock and rolling song. Their lyrics were top notch, topical, amusing and above al catchy. I had a grand time here and there guys will be stuck on stereo’s for years to come.

Neon Love
I dared head back to the teenage friendly stage, location of earliers musical outrage to witness a very suprising band, Musically neon love and miles ahead of their years blnding electro and jerky guitar riffs into a bloc party melting pot and coming up trumps. Only flaws are the distinct lack of a decent vocalist. With a few more shows and years these guys could make some very interesting music.

The Galvatrons
My left ear was physically pounded by the onslaught of hugely over the top 80’s keyboards and glam metal guitar grunt. The keyboardist was ace, producing cheesy y power riff after another each of van halen standard. Backing up the keys was a ludicrously colourful front man who loves to rock out with his shaggy 80’s perm while wielding hi crunching metal guitar. This was so much fun and even though they are big silly and stupid…they are a whole lot of greatness on stage! These also supported Def leppard on their Ozzy tour too,

Jackson Jackson
I’m not usually an dance music man, but these guys won me over with their funky baselines, warped synths and emotive lyrics. This is a different breed of electro music which while being danceable was also experimental and progressive. I liked them a lot, also having 4 women (Plus another man with an eye patch & you get he Jackson Jackson 5…haha) backup singers in tight dresses also improves their onstage appeal….hehe.

The Angels
A weary old rock band they look like but age hasn’t slowed these vets down one bit. They punp out adrenaline fuelled AC/DC’esque classic rock and roll. Their songs were catchy and more importantly they rocked pretty good too. The huge crowd were going crazy for these guys and they had every reason to. The Angels energy and showmanship was awesome, putting some of he younger bands to shame. A cracking rock and roll show!

Tex Perkins & His Ladyboyz
A comedy cover band played some very obsure 80’s soft rock numbers. Except from the comedy aspect they were pretty dull and lifeless. Avoid!

So that brings the festival to a close and I trot off to my hostel feeling very content and very tired afte an awesome day of FREE LIVE MUSIC!!!!

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