Harvest Festival – by focusing on quality music, can you believe it, instead of “who’s popular” or “how can we cater to off-their-face teenagers” – was one of the best-reviewed music festivals in Australia last year. I certainly enjoyed it, even while jet-lagged.
The first announcements for this year’s lineup are out. It looks awesome again. Though I’ve already seen all the acts that I’d desperately want to, so I’m not sure if I’ll bother.
Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane
Ben Folds Five
The Dandy Warhols
The Black Angels
The War On Drugs
Dark Dark Dark
Last Sunday – after flying back from Spain – I went to Harvest Festival in Sydney. It was a good day out, and a great way to stave off jetlag.
It was a very chilled, hippie vibe out in Parramatta Park. With no under-18s, it was a fairly grown-up gathering. It was never ridiculously crowded or annoying. It was, as it was billed, civilized and relaxed.
I got to see:
- TV On The Radio (Fantastic, once their sound guy got things levelled out)
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Rub Your Hands Say Meh)
- Bright Eyes (just a bit, which was enough)
- Mogwai (good as always, and a great soundtrack for laying on your back in the grass and watching the sky; chattier than normal)
- The National (just a bit, they weren’t as god as I’d hoped)
- The Flaming Lips (always a super experience; I welled up during ‘Do You Realize’, like I always do)
- Portishead (only a bit, as the jetlag finally caught up; good, but a super downer after The Lips)
The Flaming Lips explode onstage. flickr photo from gunslingr
I’m not much for music festivals anymore. Gettin’ too old. Can’t be bothered for the couple of bands in the lineup I’d care to see.
But when I saw that Harvest Festival is intentionally billing itself as something other than a sun-baked piss-up for teenagers – that is, a proper festival about good music – I paid attention.
When I saw the lineup, I bought tickets ASAP. You should too, if you’re old like me, or tired of the same party bands on the same tours.
- The National
- The Flaming Lips
- Bright Eyes
- TV on the Radio
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
- Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
- Holy Fuck
- Mercury Rev
- Death In Vegas
- The Walkmen
- and many more