Tuesday, 20 January 2009

All Tomorrow's Parties On Cockatoo Island

The bill

The Foundry Stage where most of the magic - Laughing Clowns, The Saints and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds -happened.

Japanese girly noise-merchants, Afrirampo, all sedate and chill in pretty frocks at soundcheck

Afrirampo ten minutes later, in stage make-up and costumes, blowing our brains out with their crazy set. It's amazing how much (good) noise two tiny girls and their drums, guitar, fuzzboxes and made-in-Africa magic sticks can make. Our favourite act of the day!

Dead Meadow - Good but only in small doses.

Robert Forster. The remaining half of The Go-Betweens. Enough said.

The first time I heard Rowland S. Howard was on a 12" single he recorded with Lydia Lunch, a cover of Lee Hazelwood's "Some Velvet Morning". It was not an easy-to-forget version of the classic tune. I loved it and still own it so watching him play, many years later, in front of the oldest building on Cockatoo Island, on a windswept hill and sitting on the lawn, was super-special.

The highlight of our day was, of course, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds! Also the curators of the event. "The Ship Song" made what had already been a perfect day for me complete.

It's been two days since but I am still reeling from the once-in-a-lifetime supersonic experience, with a line-up that might never be repeated again, at one of my favourite places in Sydney.

I have so much more to say about the breezy blue-sky day, the other bands that we saw but didn't photo-document, the loveliest crowd at a festival ever...but it's really one of those you-have-to-be-there events where no amount of words or pictures can truly describe its sheer magnitude.

9 comments:

Top Bird said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time! I would have loved to have caught Robert Forster! xx

Ben Etc said...

yes, i know i missed out
glad you didn't

actually i had a pretty arty weekend
toured a load of exhibs starting at Old School
in Singapore
comme des gs wasn;t open

the likkle girl who wurves pwetty things said...

Hey Top Bird,
I did have one of my best days-out ever! Robert Forster was hot! xxx



Hey Ben,
Yes, you are crap. There are the other two festivals coming up but we've given up waiting for you to turn up at our door. Bah!

Comme des Garcons has left Old School. Their one year there is up. Can't wait to see where they'll open their next Guerrilla Store in Singapore. x

N-Lo said...

Twas fab to run into you at ATP miss! We must arrange to do that more often :)

the likkle girl who wurves pwetty things said...

It was a pleasant surprise to run into lovely you! And thank you for the photos from the day! xx

Gervy said...

It looks like you people had lots of fun... I was a bit disappointed when I learnt that The Reels were playing and I missed them - but N-Lo said they were embarrassingly bad...

the likkle girl who wurves pwetty things said...

We did!
The boyfriend and I wanted to but didn't stay for The Reels. It was late and us oldies were tired. x

Ben Etc said...

did you hear Mick Harvey left the Bad Seeds?
He's was in the birthday Party. And the Bad Seeds. And Boys Next Door. That's duration of it innit.
And weird to hear this as I just got one of his solo albums randomly (AND it's got a cover of a song we're going to cover tonight... not 'Within You'll Remain' -- which is in the set ... and Foong said he would come out and see us play if we did it ... met him the other night. Still a Gent)

the likkle girl who wurves pwetty things said...

No, I didn't. I leave Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds trivia to the boyfriend.

See? Told you it was a good cover version to put on the list!!!