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.