Last night was an overload of black shirts. It felt more like you were attending your favourite football team except for this occasion it was all for Rock n’ Roll. I think I saw one person last night without an AC/DC shirt on and I witnessed dedicated fans with AC/DC tattoos on their arms, backs, shoulders even one guy showed me his tattoo across his arse. Australian band, ‘Kingswood’ kicked things off at the Brisbane QSAC stadium, as the supporting act for AC/DC. By evening the Swedish band, ‘The Hives’ entered the stage in full swing. The stadium began flooding with people filling every little gap. Once The Hives concluded their set you knew what was next, everyone had full attention on the stage in front. Any moment now the lights will go down and it’s show time. Soon to be everything went dark and all you could see was thousands of red horns on top of fans heads glowing amongst the stage. Finally the stage lit up in a single bang with flames rising and explosions of bright lights beaming from the stage. Here’s the moment everyone has been waiting for, as smoke slowly faded away there they were. The crowd was going ballistic. AC/DC started off with ‘Rock or Bust’ with Angus Young in centre of the stage while front-man Brian Johnson moved side to side of the stage. The band show’s no sign of slowing down the amount of energy Brian has meanwhile through the second song, ‘Shoot To Thrill’ Angus began run and moving quickly to each side of the stage point to fans. AC/DC concluded their show with ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You).
Over the October long weekend many travelled to North Wollongong to the "Yours & Owls" music festival. The event was next to the beach at North Wollongong, with clear blue skies and the sun out, giving punters the first taste of the festival session. The event had a friendly environment and laid back vibe. Easing into the afternoon you would find people wandering between the boutique food and drink stalls. As the sun started fading away, people gathered in groups. As another act finished more spectator’s filled the gaps, then soon a complete cluster of people from right to left appeared, and at centre from the stage. Fire works went off above the festival just before the final act of the event, 'The Rubens’, this was a sensation finish and concluded the festival.
Sydney Park was covered in picnic blankets. Rockin’ music at the ready, the smell of pulled pork and polenta chips in the air, and not a clean shaven male jawline in sight, it was of course, the Young Henry’s Small World Festival.
In its second year running, the Small World Festival is a celebration of Newtown and all things Inner West. Presented by the folks at Young Henrys, it hosted an array of local talent in the form of music, food and most importantly, booze.
Punters were treated to the sweet sounds of The Church, DZ Deathrays, PVT, All Our Exes Live in Texas and Bon Voyage to name a few. Other treats provided were edible goodies from local favourites Porteno, Marys, Bloodwood, Cornersmith and Black Betty BBQ.
The rain held back, however festival-goers didn’t. A vision in denim, attendees were dancing, drinking and being all around merry. A small world with a big performance, it was a terrific day had. Certainly looking forward to next year’s gig.