Meredith Music Festival (Friday)
Do you like mystery, adventure and stories about compost toilets?
Well, you came to the right place!
After the critically acclaimed success of their Homebake review, our newest staff members, Gemdilem and Poleski, are back! This time the dangerous duo were joined by the even more dangerous Mrs Pop and sent down to the mystic land of Victoria to attend this year's Meredith Music Festival.
Midday: Somewhere near Melbourne
Just getting there was a challenge.
Gemdilem: Headed to Melbourne and picked up de.foxus and Trev the random. Such is the nature of Meredith that you give lifts to strangers you've never met. There is a kind of hippy love feel to the festival before we even arrive. Completed a Dan Murphy's run for beer, ginz, tonics and ice - and we are on the road to Meredith. Poleski, Mrs Pop, Katatonic and Bravest Man Alive (aka BMA) were planning to drive to the festival later on after work.
Gemdilem: Somewhere near Geelong it starts to rain.
Phone call between Mrs Pop and Poleski.
Mrs Pop: Where are you?
Poleski: Office. Just leaving now! So damn excited!
Mrs Pop: Office? But don't you land in Melbourne at 4:30.
Poleski: Yes...yes I do... [pause] yes...now I see where you are going with this. Fuck.
Poleski misses flight from Sydney to Melbourne. Who knows when Polski, Mrs Pop, Katatonic and BMA will get to Meredith.
Gemdilem: Drive from Melb to Meredith = 2 hrs. Meredith town to Meredith music festival (normally a 15min drive) = 2.5 hr drive on festival day. We spent longer in the queue to get into the festival then driving from Melbourne! FAIL!
Gemdilem: Arrival! Finally!
Gemdilem: Tent up. Survived first compost toilet visit. First beer in hand. 100% success. Just in time for the first bad (Violent Soho) at 6pm.
Gemdilem: My last minute decision to buy gumboots is looking like the best decision I have ever made.
Gemdilem: The rain continues and it all starts to get a bit muddy.
Poleski: Somewhere between Sydney and Melbourne.
Gemdilem: Hair hair hair! Similar set to Homebake. It rocked. The crowd loved them.
Poleski: Still somewhere between Sydney and Melbourne.
Gemdilem: And the rain continues.
Gemdilem: 5 chicks in the band. 4 on guitars. Too many chicks? Too many guitars? Something is not right, but I'm not sure what.
Poleski: I have now landed in Melbourne. Drunk. I forgot red vino was not the best option when trying to take the edge off. I have been given instructions from the remaining team to meet them at Federation Square. God help us all.
Gemdilem: At Pink Flamingo bar drinking pink flamingos everything is beautiful. I love my gumboots.
Gemdilem: Rain, rain, rain.
Poleski: Remaining team members (Katatonic, Mrs Pop, and BMA) arrive at meeting point armed with ginzz, Smirnoff, more Smirnoff, red vino and groceries. 50% of the grocery shopping was delegated to Mrs Pop... thus 25% of the groceries consisted of Doritos and 25% of assorted chocolate. The Smirnoff has now been combined into one jumbo plastic bottle, to be referred to as Mr Smirnoff from here on.
Gemdilem: For a brief moment I thought it had stopped raining. It had not. Why do ponchos only reach to just past my elbow? I now have a good 3 inches at the end of my arm that is completely soaked.
Poleski: It is now 8:30-ish and we are attempting to leave Melbourne. It's a Friday night and it is pouring. We outline our agenda: ginzz, stealing a shiny flamingo vest from bar staff, cannodeling with someone who has a shiny flamingo vest, taking photos and mocking those on acid, ginzz, going crazy to The Bronx, stalking Canadians, ginzz, making it back in one piece (if possible).
Gemdilem: Kinda hypnotic. 100% guitar solos. No vocals. Strange. But it works.
Poleski, Mrs Pop, Katatonic and BMA arrive at Meredith!
Poleski: Can somebody say MUD BATH?? MUD BATH! We got teary at the sight....so much epicness ahead! The gumboots came out and on and so hand in hand with Mr Smirnoff we made our way to the brightest, shiniest point we could find to meet de.foxus and Gemdilem. And there they were ready for rowdiness. We got a very clear overview of where we were camping. Landmarks and distances between landmarks were outlined. We just wanted ginzz.
Poleski: With ginzz and Smirnoff's in tow we made our way to the stage. THE STAGE. The One Stage. As soon as I laid my eyes on that muddy hill, lined with tree lights and lanterns I was in love. Not since 1999 when I first heard the voice of a certain Swede, in a certain suite that I have had so much love in my veins. This was heaven!
Gemdilem: Man Man rocked. So much energy. Loved it. A festival highlight.
Mrs Pop: I enjoyed the confetti. It was an unexpected surprise that I really enjoyed.
Gemdilem: What confetti?
Poleski: Although not a completely tight set the whole way through the band's high energy, tennis outfits and all round killer tracks made this a festival highlight. That and Mrs Pop loosing it when a band member got a hold of some tinsel. God have mercy.
Poleski: We made our first new friend at this stage....Red Rocket. Red Rocket was attempting to make the ultimate 80's mega jacket by merging his black and red jacket. Things didn't end up as planned as our friend Red Rocket ended up trapped in his double layer of attempted awesomeness.
Gemdilem and Mrs Pop visit the compost toilets.
Mrs Pop: I have sawdust in my undies.
Gemdilem: How did you manage that?
Mrs Pop: I think I did things in the wrong order.
Gemdilem: When they played their pop songs it went off. The heavy rock songs not so much. Mrs Pop yelled 'play Polyester Girl' all the way through. Eventually they played it and she lost her shit. Priceless. I'd forgotten how good Regurgitator were and still are!
Poleski: Who knew so many people were fans of ass licking? Seriously. PS: Solid set. Although I am not their biggest fan and generally missed their peak of awesomeness as I was stuck in second world country listening to top 40 and pirated CDs from the west. These guys don't disappoint. They bring it.
Gemdilem: INCREDIBLE! I was mesmerised by the constant flurry of action on stage - keyboard swaps, constant button pressing and knob twirling. Near perfect re-creation the songs as they sound on the album. Awesome. Definitely a festival highlight.
Mrs Pop: Not much on-stage antics, but great wiggle hip moments which I enjoyed. Solid performance.
Poleski: Holy Fuck... Holy Fuck! God bless Canada. They were unbelievable! For anyone who did not see the sideshows or was too busy making/passing out - this should be your regret of 2008! It's been a while since I've seen such energy on stage! Perfect set list.
Gemdilem: BED TIME. Slight tent leakage. Slept in a small puddle. Didn't really notice or care until sometime early Saturday morning.
Poleski: After calling Gemdilem weak and waving her goodbye, Mrs Pop and I followed the call of the flamingos....it was time for vodka based cocktails. It's at this stage things become a little hazy...vodka-gin hazy...working our way round the blank spots and the images that were taken between the hours of 1:30am and 6am it MAY be suggested that lots of vodka based cocktails were consumed, several fights with randoms over Canadians, South Park, whether Jimmy Pop is single and the state of the economy and music industry MAY have taken place, along with dance offs. Llamas, beer and dance offs to kick ass ipod playlists MAY have been promised to individuals and individuals may have gone to see llamas, drink beer and have dance offs only to find there was no llamas, no beer (but breezers. Eww) and no ipod dance offs (but an orgy tent). Words MAY have been had. Individuals MAY have been told to go die if they thought Family Guy was funnier than South Park. On the way home individuals MAY have spotted Canadians. Shit MAY have been lost. A search for random objects and lost shoes MAY have taken place. Who knows how we ended up back at the right tent. Honestly.
And on the next thrilling installment!
Tame Impala! The Mountain Goats! Rain! Mud! Saul Williams! Muscles! Architecture In Helsinki! Ponchos! Vodka! MG-fucking-MT! The Bronx! More rain! More mud! More fucking ponchos!!!