Project Description

Fotsun Festival 2017

@ Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park

09/12/17

(Live Review)

Fotsun

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We drove in through a haze of smoke, heralded by an orange sun. Helicopters hovered over plumes of the smoke of distant burning headlands. A semi-naked man appeared, parked us in nothing but the unofficial uniform of speedos, holding a tinnie in his hand. Fotsun made an entrance before the music even started. Strangers offered alcohol. Couches came out of vans. Photographers in leopard print pants snuck up trees above the stage in search of new angles, dodging the mosh pit beach balls.
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The headliners Ball Park Music and Horrorshow brought the fun. The Preatures put on a polished high energy show, with lead singer Izzi Manfredi generating some antics. And Meg Mac’s voice was captive as ever.
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The stampede award went to The Bennies who generated some palatable party time energy, with crowds rushing to the stage from inside their tents. Their opening lyrics made the one sniffer dog present, have their hair stand on end. In their own words “I f*cking love music festivals so much. You can get as weird as you want.” Their on-stage excitement was contagious.
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Meg Mac

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Fans came with their own interactive sideshows. Watermelon hats. Drinking out of shoes, which is now officially a thing.  As Kim Churchill said,

 “It’s not often I get squirted in the face with beer with a watergun”.

His barefoot, wild ocean haired indy folk set got some screams. Tassie’s Maddy Jane caught a can of VB from her audience and drank it between sets, making her ultra raw and real sound exactly where it should be.
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Psychedelic rockers Wharves climbed up on their amplifiers for some guitar solos and behind the head guitar playing.
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Owning the stage were poet rappers Imbi the Girl and Sampa the Great, and superband Son of Jaguar, made of members of Grinspoon among other iconic Aussie bands. Betty and Oswald brought on the afternoon feels with their suave nostalgia pop.
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Festival of the Sun was a solid show of the up and coming indy scene, especially from the east coast.
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Last year’s headliners, Gang of Youths, went on to win album of the year at this year’s ARIAs, so now the pressure’s on. But mostly, it was the kind of festival where you could go into the sand filled mosh pit barefoot and no one planned their outfit three weeks ahead. A welcoming local crowd brought an enjoyable friendly vibe to it all. Cricket matches broke out with wheelie bins and flattened beer cans. In the five minute walk between beach to stage tents cosied up against each other and people fell asleep on mattresses inside of vans.

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