First BDO for Kate Tucker of Yamba, Bec Kempnich of Grafton and Ellana Pfeiffer of Yamba.
First BDO for Kate Tucker of Yamba, Bec Kempnich of Grafton and Ellana Pfeiffer of Yamba.

Best of Big day Out

ON a scale of days, any Big Day Out festival rates pretty highly on the calendar and even though I’d previously seen most of the acts at this year’s line-up, last Sunday at the Gold Coast certainly rated pretty well.

It’s subjective of course, but I felt like there were no ‘once in a lifetime’ big hitters in this year’s crop – it was more a ‘Value Pack BDO’ or a ‘Best Of BDO Collection’.

There were plenty of magical moments and my highlights would have to be Kasabian, Karnivool, The Mars Volta, Muse, Lilly Allen and Groove Armada. Grinspoon were also great, as usual, but I only caught their last song – Champion of course.

And even though the merciless double-kicks from Fear Factory forced me to the outskirts of the show, I had to admire the veteran metal heads’ intensity.

But from the names listed above, you can see what I mean about value pack.

Acts I hated included Passion Pit and Dizzy Rascal – what are the kids thinking?

Also spotted on my travels were quite a few Clarence Valley or ex-Clarence Valley faces – some of whom grace this page.

I was lucky enough to score an official ‘pit pass’ from the wonderful Big Day Out organisers which gave me fantastic access to bands for the first three songs of their act and allowed me to cut a swathe through the 50,000 odd (emphasis on odd) people in the crowd.

Certainly I received some quizzical looks from fellow photographers from Triple J, Rolling Stone and alike when I introduced myself as being from The Daily Examiner, Grafton.

For those interested, I will be displaying nearly 600 of my images on my flickr site which can be accessed through a link at my main website www.photographyunlimited.com.au.



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