Review: Big Day Out 2013 Sydney
On the hottest day Sydney has ever had, iconic Aussie festival the Big Day Out rolled into town toting a stellar line-up of local and international acts.
We arrived at Homebush in the early afternoon and headed straight for the Foxtel MTV House Party, a little oasis in the sweltering heat with a fantastic view of the Green Stage. From there we watched Texan bluesman Gary Clark Jr. crank out his trademark gritty, Deep South Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Clark powered through ‘Third Stone From The Sun / If You Love Me Like You Say,’ and the skies opened during ‘Ain’t Messin’ Round’ providing some much-needed relief from the soaring temperatures. Big single ‘Bright Lights’ got the crowd grooving, before we trudged over to the main stages to check out some of the day’s big hitters.
Band of Horses were surely sweating up a storm as they hit the Blue Stage in black jeans and full, bushy beards, playing a set filled with fan favourites including ‘There Is A Ghost,’ ‘No-one’s Gonna Love You’ and ‘The Funeral.’
Next door, indie rockers Vampire Weekend entered to a backing track of A$AP Rocky’s ‘F**kin’ Problems’ before launching into upbeat track ‘Cousins.’ The boys jumped around like maniacs despite the searing heat as their infectious brand of upbeat pop-rock drew a big crowd, with ‘White Sky,’ ‘Holiday’ and sing-a-long track ‘Oxford Comma’ drawing the biggest applause.
Catching the back end of Childish Gambino’s set at the Essential Stage was like walking into a night club in full swing. The crowd danced along with the thumping bassline, belting out every word of ‘Heartbeat’ and screaming the chorus of ‘You See Me.’
“This has been one of the best experiences I’ve had,” Gambino told the masses, “Now let’s do some poppin’ sh*t, put your f**kin’ hands up!”
Gambino was a tough act to follow, but B.o.B had no trouble keeping the energy up. A simple stage set up with just him and a DJ let B.o.B’s rhymes do the talking, with heavy tracks interspersed with massive singles like ‘Magic.’ Soon though it was time to hustle back to the main stage for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!
Dressed in a bright yellow blazer and matching shorts, a peroxide blonde Karen O writhed around the stage like a woman possessed. The band jammed their set with a mixture of hits and fan favourites, including ‘Phenomena,’ ‘Heads Will Roll’ and ‘Cheated Hearts.’
“Are you guys ready for a Yeah Yeah Yeahs love song?” yelled Karen O, before dedicating a mellowed-out acoustic version of ‘Maps’ to the crowd.
Metallic confetti shot out into the crowd during ‘Gold Lion,’ and the crowd rallied for the New York natives’ final track, the thumping, electro-filled ‘Zero.’
Written by Lauren Alpe and Lucy Slight
Don’t miss ‘World Stage: Big Day Out Highlights’ on Friday Feb 8 @ 9:30pm, followed by ‘World Stage: The Killers’ on Friday Feb 15 @ 10pm on MTV!