REVIEW: Grouplove, Mac Miller and CSS live at Big Day Out Gold Coast
As the sun was blazing high over Gold Coast’s Metricon stadium yesterday and every shady patch in the venue was occupied by sweaty Big Day Out punters, the Red Stage provided the perfect place for refuge at 3.15pm – with Grouplove on hand to help get our energy back up.
With her curly platinum blonde hair worn loose, lead singer Hannah Hooper gyrated about the stage in a full-length, skin-tight leotard, bashing the tambourine, the keys and her famously strong vocals solidly for 45 minutes – making everyone else who was suffering from the heat inside the tent look like utter wusses.
Grouplove’s entertaining set included new tracks ‘I’m With You,’ ‘Shark Attack’ (a song that has nothing to do with sharks, according to the band) and the super catchy ‘Arigato,’ as well as older jams ‘Itchin’ on a Photograph,’ and ‘Lovely Cup,’ but it was ‘Bitin’ The Bullet’ that really went off.
“You have no idea how great it is to travel out here all the way from America and be greeted by such a beautiful audience,” Christian Zucconi told the crowd, who were all just stoked to be in the presence of such a fun, energetic and musically adventurous band.
Once Grouplove had finished their set, it was time for Mac Miller to take the stage – but not before his DJ got the crowd involved in a little a capella version of ‘Yellow Submarine.’ Beginning his vocals from backstage, Mac literally bounced in front and centre performing his track ‘Gees’ as the audience proceeded to rap right along with him.
“Today is my motherf***ing birthday!” Mac informed the crowd early on in the set, and if his birthday wish was to have thousands of fans wrapped around his little finger, he certainly got one heck of a present.
Requests for the crowd to jump, bounce, sway, clap and call-back were dutifully accepted by the enthralled audience throughout the set – especially when Mac insinuated that the fans at Auckland Big Day Out could’ve been more into it than the Gold Coast.
“Would you say that Auckland goes harder than Gold Coast or Gold Coast goes harder than Auckland?” Miller asked the crowd. “Gold Coast, are you ready to jump?!”
All we can say is, it was lucky the stage was set up on rock hard ground and not a regular club floor, because that sh*t would’ve caved right in.
An hour later over on Big Day Out’s smallest stage – the Headspace Stage – CSS were going off, seeming completely unfazed by the fact they’d drawn a pretty small crowd. But while there still may have been plenty of room to set up a sweet posy on the grass just metres from the stage, the few fans that were there were into it big time.
Catching only the second half of their set, we were stoked to make it in time to hear one of the Brazilian rockers’ greatest tracks, ‘Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above.’
“Are we going to be lucky enough to see the sunset together?” lead singer Lovefoxxx asked the crowd. “It’s time for you to lip sync for your life!”
Well it’s a hard song to lip sync to, let’s be honest, but it didn’t stop us from trying. In fact, one of the best parts about CSS’ set was that their energy was completely infectious and seeing four kick-ass chicks rocking out on stage together was so much fun.
The set list was a synthy pop fest (naturally) with tunes from ‘City Grrrl’ to ‘Frankie Goes to North Hollywood’ and ‘Music is my Hot Hot Sex,’ but hands down it was seeing the passion and talent from the group that really made the one hour set so special.