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BIG DAY OUT 2012 - Gold Coast, Parklands Showgrounds, 22/01/2012
A perfect summer's morning greets today's much lesser than capacity crowd. This is the seventh time that I've personally (Adam H.)
done the trek down Parklands Drive since 2001, enthusiastically heading towards the festival entrance and what the upcoming
twelve hours of music we all have to look forward to.
There has no doubt been much debate through various sites on the selection of this year's line-up. But for this particular reviewer,
there are still enough big names to peek my interest (Kayne West, Soundgarden, Noel Gallagher), there are the usual suspects
(The Living End, My Chemical Romance, Parkway Drive, Kasabian), and the most hyped up artists of last year
(Foster The People, The Vaccines, Cage The Elephant, Boy & Bear, Kimbra).
Arriving towards the mainstages, we position ourselves behind the D-ring barrier as Frenzal Rhomb take to the stage, charging through their short snappy punk rock tracks, over the course of their forty minute set. Fan favourite "Never Had So Much Fun" is the first mass sing-a-long for the day, and just a teaser for what the rest of the afternoon and evening has to offer.
Frenzal Rhomb Setlist
Heading over to the Essential Stage, American five-piece Cage The Elephant live up to the pre-festival hype with their highly
energetic set, most notably displayed by enigmatic frontman Matthew Shultz. A dedication to the late Etta James before track
"Shake Me Down" is a touching moment, Shultz wishing he could write a song anywhere near as good as the famous songstress.
A good old-fashioned stage dive into crowd during set closer "Sabertooth Tiger", gets the elated crowd involved, Shultz hoisted
aloft and floating upon a sea of hands and returned back towards the stage to rapturous applause.
Cage The Elephant Setlist
Having to follow-on after Frenzal Rhomb and then metalcore band Parkway Drive, it would seem that Boy & Bear's placement
on today's timetable may have been a mistake. Luckily the indie rock outfit don't let this stop them from entertaining their ever
growing fanbase with songs from their popular debut release "Moonfire" of last year.
A cover of Crowded House' "Fall At Your Feet" goes down a treat, as does the pleasant-sounding "Feeding Line".
Boy & Bear Setlist
British band The Vaccines were regarded last year as the "next big thing" back home, and if their slot at 2011's
"Splendour In The Grass" was anything to go by, plenty of punters across the country were highly anticipating their return to
Australian shores. The band did not disappoint, wearing their diverse rock influences on their sleeves, whilst playing a majority of
the tracks from debut album, "What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?". Lead singer Justin Young arguably had the strongest vocals of the day, most notably shining through on popular songs such as "Wetsuit", opener "Blow It Up" and new track "Tiger Blood". Highlight of the set was fan favorite and dance floor filler "If You Wanna". Hopefully their eagerly awaited sophmore
release will continue to keep this impressive band's star rising.
The Vaccines Setlist
Big Day Out festival verterans The Living End have come to celebrate the events 20th Anniversary party, and everyone is invited!
Summoning the crowd into a rendition of "Happy Birthday", bass player Scott Owen showers pieces of sponge cake over the
fans packed at the front of the stage.
All the hits are there, plus tracks from their new album "The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating".
Mass sing-alongs to the likes of "Second Solution", "Roll On" and "White Noise" are expected from a band pushing ever nearer
to twenty years of existence themselves. But a collaboration on stage with rapper 360 during track "How Do We Know", followed
by a cover of Nirvana's classic "Breed" whips the crowd into an hysterical frenzy.
The Living End Setlist
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