Big Day Out 2007
This has been my first BDO ever, and what a BDO! Highly recommended.
My surprise find of the day must have been Minuit in The Boiler-Room. Minuit are a Kiwi group doing electronic breakbeat with a flirtaciously hot front-woman Ruth Carr keeping the crowd moving and entertained. Definately recommend a listen, but I think attending a live performance would be the best way to introduce yourselves to their music (I’ve seen a music video clip before and wasn’t that moved by it).
Of course the international bands rocked-out-with-their-cocks-out: The Killers were amazing despite serious sound issues on the Blue stage. Flowers’ vocal prowess was something to behold – it was so on par with the CD you wondered sometimes if they were dubbing (that is, until the vocals started fading in and out due to the inept sound engineers).
The Muse gave a top-shelf performance; a lot higher intensity that I was predicting. I heard later that they were off their pickles in their interviews, going on about lizard-men and such. Entertaining.
Tool were awesome. A cohesive machine pumping out the loudest set of the day.
I left the Tool set (sacrilege!) just over half way through to go have a look at an old favourite, The Crystal Method, over the boiler-room. A solid drum’n'bass outfit, they got the topless boys and girls of the boiler-room sweating all over their new found neighbours. Really enjoyed my stay in The Boiler-Room having a little groove, great way to finish the night.
And finally, a big shout out to all those people I met on the day. The amazing thing I found about the BDO is the people you run in to: I managed to run into a couple people from my Waikato University days, old high school friends (one acquaintance Heidi has just been signed up for a reality TV show of some sort), and the odd random friend-of-a-friend who was off her nut in The Boiler-Room.