REVIEW + PICS: Field Day | The Domain, Sydney

Sydney music lovers have accustomed themselves to dusting off the cobwebs from big New Year's Eve celebrations to attend this premier New Year's Day musical festival that is Field Day. The 2016 lineup gave you no choice but to attend the event showcasing international artists such as Disclosure, RL Grime, Boys Noize, Skepta, Pusha T. Mix that up with some of our homegrown Aussie talent in the forms of Golden Features, Flight Facilities, JOY. Allday, Ta-ku, forming the biggest lineup Field Day has seen to date.

Allday saw the majority of the foot traffic out of those early set times as the crowd was starting to flow past and congregate at the main stage. One of the leading aussie hip hop outfits to burst on to the scene in the last few years showcased their immense talents to a jovial crowd. You Always Know the DJ stopped people dead in their tracks as the whole crowd busted out the lyrics to the catchy number.

Ta-ku set the tone for the day with his live set drawing in people from all angles. This live set showcased Ta-ku’s immense talent and ability to find the perfect balance of progressive beats and hip hop whilst never neglecting his signature heavy basslines. I Miss You was the crowd’s favourite and by now everybody was well and truly up and dancing to what was an exhilarating performance.

A quick duck over to the left field stage situated in amongst the Domain’s famous Moreton Bay fig trees saw Daniel Avery bring the house down with his psychedelic techno. As that clock drew extremely close to four o’clock everybody frantically made a bolt over to the main stage to make sure they didn’t miss one bit of Skepta.

Skepta was the first of the international acts to hit the main stage and boy did he hit the ground running. It’s safe to say that at least three quarters of what was a sold out Field Day were witnessing UK Grime at its best. The beaming down sun and hot temperature had everybody feeding off Skepta’s high energy and massive stage presence. As soon as Shutdown came on the whole crowd went into overdrive and everyone was at a whole new level screaming out those infamous lyrics and what better way to lead into the next big name international artist.

With the massive crowd still growing rapidly at the main stage, out stepped RL Grime. One of the pioneers behind trap music, RL Grime has the arsenal to deliver a set like none other. Love Sosa was the first track that sent the moshpit into a frenzy and from that point onward each and every song had everyone finding new energy levels you didn’t know you had. The crowd was jammed right up against the front barriers and stretched has far back as the eye could see. With the recent release of his debut album Void, it was no surprise as to what tracks would ramp things up a knotch. Scylla and Core managed to do this with ease and then RL throws in one of his personal favourite tracks Kingpin. Tell Me gets thrown into the set and all you can see in the crowd is a sea of trap arms and the odd circle pit opening up. When you mix RL Grime’s passion with a pulsating crowd you’re only going to get fireworks and this is exactly what RL Grime brought.

The sun has well and truly set for the day and anyone that’s a fiend for hard hitting elctro house and techno was champing at the bit for Boys Noize. Even though he was on one of the smaller stages he pulled one of the biggest crowds of the day. You could hardly move amongst the masses of people although there was still enough room to dance and go absolutely mental. This stage had the best sound system of the festival and Boys Noize pushed it to exetrmes. There was never a backward step throughout the entire set with every track and transition just building and building, getting heavier and heavier and louder and louder. As soon has Boys Noize dropped Do You Like Bass? The whole crowd erupted in unison and at times your whole body was left feeling like it had been hit by a ton of bricks. By far the standout performance of the day went to Boys Noize and his ever so passionate bass heads.

The biggest act was left till last and closing out the main stage was Disclosure. The two brothers from England have made Australia a frequent stop in their jam-packed touring schedule. With the recent release of Caracal adding more material at the brother’s disposal, you knew you were in for a good end to the night. This album doesn’t quite have the big hits that featured on Disclosures previous album Settle. This was constantly evident throughout the entire set, especially after Latch and When A Fire Starts To Burn had been played. During both those songs you could hear the crowd belting out the lyrics way above the speakers. But sadly they were the only two highlights of the set. Quite frankly you demand more from the headline act.

Field Day once again lived up to its reputation of being the best way to spend your New Year's Day.

All photos by Brayden Smith (BCS Imaging).

REVIEW + PICS: Meg Mac | Metro Theatre, Sydney

Last year Meg Mac burst onto the scene after being named triple j’s unearthed artist of the year, later scoring three songs in the triple j Hottest 100. Since then it has been a whirlwind year. Mac has just returned to our shores after spending most of 2015 in America where she has been working on her forthcoming album, all whilst completing a North American tour with D’Angelo and The Vanguard.

Sophie Lowe - a talented singer-songwriter, who actually went to school with Meg Mac, got the ball rolling in what was the first time she had ever played at The Metro Theatre. She was joined up on stage by Miles on drums and Neil on Keys. Those that had turned up early weren’t disappointed - two songs in and Lowe already had those on the dance floor swaying and cheering. She played a short and intimate set where she even managed to fit in a cover of Robyn’s With Every Heartbeat, putting a really energetic spin on the Robyn classic that really got the crowd moving. Her best, however, was left till last. She closed with her most well known song UNDERSTAND which was by far the crowd’s favourite.

Shortly after Lowe had graced us with her stunning vocals the night saw Lilt take the stage for what was their first ever East Coast show. Lilt have recently been supporting Meg Mac on the Perth leg of her tour and you can see why she’s brought them to Sydney. The more The Metro started to fill, the better Lilt got; as they fed off the crowd’s energy. The Indie/Electronic outfit managed to provide the crowd with some new and unreleased music, such as Powerless, which proved to be a hit. The shy lead singer didn’t hold back vocally while her fellow band members on rhythmic bass drums and electronic keys got the crowd moving. The set just kept building and building culminating in the last two songs - Can’t Hear and Don’t Tell Me. The latter particularly brought the house down with a couple linking arms and having a dance in the crowd seemingly the perfect visual depiction of their sets heartwarming allure.

A sold out Metro Theatre waited and cheered with anticipation for Meg Mac to step out on stage and as she did, wearing her classic black fedora, the whole place erupted. Mac had them eating out of the palm of her hand right from the start. The stage was lit with dark and sultry lighting that complimented her vocals. She wasn’t alone, however, joined by two band members who she jokingly said she couldn’t see due to the lighting and the sweet backup vocalist Danielle.

Mac worked every bit of the stage as she belted out Before Trouble and the crowd corresponded by throwing their hands in the air and clapping. In between songs the songstress admitted that this was the biggest show she had ever done by far (outside of a festival).

It was Every Lie that really ramped things up a notch which was followed by her cover of Jimmy Ruffin’s What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted. Perth was the first time that she had gotten on the piano and sung at the same time and had she stuffed that up she said she wouldn’t be doing it again. Luckily this wasn’t the case as she jumped on the Piano for OMG. Her slow movements and pauses up on stage really held the whole crowd on edge, using that very technique to build anticipation for Grandma’s Hands and boy did that go off like a bang - the entire crowd was moving and singing as one. The never heard before Cages was up next, followed by Roll Up Your Sleeves and her latest release Never Be.

Was there an encore?” I hear you ask and of course there was! The crowd wasn’t going anywhere and out stepped Mac once more providing us with her triple j Like A Version cover of Broods’ Bridges. As this performance proved, Mac is arguably one of Australia’s most talented musicians and singers this country has at the moment with an enormous voice that made for a scintillating performance.

- Photos by Brayden Smith (BCS Imaging) for the interns. 


Kelela Drops New Single 'Rewind'


Kelela is ready to back up her sensational debut mixtape Cut 4 Me with her upcoming EP Hallucinogen. From that EP comes the latest single Rewind which sees Kelela team up with Kingdom and Nugget in producing this beauty of a track. Rewind is a lot more upbeat compared to what we're used to from Kelela, where previous releases have been a lot darker in comparison. The track showcases Kelela's amazing voice mixed with some great beats, taking us on yet another emotional journey. Her EP Hallucinogen is set to be released in early October.

READ: We listed Kelela's A Message as one of our favourite tracks of 2015 so far.

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Diplo Teams Up With Sleepy Tom For 'Be Right There'

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Diplo has somehow managed to find time away from his massive touring schedule with Major Lazer and Jack U to release a banger... Right in time for the weekend. He has teamed up with Fool's Gold producer Sleepy Tom and has strayed away from his usual trap, moombahton, hip hop sound in order to create this house track, Be Right There. The pair have sampled a 90's classic by Jade, Don't Walk Away where they have reworked it into this massive dance anthem. Be Right There has everything working for it, from it's infectious melody to a punchy bass line and synth. The track has been released on Diplo's label Mad Decent



Four Tet Remix CHVRCHES' 'Leave A Trace'


Four Tet has come up with a beautiful remix of CHVRCHES' Leave A Trace which is the first single off their forthcoming album Every Open Eye. The English producer has added his signature touch of electronic synths creating a relaxing element to what was already a bright and catchy song. Every Open Eye is set to be released on 25th September.