One of the first concerts I ever went to was Midnight oil, playing at Memorial Drive in Adelaide back in 1984. I was a massive fan of the early stuff but their albums fell out of favour in my mind after they release Red Sails in the Sunset. When I heard they were reforming for the World Circle Tour I was excited followed by Disappointment that they were playing at “Adelaide Oval”. The Oval itself is very bad acoustically due to the large sound reflective Grandstands so I hesitated when tickets went on sale. It wasn’t till a little later I found they weren’t actually playing inside the oval but Adjacent to it ( Right next to Memorial Drive where I had seen them 30+ years prior ). By then it was too late and the show was sold out.

With a few days to go I put out feelers to see if anyone had purchased a ticket was now unable to go and thankfully I found someone local and bought their ticket. So glad I went as was an amazing show. There were only a couple of songs they played that I wasn’t overly familiar with being from Newer albums but plenty of older stuff that I knew every word to. Great night and I captured some short snippets of Video from some of the songs played

 

Here it is – Enjoy

 

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Taken a while to finish off the edit but finally I can present the video compilation of the Adelaide Zombie walk 2016 which started and finished in Elder Park that year due to roadworks. Make sure you watch it in HD ( 720p or 1080p )

Womadelaide 2017 Saturday

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

The First full day was packed full of lots of varied acts. Getting there just before one we started off on Stage 2 with the Oki Dub Ainu band from Japan and then managed to pack in lots of acts.

Photographers are normally only allowed the first 3 songs or 10 minutes. Toni Childs, spoke for 10 minutes and then we were all ushered out before she even managed to sing a note. The crowd didnt mind though and were lapping it up. TAGO from Korea was one of my highlights and I saw them a second time on Monday.

The Waifs put on a solid performance although a photographers nightmare with the sparkly silver reflective top that Donna was wearing. I’d seen them a few times previously ( many years ago ) so left early to see what Baba Zula were like and they were excellent so moved up my what to see list for Monday.

  • Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra
  • The Waifs
  • Warsaw Village Band
  • La Mambanegra
  • Tago
  • Toni Childs
  • BaBa ZuLa
  • Mane
  • Bamba Wassoulou Groove
  • Bokanté
  • Brushy One String
  • Dope Lemon
  • Hanoi Masters
  • Inna Modja
  • Mercedes Peón
  • Les Goulus

You can see a short snippet of each of the acts

Relive the night with a compilation of some of the acts on Friday night sessions at Womadelaide featuring

  • Xylouris White
  • Hot 8 Brass band
  • Montaigne
  • Oumou Sangare
  • Dancenorth, Lucy Guerin Inc and Senyawa
  • Cie Carabosse

Whilst Friday night session is the shortest of the 4 days there were some gems to be found. By far the highlight of the night was the performance by Montaigne on the Novatech stage. Wow what a voice and lots of energy. Totally captivating and someone I’ll be aiming to see again sometime soon ( She is playing also at Groove in the Moo in April 2017). Also managed to fit in the Hot 8 Brass band from New Orleans, Xylouris White, Oumou Sangare and part of the Attractor Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin show which had quite loud live “grunting/screaming” which at times seemed excessive but offset by some great dancing.

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Womadelaide 2017 Media Launch

Posted: March 10, 2017 in Adelaide Events
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Well the day is finally upon us and Womadelaide 2017 Festival kicks off. Here is a sneak peak at a few of the artists who gave us a sample of the festival ahead

Brushy One String, The Soil and the roving dodos from company Cie Ekart.

Ive been asking friends who they are looking forward to see at Womadelaide. For many people the answer is Monday nights main stage performance by The Specials. They came to Adelaide for the first time in 2012, so they must have enjoyed the experience.  If you love Ska and have your dancing shoes on make sure you catch them.

Here is some snippets from their Thebarton theatre show in 2012