Tag: Hordern Pavilion
The xx’s 2013 Australian tour had been the highlight on many a hipster’s social calendar for months. The British trio sold out their first Sydney show within 15 minutes. My Facebook was saturated with poorly taken Instagram snaps of tickets, followed by multiple exclamation marks and snappy comments: “The xx, killing it, yeah”. There was no doubting the hype that surrounded The xx’s Hordern shows.
The xx’s music has a hushed and intimate quality; it sounds like a private conversation between two lovers in the small hours of the morning. They are best appreciated late at night. Unfortunately, that’s not how festival timetables work, and when they toured Australia a few years ago, they found themselves playing shows in the scorching afternoon sun. It felt awkward.
A disappointing Bloc Party’s saving grace was that the boisterous crowd at the Hordern Pavilion were definitely up for a midweek blow-out. If the Glenn Miller Band were playing instead, the well-oiled audience would have pogoed and moshed just the same.
“Australian music is incredibly healthy at the moment. And I’m saying that as a fan: don’t let anyone tell ya different.”
Nick Lupi is feeling good about the future. The Sydneysider is one half of hip hop duo Spit Syndicate, who are about to release their third album. Sunday Gentlemen follows two critically-lauded albums on Obese Records and three separate mixtapes. They’ve steadily built their following through festival touring, as well as club shows and supports for internationals including Cypress Hill, Atmosphere and Brother Ali.
When The Stone Roses released their first of two studio albums back in 1989, disc jockeys weren’t rock stars – certainly not in the vein of Zane Lowe tonight. The BBC radio host is set up with a light show and big-ticket DJ decks, from which he drops a busy and eclectic mix of dubstep, glitch and rap. It’s high-powered stuff, but out of step with most of the Roses’ audience (read: expat Brits from baggier times), who instead are standing outside discussing what happened to Manchester United in this morning’s match.