Albert Park has a long history as a music venue, so those of you used to the 95bFM Summer Series, or perhaps veterans of Dragon playing in the Rotunda in 1975 (see AudioCulture), will have felt quite comfortable about the shift from the pavement of Silo Park to the penthouse up the hill. In fact you were probably wondering what took them so long.
I'm going to give the venue a resounding tick, and leave it to others who might wish to pick the details apart. We had an excellent day; found shade when we needed it; ate dumplings without queuing; had Korean tacos as the day faded and access to all the water we could drink... which was a lot. FTR trees are the best air-conditioning units ever invented.
As to the music, I enjoyed all that I saw, however I had work to do, and ended up snacking rather than spending meaningful time listening to any particular act. The Veils were favourites, both because I'm a keen fan, and their performance had a great intensity. Although I hear that Refused took the prize for wildest act, and longest mic lead on the day.
Starting at 12.30 to catch Fazerdaze and The Chills, by 9pm I was out of steam, so wasn't there for the great confetti explosion.
Feel free to share your Laneway stories, venue reviews, and photos taken on whatever device you had handy.
It may have been around for almost forty years, but as a rock venue
there's nothing inspiring about the Logan Campbell Centre in Auckland. The venue's reputation as a dank concrete barn in the middle of a carpark, with bad sound and endless queues for a drink, is difficult to shake off. But the place does have history, and to add to a
string of legendary shows over the years (Ramones, the Clash,
Nirvana, Lou Reed, Lee Perry, New Order, Beck . . . ) we can now add
PJ Harvey and band on January 24 2017.
Simon Kay was there, and took these photos as 'just a fan
photographing from the crowd' but they capture something of the
compelling performance by this great musician and her excellent band.
Just Like Heaven? Well, pretty close. The ever popular, and insanely loud Dinosaur Jr, with Hex, at the Studio, Auckland, on Monday 23 January 2017.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Vector Arena 18th Jan 2017
In an out of character move for Vector concerts, I decided to get tickets in GA. Usually nowadays I can manage about half a set standing up and then need to sit down (lie down).
But the chance to camp at the front with the eager punters was too tempting, and for the first four songs we got the best view in the house.
During Higgs Boson Blues he leapt onto a platform at the back of the barrier and leant into the crowd, who adoringly held him up and felt his heart beat at the appropriate moments. What a performer.
So many highlights on the night, but dancing like nobody was watching to Mercy Seat was right up there.
My only regret is I can't fly to Sydney to see them do it all over again.
Thursday night was the launch for Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa. Russell has covered this on his Friday Music blog, with a few photos he and I took.
To try and give you a taste of this excellent exhibition, here is the full set from the night.
Also notable when you walk through are the photos by some of our friends and contributors on Capture, in particular Murray Cammick and Jonathan Ganley. You can even get a postcard of Jonathan's iconic shot of Straitjacket Fits or the old Gluepot as you exit through the gift shop.
Generally though, you should just get the hell along.