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Hard News: Friday Music: Whine Festival

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  • Russell Brown,

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    The Tamaki and Aroha stages on the outer field take shape

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    I couldn’t get in to the stadium itself, but here’s a peek at the staging and a pic of a “COW” (Cell on Wheels) already in place for next Friday.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    And the Lakeside Stage.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Michael PlaysBass,

    Another great post RB!
    That Gil Scott Heron is pure sweetness.
    Really appreciate these Friday posts.
    Agree with your post re not pleasing everyone, it's not easy or risk-free putting on a big gig, maybe music fans could give the promoters a break.
    Cheers

    Th' Shore (North) • Since Nov 2012 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Michael PlaysBass,

    Agree with your post re not pleasing everyone, it’s not easy or risk-free putting on a big gig, maybe music fans could give the promoters a break.

    Indeed. And you really get an idea of how big the BDO set-up is from visiting the site. They've already been working for days.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Michael PlaysBass,

    Another great post RB!
    That Gil Scott Heron is pure sweetness.
    Really appreciate these Friday posts.

    Thank you!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Who'd be a music promoter? Not me, that's for sure. I also have never really got the vibe of the BDO, but like Russell states, I'm sure there are many for whom it is a highlight of the year.

    One other advantage of the BDO is that capacity is sufficiently high that you're unlikely to have tickets sell out immediately, leaving you facing the scalpers.

    As for the Stones: wow, so much hair. I do like the look of Fred Dagg and his mate in the bottom left. Possibly the only music gig my Dad has ever gone to purposefully was Bob Marley at the Western Springs in 1979. Good times.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Sol K,

    @RB: I agree - $185 for 2+ hours of PJ at Western Springs is a good deal. Can't keep all the people happy all the time tho, the whiners will always find something to moan about. Every BDO I've been to has involved some very sweaty palmed decision making internally and with co-attendees. Some worked out, some didn't! That's all part of the fun ;) My fav sequence so far is still without a doubt Bassment Jaxx, Goldie, Chemical Bros in the super top. My brain exploded.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2010 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    Watch Toro Y Moi. I saw Primus live when I was about 16 and I think it was one the most boring gigs I have ever seen. Show off music.

    #whitewhine is a drink best served cold.

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Arbury,

    I assume the professionals have this covered but are the stages in use simultaneously really far enough apart to avoid annoying mixing of sound?

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 236 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Joshua Arbury,

    I assume the professionals have this covered but are the stages in use simultaneously really far enough apart to avoid annoying mixing of sound?

    I'm not sure anyone quite knows, and things can go wrong -- the disastrous back-to-back stages at the first Auckland Laneway come to mind -- but hopefully the topography of the site will help a bit. Both the big twin stages point at hills.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    Watch Toro Y Moi. I saw Primus live when I was about 16 and I think it was one the most boring gigs I have ever seen. Show off music.

    Yeah, that wasn't a hard call. I saw Toro y Moi a couple of years ago at Laneway and really liked them.

    And, y'know, I probably will see some of you guys :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • kiwifarang,

    Sol K, that sequence got even better when just outside the tent the Bros & Goldie got stuck into each other. That was mind blowing!

    Good times...

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Meantime, here’s a pic from the Western Springs of old. Crowds for the famous Rolling Stones show in 1973.

    Led Zeppelin played a three hour set in 1972, Roy Colbert wrote a great review which is on the Led Zep site. Some of the pics there are attributed to Jed Town (I presume, later of Features, Fetus Productions fame).

    One can only imagine what those poor Pearl Jam fans will need to get through their set. Colbert and friends procured a bottle of laughing gas, 'pre-loading' to enhance the experience!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    The five pieces of the BDO's "Dear Neighbour" mailout, which arrived today.

    Of note: Widespread parking restrictions on Great North Road (as far as Pt Chevalier Road) and closure of Great North Road alongside the venue and the St Lukes off-ramp 8pm-1am on the day.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Davidson,

    Funny isn't it how people will essentially complain "there's so much good stuff!" rather than "man, there are only TWO bands I want to see, the rest are crud, and I'll me sitting around for four hours between the two".

    Meanwhile over in Southern Sudan, no such clashes...

    Sydney • Since Mar 2007 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What does it say about parking provisions.

    During Pasifika there is parking available at TAPAC/WSC and Motat 2 / Seddon fields is that going to be available?

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 499 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Heres another tip for music festivals...

    If two acts you want to see are playing at the same time.... you don't HAVE to miss out on one..... you can see some of both of them :)

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell,

    Us folk in Chc get relatively slim pickings in terms of all-dayers like BDO and Laneway. If I could make up to BDO, one band I'd be checking out is Arcade Fire - their Reflektor video is pretty cool, directed by Anton Corbijn (who also directed Control in 2007).

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Laneway lost Lorde and James Blake to the Grammys. (And it could have been worse – it turned out that quite a few of the Laneway acts were in peril of Grammy noms this year. The promoters were sweating.) But they’re moving ahead with their respective giant parties.

    And for fuck's sake, Lorde is doing a (free) make-up show and I understand James Blake would have been happy to do the same if his tour schedule had allowed. Give the promoters some credit where it's due, because there's plenty of form for similar situation ending up in places where the only winners are the lawyers.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Gareth Davidson,

    Meanwhile in Sudan

    #teeworthy

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Sol K,

    Bassment Jaxx, Goldie, Chemical Bros in the super top. My brain exploded

    not surprised

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Andy Fyfe,

    If you like One Blood's version of Be Thankful, then you really need to get hold of this Soul Jazz collection...
    http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hustle-Reggae-Disco/release/140904

    UK • Since Aug 2011 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Myles Thomas,

    Connan live in France, funky, mellow, unique

    As for BDO, it's our first one in years and looking forward to it immensely. Bravo for the change of venue!

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 130 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I'm assuming a whine festival
    would be just a small part of the full
    gamut of vitriolcultural pursuits...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

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