Thanks for posting all the crowd and location shots Russell. We were given fairly clear instructions to leave the crowd to the enjoyment of their day and not push our large cameras at them. Having covered many Laneway Fests from the crowd, and with all the iPhone selfies and suchlike out in the world, it seemed a little... something, but I kind of get the point. That didn't stop people walking up to me and asking me to take their photos though.
I'll post a few more of the acts in the comments when I get home later.
is it open slather these days?!
Thanks for the comments. Not so much open, but my little Canon G16 doesn't seem to trouble most venues these days.
Although it does depend on the promoter and the venue. Last night at PJ Harvey I was told fairly plainly that if my camera comes out, I go with it. Which given the quality of most Phone cameras these days is a bit of a hopeless cause.
I was thinking about the sound on the night, and certainly standing at the front was a great place to get the sense of Nick Cave's voice, and when I went back by the desk, it was still good, but not quite as present. My experiences in the seats haven't always been so good.
Hmmm. That could work.
Maybe 'ashtag it? #RIP
There was a good discussion on the 'Urban' tag by ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke on Morning Glory this week. While covering much of the above, the focus was more on the fact it was an audience defined term rather than a musical genre, in a racially loaded sense. There is a lot of historical debate about this, and I feel Aaradhna did well to use the platform to highlight another way in which we 'other' people.
Unfortunately I think they cut this section from the opening of the Podcast.
It was a little bit confronting; a little bit uncomfortable; and a little bit awkward. It made us think and reflect and talk- just like art should do.
That’s a nice buzz of sorts.
Cheers Simon. I quite liked the juxtaposition myself.
I had this real feeling of being amongst friends when walking through the exhibition. Even though I was always mostly in the crowd, the familiarity of the venues, the major players and the vibe made it feel like a home of sorts. The lived history of New Zealand music. It's a beautiful thang.
"Sneaky". Shayne seemed pretty happy with the set afterwards, and both obliged by signing my pilfered set-list.
And I got the tea towel. It's a metaphor. No one seemed sure of what.
Shayne got visibly bit peeved with the chatterers at the back but held back on the invective.
Now I understand what he meant by the crowd being the second noisiest of the tour. We were a bit peeved at some talking through quieter songs too. It has been mentioned on this blog recently, but I do wish people would save their banter for between the songs.
Seemed fitting to follow up from the Volume Launch by seeing Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter at the Crystal Palace. There was some weird kind of perfect symmetry going on here. Maybe the end of a tour allowed them to relax, and although at times it was rough and ready, it always seemed effortless and they were clearly enjoying themselves.
And the played an epic version of Cast Stone, so all was right with the world.
was probably somewhere in this shot
I think I see Mat at the back, so that's probably my ear. I was actually looking at these photos on your blog yesterday. Wow there's some familiar faces in that crowd.
And I've got a Mantronix earworm.