Here's a big post of my last month of concerts I've been to:
12th of December at the Corner Hotel, Melbourne
I went with a friend who had no idea who they were, but they loved it by the end of the show.
They were supported by this guy called Sampology who played a DJ set then some originals.
Then BBNG came out and played a marathon two hour set and played the best cuts from IV, a fair amount from III and a few songs from I and II as well as a cover or two. The crowd was a really weird mix of young hipsters, old jazz heads and just about everything in between. Alexander on drums was a great 'frontman' and worked the crowd really well too.
The Falls Festival Marion Bay
29th December-1st January, Marion Bay, Tasmania
I lost my phone two days earlier hiking so I felt Amish as fuck at this festival, the urge to churn butter and wear a funny hat accumulated every hour, but it was actually kinda nice not having to worry about a phone-bit of a wake up as to how much I use it.
The festival boasted a pretty strong lineup both internationally and locally but here are some highlights...
Grandmaster Flash was pretty hit and miss, he started his set with a 5-10 minute documentary on the birth of hip-hop on the display behind the stage and it seemed essentially like he was trying to talk himself up to the crowd. I was a bit worried he would be relying on gimmicks for his performance as he might not be the DJ he once was. At the start of the set my fears were confirmed as he sounded like a kid with ADD who was given the aux cord and was too self-conscious of his music taste so he only played the best 20 seconds of each song, he was talking WAY too much as well. At least twice a minute he'd be trying to get people to clap or put their hands up or something, he should have just let his music do the talking-and that's what he did shortly after. The set highlight was when he stopped flicking between All I Do Is Win and Niggas in Paris and started doing drum breaks and actually doing more than being a glorified USB-J. As soon as he started doing the drum breaks the crowd got real into it, you could tell he changed the way he performed to cater for different demographics, so I'd be quite interested to see how he performs in a hometown show or just in America.
Seeing the Avalanches was brilliant, they had a few additional performers on stage who absolutely nailed the vocals and actually improved some of the songs with their live renditions, they played more Wildflower than Since I Left You and played extended versions of songs that had drops and whatnot for people to dance to while not straying into EDM territory and staying true to their funky selves.
Gambino was next up on the same stage and came out wearing white shirt, white pants and a white headband. Nobody was quite sure what his set would consist of, but the ensuing hour and a forty minutes was brilliant. It may have been the best performance i have seen, opening with Me And Your Mama then leading onto some cuts from Because the Internet. He played for maybe five minutes before taking his shirt off smh. He played about 50% Because the Internet, 30% Awaken, My Love and 20% Kauai. He also played his cover of Tamia's So Into You and freestyled for a few minutes. He brought some of his friends out and got them to perform their songs for 5-10 minutes while hyping them up as he took a break.
I was a bit concerned that Gambino's interest in his music career was waning, or at least his will to perform live was. This performance made me do a 180, he looked like he was loving every moment of it. He is truly an entertainer in every sense of the word.
Highlight of Gambino's set was when he yelled to the crowd "You guys are about a 9 right now, let's turn it up to a 13". to which a dude near me yelled "how about a 1.6" which earned a stank face from donglover.
Violent Soho, an Australian punk rock band brought in the New Years with their hit Covered In Chrome and got some of their friends on stage to do Shoeys and blast champagne into the crowd. These guys always put on a good show, it was the fourth time i'd seen them this last year and I keep coming back so they must be doing something right.
Chance the Rapper
3rd of January, The Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney
I travelled up to Sydney to see Chance perform, The Big Top is this tent in the middle of a Australia's most well known theme park, Luna Park, so it was a pretty unusual venue, but felt fitting to see Chance in. Before teh show had started my friend and i were covered in our own and other people's sweat. Chance had recently cancelled a show or two due to losing his voice, so noone knew how well he'd perform. He was slightly raspier than usual but delivered every song well and had an incredible amount of energy and presence on stage. He played a lot of cuts from Acid Rap as well as his parts on Kanye's Ultralight Beam, Ghostface Killah's Baby Blue and Towkio's Heaven Only Knows. He moved on and played tracks from Coloring Book for the rest of his set. I wasn't the biggest fan of Coloring Book, but it converts very well to a live setting. He teared up at one point when he had a religious spiel about his daughter and Jesus and whatnot which dragged on a little bit as I am not of any faith, but it was still interesting to see his perspective on the world and it gave a bit more context to some of his music. He closed the set with Finish Line/Drown and Blessings (reprise).
5th January a tMax Watts, Melbourne
I'm tired of typing now but he had a crazy set, played a fair amount from nostalgic 64 and Imperial and of course the crowd went ballistic for ULT. I was pretty tired before the show but was psyched by the end. There was enough sweat to swim in and I feared for my life, it was great. If you get the chance to see him live-do it.