Tuesday 4 October 2005

Parklife Review

I walked to the venue as I was in a walking mood, and whilst it was a fair away from the city centre, it was a lovely spring day and I enjoyed looking at Sydney on the way there.

The area of Parklife was massive, probably the equivalent of Adelaide’s Rymill Park. There were 3 main stage areas, plus lots of space in between. The line up to get in wasn’t too bad, taking about 10 minutes to get in once the gates actually opened.

After grabbing a drink, the first set I listened to was James Taylor and Price Cuts, who were spinning on the main outdoor stage. Nice funky breaks and a little bit of hiphop.

On the smaller Dedouin stage, Uncle Ho was doing a live thing, and that was really cool. Nice sax playing under trippy beats. I stayed in that area for FunkTrust, who rocked the gathering crowd playing funky hiphop. I love hiphop DJs who scratch and cut, and was very impressed with these dudes.

Kid Kenobi was on the Outdoor stage with MC Sureshock, and basically from this moment on I stayed listening to the music at this stage. It was mostly breaks and hiphop – my two favourite styles. Kid Kenobi and Sureshock tore it up – I was glad because Kid Kenobi can rather cheesy at times, but this was a rather good set. It’s funny how the Sydneysiders pay out the MC, whereas in Adelaide it’s Sureshocks’ skills as an MC that give’s Kid Kenobi a little more respect amongst Adelaide’s dnb loving heads.

Ugly Duckling was up next. I love UD, they remind me of the early Beastie Boys. They did mostly older, well-known tunes such as eye on the gold chain and just a little samba, but also did a new tune that takes the same riff as a Solesides tune, which was pretty good.

Rennie Pilgrem jumped up onto stage next, with MC Chick-aboo busting out rhymes for him. I was very impressed with what he played, lots of new TCR stuff, as well as a few Pilgrem favs such as Emit/Collect and Cous Cous. He played some pretty rocking tunes – filled with guitar samples and a fairly rock and roll vibe, much like Evil Nine’s stuff.

During his set I had to take a breather, and headed to see A Skillz at the Bedouin stage. There were a lot more people now, and unlike earlier, there was little noise bleed from the main stage. From where I was sitting I couldn’t see A Skillz, but I could hear him cutting it up wildly.

Roots Manuva and his band begun on the main stage, and I sauntered over to check him out. Man, he is GOOD! It’s bloody criminal he’s not played in Adelaide. He’d go off here big time. I wasn’t able to stand for much of his set, but sat down near the lake, facing the stage grooving away.

I wanted to see some of Numark, as he’s one of my favourite DJs, but the Drumattic Twins came on the main stage and got my booty off the ground and shaking again! These guys are fast becoming my favourite breaks act - they were ‘best of show’ for Winter Breaks last year, and were easily the best set of the night. Playing lots of Finger Lickin’ stuff, including Plump DJs, Soul Of Man, and their own stuff, and lots of acapellas and making on the spot naughty bootlegs by looping hiphop and RnB vocals over the top… fantastic!

One word springs to mind with the Freestylers – inconsistent. They started off really strong with fasten your seatbelts and Cut & Run’s Starwars sample laden Dark Side but then they went into hiphop, and then cheesy breaks like push up, then drum’n’bass and then back to heavy breaks. I expected a much more flowing set, and better mixing. They seemed to be cutting in with other tracks too soon, or too late. I’ve heard countless Freestylers live sets and they were much, much better than this. MC Sirreal was calling for more foldback, so maybe the sound was fucked. I was just disappointed that they weren’t mind blowing I guess, but it was still good to hear some of that nasty breaks being played and seeing the crowd go off.

The crowd was awesome, filled with some right trippers and some absolutely fantastic looking women... although the Sydney peeps I was hanging out with said that was a little unusual to see so many fine bods... they must have heard I was going and made an effort =)

I took some pictures and you can find them >HERE<

All in all well worth the trip over and getting Bronchitis ;(

I enjoyed it so much I got a ticket to Field Day yahoo.gif

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