Sunday, January 20, 2008

Big Day Out '08

So it was BDO time, and once again I attacked it and hit the ground running- cause that's the best way I've found to handle an event like this. (L-R) My brother Phil, Me, and Dave. Note how me and Phil are dehydrated and Dave isn't, plus he's the only person in the stadium wearing a jacket. On ya Dave.

I spent the afternoon losing people, braincells and my marbles. First real highlight of the day came when I saw these guys, The Shocking Pinks. I'd never seen them before and they were one of the only bands I didn't wanna miss. They were great- I was stoked.

Main Pink Nick. I've heard and read interviews with him which have been some of the best ever by a NZ musician. He's serious as all hell, and not afraid to spill the beans on the craziness that makes up his life and his music.
Paul Rose was also a member of this this years BDO expidition. Pictured here earlier in the day, wearing his 1993 BDO shirt and a laminate that allowed him absolutely anywhere in the stadium in 2008. Dudes connected.

I've been to the BDO with RB for about the last 7 or 8 years. We never fail to have a whole heap of fun and goodtimes are certainly the norm. Let me explain this picture... We were in the Boiler Room listening to Havoc dj and waiting for Dizzee Rascal to start. Russell realised he'd foolishly worn a t shirt under his other shirt and had to remove it. I seized the moment and snapped this! He's had me on about showing him on the blog in these unguarded moments, but i think we'd all agree it'd be a shame to waste such a glorious photo.

Checked out the main stage over the fence and below was what we saw, Bjork going bjonkers.

It pretty much sucked so we headed up to some other stage to see the Phoenix Foundation.

Roger Shepherd wandered by. He told us that the night before he had thrown bottles onto the roof of The Kings Arms while SJD were playing. He seems normal but I think isn't... The story was later confirmed as true.

the Foundation.

James Murray was out from Amsterdam. Here he is talking to John Baker and Peter Jenner who used to manage Pink Floyd circa Syd era and now manages Billy Bragg. Official living legend right there.

Then the BDO 2008 highlight... I'd timed my whole day leading up to 9 oclock when the LCD Sound System were to take the stage. I managed this perfectly and was in ultimate position, both phsically and mentally, to enjoy this set to the max.

This is your brain on LCD...

Def peak moment was an epic version of All My Friends. Banging, bouncing, hypnotic, mashing good time.

After LCD mentalness we headed outside to see the Clean. They had their moments for sure, but were somewhat erratic. Don't know if Hamish was pissed or pissed off or what, but he certainly behaved rather strangely. We weren't done yet and managed one last mission into the boiler room to see Carl Cox. The place was crammed with derranged looking punters giving it one last big effort for the day. It was kinda cheesy but worked in a 'come on... destroy what's left of my brain' kinda way.

I couldn't see him for about half the set and thought after hearing his voice he was a skinny white geezer...How wrong I was.

It's great when you tell people you're going to the Big Day Out and they go "Yeah i went to a couple... can't be bothered anymore". WHAT? What else would you rather be doing? Going to your boring job and getting one day closer to death? Fuck dat! To me it's kinda like Christmas, and I wouldn't miss that for anything.

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