I was at the Sydney leg of the Big Day Out on Australia Day. The Big Day Out is a travelling music festival covering Australia & New Zealand. This year featuring the likes of Kanye West, Soundgarden, Kasbian & many many more. January 26 is Australia Day for people who not familiar with the Australian holiday calendar. The great advantage of this iPhone app was to create my own schedule of music to enjoy for the day. Helpful to read the only the acts of interest. There were links as well with profiles of the acts as well. The map feature was there to help me from point A to point B. it was only useful to the day before the Sydney Big Day Out. The major disappointment there was a last minute upgrade to update details. It was quite a shame by the time I was there on the day I had no access to the map on this app. In the end, relying on a piece of paper from the local music press. In the end, my rating is 3 out of 5.
Homebake-The Classic Edition 2011 had a lot of live music highlights. It would be too many for an entire blog. My main highlight was legendary group Icehouse. They were invited to relive the set concentrating what turned out to be their self-titled debut album. This album had an Australian release in late 1980 then in mid 1981 had an international release. The 30th anniversary edition was released in May 2011. Iva Davies has being the mainstay of Icehouse since 1977. When this landmark album was released, I was 13 & it was played a hell of a lot on the FM dial. On December 3, 2011 on a late Saturday afternoon attracting audiences of people from the various age groups. “Can’t Help Myself”, “We Can Get Together” & “Walls” were successful singles that still got a very strong positive reaction. Within the time of this set, it was great to turn the music clock back by a few decades. It was a good time by all at the Big Top Stage. One of the most memorable sets I have ever seen at any of the Homebakes.