For Tom Magazine. Written by myself and Stephen Smith.
Sunset Sounds Festival
City Botanic Gardens - 6th & 7th January 2010
Sunset Sounds, held in the lush surrounds of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, may be a baby on the festival circuit, but it’s already come of age. The second year of Sunset saw a stellar line-up, both local and international, comprising most of the main acts to hit this year’s Falls Festival in Victoria. With the atmosphere the festival grounds provided and the eclectic mix of artists, Sunset Sounds was a relaxed summer’s day, a chance to be awestruck by tear-inducing performances, and a sweaty two-day party all at once. Given half the patrons’ lingering New Year’s Eve hangovers, it was whatever you wanted it to be. The line-up boasted acts such as Moby (pictured), Sarah Blasko, The Temper Trap, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hilltop Hoods, Xavier Rudd and The Middle East. Even when spaced out over two days there was enough to test any music lover’s ability to decide who to see next.