Another fantastic festival has come to a close all too soon and the Beck’s Festival Bar has once again been host to some unbelievable performances. From the first night of Jive and swing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to toprocking, body popping B boys at Grandmaster Flash. We have been here to share with you the pic’s, reviews, tweets, updates, blogs and more on all that is The Beck’s Festival Bar.
Here are some of our highlights:
And then there were the artists! Grandmaster Flash, Breakestra, Grizzly Bear, The Very Best, Trevor Jackson to name just a few!
And Finally there is you our followers and Facebook fans. A massive shout out to all of you and a special mention to our retweeters.
Thank you all for following us during this awesome festival. Make sure you keep an eye on us as next up on the list is the Perth Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival we will posting photo’s, reviews, updates, competitions and more.
The standard of entries was extremely high and deciding on the final winners was an unenviable task. An eclectic mix of styles and varied interpretations were chosen to create an awesome light projection onto the historic Hyde Park Barracks (see above).
I recently had the pleasure of catching up with KissKiss, one of the chosen artists and asked her where her inspirations came from and what she’s been up to since.
Taken from her own blog Kisskiss describes herself as being inspired by “Rock ‘n Roll, ancient artifacts, sexy dreams, wild animals, urban mythology, and the NY/LA/UK/Portland underground art movements”.
Her images, sculptures and art-toys convey a love of beauty, voodoo and destruction in a wild world. Skulls, skeletons and mythical half human half beasts play in the voodoo–rock jungle.
Installations and artworks created by KissKiss have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, MTV Gallery, Urban Uprising, National Grid, The Opera House, China Heights, Retrospect, Gaffa, Gallery 44, Blank Space, as well as within arts festivals and art-rock nights like Great Escapes, Playground Weekender and Splendour in the Grass.
Recently KissKiss has moved into the world of Rock’n’Roll as lead singer of ‘KissKiss & Tell’, an R’n’B/Disco group who are featuring this Saturday @ The Den.
Why not check them out and more of her work by following links below? Drop her a line under Kisskissmyart@gmail.com
Kiss Kiss work at Splendour…
Kiss Kiss @ the Beck’s Festival
Just so you don’t miss out on these awesome acts. Check out the set times for the final few days of the Beck’s Festival Bar.
Thurs 28 Jan - The Very Best, Radioclit, Spruce Lee (live), Ro Sham Bo DJs
20:00 - 20:30 (30 mins) - Ro Sham Bo DJs - DJ Stage
20:30 - 21:10 (40 mins) - Spruce Lee (Live) - Main Stage
21:10 - 22:00 (50 mins) - Radioclit - Main Stage
22:00 - 22:45 (45 mins) - The Very Best - Main Stage
22:45 - 00:00 (75 mins) - Radioclit - Main Stage
00:00 - 02:00 (120 mins) - Ro Sham Bo DJs - DJ Stage
Fri 29 Jan - Breakestra, J-Rocc (Beat Junkies), Space Invadas, Soulshaker DJs
20:00 - 20:50 (50 mins) - Soulshaker DJs - DJ Stage
20:50 - 21:30 (40 mins) - Space Invadas - Main Stage
21:30 - 22:00 (30 mins) - Soulshaker DJs - DJ Stage
22:00 - 23:30 (90 mins) -Breakestra (US) -Main Stage
23:30 - 02:00 (150 mins) - J-Rocc (Beat Junkies) - Main Stage
Sat 30 Jan - Hit It and Quit It Australian Revue feat. Recloose & Frank Booker and Mad Racket DJs
20:00 - 21:00 (60 mins) - Mad Racket DJs - DJ Stage
21:00 - 21:40 (40 mins) - Frank Booker - Main Stage
21:40 - 22:00 (20 mins) - Mad Racket DJs - DJ Stage
22:00 - 23:30 (90 mins) - Recloose - Main Stage
23:30 - 02:00 (150 mins) - Mad Racket DJs - DJ Stage
A big shout out goes to Neala Hickey for writing this fantastic review of the Camera Obscura performance last Thursday. Another example of the kind of talent showcased by Beck’s Uberselektor.
Beck’s Festival Bar, Sydney Festival
21st January 2010
Camera Obscura feature in many a fine journalists’ definition of pop perfection. Influential British music journo, Paul Morley in his two-part documentary on Camera Obscura, places them up there with the most progressive and inspired acts in popular music. Truthfully, not so many albums will leave you so besieged as by Tracyanne Campbell’s melancholic confessionals. But she never reduces music to a dirge and all the while, listening to Camera Obscura harkens back to the hayday of pop craftsmanship, singalong choruses and chamber pop enchantment. This is what broken hearts were made for.
Tonight, Camera Obscura managed to do what so many other bands fail to do. They translated the intimacies of their albums into the intimacies of playing live but only did this become truly apparent on their slower numbers. Rolling through some of their best known tracks, Camera Obscura played these with lacklustre or so it seemed. ‘French Navy’, one of their most successful tracks would have me dancing at home, waiting for the bus, in a club, but at their very own gig, Camera Obscura didn’t muster a lush crescendo, a bop up and down or any encouragement to do so for their fans. Even my personal favourite, ‘Honey in the Sun’, felt emptier somehow. The vocals drenched in longing felt too languished for the girl-pop motown inspired number.
But, in all honesty, these are exceptions because if there’s one thing Camera Obscura excel at, it’s encapsulating a plethora of emotions in one sly line and dousing you with country-pop ache. ‘Rose, I’m feeling older, Have courage my love, makes you bolder’. Campbell’s lilt, gentle and uncharactaristically hopeful, suddenly fills the big tent. It hit me, they are not grumpy or aloof, Camera Obscura are gentle and introspective and onstage, its magnification can be spellbinding. Likewise, ‘Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken’ and ‘Let’s get out of this Country’, filled with sorrow and yearning and all in-between bursts at the seams with honesty and it’s difficult not to admire their tendancy to shy away from motivational audience tactics which many sub-talented bands resort to.
And so, it was an experience more of one woman’s worldly exploits and expression and instead of pandering to other people, Campbell and the band played with raw honesty. Despite what seemed like aloofness at times, and a wee bit of disappointment in their more upbeat tracks, they made the night one of a kind. For such a display of reverence for expression and refining the definition of popular music, Camera Obscura, tonight deserved silence in Hyde Park Barracks.
Thanks again Neala
The invitation is open to anyone who would like to write a review on any performances at this year’s Beck’s Festival Bar.
Here is your chance to funk up your Friday and win a double VIP pass to hear the diverse sounds of Breakestra, J-Rocc & Space Invadas. Please answer the following question: “If you joined Breakestra at a gig, what instrument would you would play and why?
The VIP bracelets will let you and a friend skip the queues, enjoy the concert from our chill out garden, mingle with other VIPs and Festival artists and all that coming with a cold Beck’s on the house! For your chance to win:
and you might enjoy a funking great Friday night at the Beck’s Festival Bar
Full details here on our facebook page.