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WANDERLUST; Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary & Performing Arts (I)

Posted in england, europe, festival, music, travel with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Chloe Partikas

Jacqui and I purchased our tickets during a highly competitive and stressful 2 hours in October last year. Luck was on our side. According to the Guardian, the 137,500 tickets sold out in 4 hours. From memory, after the 3rd hour twitter was abuzz with talk that all the tickets had already gone.

Glastonbury is not for the faint hearted. Even getting to the festival was hard work!

On Wednesday June 22, 2011 we put on our wristbands and caught the train from London to Castle Cary, waited in line at Castle Cary for about 1.5 hours, got the bus to the festival, then waited in line for another 2 hours, then it took us an hour to walk from the entrance to the other side of the festival where our campsite was.

The moment I met the Glastonbury mud. It really is a hybrid breed of super mud.

We undertook this journey whilst attempting to not put our many bags in the mud, needless to say – after about half an hour in the line waiting to get into the festival site we gave in and just sat on our bags in the mud.

Upon arriving at our camp site – Tangarine Fields – we decided to have a nap. 14 hours later we woke and it was Thursday morning.

The camp site was outside the actually festival site, but only a short walk away.

The positives of camping in the Tangarine Fields area were that our tent was already set up when we got there, the camp site was very clean and orderly, we had nice toilets, a cafe and hot showers. There also wasn’t such a high risk that valuables would be stolen from our tent whilst we were out adventuring for the day.

The only negatives were that we missed out on some of the festival atmosphere and couldn’t bring friends that we made back to our camp site.

On Thursday we explored the whole Glastonbury site. As you can see, it is quite large. We camped just outside gate B, in the north east.

I’ll tell you about the different areas in the next post.

90’s child, 90’s tunes.

Posted in music on September 5, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

Blog readers, you and I are both aware of my negative feelings towards Sunday nights. It’s something about the week just on the horizon and the excitement of the weekend being over…Sunday night and I have always had a strange relationship.

On this particular Sunday night, I was searching for new music to inject excitement into my week which will be filled with assignment writing and work, average weather and not much else until Friday.

I went to the trusty Pitchfork website, and staring back at me was this little milk carton and a very attractive message…

The Top 50 Music Videos of the 1990s

Oh YES!  Hello! I am a 1990 child (I missed out on the 80’s by 13 and a half hours), take me back to when I would listen to my little red radio and make mix tapes on cassettes!

As the 90’s were mainstream internet times (ie. pre being able to download or YouTube search any song- which was created by three former PayPal employees in 2005 – if you were interested), music clips were one of the most effective and important tactics for music publicists.  There were no websites, facebook pages or twitter for artists to use to portray their image and the lifestyle surrounding their music. It was the few minute long clip, and whatever publicists could get into the print and broadcast media. Continue reading

Splendour In The Grass 2010.

Posted in event, festival, music on August 5, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

For it’s 10th birthday Splendour In The Grass music festival shifted from Byron Bay to Woodfordia.

The organisers wanted to do something big, to share the SITG spirit with as many music lovers as possible, so shifting from Byron to Woodfordia allowed for double the tickets – from about 15’000 to 30’000.

Woodfordia is a thoughtfully laid out site purpose built for festivals, in particular the Woodford Folk Festival held over New Years each year. The Amphitheatre (main stage) holds about 20’000 people, and the music sounded so great wherever you were. Images of standing right at the back of the Amphiteatre and looking down at everyone dancing during Pixies ‘Where Is My Mind’ will stay with me for the rest of my life.

SITG is the biggest multi day festival I have ever attended. From what I’ve heard, 40% of the tickets were event only the rest included camping. We had event only tickets and stayed with friends in Caboolture, about 40 minutes drive away. It was so great to have a shower each morning and a bed to sleep in, but I did miss being able to duck back to the tent for mid afternoon naps!

DAY 1 – FRIDAY

I saw Foals in Melbourne a few days prior, and only caught the end of their set at SITG. Luckily they changed their set list for the festival and the three songs I heard were some of favourites, including ‘Electric Bloom’ and ‘Olympic Airways’.

I don’t know much of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club‘s music, but they put on a hell of a good show! They’re how a rock band should be.

Hot Chip were enjoyable although the Mix Up tent at SITG was dissapointing. I saw them at Big Day Out last year and it was pure magic. I always stand in the same position when seeing a band I love – right at the front barrier, and a little to the left to avoid the mosh. I am short, so it is the best place for me, plus I love beingso close to the artists.

Standing in this position in The Mix up tent meant I was right in front of the speakers. The music was definitely above legal limits; it was so loud that anyone standing there felt that the music was pressing on their throat and chest. I have never had so much fear of my eardrums bursting and I couldn’t breathe properly, so after threesongs we went further back in the tent.

Needing to move further back killed some of my excitement; I pay to be close to bands – otherwise I could just watch a DVD in my loungeroom and not have to put up with the crowds!

LCD Soundsystem was a great dance session. We all jumped around and got really sweaty, exactly how it should have been. The only dissapointment was that they didn’t play ‘Dance Yourself Clean’.

Scissor Sisters, oh my, something special. Ana Matronic is SUCH a babe. She has lost 12 kg’s in the last few years and is looking steamin’ hot. Scissor Sisters were my band of 2005. I discovered them after listening to CD’s lying around at my cousins, and they showed me the power of disco.

Scissor Sisters

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Uffie and her babein’ curves.

Posted in music on June 8, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

Uffie never fails to take me back to 2006, when I first heard ‘Pop The Glock.’  Her cheeky lyrics and carefree attitude combined with her sweet voice drew me in instantly – it was everything I aspired to as a 16 year old.

Uffie also reminds me of fun times with my friend Jane, who I danced, partied and adventured with. Much dancing and pre-party psyching ourselves up happened to the soundtrack of  ‘Hot Chick’ and ‘Ready To Uff.’

Uffie’s new married life to Parisian artist Andre has not diminished her cheekiness or in-your-face attitude. Rather, he complements her perfectly.

I love her new babein’ curves, highlighted in this shoot with her husband by I-D magazine.

Massive Attack at Sydney Opera House Forecourt.

Posted in music, Sydney on March 18, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

When in Sydney this week for the 2010 Frocomm New Media Summit, I managed to sneak in some time to go and see Massive Attack at the Sydney Opera House forecourt.

I had been waiting to see them since I was 11; when an 18 year old family friend played them to me. That was the moment I learnt that the music world was bigger than what I was listening to on Fox FM and that this strange sound known as Trip-Hop existed!

Massive Attack were an important influence on me during the years I did contemporary dancing, I loved to choreograph narratives to their unpredictable noise. They have always helped me cope with stress, and to escape to a mental world of daydreaming that is away from reality and a land of possibilities.

The venue of Sydney Opera House was so appropriate, two icons came together – THE Australian building which is known around the world, and the masters of Trip-Hop.

The Sydney crowd did not dance as much I was expecting, but I boogied away and let myself be completely absorbed by the live Massive Attack experience.

As soon as they began playing a hush fell over the audience, we were all transfixed by their presence.

I was thoroughly exhausted after their two hour set, but my spirit and lust for life was fully recharged.

Tasmania, oh so relaxing.

Posted in music, travel on January 20, 2010 by Chloe Partikas

Yes yes, coming from the mainland of Australia Tasmania has always been the butt of many jokes about inbreds etc.

Over new years I went down to Tassie with my boyfriend, as he grew up in far north west Tassie.

Here’s a map of Tassie, and I have labelled the places we stayed:

Falls Festival in Tassie is so much more enjoyable than Lorne in Victoria, as it overlooks Marion Bay and is much less crowded. There is also no horrible camping spots like Lorne, where if you’re super unlucky you can end up camping on a 45 degree angle. If you’re lucky it’s only a slight slope.

My wonderful friends…

Highlights of the festival were…

Moby

Datarock

Editors

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O is such a babe

Our camping group:

After Falls, we stayed in Hobart with my boyfriends sister for a few days, then went tripping around Tassie – up along the east coast, then the north to the north west.

Hobart

On the way to St Helens:

St Helens adventures:

Fishing for the first time ever…

Whilst driving from St Helens we discovered Halls Falls, so beautiful.

Charlie with his friend Emanuelle

At Anvers Chocolates nom nom:

Charlie and his sister at Hobart International Airport, ha ha, I don’t think many (if any) international flights go through there.

There are definitely benefits to Tassie being off the main land – it is so relaxing and I really recharged myself during those 10 days.

Meredith AKA the heaven of music festivals.

Posted in music on December 16, 2009 by Chloe Partikas

Last weekend Tess, Sharni, Millie, Mim, Louis and many others embarked on a weekend of musical adventures and escaped the Silly Season to meredith Music Festival 2009.

The atmosphere in Meredith is much less constrained than Falls Festival; you can park where you like (not depending on the time you get there), it is BYO so you don’t have to smuggle alcohol in and people can bring whatever they want including couches!

My favourite moments of the festival were as follows;

Tess and I chilling with Ross on Friday

Millie, I and Mim at the campsite.

Sharni, Me and Tess.

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