Who doesn’t love a sold out, BYO, two day festival. Festival of the Sun at Breakwall Park in Port Macquarie was exactly what you would expect it to be with all sorts of people from all over attending this scorcher of a festival. As you walk through the camps it’s not unordinary to see people passed out, signs saying ‘Pop a tit’ or ‘Pop a nut’, or people with giant VB cans painted on their backs.
If a foreigner came to this festival and you were hoping that they wouldn’t stereotype Australia... well that hope would be over Day 1 kicked off with Stale Cakes on the side stage, a garage rock 4 piece from the Mid North Coast pumping out these epic thrashy tracks. Then following later through the day, PLANET, Middle Kids, Patrick James and Tash Sultana, Unfortunately bringing your own sound technicians isn’t always the best idea which Tash seemed to learn quickly playing the first couple minutes to absolute silence.
To top off the night Gang Of Youths closed the night to a packed out sandpit playing tracks of their latest EP ‘Let Me Be Clear’ as well as tracks off the 2014 album, ‘Poison Drum’ and ‘Magnolia’.
Day 2 = the day to misbehave with Dune Rats, Smith Street Band, Luca Brasi, Los Scallywaggs the line up just screams mischief, head banging and beer. We were assured that the weather was going to be a little cooler today but they be telling lies because we were sweating at 9am, which called for a cold beer hmmm. We were up early to catch Forster lads, Los Scallywags who had won the Triple J Unearthed slot. They brought a morning crowd of loose cannons which made it real fun, these guys have such a good stage pressance and it was a real fun way to kick off day 2. After dowing a fair few more bevs, we headed back in to catch Sydney band Rackett, 3 ckicks and 1 dude who are just ultra cool. Always impressing audiences with their costumes, we caught these guys when they supported Stonefield on their national tour and we were well impressed with their sound, we're expecting to see these guys on the Gizzfest lineup next year with their sweet fuzzy psych rock.
And man, the next few hours until the sun was no more were god damn epic, good band after epic band etc etc. Sahara Beck a good friend of Rabbit Radio, Bec Sandridge, Luca Brasi, Good Boy, Boo Seeka, Dumb Punts, Dune Rats, The Creases, The Smith Street Band. Holy Hell, you can imagine the crowd going absolutely nuts for Dune Rats with everyone chanting 'Who's Scott Green' , with Benny from Skegss jumping into the sweaty fotsun crowd things were only going to get bigger and messier post Dunies set. The Smith Street Band are slowly becoming one of my favourite live acts, another band to chant along to 'Death To The Lads'. And by now most of our voices have become non existent.
And when the live music stopped the party did not, with mini raves all over campsites did not, people had legit DJ set ups, some set up professionally on tables and some shoved into a bin to create a bigger sound. Fotsun is one of the loosest and funnest festivals in the country, cannot wait for next year! There’s nothing quite like FOTSUN and we hope it forever stay’s this way.
Reviewers: Sarah McEwan + Jariah Travan
Photography: Tadhg Platt