What’s better than a day at Soundwave Festival? TWO days at Soundwave Festival!
Longer sets, much easier to get from one stage to another and a better vibe all round, let the good times (rock and) roll! 😀

Some of our faves from day 2 below…

Photos shot for The Music (Brisbane).

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Couldn’t wait for the summer of the Warped Tour to fall in love with the girl from the rock show? We couldn’t either! Thankfully after a 10+ year hiatus its back gracing our shores with a tasty line up of pop punk and metal and some skatey types. With only 3 stages and longer sets it was a nice change from catching only 10-15min of your fave act then spending the rest of the time running between stages or queuing for toilets and drinks! Even better that the weather held off.

Check out the bumper gallery below for all the good time fun!

See the latest issue of The Music – Brisbane magazine for the full review.

Vans Warped Tour Festival – Brisbane photos

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017 - cover

The lads from Little Odessa (the band not the place 😉 ) are in for The Music Magazine’s (Brisbane) – “The Guide” section cover photoshoot this week.

We also get a serious dose of pop punk when we head to the Vans Warped Tour See below for a couple highlight photos and stay tuned for a full gallery coming soon!

Check out the full review and feature cover in this week’s issue of The Music (Brisbane) #017.

Get it FREE from all the usual street press outlets or read current and back issues online @ The Music magazine – Brisbane

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Even with the Bluesfest juggernaut rolling through our part of the world, the line up of Taking Back Sunday and New Found Glory were enough to sell out this night as well as prompt a second all ages show – perfectly planned on the driest day of the year, Good Friday.
For a band like TBS to have been around for more than a decade it seemed they were the reason a lot of the younger crowd were there as quite a few departed as NFG took to the stage, leaving plenty of standing room at the back for us oldies 😉

TBS’s set rather obviously lacked visual energy thanks to frontman, Adam Lazzara losing out to a tree (supposedly) leaving him in a cast and confined to a chair island. Compensation was in the form of awkward crowd banter and open mic night styled audience singling out, so it was with a bundle of anxious anticipation to see the roadies giving the stage a wide berth for NFG to go nuts on, and go nuts they did. Straight out of the gate it was a 1 2 3 combo of “Understatement”, “All down hill” and “Radiosurgery”, three big hits off three different albums. Gone were their matching basketball uniforms of Soundwave 2011 and Ian’s shirt (but that’s a given, does he even own one?) but their energy was as high as ever. Being the first stop of the tour always helps as well.

The next hour and a bit they powered through the crowd pleasers from each album with a welcome leaning towards there earlier “Sticks and Stones” but nothing from “Coming Home”, which was rather hit and miss in itself. Exclusions of obvious tracks like “Head on collision” hinted at what they were saving in store for the following night’s gig, well that and the “We’ll be playing different stuff tomorrow night” comment 😉 The encore was kicked off with a cover of Green Day’s “Basketcase”, not too far removed from the original but it was well received and could also mean they were saving the “Kiss me” cover for the kids show. They closed out with “My friends over you” or as I would call it “I’d still choose my NFG over Blues(fest)” …wow.. that was terrible… check out some photos instead then.

Taking Back Sunday

New Found Glory

New Found Glory - Soundwave 2011

So what do you do when you have your first festival off from shooting in years? You run amok with your friends that’s what!

It took a little getting used to, not lugging my gear around and not having to be somewhere 10 minutes ago, but a quick jump around to Millencolin and Sum 41 settles things down for me to camp out pretty much all day at stage 3 for a plethora of punk and ska.

Highlights of that stage were New Found Glory (complete with their own team apparel), Pennywise and Less than Jake. Unfortunately, due to those inconsiderate bastards Social Distortion, deciding to overrun their mid afternoon set by 15min meant all subsequent acts were cut short to meet the 10pm curfew. Not too bad if they had hour long sets but they were all already at a very “punk” 40 minutes.

Even though it was my day off, I still managed a couple happy days through out the day. Check out the Soundwave Festival 2011 Brisbane photos here

Less than Jake - Soundwave 2011