Review by Alean Penaflor
Although last year’s downpour left many attendees running for cover, the same could not be said about this year’s Sounds Loud Festival. With picturesque weather conditions, many flocked from all over town to enjoy the annually held event at Queens Park, Moonee Ponds.
As part of National Youth Week festivities, both those young and young at heart came together to soak in the live music on offer. With acts ranging from hip-hop to rock, there was something to cater for everyone’s taste.
Though a majority of people appeared to be waiting around for headliner band Stonefield scheduled to perform later on in the night, it was intriguing to see the almost cult-like following with the smaller local acts.
Walking through the crowd, the unmistakable opening riff of hugely popular song ‘Pumped up Kicks’ reached my ears, as band FOR OUR HERO kicked off with their own rendition.
Masketta Fall also paid homage to another popular tune, exciting their already thriving collective of fans as they paid homage to all time favourite ‘Teenage Dirtbag’. Smiles were wide as onlookers enthusiastically sung along.
Cheeky Queensland duo Bleeding Knees Club entertained with their brand of lo-fi punk, never forgetting their vocal trademark of "Na na naaaaaaa’s" as apparent in their track ‘Teenage Girls’.
A personal highlight of the festival, however, would have to be electro-rock trio, 8 Bit Love. Their 30-minute set had the crowd break out a sweat as all maddeningly danced along. There was even crowd participation as cowbells were passed on to members of the audience. If there’s a fool proof way of winning a crowd over, it’s by handing them percussion instruments.
As the sun began to set and the lights were turned on, the Stonefield sisters were last to take stage. Rocking their way through a solid performance of old and new tracks, it was a befitting way to end a long afternoon of incredible Australian music.