It's great to be back in Dunedin! One of the many reasons to love this town is the annual musical feast (see what I did there?) that is Feastock!
While I missed the first Feastock in 2009, I think I have been to every one since (ok, ok, except for 2012 when I was out of the country) and it's definitely one of the highlights of the year for me! As an avid gig goer and music fan, I prefer smaller, intimate, gigs rather than Arena spectaculars or massive concert halls and I guess it's the same for me with festivals. You can keep your Glastonbury and Falls Festivals (though Falls was awesome back in the early 2000's) we've got Feastock!
What the backyard music festival lacks in international headliners it more than makes up for with a relaxed yet fun atmosphere, devoid of pretentious wankers - both in audience and band members. All of the musicians that play really want to be there, and the crowd are always appreciative and well behaved. Don't be fooled by the 'backyard' tag though - this show is well put together, with world-class sound and lighting, not to mention a fine array of (usually) local bands!
The event is split into two - with half of the bands taking the stage at the famous 3 Fea st, before free buses ferry the crowd down to Re:Fuel at the University. This year's event took place on April 22nd, with 20 bands entertaining the 300+ crowd, although with bands and crew included there were probably closer to 400 in attendance.
For the past few years I've been lucky enough to be asked to take Photos and I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few of the highlights of this year's event here. It was really hard to choose so just a warning - photo heavy!
There are loads more photos on the Feastock facebook page - so head there to check them all out.
Well that's probably enough from me - see you at Feastock X, 2018!