Feastock 2017

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.

Elan Vital

Elan Vital

Happy punters!

Happy punters!

Otepuni Moonshine were a fave of mine for the day! Check the harmonica belt! 

Otepuni Moonshine were a fave of mine for the day! Check the harmonica belt! 

Dancing Donald gets the stamina award for the day - dancing from start until end. He's awesome!

Dancing Donald gets the stamina award for the day - dancing from start until end. He's awesome!

Killergrams featuring Matt Langley on harp. 

Killergrams featuring Matt Langley on harp. 

Hana Fahy and PMK - Killergrams

Hana Fahy and PMK - Killergrams

Shambles brought a tonne of energy to the stage and got the crowd boogying

Shambles brought a tonne of energy to the stage and got the crowd boogying

Shambles - Henry Francis

Shambles - Henry Francis

Tiny Pieces of Eight - Incredible! Just wow!

Tiny Pieces of Eight - Incredible! Just wow!

Finale for the day event Space Bats, Attack! captivated the crowd with their high intensity guitar driven ultra-sonic riffs. They are rad!

Finale for the day event Space Bats, Attack! captivated the crowd with their high intensity guitar driven ultra-sonic riffs. They are rad!

Event organiser Steve Marshall addresses the crowd at the end of the day event

Event organiser Steve Marshall addresses the crowd at the end of the day event

The crowd loves Tahu!

The crowd loves Tahu!

Tahu and the Takahes get all galactic!

Tahu and the Takahes get all galactic!

The H3rd

The H3rd

Rothmans

Rothmans

The always excellent - Iron Mammoth

The always excellent - Iron Mammoth

Festival home band Left or Right - I'm not sure if it was just me but their set seemed way too short! 

Festival home band Left or Right - I'm not sure if it was just me but their set seemed way too short! 

Koizilla blew some minds as they wrapped up the event for 2017!

Koizilla blew some minds as they wrapped up the event for 2017!

Well that's probably enough from me - see you at Feastock X, 2018!