On a scorching summer Sunday with the tempting prospect of a public holiday the next day, what looked like 30,000 of Perth’s most beautiful people braved the trek to Joondalup Arena in their festival best. Most were wearing as little as possible to keep as cool in the lack of shade (and presumably not willing to skip an opportunity to flaunt amazing physique). Oh, except for one girl in fully bright banana clobber.
It was on from the get go. Everywhere you turned, at every stage and in every corner, was an appreciate crowd dancing and enjoying the plethora of electronic delights on offer. Even the ‘Foamarama’ stage, pumping copious amounts of foam and fun, old-school classics, was packed with people getting bubbly and wild all day long.
One of the unsurprising stand-out acts of the day was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who played to a massive, adoring crowd on the impressive main stage. They managed to win this approval early on in the set with humble appreciation, expressing their advocacy for gay rights, and even changing the lyrics to their enormous hit ‘Thrift Shop’ to ‘Op Shop’ for full Aussie benefit.
Nearby on the ‘Safari Stage’ (which maintained a steady flow of interested folks throughout the day) Rudimental and Co were making an impression with an energetic set, well-received by the appreciative crowd. They were closely followed by Aussie indietronica foursome Cut Copy, who kept the crowd happily bouncing along to their electro-pop beats.
French legends Phoenix closed the stage to a disappointing turnout – though this was to be expected, as they stuck out oddly on the predominantly electronic and dance line-up. The crowd may have been a let-down but the killer set they played certainly wasn’t, much to the delight of those who stuck around to watch.
Unfortunately, drawcard Eric Prydz was unable to play due to illness and was replaced by a two-hour set from the Dutch DJ Hardwell, who kept the main stage area pumping as the sun was setting.
The crowd for headliner Deadmau5 was sparse and disappointing, as by this point a majority of punters had moved to the crammed and sweaty ‘Haunted House’ big-top to dance to tunes by Knife Party and Chase & Status. There, bright lights illuminated the enormous swarming troupes, dancing energetically until the final beat of the day… and before that dreaded sweaty train ride home.
Photography by Jennifer Lee Hay.
Images, from above: Rudimental, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Rudimental again, Cut Copy, Phoenix, Deadmau5, and hardcore ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ers.