After arriving in the mid-late afternoon, Mel and I decided that it was best to scope out the festival grounds to get ourselves familiar with where everything was located. On our initial discovery, we stumbled across a few different art installations that were scattered all over the park – my utmost favourite being the phrase spelled out in larger than life letters, saying: I really need you tonight. As you can see, both Mel and I (and also what seems like everyone else) made great use of these as fun photo props!
The first artist that we caught a glimpse of was Ben Folds Five. Although we only stayed for a few songs as we were rushing to see Beck, it was great to finally see the band (of ten years) play live in the flesh. Beck played his set on the main stage, The Great Lawn and definitely did not disappoint.
Ever since listening to their album Takk back in 2006, Sigur Ros has consistently been a favourite artist of mine. I remember seeing a poster up on the streets back then promoting their Australian tour, but was absolutely shattered when I discovered that the poster was old news and that I had missed the show by only a couple of weeks… So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally found out that I would be seeing them at Harvest this year! We did only stay to see them play a couple of their songs (one of them was thankfully Glosoli) as Mel and I had agreed on getting a good spot to see Santigold. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about music festivals it’s that when it comes to set times, you can very rarely have your cake and eat it too.
Having said that, no regrets come from the decision that was made as Santigold was absolutely electrifying to say at the least. Her crazy costume changes; booty shakin’ back up dancers and not to mention her live spine tingling vocal talent made the final event of the night, the highlight of my Harvest 2012 by far.
Photos by Me and Mel