Day 2 of Falls Festival’s Byron leg was simply amazing. Each act astounded the crowd in their own way, whether it be Meg Mac’s vocal performance bringing many to tears, or if it was Bloc Party’s hit-studded set that shook the ground that the Valley stage towers over.
Meg Mac’s performance was inspiring. The forest stage was packed full of fans eagerly awaiting her set and they weren’t disappointed. Featuring soaring vocals that well and truly showed off the Australian singers range, Meg Mac managed to transport the masses into a world that was entirely her own.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard somehow packed even more fans into the Forest stage. The groove-filled “Hot Wax” featured early in their set and prepared the crowd for the following 40 minutes of psychedelic action. Lead vocalist Stu Mackenzie jerked around stage as if he was beamed down from a different planet (rather than flying from King Gizzard’s hometown of Melbourne), while the rest of the band laid down intricate progressions that often turned into fully-fledged psych jams.
There isn’t any easy way to describe a Hiatus Kaiyote set. Dressed in glitter, the band sent out waves of ethereal tones throughout their set, cementing their role in the creation of a new music genre. Soul-filled vocal melodies twinkled over smooth bass notes while the drums kept everything in tight, rhythmic perfection.
The band’s arrival on stage was met with a chorus of excited screaming and yelling from the Falls crowd. It seemed as if every ticket holder had packed into the Valley stage to see the British band in their latest incarnation. After the departure of long-time drummer Matt Tong and bassist Gordon Moakes, founding members Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack recruited Louise Bartle to keep time and Justin Harris to round out the rhythm section.
Matt Tong’s frenetic drumming style is unique to the band, and fans were concerned that Louise Bartle, or any other drummer for that matter, wouldn’t be able to match his drumming style live. Fortunately, they were all proven wrong by the new members as 2016’s version of Bloc Party performed just as well as they have in years past. Kele announced four new tracks from their upcoming album Hymns would be played for the crowd, and the fans danced along as if they were tracks that they knew and loved. Closing with “This Modern Love”, more than a few wet eyes could be seen as the band left the stage amidst cries for an encore.
Day 2 will be hard to top, but we’ll keep you updated as Day 3 comes into life.