Kiss My Grass @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (12/03/06)

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Since its return to our airwaves a few months ago, Kiss FM has been the only radio station that I actually listen to. So when I heard that they were throwing a party at the Myer Music Bowl to raise funds, it was a perfect opportunity to a) help out and b) listen to some great tunes at a great venue.

The thing I find about Kiss is that even if you don’t like the genre of music on the station at any certain point, it’s still ok as it is all quality, and having the opportunity to see all the DJs in a live setup was great.

The list of DJs playing is too long to mention, but some included, Sean Quinn, Mark James, James Ash and Mark James. Also there was a large number of live acts including, Phrase, Vandalism, TV Rock and Dirty Laundry.

I reckon the Myer Music Bowl is a great venue, it can be a bit exposed to the weather, and yesterday was no exception, but there is nothing like being able to walk around in the sunlight, grass under your feet with some great music being blasted out of the speakers.

It was hot yesterday, real HOT! leaving Chapel St at about 3pm, we walked along Alexandra avenue hoping to get a cab along the way…and would you believe…out of the million or so that passed all of them had people in it! The nylex sign across the street said it was 36c… it wasn’t making the walk easier.

Upon getting there the place was well packed without being overbearing.  The heat may have kept numbers down, but this made it easier to get around.

We went straight to the main stage to meet up with some friends and as I would find for most of the day, the main stage was home to a more commercial sound than what I normally hear on Kiss. The afternoon was filled with the electro / housey sound that is real popular now. The crowd certainly enjoyed it.

It was time to explore some of the side stages; the Four to the Floor stage had a combination of house and hip hop. Peter McNamara was a highlight for me. I love his smooth sound and being able to sit down on the grass and listen to him was just the ticket! Closing this stage was Anthony Larr and Mark John. Familiar to people who go to Seven nightclub, they played and more uplifting house sound.

I think Ben Cromack is the best DJ in Australia, and later in the night at the Banging Beats stage he was throwing out some hardish, tribal techno.

I was looking forward to seeing Sean Quinn and Dan Mangan closing the main stage. I was not disappointed! It’s great to see a track like Future Force – What You Want being played some ten years after its release and still sounding so good.

The setting sun bought some much needed relief from the heat, and I must mention the mist tent that was set up on the left-hand side of the main stage – It was cool being able to walk through it and being immediately cooled down.  Great idea.

Big thanks must go out to the Kiss crew, it was such a great day and getting a Kiss membership included in the ticket price :)

Here’s hoping they throw another one soon!

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