Summafieldayze @ Doug Jennings Park, Gold Coast (02/01/11)

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The rain finally stopped, providing blue skies and sunshine for Summafieldayze, a day when two of Australia’s biggest festival connoisseurs – Future Entertainment and Fuzzy – join forces and bring together one of the most exciting line-up’s of the summer festival calendar. Yet, while this year’s line-up was nothing short of sensational, it would be difficult to write this review without at least some mention of the logistical nightmare it was to get in and out of the festival site.

Having effortlessly ventured to the festival at Doug Jennings Park in the past, this year I found myself stuck for over two hours in crawling traffic along the Southport Motorway which saw my intentions of getting to the festival for it’s midday opening shattered meaning I missed out on what I heard were some awesome sets by Art vs. Science and A-Trak.

Luckily, I had other sources on the ground who informed me that the place to be that afternoon was at the Summa Stage where a line-up consisting of some of Australia’s hottest acts delivered some special moments.

Miami Horror drew the crowd in with their string of current hits including Moon Theory, I Look to You and Holidays. Yet it was their cover of Paul Simon’s You Can Call Me Al that really brought a smile to the thousands of faces in the crowd.

Up next, local boys The Stafford Brothers were joined on stage by Timmy Trumpet who between gulps of Jagermeister managed to please the hometown crowd with their energetic set.

Always full of surprises Armand Van Helden played a very heavy electro set, leaving no question about his current musical direction. Festival standard Song 2 by Blur proved yet again to be a crowd pleaser, as did Helden’s recent hits Bonkers and his classic My My My.

A devastating line-up clash between Plump DJ’s, Boys Noize and Armin Van Buuren had me wishing I could be in three places at once, with trance legend Van Buuren winning out.

With his arms outstretched throughout most of his set, the smiling Dutchman absolutely personifies the image of the DJ God. Dropping a heavenly selection of euphoric and progressive trance tracks during his two hour set including Zombie Nation and the compulsory Communication, Van Buuren never fails to bring goose bumps to my skin.

I managed to pull myself away to catch some of Rivastarr’s set on the Oasis stage where he was dealing out a nice mix of old-skool and progressive funky beats before venturing to the Field Stage to catch men of the moment **N*E*R*D* who provided a nice hip-hop element to the proceedings.

Despite having dismissed David Guetta as another overly commercial DJ, I was pleased to find myself pleasantly surprised by his set. In amongst predictable hits like Love is Gone and Memories, he also dropped gems like Prodigy Smack My Bitch Up and Faithless Insomnia, creating a infectious party vibe.

Back across on the Field Stage French duo Justice were taking it back to their 2007 hey-day with hits like D.A.N.C.E and Phantom which they broke up with surprises like Bang a Gong by T.Rex before returning to the stage to play one last epic track for the evening We Are Your Friends.

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