Parklife @ Botanic Park, Adelaide (07/10/2012)

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After a rather gloomy week weather wise, the Gods of the sky smiled brightly on Adelaide for yet another perfect Parklife day. The sun was out, along with the inevitable outrageous singlets, small tank tops and bright sunnies.

Walking through the picturesque Botanic Gardens, at first sight the line-ups looked like they could take an eternity, but surprisingly they flowed very quickly, allowing each punter maximum time in one of the most ‘festival friendly’ locations in Adelaide. Fuzzy once again put together a diverse line-up, with acts for everyone from your dance and electro groovers, right down to the indie loving hipsters. The several rumours of low ticket sales were put to bed with a large, excitable crowd gathering.

Heading straight to the Atoll stage, where young Sydney-sider Flume had the early birds dancing and bopping along to his hypnotic indie/electro tunes. With one arm in a sling (from a nightclub run-in with a bouncer) and according to his Twitter page, hepped up on painkillers, Flume still managed to run the laptop and wow his fans. Playing his hit beat Sleepless, the already over-excited crowd went into overdrive as they banged along.

International act Chiddy Bang was next on the Sahara stage, for what seemed the majority of the masses. Playing their hip-hop mash-ups and MCing, crowd involvement was at a high. The hit tracks Opposite of Adults and Ray Charles were obvious favourites with many singing and moshing along. The duo from the US seemed to have the crowd on a string as they fused together a mixture of genres to everyone’s delight.

Wandering through the sea of festival goers over to the Kakadu stage, English dubstep master Benga performed in front of a boisterous crowd ready to bang along to his heavy tunes.. and he didn’t disappoint. The fast paced, beat dropping style of the Englishman had everyone bouncing and clapping along as a party mood took over the stage.

Heading down to the boutique Madam Sing’s Junk stage for a quick look at local boy Stubanga who was mixing party tunes on the wheels of steel ranging from The Lion King theme song, to In the Jungle by The Beach Boys, clearly feeling the jungle vibe of the Festival!

A stop at the drinks tent went much smoother than expected, what wasn’t a surprise was the ridiculous cost for a mixer! Alas, next up was Nero on the main Sahara stage. The UK group played last year’s Parklife tour and seeing them back on the block was another great experience. Popular hits Promises and Must be the Feeling were the highlights of a set mixed with House, Dubstep and a sprinkle of Drum and Bass.

Not having to move too see next hit act, French duo Justice hitting the decks for the dance fanatics. Grooving along to hits such as Civilization, On’n’On and Audio, Video, Disco from their latest album, along with older tunes D.A.N.C.E and Phantom, their set had it all.

Next up was the headliners, The Presets. With an amazing lights setup and willing crowd, the atmosphere was electric. The Aussie boys showed off their newly released album, taking tunes Ghosts and Youth in Trouble and belting them out to the fans. Winding back to clock to their older hits My People and Talk Like That had the crowd jumping, dancing and bopping along, while the Sydney boys obviously loved having the festival at their fingers.

That capped off yet another Parklife tour, with a well-run day at the delightful Botanic Park. One regret would be missing Passion Pit due to a clash, but thems the breaks. Otherwise, Fuzzy can take a bow!

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