I was running a little bit late, which combined with a traffic accident on Gipps Street meant that I didn't get into the grounds until about 12:30.
First up I bought a copy of the program, and then entered and got my "I'm legal" tag.
Now like most festivals, Livid is a licensed event (ie they sell alcohol). However Livid also attracts a reasonable underage crowd as well. As a result, so that those selling the alcohol don't have to be concerned with checking ID for every drink they sell (a mammoth undertaking) they only do it once. If you can prove you are legal at the gates. you get a yellow wrist-band. If you can't or don't bother, you get a pink one. That way the bar staff can easily tell who they can and can't sell drinks to.
It also makes perving easier, so you know who's of the legal age of consent and who isn't.
Met up with Will, and was introduced to Fiona and Andrew up from Sydney (a re-introduction I think, they looked familiar) and caught my first act of the day, The Beautiful Girls from 12:55 to 1:35 at the Triple J Bigtop. An all male threesome (drums, bass and lead), with some help from a Brazilian called Phillipe on the jazz harp (a type of harmonica I think). The Livid program describes them as "surf-cultured folk-rock" and I really enjoyed them. Mellow, but with enough energy to get you in the right mood for the rest of the day. I think they did mostly original work, but they also did two covers that I recognized, "Teardrops" by Womack and Womack and "Dub be Good to Me" by Beats International.
The Beautiful Girls are definitely on my list of bands to chase up on.
Next was over to the Loudmouth Stage for Gazoonga Attack (1:40 to 2:10), an all-girl local punk band. We met up with Adam and Lisa while we were over there, and according to Adam (who was in a band with the brother of one of the members of Gazoonga Attack) they didn't sound anywhere near as good as they should have. We think they were having sound issues at the time. Not my style of music anyway.
After that we wandered off to the Main Stage for Rocket Science (2:30 to 3:15). To be perfectly honest I have no idea what they sounded like as I wasn't paying any attention to the music.
The weather on Saturday was perfect. Hot enough so that the beautiful people wandered around the place with their shirts off, but not so hot that the ugly people like me were uncomfortable in jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt.
And the beautiful people were out in force. Ranging all the way to the skinny waifs, to the big muscle boi's, I was happy. Next time I am going to make sure I take a camera with me.
While there I also went to the Merchandise stand and bought a hat (because I didn't have one, and I didn't want to burn) and a Linkin Park T-shirt (because I wanted it!)
We then wandered back to the Loudmouth Stage for Toe to Toe (3:30 to 4:10). We also decided to get lunch at that point (yes, we were running a bit behind). I can't really say much about Toe to Toe except they were loud and noisy.
After them was The Hellacopters (4:30 to 5:10) a Swedish five piece. Since three of those five pieces were guitars (two lead plus a bass) I have a feeling these guys really liked their guitars. That was confirmed by the end of their set. They were loud, but they were good (proving that there was nothing wrong with the sound system) and they were fun.
Another band I'm going to have to do some chasing up of.
By this stage Will girlfriend had arrived. I think her name is spelt Rene, pronounced Reen. Not too sure.
We then went back to the Big Top to catch the last half of Har mar Superstar (4:55 to 5:40). All I can say is that he was fully clothed when we got there. By the end of his set he was only wearing his underwear, however I have to say I liked his music. Another artist for me to check out.
While we were in the Big Top this time I got a chance to check out some of the muscle boi's up close as there was two of them a little bit in front of us. I have to say that these two were definitely gay. Two reasons: firstly straight guys don't dance that well, and secondly when straight guys dance they don't exhibit themselves as much as these two were. Yum!
The plan next was to go over to the Annex for Lamb, but a report from Fiona and Andrew on the acoustics changed our minds on account of the acoustics in the Annex sucks. As a result we decided to stay at the Big Top and catch whoever was next.
Before the next act started I wandered off to get another bite to eat (hmm Roast Potatoes with butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon and garlic salt!). This took me close to the Loudmouth stage again, where I listen to part of BOYSETSFIRE. What I heard I liked, so I'm going to have to check out them as well.
Next a Big Top was a band called Liars (6:00 to 6:45), listed as "the hardest rockin' punk dance band ever". I don't know if I would agree with that, but I do know I liked what I heard. A four piece from Brooklyn, not only did they have one guy on drums, but also another guy with a drum machine and some other really kick-ass booming type instruments. They had some real good beats going at times, and they are another band for me to chase up.
Part way through the Liars set we moved out of the actual Big Top to a slightly quieter place outside. Will wasn't feeling too good, and the beats from the band were actually making him feel worse. As for what was wrong with him, lets just say it was something he, err, "ate", and leave it at that.
Even though we were outside, we could still hear what was going on inside quite easily. Next was the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (7:05 to 8:05) which I didn't pay much attention to as I was perving on the very tasty shirt-less crowd. Another fine specimen that was there I've got picked as a gay guy, again for two reasons. Firstly was the way he was treating the girls around him. A straight man and a gay man treat women differently, even in casual situations like this. The second reason was the fact that no straight man would be wandering around in shorts with his socks pulled all the way up!
After the Yeah Yeah Yeah's myself and Rene left the rest of them and wandered over to the Main Stage for Linkin Park (8:45 to 10:00). Now, no matter what anyone else may think about them (or me for that matter) I love the band. So does Rene it seems, so we decided to watch them together.
They kicked ass! They were loud and energetic and sounded awesome (except for a small amount of microphone trouble at one stage). The amount of energy the band has on stage, especially Chester, is truly amazing. During part of the performance they had the cameras on Chester while he wasn't singing. During this bit he was calm and placid, but the moment the song came back to him he exploded, full of energy. Awesome.
Before they came on stage, they were running a bit late (normal for late in the day at Livid) so the cameras were turned onto the crowd. As you'd expect the moment people realized the camera was one them, they started playing up for the camera. There were a number of young ladies on people's shoulders (probably their boyfriends). It started out with one girl flashing her bra to the camera. Then a few others did. Then another flashed a tit to the camera. Then a few others did. Then someone flashed both tits to the camera. Then others did.
In the end we had some of these girls completely ripping off their tops and waving it all to the camera. Usually they then sunk down into the crowd in embarrassment as they realized what they had just done. Oh well, it kept the crowd well and truly amused.
Linkin Park started by playing a few from the new album, Meteora, and then switched back to Hybrid Theory for a few, and then some songs in part the Hybrid Theory way and part in the Reanimation way. They also played P5ing Me A*wy in full (ie, Pushing Me Away done the Reanimation remix way). The only song they didn't do that I wanted them to do was Breaking the Habit from Meteora.
They finished their set, and walked off the stage. However, the music didn't stop, as the last note they had played continued on. Some of the people in the crowd believed them when they said that it was the last song. We didn't, and they eventually came back on stage for two more song, finishing with One Step Closer..
After that, Rene and I waited for the stampede to calm down (there were a lot of people there) and then went back to the spot next to the Big Top where Will was where we listen to that last of the White Stripes before security kicked us (and everyone else) out of the RNA grounds, and we went home.
I gave Will, Rene, Fiona and Andrew a lift back to Wills place, then went home myself, where I realized I had not had enough to eat during the day, so had a little bit more of a snack before bed, at about 1:30 Sunday morning.
Sunday was a sleep in, followed by a very bad case of the "I want to do something, but I have no idea what". Probably an after effect of Linkin Park, and Livid in general.
I've been playing Linkin Park a lot since then, I wonder why?