Early morning thunderstorms threatened to dampen the day but quick action by organisers had the Elements Collective stage moved inside the Judith Wright Centre well before punters started arriving. After BrokenWordâ€™s opening set, the dancefloor was cleared and the B-Boy heats got underway.
The crowd was buzzing with anticipation by the final dance off, with judges awarding Monsta the QLD B-Boy Champion title. Vegas Aces brought the funk for their first show back, and The Optimen brought the ruckus for their final show of the year. Only one thing left to say, bring on Valley Fiesta 2012!
My Valley Fiesta day began at the main Brunswick St Mall stage just in time to catch The Jungle Giants. It was an impressive crowd for so early in the day, and for their dedication the crowd was rewarded with a tight set of pop gems. I left here to check out the 4ZZZ stage, which after rain delays ended up starting at 4pm with Harley Young.
A whole lot of alt. country with great pop sensibilities ensued and the kids left knowing there's still hope for the singer/ songwriter in an overproduced world. At this point I went home for a bit. It was a Saturday and I had errands to run and it was not until Hungry Kids of Hungary that I got to return. They played to a stellar crowd and did their songs justice. Thank you Valley Fiesta.
â€œFortitude Valley, put your fucking hands up!â€ are the first words out of MC Spitfire, riling up the crowd for Evil Eddie. â€œWe can't swear on stage, so we'll need you guys to swear for usâ€¦â€ Spitfire continued. Though it seemed a little early in the day for songs about castration [see: â€˜De-Sex Your Exâ€™], Spitfire does an awesome job of working up the growing crowd at the main stage.
I then venture down to the Alloneword stage to catch Kidney Thieves. First thing to note: great name. Second thing: I don't know much about jazz, and I know even less about metal. I definitely was not aware that those worlds could collide to create the ridiculously entertaining mess that was Kidney Thieves' set. I remember lots of wailing sax and white dude dreads being whipped back and forth.
Kicking off the night with the The Excellent Gentleman meant bold style delivered from dress shirts and bow ties. Two hip hop MCs fronted a hugely talented live section, layering soul and blues over live beats, and the powerful vocals of one audacious lady. Next up it was straight to the Visible Ink stage for The Belligerents. The dance-rock quintet has grown adept at stirring up Brisbane crowds, and the addition of some new tracks to their set showed theyâ€™ll only get better at it. A tight rhythm section and upbeat hooks drew to the stage one of its larger audiences, and had them engaged in a joyous flailing of limbs.
After soaking up some of the Fiesta vibe, it was back to Alloneword for a fitting send-off with Sampology. The audiovisual DJ savant had his video files projected onto a massive screen, and worked dubstep and dance music in with your â€˜90s childhood to form an epic party mix-up complete with Steppenwolf sing-a-long.