Brisbane Festival Closing Party: Violent Soho, Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel and WAAX.

Saturday 29 September

Usually, end of festival gigs are one recent band and a pile of bands from the past (I’m looking at you Boom Crash Opera) that are not really relevant or conducive to getting the crowds in. Whoever did the booking for the Brisbane Festival Closing Party outdid themselves and should be still patting themselves on the back for such a great line up.

I got through the gate just before WAAX went on, if you have read my previous review of Wolf Alice from the day before, I was particularly keen to see WAAX having missed them at that gig. WAAX is fast becoming my favourite band to see live. They played a new song that they weren’t sure if they were going to call “Fuck You”. Just do it guys, Australians love a song with a swear word in it – aside from that it’s a great noisy piece of pop-rock-punk.

Methyl Ethel had been touted as the band to see in the lineup with new music coming. They came across as shy kids that can play their arses off and get a crowd going. It did start to rain during their set and I was too busy trying to poncho up and keep my camera from getting wet to check in on any of their set list, or to work out which was new and which was old stuff. Interestingly enough I have not been in a crowd that was so well prepared for rain (even at Splendour in the Grass where it is always a more than 50/50 chance of rain).


Meg Mac played as dusk set in. Perfect timing, I had not paid much attention to Meg Mac, thinking that she was another Sarah Blasko or Missy Higgins. Nothing could be further from the reality. I can say that I am a convert and enjoyed every minute of Meg’s set, I am particularly sad that you are retiring the Like a Version cover of Tame Impala’s “Let It Happen” (actually better than the original). I went home and downloaded your album.


There was a fireworks interlude while Violent Soho tried to soundcheck (futile). The crowd was starting to push forward in anticipation. Violent Soho was everything that they always are, played a tight set and the crowd went off (wheelie bin mosh pit adventure, anyone?). To close their set, Bernard Fanning joined them for a cover of “These Days”.

Brisbane Festival 2019, you have big shoes to fill and hopefully, you can replicate such a bloody great line up like this year.


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