Fresh Aussie acts at Open Arms
A SWELTERING Saturday played host to last weekend’s Open Arms Festival at Coffs Harbour Showgrounds.
It was an ideal site for the thousands of shirted and unshirted festival goers who came for the riot that was the Hilltop Hoods, Children Collide and Karnivool. Fringing these headliners were other fresh Aussie acts Bertie Blackman, Cassette Kids, Regular John and Tom Ugly.
The only thing that tempered the muggy weather and blistering energy of the day were the countless slabs of beer for sale and a freak shower mid-afternoon.
And it was a well-timed shower at that, as most had worked up a lather of anticipation – that threatened to break out into a rash – for the Children Collide’s set.
Excitement as the Children went on stage ensured that the mosh trebled in size in a handful of minutes. The hard indie rockers turned the moshettes into a soup of flailing arms and eager bounces.
Adelaide rhyme crew the Hilltop Hoods capped off the day and were met with the highest volume of onlookers and noise. The showcase act pulsated from one end of the park to the other, and well into the neighbouring streets.
Fresh from a performance at the ARIA awards earlier in the week, the trio could best be described as ‘elegant hip-hop’ artists, with an obviously well-tuned, tight set including classics The Nosebleed Section and The Hard Road.
Brightly lit animations, similar to the artwork on their re-released catalogue, pierced the obsidian sky and worked like a sugar-hit with the crowd. The crowd was surprisingly low on ripped-up Southern Cross tattooed Toolies, who had likely flocked north to Surfers for the week. Overall, the day was testament to the positive vibe that can flow from an all-ages gig.