Harvesting the best festival
The day began as an expensive and frustrating hunt for a car park, but it was a mere freckle on what was one of the most prestigious line-ups this festival season.
The sun shone brilliantly on Saturday as Brisbane's Botanic Gardens hosted the inaugural Harvest Festival.
It was a run of artists that attracted everyone from the hippest of hipsters, nostalgic baby boomers and uninhibited music nerds.
First band I saw? Just one of the first multi-gender, multi-race funk bands in the world. That's right; The Family Stone (minus Sly) played a best-of set with most of the original members in tow.
Their grooves (and moves) were energetic and they were still toting their flower power ethos.
Brooklyn's "can-do-no-wrong" collective, TV on the Radio, were electric and divinely charismatic on songs Golden Age and Wolf Like Me.
I used to consider Bright Eyes an overrated Elliott Smith rip-off, but their sunset gig was a frenetic mix of indie-juiced Americana and crowd-quieting ballads.
Prodigal leader Conor Oberst looked like a teen but howled like a man beyond his years.
New York's nephews of gloom The National welcomed the evening with a run of songs mostly from their latest album, High Violet.
They sounded like new-found classics, delivered in Matt Berninger's smooth growl and communicated through lyrics wrought with sadness.
From doom to daisies, The Flaming Lips are one of the most feel-good bands on the planet.
With hits She Don't Use Jelly to Do You Realize, leading lip Wayne Coyne ruled his kingdom of singing minions with balloons, confetti cannons and a seizure-inducing light show.
Nineties trip-hoppers Portishead provided the most awe-inspiring set of the festival. With their glitchy, spasmodic, bass-thumping scorchers, the Bristol trio emerged as a band that's still relevant and still making unconventional music.
Magic occurred when they played the tunes from their seminal 1993 debut Dummy.
The stripped-back epics Glorybox and Wandering Star no doubt changed a life or two.
Come back next year, Harvest.