Last year in 2020, none of us were allowed to be leaving home. This saw much live music rescheduled. Springloaded was postponed till May 8th 2021. This is the first of the reschedule events, taking place at Royal Randwick Racecourse Sydney. The week leading up to the event had many of us holding our breath and checking for updates. We monitored social media, hoping that all would be going ahead a recent COVID outbreak had new restrictions in place and the weather this week was pretty torrential.

I am pleased to report the sun shone brightly as ever down on the racetrack. And the first standing music festival was able to take place mask free, completely cashless with a full line up. I will tell you now it was a complete success. We had a few minor stops during band sets as our excitement bought us all a little too close. But with some excellent communication from those who keep us safe. We got our shit together, made space asked of us, feeling the rush, fun and excitement of live music. This event is the kind of experience that I see friends and strangers united in celebration of music performance—and just getting back to a time when life was better.

I had dressed to impress as I did up my Chuck Taylor hightops, tore holes in my jeans, and grabbed out my best flanno and got myself ready to rock out like it was 1998. I enter and check out my surroundings, impressed with the spaces on offer. You had plenty of shade and seated areas and quite significant visibility of the stage, and importantly, the bar lines were flowing.

Being there from the beginning, I caught the sets of Caligula, Screamfeeder and Tumbleweed all taking me back. When Custard hit the stage, the sun went down, and things began to sweeten up. It was time to watch out, boys as Magic Dirt took the stage and frontwomen Adalita voice just as captivating as I remember. And this ordinary boy found new meaning in the lyrics of not having washed his jeans in three months or more. Still, it was those punks in Frenzal Rhomb that revved things up as they belted out hits that remind us Russell Crowe’s band is a fucking piece of shit and of all the times we can’t remember having so much fun.

Jebediah is a hit-making machine whose every track was danced and sang aloud. Tracks like Leaving Home and Harpoon had us unified and sang along together. But there is a saying that grinners are winners. Tonight was no exception, Grinspoon closed out the day in true Grinners fashion with nothing but hit after hit that saw us lost control.

You really shouldn’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the return of festivals in Australia as for now more than ever; our music industry needs to band together. For me, there is no better way than attending a music festival that bought together some of the most significant acts of the indie alt-rock scene in Australia from an era that was just golden.

Check your local city bill as line-ups do vary, but I am telling you that the Springloaded festival at Royal Randwick will be a hard act to follow. 

SPRING LOADED DATES

SAT MAY 8TH | ON THE LAWN AT ROYAL RANDWICK, SYDNEY | NSW | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au  | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 12 JUN | CAIRNS SHOWGROUNDS | QLD | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au  | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 19 JUN | SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL, BRIBIE ISLAND | QLD | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au  | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 26 JUN | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | SA | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

FRI 23 JUL | DARWIN AMPHITHEATRE | NT | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 16 OCT | GOSFORD ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS | NSW | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 23 OCT | STUART PARK, WOLLONGONG | NSW | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au  | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 30 OCT | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH | WA | 18+

Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 27 NOV | VENUE DETAILS TO FOLLOW | VIC | 18+Venue details to come, sign up for pre-sale  www.springloadedfestival.com.au

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