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2011 kicked off with the first festival of the year, Southbound!

Dave and I headed down to Busselton for New Years Eve and saw the new year in dressed as pirates at the Esplanade hotel. (The less said about that, the better!)

Next morning we strapped our gear to a fridge trolley and headed across a paddock full of cow patties for 3 days of camping at Southbound music festival.  I was shooting for Virtual Festivals and spent 3 days in the HOT HOT HEAT, clinging to any shade I could find and chugging down gallons of luke warm water (drinks got hot real quick too – except for the beer, drank that fast before it heated up!).  On the second day we got chatting to some guy who asked how old we were…when we told him he said “God you don’t look that old! It’s nice that you still get to come to things like this!!” I told him I was shooting the festival which then seemed to make sense to him, god forbid I’d be there just to have some fun….next time I’ll pack my zimmerframe!

Had a great time although next year I think I’ll give the camping a miss and head for a lush hotel with a pool instead.

Peaches was WEIRD, The Jezebels rocked as did good old Living End, Public Enemy kept the public waiting for over half an hour – Flava Flav’s clock had obviously stopped but they did get the crowd pumping when they finally took to the stage. Ash Grunwald was a pleasant surprise and The Cuban Brothers were hilarious, a great choice as last act on the last night.

I’ll be posting some band shots later in the week…still recovering from the sleep deprivation. Us ‘old people’ need our sleep.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with a fabulous 2011 to come!!

PS. Come to think of it, out of all the bands we saw Paul Kelly was kind of a highlight for me. Uh-oh, maybe I am getting old afterall.

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  • Comment by GV — January 10, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    Great blog! Quality pics. I especially like the first one. :) Camping sucks so I don’t blame ya!


  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — January 10, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Hi GV,
    Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. Just popped over to your blog, enjoyed reading The Middle Kingdom…we had some great meals in China…none of which (thankfully) involved cockroaches and centipedes were definitely out of the question!!

  • Comment by Peta — January 11, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    Great pics Sandy, what’s wrong with camping, you just need to go to the camping show and then you will get everything, even the kitchen sink….

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — January 12, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Cheers Peta…and Happy New Year! Hope you had a fab Chrissie. The camping was actually fine….it was the other 30,000 noisey campers around me that were the problem hee hee

  • Comment by GV — January 18, 2011 @ 4:51 am

    Hello Sandy,

    Haha. Yeah, some of the “snacks” were a little gross. Although, I suppose you have to try uncooked squid on a stick and silk worm larva at least once in your life I suppose. :P


  • Comment by Pete Hodgson — January 20, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

    Never to old for a music festival Sandy, even if everyone is looking at you sideways. Never thought I would ever say a pair of ear plugs are pretty essential these days though. Looking forward to some more pics.

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — January 23, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    haahaa…good call on the ear plugs. will get some before the Big Day Out. Will post more pics soon.
    Cheers Pete.

  • Comment by Brett Morgan — January 27, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    Yes indeed I am with Hodgy on this one your never ever to old to go to concerts they are just jealous perhaps they aren’t the ones taking the images and they are some great images indeed.
    Was really nice to meet you on the true north to Sandy and share some enthusiasm about photography :) .

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — January 29, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    Cheers Brett, was great meeting you too. So nice to put some faces to the names in blog world!

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