Pink @ Burswood Dome

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Pink @ Burswood Dome

What can I say about Pink? Not much really, except that she WILL entertain you! The first show of the Australian Funhouse Tour was right here in Perth, with another one tomorrow night on Saturday… and then back around after a whole bunch of shows over east!

Pink @ Burswood Dome

With almost as many run of shows as last year, Pink is going to tour the country twice around much like her I’m Not Dead Tour back in 2007… in Australia for TWO FREAKING MONTHS! I may not be a huge fan of hers, but you really have to admire the work she’s putting into all these performances.

Pink @ Burswood Dome

Check out some more photos of Pink on my Flickr photostream.

Also, pick up a Drum Media Perth on Thursday for pics and a full review!

Morcheeba @ Fremantle Arts Centre

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Morcheeba @ Fremantle Arts Centre

Gig date: Sunday 28 December 2008

You may have heard of UK trip-hop band Morcheeba… they had a few groovy pop hits in the late 90’s and early 00’s such as Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day and Otherwise. I specifically remember falling in love with the silky smooth voice of Skye Edwards soon after starting uni, especially as she sang “Otherwise”. I was hesitant in buying their album, Charango, particularly since I didn’t have any pocket money and I was still trying to find myself in music. I was still pretty selective in what I wanted to listen to. Morcheeba could have been a band that I kept close to my heart, but it never happened. The thrill of having a favourite band that most people wouldn’t really know…

Morcheeba @ Fremantle Arts Centre

Fast forward to 7-odd years later, Morcheeba visit our Western shores during my 18+ life. My heart was close to melting point waiting for Skye Edwards to appear. But then, a waif and not-so-dark looking woman appears and lays down the grooves. I started taking a few snaps thinking that Morcheeba were going to be on-stage after this band. But the two men on guitars looked oddly familiar…

Morcheeba @ Fremantle Arts Centre

… she started singing “Otherwise”. The confusion hit me… we have an unfamiliar beautiful woman singing these Morcheeba tunes, but not Skye? No time to think about that… I had photos to take! But, my my, she was very pretty and really reminded me of Sarah Blasko.

Further research after the show revealed that Skye Edwards had left the band. Something to do with creative differences. There’s not much on the internet about it, though throw in a handful of replacement lead singers and a sexual harrassment case and you have the recent history of Morcheeba.

Their current touring singer- her name is Manda and she’s from France. She’ll have to do. I am a bit sad that I didn’t get the chance to lose myself in Skye Edwards’ hymns. *sigh*.

I may have gotten a bit personal in this post… oh well, there’s a bit of insight for you!

Stay tuned for more posts from the Fremantle Arts Centre!

There are a couple more photos of Morcheeba on my Flickr photostream.

The Dø @ V Festival 2009 - Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth

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The Dø @ V Festival 2009, Melbourne

This post is a part of a series: V Festival 2009 Australian Tour. Plenty of photos of all the bands from all the shows!

Oh my gosh… if there was any band that I would kill to see at the V Festival, then The Dø would have to be them. My mate  Jason lent me their album A Mouthful a couple of months before the tour had started. The first track, “Playground Hustle”, is the perfect introduction to The Dø setting such a playful precident for the rest of the album. It’s still on my high-rotation list whenever I want to chillout or jump on my bed.

The Dø @ V Festival 2009, Melbourne

I got to catch The Dø at the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth V Festivals. I heard them as I was coming out from backstage after a shoot with Elbow but I had to rush off to shoot Vanilla Ice (but then that got pushed back… d’oh!). They always started with the aforementioned track and followed into “At Last!”… from cheery to swinging in the space of a few minutes. Aww man… I wish I was back there.

Me & The Dø & The Kills @ Devilles Pad, Perth

This photo might not look like much but I hope you can see that big, wide, cheesy grin on my face right in the middle there. This photo was taken at the V Festival Afterparty at Deville’s Pad that night. I had been awake for 24 hours - waking at 4AM AEST to catch a plane from Melbourne home to Perth, to shoot the Perth V Festival and after almost crashing in my hotel room, pushed on to the afterparty. This photo was taken around 2.30AM. Yikes!

Sitting around at Deville’s like a zombie, it was very surreal watching all these artists dancing and drinking around. The place was quite empty, but most were outside smoking and socialising. Two Red Bulls had no effect in getting me to party so I went outside to see “anyone” before I would leave with some friends. But then I was stopped outside…

“Hey! You were following us around and taking photos of us!” - it was Olivia from The Dø stopping me outside. OH MY GOSH! Someone noticed!!! She was so sweet and beautiful. I told her my story with the V Festival and she was really grateful a fan was there for them. Apparently it wasn’t hard to spot me… I was the only “happy, dancing photographer” compared to all of the “sad, boring photographers” in the pit. Aww… bless you Olivia!

So, when I got out my point-and-shoot camera to have happy-snaps… battery died. Panicking, I switch the batteries only to find my spares are dead. Courtney comes to my rescue and lends me her camera phone. Shitty photo, sure whatever… in the above photo are Dan (The Dø), Alison (The Kills), me, Olivia (The Dø) and Jamie (The Kills). OH MY GOSH!!! Can you see why I’m so happy?

The Dø @ V Festival 2009, Melbourne The Dø @ V Festival 2009, Perth

Definitely the biggest highlight of the whole V Festival tour. She asked to contact her on their MySpace… I’m right onto it!

There are heaps and heaps more photos on my Flickr V Festival photo set.

Much more V Festival to come!