SUNSET SOUNDS 2011

The new year is here and the new year marks the start of the summer festival season! Sunset Sounds is the brother/sister festival to The Falls Festival and Southbound Festival. Held over two days at The Riverstage/Botanic Gardens in Brisbane. Sunset Sounds is one of my favourite festivals, the gardens and Riverstage are a beautiful setting and the festival is always really relaxed and chilled despite the fact that some of the music is the total opposite of that. I attended the Festival on Wednesday and Thursday. It definitely does not feel like summer in Brisbane! The Heavens have literally opened and we seem to see more rain than sun, this makes for a very interesting (and wet) time at a festival!

On Day one of the Festival I only managed to see three bands. Sleigh bells who I had never heard of before blew me away, they were very energetic and it was great to see a female upfront rocking the crowd! Hot Hot Heat were very energetic and got the crowd dancing! The rain appeared after Hot Hot Heat and really destroyed the vibe, it took us all by surprise so many of us were left soaking wet and freezing! Ladyhawke was up next, I've always been a fan of Ladyhawke, another female front woman who has taken Australia by storm! I left after a few Ladyhawke songs; soaking wet and exhausted but eagerly awaiting day two!


Day Two of Sunset Sounds was the day I had been looking forward to the most! We arrived just as Children Collide were finishing up on the Main Stage. I am a big fan of Children Collide and have seen them evolve into a successful band over the past three years. 'Social Currency' and 'Farewell Rocketship' were hits with the crowd. Another hugely successful Australian band; The Living End were up next. The Living End always put on a good show that is jam packed with hits, and despite the pouring rain and the mud covering everyones feet the crowd responded extremely well. Especially when they threw in hits like; 'Prisoner of society', 'All torn down', 'Roll on' and, 'West End Riot'. The next band up were the band I was dying to see most: JOAN JETT AND THE BLACK HEARTS! I spent my Christmas holidays watching the movie 'The Runaways' over and over and spent my teenage years rocking out to 'I love Rock n Roll' so seeing Joan Jett was a childhood dream come true for me. I was not disappointed one bit, I was amazed! After watching Joan Jett and her band perform it is not hard to see how she is still a hugely successful woman at 52 years old! 'Cherry Bomb', 'Bad Reputation', 'I hate myself for loving You' and of course 'I love Rock N Roll' won the hearts of pretty much everyone in the audience. Klaxons were the last band of the festival and I hate to say this but I was very disappointed. I first saw Klaxons in 2007 at a small show at the Tivoli in Brisbane and they were fantastic! So full of energy and passion! I then saw them at a festival in 2008 and loved every minute of it! But Thursdays show seemed to be lacking something, perhaps it was because Joan Jett put on such an amazing performance and I expected the same from Klaxons?. Despite the pouring rain I came home from Sunset Sounds a very happy girl!

WHAT DID I WEAR?
As this is a fashion based blog I thought you might like to see some of the outfits I put together and wear to some of the festivals and gigs I attend. Please keep in mind I do not consider myself a model and am just putting these photos up so you can get some sort of idea of good festival wear. I'm a City Chic size M if you are interested in sizing. Please let me know your thoughts and if you need any advice or have any questions feel free to leave me a comment.Dress: Free as a bird tunic $69.96 - City Chic (Sold out online but instore now!)
Bolero: Gather ruffle shrug $24.00 - New look Inspire
Leggings: City Chic circa 2010.
Hat: $30.00 - Market stall @ Waringah Shopping Centre
Bracelets: Black leather pandora bracelet & Sportsgirl 'Hope' Bracelet for Butterfly Foundation.


I'm off to the Gold Coast in two weeks for the Big Day Out Festival! I am extremely excited about this one and can't wait to tell you all about it!

Until the next big event,

XOX HOPE.

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