Dec 6, 2015

Fairgrounds Festival

Saturday we ventured into the Southern Highlands for the very first Fairgrounds Festival. The lineup piggybacked the Meredith Festival and it was an eclectic and interesting one. Set in the beautiful hamlet of Berry we enjoyed the setting of the Showgrounds. Ringed by trees and hills it was a great way to spend a day. There was a good vibe through out with markets, a swimming pool, old school games and a good food set up. Th only slight complaint was that the day could have done with a few more food vendors especially as they all ran out of food late in the day. Not ideal. Onto the music. After the moderate offering of Unknown Mortal Orchestra we super charged by local heroes Royal Headache whose soulful rock impressed greatly. They were followed by the veteran Americans Mercury Rev. They provided a powerful reminder of their mystical greatness. But the definite highlight was to come.
Father John Misty is a force on stage. A swaggering eruption of charisma. It borders on arrogance but he is so damn charming. And the music is great. His first two albums have rocked by world and even though this was the third time I have seen him live it was still a startling show. He owns the stage. Dancing, promenading, staring, mocking and yes even coming down to touch the audience. His voice is immaculate, rich and wonderful. A must see live.

Set List
I Love You, Honeybear
Strange Encounter
True Affection
Only Son of the Ladiesman
When You're Smiling and Astride Me
The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.
I'm Writing a Novel
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C For Two Virgins)
Bored in The USA
Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
The Ideal Husband


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