By hmcclure | November 12th, 2012
I’ve been to a whole bunch of festivals in my time, but at 28, my time might be coming to an end. Creaky knees, pale skin and general grumpiness have lead me to start turning down festival invites in the hope that my favorite bands will be playing a sideshow.
But Harvest Presents is different. “Harvest is not a festival, it’s a feeling.”
Held for the first time last year in Melbourne, Brisbane and (my home town of) Sydney, the festival was one of the best musical days of my life. Even before the bands were announced, I knew I’d be back this year. While Australia is often graced with amazing festival line-ups, it’s the overall atmosphere and which separates Harvest from the rest. There’s none of the aggressiveness or pretentiousness which have lead me to rethink my festival obsession, and my creaky knees are just fine sitting under some of Parramatta Park’s ample shrubbery.
Last year, attendees were treated to performances from the likes of Portishead, TV On The Radio and The Flaming Lips, and this year the festival’s line-up is even more spectacular. Alongside acts like Beck, Ben Folds Five, Santigold and Beirut, I’ve (just) managed to pick the five bands I’m most excited to see this coming Saturday (the full line-up can be viewed here).