Thursday, December 26
Review: Hamish Hastie
A combination of perfect weather, quality DJs and a world class venue in Belvoir Amphitheatre means Breakfest regularly appears at the top of Australia's favourite festivals year in and year out.
Thursday's instalment of the annual dance festival was no different.
The friendly vibe in the magic amphitheatre was enough to make you forget about the awkward family lunch and your Grandad's subtly racist remarks of Christmas.
Arriving later in the day, my first dose of broken beat madness was from British Columbian Sticky Buds (real name: Tyler Martens). His highly original playlist had tracks from all kinds of genres and must have been so wild it blew the shirts off a couple of guys.
Sticky Buds' set led straight into UK bass aficionado Deekline (Nicholas Annand), who has ridden the wave of bass music popularity with a perfect 10. Playing everything from dubstep to ghetto funk he definitely inspired a few musical epiphanies.
The set of the day though went to another UK producer in Featurecast (Lee Mintram), whose mix of hooks with break beats and the canny knack with samples had the amphitheatre heaving. Highlights include edits of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song and the Super Mario tune.
The headline acts of the night lived up to their top billing. Both duos from the UK, Plump DJs (Lee Rous and Andy Gardner) and Stanton Warriors (Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley) are pioneers in break beat and while the crowd was thinning out at the end, they both dropped plenty of bangers to keep those remaining happy.
It wouldn't surprise me if this year's Breakfest goes on to win more awards, my only issue for the whole day was that it had to finish.