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There are a million things that we here at Stash Everything love and miss about the Good Vibrations music festival. The absence of fist-pumping topless dudes that you’d find at the other festivals being one of course; but above all, we love their dope line-ups that just seemed to get better every year.
In a nutshell, here’s what went down on the day of February 13, 2011 – Erykah Badu made her long-awaited debut trip to Australia, as did Ludacris. Nas and Damian Marley shared the stage, Kelis brought all the boys to the yard and acts like Aloe Blacc, Miike Snow, the Ting Tings and more all made for a great day out; but I have to say, we’re still a little choked up Cee-Lo and Janelle Monae backing out at the last minute –no love lost, though.
Erykah Badu fans down under have been waiting forever for the first lady of neo-soul to grace our shores. I mean, damn, I know I forwarded that “Australian Tour Petition – Erykah Badu Wants You” message on Facebook about a hundred times.
The minute she stepped onto the stage the screams were deafening, but as the bells chimed in and she opened with her track The Healer, you cold see everyone fall into some kind of trance. Seriously, the woman is a god.
Between sets we went for walks around the showgrounds, to stretch our legs and get some fresh air after being cramped like sardines in tents that look like my car after a hotbox (just saying). And, of course, to get something to eat.
I gotta say, the folks at Good Vibrations stepped their food game up. Festival feeds used to be limited to soggy, greasy chips mystery meat hot dogs but no, not this year! Options now included mini woodfire pizzas, fresh souvlakis and the very delicious wonders that came out of the beatbox burger truck.
Nas and Damian Marley’s set was a circus. Some dude possibly with the most beefed up arms ever, stood on stage waving the Jamaican flag for the entire one-and-a-half hour set.
Nas dropped all the right classics and Damian Marley gave the the crowd that real ankle-length-dreadlock-swinging reggae that’s hard, even impossible, to come across here down under. He even performed a tribute to his legendary father with a rendition of Could You Be Loved.
There really are few ways I’d rather spend a Sunday – I mean seriously, how do you top spending it with good food, live music, good weather and friends? You can’t. You simply can’t. Fingers crossed we get days like this in 2013 or whenever the festival returns.