Photos by: Andrew Basso
Words by: Manuela Salazar
With the arrival of Melbourne’s hottest day, Australia’s newest music festival welcomed its first ever crowds. Good Things Festival hit off its East Coast run at Flemington Racecourse after a venue change was established earlier on due to high ticket sales. Even after the shift in location and the burning sun hung overhead in an almost clear sky by midday, there was no doubt that the place would be overflowing with patrons, all eager to experience the first day of the festival and what it had to offer.
Stuck Out was the first band to christen the Good Things stages, and although it was still relatively early and the five-piece were only local, there was a large crowd already present by the barrier who were partying it up as hard as they would have with any international headliner. Ecca Vandal received the same welcoming treatment, another local Melbourne act who left a lasting impression on the witnessing crowds.
Void Of Vision
WAAX was too, able to drag in quite the crowd, and by the second song of their set the pit had already filled up with both long time fans of the band, and new ears ready to take everything in. Overall, the amount of love and support towards the opening bands at the bottom of the lineup list was emotionally powerful, and I could not help but feel overwhelming pride at being part of such a wonderful and supportive music scene.
Although the sun was making its steady ascend, the crowds only seemed to grow exponentially. Boston Manor‘s set was packed by the time it started, and regardless of the heat, the crowds were already jumping along to the opener of the set. The set remained highly interesting due to the mix of old and new songs that the Boston Manor boys delivered. Overall, their debut Australian performance could not have gone any better in terms of delivery and crowd enjoyment. I am sure they lassoed in a high number of new fans from the watching crowds.
The Wonder Years
Make Them Suffer
Immediately after, came the moment a lot of people were eagerly waiting for. Melbourne had the privilege of hosting the stage for Babymetal‘s first Australian show, and the crowds thickened by the second before the girls and their band took on the stage. The theatrics of the show
With the hype of Babymetal‘s performance lingering still, The Used took over the stage beside theirs, immediately sending the crowds into a jumping frenzy. Their setlist remained classic, with fan
Bullet For My Valentine
After a short break, I found myself on the other side of the festival, ready to watch Mayday Parade who
Making the trek over to the other side once again was a lot easier than originally expected, and soon, All Time Low
All Time Low
The Smith Street Band
While logistic issues prevented me from staying and watching any of the headliners, I must say that the fact alone that the festival remained alive from the very beginning to the very end is a feat that Good Things should be proud of. I was able to have the time of my life without even experiencing the sets of the bigger names on the lineup, and that alone should be a perfect example of just how enriching and supportive our Melbourne music scenes and its fans are. Good Things Festival was a definite must-attend this year, and I am undoubtedly joining the crowds of eager fans already awaiting a follow-up and expecting to see the festival come back just as strong next year.