Festival Review: Listen Out Melbourne 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

If you're a lover of all things hip hop and electronic, there is no better place to be then Listen Out. Apart from Field Day in Sydney, there is no other festival like it that combines these two genres beautifully. Below are five observations we made at Listen Out Melbourne 2016.

Travis Scott can rage πŸŒ΅
Before his set, I had already predicted that it was going to be wild. I've been a fan of his for a while, and I've been itching to finally see him live. I was not left disappointed by any means. Between the energy brought from him and his DJ Chase B, if you weren't going crazy, then you probably weren't supposed to be at Listen Out, let's be honest. Though the beginning of his set opened up a little slow, things went up 100 levels when he played 'Mamacita'. Also, don't annoy the guy, he isn't afraid to take on members of the crowd (particularly security guards, people spent too much time on-stage when crowd surfing, VIP's using smart phones, and people using phones at concerts in general). Overall, the best way to sum up his set is....#ITSLIT

Baauer can keep a crowd going non-stop πŸ™Œ 
As one of the kings of trap music, Baauer, is up there, and it wasn't a surprise to see that he drew a big crowd. There was not one stagnant human being during the duration of his set; everyone was dancing and jumping throughout. It got to a point where I forgot I was going to see A$AP Ferg and Travis Scott next.

Put them damn phones away...seriously πŸ“±πŸ™…
Somebody tell me, when did festivals become more about showing your social media followers that you're there as opposed to living in the now. It becomes increasingly annoying when you're trying to have a good time, but everyone around you is filming the set. It's these people who ruin the great energy of festivals are supposed to bring. If I got a dollar for every poser that came into the mosh pit during various sets during Listen Out to film a snap chat of them having fun, to then just leave after 20 seconds, I would have left with a lot of money. Stop being tools and enjoy the day.

Ngaiire is a queen πŸ‘‘
I've seen her live many times now, but I feel like she gets even better every time. Her vocals and the way she can project her voice is from another planet, and she sounds even better live (if that's possible). She's one of our greatest vocalists, and if you haven't seen her in the flesh yet, you need to asap.

Grooves of the day go to Anderson .Paak πŸ‘žπŸ‘―
Anderson .Paak was the wildcard for the day. Though I thoroughly enjoyed his Malibu project, I didn’t have many expectations for his live set. He was brilliant, and his set was a refreshing break from all the incredible hip-hop and electronic sets all day. He’s an artist who we all need to keep an eye out for! 

Written by Amy Smolcic

Photographer: Kristy Smolcic