Feature: Your Definitive Guide to Bad Friday in Sydney


Ah, long weekends. One of the many things we Aussies take very, very seriously. It can often take weeks of planning, calculating the hours right down to the very second and cross-referencing the time available with every house party, gig, river float, beach picnic, doggo play-date and any other event invite that Facebook keeps sending you reminders for. 

No minute is to be wasted. Every single second must be spent doing something that resembles anything that is the polar opposite of fucking WORK.

This weekend is a biggie guys — 4 whole days of freedom. That’s 96 hours or 5760 minutes or 354,600 seconds you need to plan for!

I can’t hold your hand for you people, so I won't plan your whole weekend for you. But I’ll give you a little tip on where to start:

On Friday, the sleepy suburb of Marrickville is going to be turned upside down when FBI puts on the ultimate block party — Bad Friday!

Taking place on Railway Parade, a huge all-Aussie line-up will be rolling in to make your Good Friday just that liiiiiittle bit more bad (which is a good thing, promise).

Now I know I said I can’t hold your hand, but while I’m here, I mightas give you the hot tips for the day. Just because I don’t want you guys to miss out, ight? You’re welcome. No really, the pleasure is all mine. Okay, so:

Green Buzzard:
These guys have been on my radar for a while now, and I’m really excited for them to burst onto the scene — which is inevitably going to happen (because they rock). The five-piece from small town Oberon have nailed the 70’s British rock/pop vibes, sporting a somewhat nostalgic sound that reminds me of the first time I heard Gyroscope or even the Arctic Monkeys!

Their catchy choruses and sunny riffs are going to be key ingredients for making you Good Friday Bad Friday gig…good (ha). Make sure you get down and see them so that you can claim bragging rights over your mates about how you saw this rad band at a sick block party over Easter before they got ‘uuuuuuuge.

Sampa the Great:
Yep, the great queen of sweet sass is going to be gracing us with her jazz/funk beats & dexterous flow. Are we worthy? Probably not, but let’s take advantage of it anyway!

Sampa’s mark on the Oz music industry over the past few years has been insane. Making her presence very clear with sick tunes like F E M A L E, Black Dignity & Blue Boss — she has done a very good job at silencing any h8a who claims the only rap girls should make is a BLAT.

I just dare you to try and not fall in love with her @ Bad Friday.

The Jezabels:
Hats off to any band who can put on a live show that exceeds the quality of their last, errrytime. I’ve seen The Jezabels three times now, and seriously every time they just get better & better!

I mean, as if their tunes aren’t powerful enough when you’re just listing to them through your shitty iPhone headphones. Welp, just wait until you mid-Mace Spray trying to keep your shit together because you’re surrounded by hundreds of people, and it’s going to be v obvious if you break down and start weeping like a baby.

Personally, I think we should all make a pact to just let it all out & weep together. Deal? Deal. 8:20 pm on Railway Parade you bring the tissues cos I’m pretty broke.

I’m actually just tearing up thinking about it :’(.

Mystery Band:
Okay, I have no idea who this is so can’t really comment. But have you seen the rest of the line-up? Whoever it is, they’re obviously going to be sick.


So there you have it guys, I've just essentially planned a good 10.5 hours/630 minutes/37,800 seconds of your long weekend for you! 

Seeya there!

Written by Emily Daenell

You can grab your tix to Bad Friday via the link!

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