Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Parklife

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Parklife

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Byline: Brony Popp themix@dailymercury.com.au

WHEN it comes to festivals or music in general it is an industry dominated by men. Rock bands, DJs and solo artists, even your old composers tend to be predominately male and it's something you don't take much notice ofa[degrees] until the gender lines are reversed.

This year the line-up for the popular dance festival Parklife had a great set of local and international acts with the standouts being female performers. As one of the earlier festivals of the ever-growing summer circuit, we can only hope we see some of these international women grace our shores again over the coming months.

Organisers Fuzzy Entertainment knew how to get the crowd in early this year by putting up the new a[approximately]it' girl Kimbra on the bill early. Her solo album Vows has been highly praised in industry circles and her collaboration on the popular Gotye song, Somebody I Used to Know, had people turning up early to see what all the fuss was about. She didn't disappoint. A delight to watch and in a sparkly colourful dress, Kimbra is definitely one to keep an eye on, an amazing New Zealand talent that no doubt we will claim as our own.

The acts rolled on throughout the day with Little Dragon (another female front woman) and dance acts such as MSTRKRFT, Mylo and Example turning the gardens into dance floors for thousands. Parklife itself is a very green event, not so much in an eco way but the venues they choose are set in among lots of nature with green hills and trees galore. The Brisbane event is set amid the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Riverstage and it makes for a great festival ambience.

Towards sunset came a shining light of Santigold. Even with two incredible dancers, a giant dress-up horse and some amazing costume changes Santigold didn't need the theatrics to get the crowd going as the Riverstage filled up with those ready for a dance. She even let some of them do so on stage for her hit Creator. …

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