Sounds of the Suburbs
By Vicki Fletcher @VickiFletcher88 - Photography by Vicki Fletcher and Jacques Van As
Trend Alert: floppy wide brimmed hats, floral knee-length jackets with tassels, and massive 70’s sunglasses are music festival must-haves. Sunday afternoon sunshine, a squishy, sweaty laneway, and tinnies of beer at the bar are also on the bill. Throw in headlining acts like iconic Aussie boys, The Beautiful Girls, American rapper Antwon, and a long list of chiller bands, buzzing beat makers and rock gods, and you have Sounds of the Suburbs.
Taking over Wilbar Lane, a couple of blocks back from the famous blue waters of Cronulla, Sounds of the Suburbs on Sunday afternoon was a happy place to be. This year’s festival featured three stages, a disco dance room, a haircut booth offering $1 mullets, pinball machines, live art, a wood-fired pizza stand and Mexican bar - and they did it all without a single sponsor. The vibe was much more Sunday arvo at the pub than massive music festival.
The line up, however, was nothing short of superb, bringing together killer international acts and local kids bursting with talent. Highlights were FBi Radio’s 2014 Northern Lights Winner, The Walking Who, local boys…, Tomorros Tulips, who emanated 70’s swagger, incense burning on the stage, flared trousers and all, and rocker’s The Lazy’s, who had the crowed captivated with their head banging, hair twirling, guitar throwing stage act.
As the sun set, casting its last rays directly down Wilbar Lane onto the stage, lights lit up and headline act The Beautiful Girls brought their reggae beats out. Not having released a single record for some six years, they treated the crowd to some seriously good sounds, well worth the wait.
Exceeding expectations, Sounds of the Suburbs was a swimmingly great way to spend Sunday arvo in the sun.