Review: Hip-hop and heroes at Homebake

The Domain, Sydney, December 8

HOMEBAKE, once an all-Aussie affair (with the occasional Kiwi thrown in – who we are likely to have claimed as our own, anyway), has unashamedly broadened its horizons.

It is now a predominantly, rather than exclusively, Aussie affair, and it’s not just about music.  This year there was a distinct comedic influence, with a stage set aside for stand-up routines.

The Domain was a great venue for a festival. 

Sydney band The Griswolds kicked off the day on the main stage, followed by the laid-back, sometimes reggae vibe of Sticky Fingers. Adelaide hip-hop outfit Full Tote Odds, in matching red tracksuits, christened the Big Top for 2013.

 Seth Sentry  bounded on to the main stage at 1.20pm, shooting the crowd with water and informing everyone that ‘‘the pills were kicking in’’. He had just been named Channel V’s Oz Artist of 2012.

He was a hit with the crowd,  who sang along to Triple J fave The Waitress Song. 

The fact that another Aussie hip-hop crew, Diafrix, were able to attract a crowd at the Big Top at the same time as Seth Sentry proves the strength of the genre today. It’s the hip-hop acts that appear to get the crowd going, rather than the rockers.

Tim Rogers was at his rockin’ best in the mid-afternoon sun, swigging white wine from the bottle, while back in the darkness of  the Big Top, Parachute Youth had the dance-happy crowd buzzing with an extended version of their hit Chasing Fireflies.

Deborah Harry (Blondie), with her bouffant new-wave hair and shiny gold capri pant and jacket set,was hard to miss. Vocally, her voice is still distinctly Blondie  but in some songs, including Call Me and Tide is High, she left most of the singing to the crowd. Still, she put on a good show, her drummer was fantastic and we saw a rock legend in action. 

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