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Rainbow Serpent Festival 26-29 Jan 2018

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just got home...............what a great festival............stages were awesome............it was damn hot though.......hottest for 10 years with every day up around 40 degrees

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The vibe was great as usual, but I think this year the festival was a bit of a let down, the stages normally look amazing, this year they looked  average at best. I also thought the music on the market was jarring with no flow from artist to artist, also some dj's sets went from high tempo to low tempo and back again, all over the place really. I won't even go there about the main, the least said the better. I've been going to rainbow since 2000 and have had some of the best times of my life there, but I think the organisers  have gone a bit stale and its all about profit now. They keep rehashing the same artists every couple of years. I still had a fantastic time catching up with friends and new friends , but its not the rainbow it once was.

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On 31/01/2018 at 11:01 AM, jim13 said:

The vibe was great as usual, but I think this year the festival was a bit of a let down, the stages normally look amazing, this year they looked  average at best. I also thought the music on the market was jarring with no flow from artist to artist, also some dj's sets went from high tempo to low tempo and back again, all over the place really. I won't even go there about the main, the least said the better. I've been going to rainbow since 2000 and have had some of the best times of my life there, but I think the organisers  have gone a bit stale and its all about profit now. They keep rehashing the same artists every couple of years. I still had a fantastic time catching up with friends and new friends , but its not the rainbow it once was.

this was my first rainbow so i dont have other years to compare to.  That may have been the case at times on the market stage but i guess i was lucky and not there at times,  although i did see that same thing at times on other stages.  There was alot of techno on the main stage when i was expecting psytrance.  There was some prog psy early in the evening saturday but the techno was not what i was after.......especially when one pair of dj's kept crossing backwards and forwards from psy to techno with booring crap in between.

 

But there have only ever been maybe 5 or 6 parties i have been to where i liked all the music.  There were a few royd heads too......but u get them just about everywhere now........and i find they tend to be attracted by the more aggressive styles of music like breaks and d&b.  sunday night had some awesome psy on the sunset stage right through the night and morning.

 

Hope you generally had a good time though.....i certianly did

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I had a great time Steffan, still a beautiful place to be, so much love up there, will be there next year.

How's the main and market sound systems, now that's head room !

 

   cheers, Jim.

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I love the function 1 sound systems.....they are pretty awesome.  I also loved the fact that thet effectively had no sound level restrictions.  I will defenitely be back there next year.  It was also a great warm up for when i go to Boom festival in Portugal in july....that will be insane.

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No sound level restrictions?

 

Sounds great!

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3 minutes ago, LogicprObe said:

 

No sound level restrictions?

 

Sounds great!

Not good.  He's come back with a bloody ear.  Apparently the music was that loud  water was bouncing, he said he's never seen anything in his life like it.  He's ordering special ear plugs the next time he goes.

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14 hours ago, Addicted to music said:

Not good.  He's come back with a bloody ear.  Apparently the music was that loud  water was bouncing, he said he's never seen anything in his life like it.  He's ordering special ear plugs the next time he goes.

 

I always take earplugs to gigs.. although it's easier to adjust the volume at outdoor shows (by walking further back!) yes RSF was pretty loud in places, and I had my earplugs in quite a few times.

I had a great time though the weather was challenging. I was fortunate enough to be one of the performers.. playing more ambient / chilled out music.

Was good hearing "main stage" acid/techno in clear, loud, outdoor soundsystems with the laser lightshows, "how its supposed to sound".

 

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This was my third year shooting for RSF so I'm probably a little biased in my comments so I won't too much.

 

Culture, colour, music and art is what I notice the most and loved it all as usual. Our country is so dynamic / huge contrasts in weather.
The sound systems were all really clear this year, (except in the pit as you'd expect) I noticed it was better tuned than in previous years. More than once I was walking away from a stage and turned around to soak up the big outdoor clear sound. I get in amounts the crowd dancing for close up crowd shots and could chat to them fairly easily (considering where I was) 

 

Next year we should have an SNA catch up there 

 

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1 hour ago, zog said:

 

I always take earplugs to gigs.. although it's easier to adjust the volume at outdoor shows (by walking further back!) yes RSF was pretty loud in places, and I had my earplugs in quite a few times.

I had a great time though the weather was challenging. I was fortunate enough to be one of the performers.. playing more ambient / chilled out music.

Was good hearing "main stage" acid/techno in clear, loud, outdoor soundsystems with the laser lightshows, "how its supposed to sound".

 

sorry I missed this thread earlier otherwise I would have made sure to come to see your gig 

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Them function 1's, are incredible !

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1 hour ago, zog said:

 

I always take earplugs to gigs.. although it's easier to adjust the volume at outdoor shows (by walking further back!) yes RSF was pretty loud in places, and I had my earplugs in quite a few times.

I had a great time though the weather was challenging. I was fortunate enough to be one of the performers.. playing more ambient / chilled out music.

Was good hearing "main stage" acid/techno in clear, loud, outdoor soundsystems with the laser lightshows, "how its supposed to sound".

 

agreed.......if its too loud you can move away from the speakers.  I dont take earplugs but i dont stand directly in front of the speakers eather........i tend to stay about 30 degrees off axis and at least 20m back on the edge of the crowd...more room to dance there.

 

One thing i noticed was that there were a lot of topless ladies there.  It was good to see.... not in the sense of checkin out boobs but normalising it meant it desexualises it and that really needs to happen in australia.  Australia is very conservative and compared to european countries....where topless women are common on beaches and festivals and such.....they are just a part of the body and not something to be ogled and sexualised.

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1 hour ago, jim13 said:

Them function 1's, are incredible !

Yes,

 

such pressure and clear deafening sound, would love to experience it. 

 

@O.Sydney

 

good idea for a SNA GTG at the RSF.    Apparently they coped all 4 seasons and a threat of a bush fire raging towards them!  

I toooo old for this stuff....to many pretty young beautiful women bobbing up and down flowing with the sounds.....  

My house, backyard is now a mess,  my son emptied out he car, Shcitt everywhere that needs cleaning....

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No one's too old for Rainbow , put it on the bucket list. I keep saying its my last, but I'm going next year , might even go to Pitch in March, now that's a line up.

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Hey just checked your DOB, your 9mths older than me, don't let that stop you mate, plenty big kids up there.

 

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From 2017 main stage was amazing.

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3 hours ago, O.Sydney said:

sorry I missed this thread earlier otherwise I would have made sure to come to see your gig 

my initial post with the lineup was a quite coy about that, and I played very early, but still had a great time. For SNA gear head relevance I used my ATH-M50X headphones, played all FLAC, and it was the first "big gig" outing with my new-ish Pioneer DDJ-SB2 DJ controller :-)

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On 03/02/2018 at 2:44 PM, Addicted to music said:

Yes,

 

such pressure and clear deafening sound, would love to experience it. 

 

@O.Sydney

 

good idea for a SNA GTG at the RSF.    Apparently they coped all 4 seasons and a threat of a bush fire raging towards them!  

I toooo old for this stuff....to many pretty young beautiful women bobbing up and down flowing with the sounds.....  

My house, backyard is now a mess,  my son emptied out he car, Shcitt everywhere that needs cleaning....

Next year ATM...? never too old as @jim13 said. Year before last I took my 20 year daughter along. 
I'll post a link here when I get some photos online

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On 03/02/2018 at 5:09 PM, zog said:

my initial post with the lineup was a quite coy about that, and I played very early, but still had a great time. For SNA gear head relevance I used my ATH-M50X headphones, played all FLAC, and it was the first "big gig" outing with my new-ish Pioneer DDJ-SB2 DJ controller :-)

good to see djs using flacs, I occasionally walked passed the chill stage and mostly good clean clear sound, maybe that was you :) 

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On 03/02/2018 at 3:10 PM, jim13 said:

From 2017 main stage was amazing.

they're pretty good clips, what was it recorded on? I'm only starting to record video on a new phone and am pretty happy with that 

 

This year same, great lighting and effects, heck of a lot of production set up for just one day 

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This guy played a couple of years ago, loved him.

 

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Not sure, it wasn't me, I just posted it.

 

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