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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Melted Minds At Gizzfest 2017


King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Melted Minds At Gizzfest 2017

Natasha Martin

Progressive rock has taken a new breath of life with Australian band, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. Their release of Polygondwanaland has amazed fans with a fantastic prog album, with all the grittiness from their garage rock elements and mind-melting psychedelic vibes they've brought to previous albums. There's no doubt that this seven-piece band have excelled when it comes to stepping outside of the 'norm' of Australian music and after their performance at Gizzfest on Wednesday, KG&TLW took their fans on a journey like no other. 


Gizzfest provided an interesting, yet exciting lineup of musicians that played across two stages at The Gov. With Dead Roo, Goonbomb, Atilla My Honey and Parsnip playing the front bar and ORB, Kikagaku Moyo (Japan), The Murlocs, La Luz (USA) and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard playing the main stage. If you were one of the lucky ones who snagged yourself a ticket to the sold out mini-fest, you fully understand the electrifying performance that each band brought to the stage, and probably felt an emotional outer body experience. 

King Gizzard rarely paused during their hour set, and although fans were in a moshpit of sweat, they also didn't take a moment to stop grooving to each track. Stu Mackenzie led the band with his wonderful guitar and vocal talents, while also showing off his rad flute skills. With epic performances of 'Rattlesnake', 'Sleep Drifter' and from their latest album, 'Crumbling Castle', one of the highlights of the night was of course during their iconic song 'Robot Stop', from the album Nonagon Infinity. Ambrose Kenny Smith gave a wicked harmonica performance and drummers Michael Canavaugh and Eric Moore smashing it out while still staying perfectly syncronised. You also had Lucas Skinner, Joey Walker and Cook Craig giving it their all with bass, guitar and vocals.


It seemed as if time was lost as they announced their last song for the night, but fans weren't disappointed as they got to experience an epic voyage into the wonders of the mesmerising world that is King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. People left the venue feeling fulfilled and although everyone was pretty much drenched in their own sweat, Gizzfest 2017 in Adelaide will be a night that KG&TLW fans will remember for years to come.