You wake up in the morning, you get your breakfast. You pour yourself a nice big glass of milk, but you knock it over by accident… So what do you have? Spilt Milk. Spilt Milk is a huge music festival held at Commonwealth Park in Canberra, and this year we decided to take trip and visit the festival ourselves. The location was beautiful, being placed on the lake side in the city centre, where Floriade has been held for years. Surrounded by amazing landscaping, Spilt Milk had the perfect set up to create an escape for attendees.
Spilt Milk is now in its third year of running and is surely becoming one of Australia’s finest music festivals, with many international and local artists coming out for the one day event. Even though Childish Gambino was set to headline, a broken foot led him to withdraw from the lineup, but this did not discourage Spilt Milk fans from attending.
Angus and Julia Stone and Golden Features were added to the lineup after Gambino’s withdrawal, who joined Peking Duk, RL Grime, The Wombats, Hayden James, YG, Thundamentals, The Jungle Giants, Vera Blue, Methyl Ethel, Skegss, Cub Sport, Jack River, Channel Tres, Willaris. K, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Thandi Phoenix, Hatchie, Kira Puru, Moaning Lisa, Young Monks, Shockone, Blanke, Manu Crooks, Carmouflage Rose, Kwame, Miss Blanks, Kinder, Ebony Boadu, Brittany De Marco, Soul Crane and Dana.
We caught Hatchie’s set which was pretty early on in the day but that didn’t stop us and the fans from heading to the Angove Stage and singing along to her hits, ‘Try’ and ‘Sure’. Hatchie’s Indie Pop goodness makes you feel as if you are standing right in the middle of a 90’s movie, swaying along to her charming vocals and soft, hazy atmospheric guitar.
Over at the Baracardi El Coco Tropical Danceteria, we managed to catch the crazy talent Amrita Hepi giving audiences dance classes to classic hits and our Queen B, Beyonce. She was joined by DJ Elvins who has to be one of the smoothest DJ’s in the game right now, he is a transition god in our opinion. Skipping back to the main stage, the wonderful Jack River was giving a huge stage performance with fans jumping and singing along to her tunes ‘Limo Song’, ‘Ballroom’ and ‘Fools Gold’. Seeing many female artists at Spilt Milk was outstanding, and Jack River has to be one of the most talent female artists in the game right now, we see her headlining festivals in no time.
With a little time to spare, rushing over to the Basquiat stage, Channel Tres was wrapping up his set, but what we caught was an experience of heart-pumping bass, smooth vocals and a lively atmosphere that can only be created by an artists putting their heart and soul into their performance, which Channel Tres was definitely putting his all into his set. Skeggs was next on our must-see list, and by the numbers in the crowd was clearly a favourite of the festival. With their hits ‘L.S.D’, ‘Mustang’ and newly released ‘Smogged Out’ and ‘Up In The Clouds’ going hard, the audience was climbing shoulders, dancing, singing and crowd surfing to these alternative surf Aussie legends.
Straight after Skegss, Methyl Ethel graced the main stage with their out-of-this-world alternative indie rock style. Methyl Ethel has blessed us with their hits ‘Twilight Driving’, ‘Ubu’ and ‘Drink Wine’ along with many others. Their synth-y sound, fast-paced guitar and mind-blowing vocals that give us the chills, has never failed to transport us into a dreamy world.
Speaking of dreamy worlds, Vera Blue looked as if she had stepped out of a Disney movie, dressed in a beautiful blue dress with sparkling silver boots. We all know that Miss Blue has the vocals of an angel, but there is just something about see this power-house woman live that just blows you away. Vera Blue produces such a warm and lively set, it won’t be long until you see her name headlining festivals.
Due to being completely head-over-heals for Vera Blue, we had to race back over to the main stage to catch a little of The Jungle Giants, these guys always know who to perform in such a groovy way, getting the entire crowd to dance and sing along. Their alternative and unique sound is such a perfect vibe for a festival like Spilt Milk, and you can surely bet we were in the mosh during ‘Feel The Way I Do’ and ‘Used To Be In Love’, which went off with a bang.
The Derbyshire stage was producing some of the most outstanding acts of the day, with Miss Blanks who is breaking expectations in the music industry left and right with her unique style of rap and house. Carmouflage Rose was another stand out performing on the small stage, he managed to get the entire crowd to climb on top of each other shoulders and still getting them to dance like crazy. This was one act that we had no expectations for and were completely in awe by the final song, his low-fi rap style leaves you in trance that has you begging for more.
Stage clashes had us in tears by this stage, we skipped Hayden James to indulge ourselves in a bit of Angus and Julia Stone. If anyone was given the perfect time slot, it was these guys. With a perfect sunset in the background, Angus and Julia Stone played a heart-warming melodic set and told us stories of their time on the road. Julia serenaded everyone with a beautiful trumpet performance, and the duo gave us a beautiful rendition of ‘Big Jet Plane’, this was definitely one of the best sets of the day.
Although, The Wombats had to be the show-stoppers of the day. They opened with their track ‘Cheetah Tongue’ which created the vibrant and energetic vibe for the hour set, which, if you’ve ever seen these lads live, isn’t enough time and you are always left wanting more. They played classics like ‘Moving To New York’, ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, ‘Tokyo: Vampires and Werewolves’, which were without a doubt electric, but our personal favourite song of the night was ‘Greek Tragedy’. Never have we heard a crowd sing a song so loud before, and never has the energy between the stage and audience felt so connected. If you ever get the chance to catch The Wombats live, don’t miss it because this is one band that will leave you feeling nostalgic.
Spilt Milk ended for us with headliners Peking Duk pulling out all the punches for an incredible performance filled with covers of ‘Last Nite’ and ‘Seven Nation Army’, multiple amounts of confetti and streamers, guest performers and fireworks. Peking Duk know how to put on a show, and with the mix of visuals and outstanding music these lads managed to create one of the most stunning sets we have ever seen.
This year for Spilt Milk excelled our expectations, with amazing views, food and music we couldn’t applaud them enough for the mind-blowing festival that was produced. If you missed out on heading over to Canberra to join in on the fun, make sure you book off all plans and make this a number one priority for next year!