Here’s some of my snaps of the Sydney Big Day Out last Thursday.
Like five years ago when Iggy Pop’s performance blew my mind at the 2006 Big Day Out, he did it again this year.
From the very moment he pounced onto the stage he was mesmerising. Shirtless and with more boundless energy than frontmen a third of his age, Iggy and the Stooges stole the show without needing the theatrics of acts like Rammstein.
The act that most fascinated me on the Big Day Out bill was Die Antwoord. I tried my darnedest to get them into my studio, asking every publicist and record label rep who’d listen, but to no avail. So i wasn’t going to miss their live show.
I did get to shoot Andrew WK in my studio set-up, and he was so awesome there that i just had to see his performance too. I missed his mainstage act, but he did a little solo set at the Lilyworld stage, just him and a keyboard, playing cover songs, telling stories and chatting with the audience.
Like Iggy Pop, Nick Cave provided a lesson to every other younger act on the Big Day Out tour on what it is to be a frontman of a rock’n’roll band.
I shot Grinderman at their Big Day Out sideshow, and only got permission to shoot one song, but it was all you needed. Nick Cave performs like a man possessed.