Winter Warehouse Review – what did people think?

By 2 June, 2008 49

For those of you that attended the event –
What did you think of it?
The music/set up/location?

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49 Responses to Winter Warehouse Review – what did people think?
#1
postmanpat12:12 pm, 02 Jun 08

Gee – do you think this story could be just a little more informative?

#2
el12:17 pm, 02 Jun 08

What story?

#3
hingo12:29 pm, 02 Jun 08

Winter Warehouse? Is that at Brand Depot?

#4
FC12:42 pm, 02 Jun 08

Ok – Maybe I should have given a little more detail.
But I guess if ppl don’t know what it is then they wouldn’t really have gone and therefore wouldn’t have any feedback about the event.

Warehouse Winter Music Festival
Held Saturday at the AIS from 1.00pm till 11pm

Some of the line up:
Mixmaster Mike (Beastie Boys)

Cassius (DJ/Live, France)

Utah Saints (‘Something Good’ UK)

Bonde Do Role (Live, Brazil)

Mr Oizo (Ed Banger)

Van She Tech

Ajax (Aus #1 DJ)

TV Rock

The Aston Shuffle (‘For Everyone’)

Jeff Drake

#5
Avy12:43 pm, 02 Jun 08

Except Cassius didn’t play…

#6
FC12:45 pm, 02 Jun 08

Yeah what was up with that?
Does anyone know why he didn’t play?

#7
hingo12:50 pm, 02 Jun 08

FC said :

Ok – Maybe I should have given a little more detail.
But I guess if ppl don’t know what it is then they wouldn’t really have gone and therefore wouldn’t have any feedback about the event.

I did go to Brand Depot on the weekend. I needed clarification. Last time I checked, this was a blog, and blogs contain stories, not chat room one liners.

#8
el12:52 pm, 02 Jun 08

I’ve only been to Brand Depot once.

#9
hingo1:05 pm, 02 Jun 08

Its not too bad. Good for getting shoes and footy jerseys. Its also a good excuse to grab a coffee at Starbucks. Coffee snobs wouldn’t be impressed but fudge ‘em, I like Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha.

#10
el1:08 pm, 02 Jun 08

Yeah, I got some decent shoes for $21. Didn’t really see much else out there that warranted a trip out to the airport though.

#11
fnaah1:10 pm, 02 Jun 08

All up, I’ve got to say I was a bit disappointed.

The venue wasn’t too bad. The main arena was well suited to the event, but getting from that to anywhere else was an exercise in frustration due to several choke points. This also made it easy for people to be dickheads and try and provoke fights by pretending not to notice they were in the way and getting uppity when asked to move. The light show in the main arena wasn’t bad, although I get the feeling the lighting guy was doing as much as he could with limited resources. Don’t people believe in lasers anymore? There weren’t nearly enough bins, which meant that by the end of the night you were wading through a floor littered with crushed cans and plastic bottles, which is a bit of a hazard around people who have self-induced temporary coordination and balance issues.

The crowd was generally well behaved, apart from the previously mentioned (and inescapable) dickheads who usually show up to this type of event. I’ve seen much worse interstate, but it would have been nice to see a bit more security around to deter this kind of arsehattery before it dominates Canberra’s emerging event scene.

As for the music, my very personalised and subjective opinion is that it wasn’t great. I was glad they managed to squeeze in a short set from A-Skillz, as that was the highlight for me. Potbelliez were OK, albeit frustrating for never actually letting the crowd ride a dropped beat for more than four bars, despite constant sample teasing and contrived build-ups. Utah Saints were godawful – an unrelenting, offensive and physically painful barrage of distorted bass, piercing synth whine and almost hard-style angry beats. They never played the two tracks that most of the crowd had been waiting 10 years to hear. The hybrid set was similar, if toned down from that – they seemed to try and play a similar style to Utah Saints, which is almost diametrically opposite to what they’re best at – melodic breakbeats with rich, symphonic nuance and haunting atmosphere.

It’s a shame the music tended to cater for the shirt-off giant-sunnies angry-stomp-dance crowd, but I guess that’s where events are headed these days. With this in mind, I doubt I’ll be heading to another one.

#12
hingo1:12 pm, 02 Jun 08

Yeah its a good drive. You can get some good Footy supporter gear out there as well. Its still expensive as hell, but its a good range. Why are footy jerseys so damn expensive? Its damn near impossible to find one under $100. Someone is making a lot of cash of that shizzit.

#13
fnaah1:12 pm, 02 Jun 08

Apparently Cassius’ flight was delayed/postponed due to a combination of industrial action by Qantas maintenance engineers and bad weather in Qld.

#14
FC1:12 pm, 02 Jun 08

I’ve never been to brand depot.
But that hasn’t really got much to do with the Winter warehouse Music festival :)
LOL

#15
FC1:13 pm, 02 Jun 08

Thanks fnaah.
I guess it couldn’t really be helped on Cassius’ behalf then.
Kinda sucks tho – as he was one of the main ppl I was keen to see.

#16
FC1:14 pm, 02 Jun 08

I should I say ‘hear’

#17
fnaah1:15 pm, 02 Jun 08

Oh, and when my comment has finished awaiting moderation, please add Mixmaster Mike to the highlights along with A-Skillz.

#18
hingo1:16 pm, 02 Jun 08

FC said :

I’ve never been to brand depot.
But that hasn’t really got much to do with the Winter warehouse Music festival :)
LOL

That depends how you look at it. Maybe this should be a Winter Warehouse vs Brand Depot thread.

#19
Katie1:47 pm, 02 Jun 08

I went. Got there at about 5.30 and caught a bit of mix master mike. I was amazed by the site of the arena full to the brim with people dancing – the set up was good and the lighting was amazing. Overall I had a good time. I found myself growing ever more frustrated with the shoving and sheer amount of bodies crammed in there. You couldn’t get away from it and having ‘no passouts’ really didn’t help the situation. This was mostly the reason we arrived later, I couldn’t imagine being stuck there from lunchtime.

I was suprised at the level of security to get in. My partner was metal detected but I got through unchecked (unless you count the guy who riffled through my handbag). I heard they were confiscating breath mints, lip gloss tubs, chewing gum and anything else that could conceal drugs/weapons.
My favourite act (and the main reason I bought a ticket) were Bonde Do Role. Amazing stage presence and got everyone up and dancing. Great to watch/listen to.
Damn expensive drinks too. I think it was $10.50 for a smirnoff Black and slightly less for every other pre mixed drink they had for sale. They also had a sign up explaining the mark up was due to the new alcopop tax… So I drank beer instead (VB cans for $6).
I wouldn’t go to another one but it was an interesting experience worth having.

#20
hingo1:51 pm, 02 Jun 08

You do realise that a can of VB contains more alcohol than Smirnoff Black anyway right? Just a tip for the next time you want to get wasted at such an event.

#21
fnaah1:52 pm, 02 Jun 08

Edited to get past the moderation process in a timely manner:

ll up, I’ve got to say I was a bit disappointed.

The venue wasn’t too bad. The main arena was well suited to the event, but getting from that to anywhere else was an exercise in frustration due to several choke points. This also made it easy for people to be morons and try and provoke fights by pretending not to notice they were in the way and getting uppity when asked to move. The light show in the main arena wasn’t bad, although I get the feeling the lighting guy was doing as much as he could with limited resources. Don’t people believe in lasers anymore? There weren’t nearly enough bins, which meant that by the end of the night you were wading through a floor littered with crushed cans and plastic bottles, which is a bit of a hazard around people who have self-induced temporary coordination and balance issues.

The crowd was generally well behaved, apart from the previously mentioned (and inescapable) knuckle-draggers who usually show up to this type of event. I’ve seen much worse interstate, but it would have been nice to see a bit more security around to deter this kind of retardedness before it dominates Canberra’s emerging event scene.

As for the music, my very personalised and subjective opinion is that it wasn’t great. I was glad they managed to squeeze in a short set from A-Skillz, as that was the highlight for me, along with Mixmaster Mike (although he did totally train-wreck once). Potbelliez were OK, albeit frustrating for never actually letting the crowd ride a dropped beat for more than four bars, despite constant sample teasing and contrived build-ups. Utah Saints were godawful – an unrelenting, offensive and physically painful barrage of distorted bass, brain-piercing synth whine and almost hard-style angry beats. They never played the two tracks that most of the crowd had been waiting 10 years to hear. The hybrid set was similar, if toned down from that – they seemed to try and match styles with Utah Saints, which is almost diametrically opposite to what they’re best at – melodic breakbeats with rich, symphonic nuance and haunting atmosphere.

It’s a shame the music tended to cater for the shirt-off giant-sunnies angry-stomp-dance crowd, but I guess that’s where events are headed these days. With this in mind, I doubt I’ll be heading to another one.

#22
OpenYourMind22:04 pm, 02 Jun 08

I had a great time at Warehouse, but tend to agree with the comments by fnaah about Utah Saints and Hyrbid. I was a fan of Utah Saints the first time around and was hoping for a bit more of their old stuff mixed in. Given Hybrid was the headline act, they really were quite bland.

The crowd was a bit pushy at times, but the event was fairly well run.

I’m just glad to see events of this scale come to Canberra and be as well patronised as Warehouse was.

#23
Katie2:11 pm, 02 Jun 08

“Hingo:You do realise that a can of VB contains more alcohol than Smirnoff Black anyway right? Just a tip for the next time you want to get wasted at such an event.”

Hingo, thanks for the tip but my aim wasn’t to ‘get wasted’ at all – I was merely expressing my suprise at the costs. And FYI a 375ml VB contains 4.9% alochol, a Smirnoff Black contains approx 7%.

#24
hingo2:18 pm, 02 Jun 08

OK, take it or leave it. Last time I was at Big Day Out. Extra Dry cans were about 5% and Smirnoff was 4.5%. I remember being suprised because I too thought it was much higher. Anyway, judging by the response, I’m discussing this with the wrong person.

#25
Deadmandrinking2:24 pm, 02 Jun 08

Sure you weren’t so pissed after the smirnoff you were reading a beer bottle?

#26
FC2:26 pm, 02 Jun 08

I’d have to agree with most comments about the crowds and the music.
It was ok. I still had a great time. But for an event of that scale I would have expected a bit more.
As for the “no passouts”. That really pissed me off as after being in a massively crowded place like that for a few hours – needing to get some fresh air is important. However the outside bit was so crowded with smokers that there wasn’t any fresh air out there.
All in all I think it was good.
I’m glad that they are bringing big events like this to Canberra.

#27
fnaah2:27 pm, 02 Jun 08

Smirnoff Black is stronger than normal Smirnoff cans, much like Extra Dry Platinums, or Strongbow Whites.

#28
fnaah2:35 pm, 02 Jun 08

FC, I still had a good time, the stadium seating provided relief from the crowd when you needed it, however I believe the venue wasn’t perfectly suited – I’m sure passout ban was imposed by the venue management to stop their carpark being used as an illicit substance exchange/consumption and/or general loitering area.

#29
hingo2:36 pm, 02 Jun 08

Although thats entirely possible, I found this:

“You’ll find two different brands in the Smirnoff Ice name. The first one is distributed in the U.S. and France, a citrus-flavoured malt beverage (5% alcohol) labeled in “Original,” and “Triple Black.” The second, is distributed throughout Europe (except France), Central America, Australia and Canada, is a premixed vodka drink that’s 4.7% alcohol (7% in “Double Black” variety in Canada and Australia).”

I think I’m getting confused with the different Smirnoff premix crapola.

#30
OpenYourMind23:57 pm, 02 Jun 08

Those Smirnoff blacks have a pretty decent wallop. 2.1 standard drinks per can.

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