We headed to the Coburg Velodrome to see the Melbourne iteration of Gizzfest, a celebration of Aussie rock curated by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Here are the yays and nays of the day.

Yay: The weather. An absolutely marvellous effort from Ma Nature.


Yay: Pond. The Western Australian psych-rockers nailed it, although they did have to pause mid-set while a very patient Scottish crewman asked everyone to step back from the stage so they could reinforce the front barrier. Fans continued crowd surfing (politely) as the adjustments were made.


Yay: T-shirts at reasonable prices! $30 for a shirt, $40 for a long-sleeve and $50 for a special edition tye-dye.

Yay: Several excellent food trucks. The fare did lean heavily towards chicken, but it is the #1 white meat.

Yay: Large cans of Asahi.

Yay: The Murlochs. They released their excellent LP Young Blindness early this year, and have spent the interim whittling their live show into a lean machine.


Yay: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizrd. Although they only won one ARIA last week (for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album, which annoyed a couple of the other nominees to put it mildly), they’re princes in our eyes. A stellar set was the crown on top of a stellar day.

Nay: The guys peeing in the velodrome tunnel. While there wasn’t an official ‘No D-ckhead policy’ in place, 99% of the crowd were cool. The guys who told me to p-ss off for calling them out on their public urination? D-ckheads. Don’t be those guys.

There are still three Gizzfest dates left for Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. We highly recommend you get along to one of them:

Tues November 29: Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney

Sat December 3: Thebarton Theatre & Carpark, Adelaide

Sun December 4: Urban Orchard, Perth