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Review: Good Things – Melbourne

Review: Good Things – Melbourne

Date: Friday, December 7th 2018

Venue: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Reviewers: Jase L Herbert & Ned Tepper

Photographer: Allison Byrnes

With the closure of Soundwave and the Big Day Out it’s great to see heavy music festivals making a return with Download and now Good Things. Even the 38 degree weather did not deter the large crowd on hand at Flemington Racecourse for the first show of the festival.

In it’s first year, the Good Things Festival had a wide variety of music on offer – from Punk icons “The Offspring”, the heavy aggression of “Stone Sour”, the mix of J-Pop and metal with Japanese act “Baby Metal”, the Celtic party of “The Dropkick Murphy’s”, alternative rock legends “The Used”, hardcore icons “Emmure” and many more.


Crazily enough this was our first time catching The Dropkick Murphy’s live and it was easy to see why they have achieved such a huge following. With a Celtic party atmosphere to what we can only imagine to be similar to downtown Dublin on a Saturday Night, including vocalist Ken Casey getting amongst the hungry crowd on hand throughout.

Straight after the Dropkick Murphy’s were done, and trying to preserve every bit of energy we had, we took some time out to set ourselves up in the ideal spot for Stone Sour (we’re not going to lie, Stone Sour was the main draw card for the Underground crew). We certainly weren’t there for “All Time Low” but found ourselves blown away by their great sound, crowd interaction and the fact that they were collecting bras on their mic stand, haha (well played fellas). You could tell that they were very excited to be back in the country and were genuinely appreciative of their Australian fan base.  Their set was a highlight and we’ll be looking into them further, that is for sure!

The level of hype in the crowd rose as quickly as the soaring temperature when Stone Sour took the stage, erupting at the sight of Corey Taylor on the eve of his 45th birthday. As soon as Stone Sour broke into Taipei Person/Allah Tea, the crowd was whipped into a frenzy with a mixture of newer songs and classic hits from throughout their career. Corey has a charisma like no other and at one stage stated to the adoring crowd “we told you we’d be back!” and let’s hope they’ll be back again soon. If you haven’t seen Stone Sour you really are missing out. So next time… You know the deal, get a ticket!!!

The Offspring were one of the first bands that really got us into the alternative/punk scenes way back in the mid 90’s. We have vivid memories of sitting up and waiting for Michael Tunn to play “Bad Habit” on Triple J! On top of that, “Smash” is probably right up there on my (Ned) top 5 albums of all-time list, this one is just an absolute masterpiece and full of nostalgia. So when it was announced The Offspring was playing Smash in it’s entirety at Good Things, we just had to be there. Somehow I had never seen them live before, but all that was about to change and to make it that little bit extra special it was like we were back in 1994 as they smashed out Smash (see what I did there? Haha). Noodles and Dexter joked throughout that a lot of the songs they had never even played before so Melbourne was witness to a first. They closed out their set with some more favourites “Why Don’t You Get A Job”, “Pretty Fly for a White Guy”, “All I Want” “The Kids Aren’t Alrght” and an AC/DC cover of “Whole Lotta Rosie” which definitely had the crowd won over.

And just like that our Good Things experience was over, time flies when you’re having fun and this was certainly no exception. A great day out that we won’t forget in a hurry, music festivals are back in Australia and in a big way.

A big thank you to Allison Byrnes for taking some amazing photos for us, check out the gallery here:


Now bring on 2019 and Twiztid please!


December 11th, 2018

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