Future City Festival, Day 1
by Ian Duggan
Day 1 of the Future City Festival is over, and Day 2 is not long off beginning. Day 1 started with Halcyon Birds and Dynamo Dave, though due to home responsibilities I only got to Nivara Lounge in time for hip hop artist Dbldbl. But what a great introduction to the festival I got! Being ‘nerdcore’ in appearance, wearing an X-Files t-shirt and oversized glasses, gave me no hints to the high quality of this guy’s style and delivery. A totally enjoyable first taste of Dbldbl, and of the festival, for me. Next it was across to Creative Waikato for The Biscuits. A tad behind on getting started, guitarist and front-person Indira Neville announced, “Brenda’s on the loo”. Shortly after the audible flush, second guitarist Brenda made her appearance, and the band started a stonking set full of some beautiful, noisy guitar sounds. Great stuff!
With both venues feeling pretty warm, the short walks between the two venues provided regular cool breaks, allowing not only a breather but conversations with other punters and band members. Rather than being any kind of hassle, it seems everyone enjoyed these migrations, and that it really added to the overall experience.