fbi turns 10

fbi 10I had the pleasure of celebrating fbi’s 10 years and my 10 years at the station!

FBi throws the (birthday) party of the year – Time Out magazine

To put it quite simply, FBi turns Ten was a resounding success. Making the event a birthday-party-slash-festival really worked in their favour, because it was all of the things we love about real-life birthdays, amplified (friends, drinks and tunes) with all the things we don’t like about festivals, axed (big queues, bad sound and dickheads). Each of the four stages (three indoor, one outside) made the most of Carriageworks’ industrial and interchangeable spaces. Food trucks including Cantina Mobil, Tsuru, and Urban Pasta, lined the hallowed hall, in which the Eveleigh markets usually inhabit, and there was live art and plenty of places to grab a drink without a fuss.

The afternoon kicked off with Olympic Ayres, Oliver Tank and Deep Sea Arcade all playing excellent sets, as 8000 revellers descended on Carriageworks. World’s End Press promptly forced everyone up and out of hangover-mode and into boogie over-drive and the Preatures showed everyone exactly why they’ve become the hype-magnets of 2013.
Next up was Seekae, who we coincidentally shot in the very same spot, almost exactly a year ago, for our 30 Under Thirty feature. Though they have been relatively quiet on the Sydney radar since then, the boys made more than enough (beautiful) noise to let us know they are back, and in a big way. Soon after Midnight Juggernauts ceremoniously arrived onstage, complete with patterned black chiffon capes. They happily transported the crowd into another galaxy, and also back to 2006 when they closed with ‘45 and Rising’. Hermitude showcased new stuff and old favourites, and before we knew it, it was time for the Presets to wrap up the evening.  We’ve said it before, and we will say it again, and again: these guys nail it live, every time. Even though they weren’t rocking their full-live show, it was pretty amazing the see two guys get a crowd so amped up at 9pm on a Sunday. You really can’t really mess with bangers like ‘My People’, ‘Fall’ and well, every song they played in between.
The amount of times we’ve heard people say ‘I can’t believe how good it was’, shows that FBi didn’t just meet peoples expectations; it blew them out of the water. Thanks, and a big fat happy birthday to FBi (and here’s to hoping that they find it necessary to celebrate their 11th birthday…).