7 October 2015


Last Saturday, drunk and dancing music-loving Sydney-siders came together for Listen Out 2015. 

Touring around Australia, Listen Out set up camp in Sydney's Entertainment quarter at Centennial Park, making for a picturesque backdrop for this mental festival. 

Listen Out kicked off under the sweltering Sydney sun, which didn't stop some festival goers from dancing in their muscle tees and oversized sunnies. It also gave everyone the perfect excuse to cool down with a few drinks with with good company and good music.

Crowds of keen guys and girls started to fill the grounds sporting a variety of fashions. Monstrous platform shoes, mesh dresses and mesh tops, half undone dungarees, pretty playsuits, cute co-ords, ridiculous hats and bikini tops instead of bras. 

Artists took to the stages; the main 'Atari Stage' and the '909 Stage' warmed up the crowd nicely. Festival goers had their drinks in hand and showed off their best dance moves with friends and strangers with no cares in sight. Jordan Burns and Triple J Unhearted's B Wise were the first performers of the day, followed by a fun dance along to Basenji.

The Halfway Crooks provided the essential bangers in between the sets on the main stage, which were welcomed with headbanging and body rolling from boys and girls alike. Meanwhile on the 909 Stage, SBTRKT upped their game and definitely did not disappoint fans. SBTRKT delivered a DJ set that left fans dancing the night way... still with a drink in hand.

Rae Sremmurd kept the fans entertained, popping a bottle of champagne and TPing the crowd of thousands. ODESZA had next level visuals and a live sound that was difficult to not like. Alison Wonderland brought all the girl power to her Listen Out set. She had the crowd dancing to her magnetic beats while she did her thing and apologised to her parents for a song about the last time she had sex with her ex-boyfriend. Awks. The Sydney based DJ got emotional after her set telling her fans that it's just really good to be home.

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino gave fans what they wanted with an intense and powerful start, a good mix of tracks, and a Childish Gambino banger to finish. Fans were cheering and screaming lyrics while Gambino performed gesturally for the masses, pleasing them every time he would look up at the crowd. He engaged with the crowd, even suggesting to one front rower to film him in landscape instead of portrait before grabbing the phone to show them how it's done. He even got lighters to go up in the air while the not sober crowd swayed from side to side. Ending with a Gambino anthem Bonfire, it's safe to say that the fans shook the ground and went crazy. A good way to end a Saturday night on a long weekend.

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