Peaches ventures into the crowd at Southbound 2016. Picture: Zak Hasleby Full gallery:

Review: Southbound, 27-29 December 2016

Job well done.

Southbound 2016 had the potential to deliver an experience for all those attending, and judging by punters’ reactions, it definitely delivered.

While the lineup wasn’t the strongest, there were still enough great acts to make the festival worthwhile.

It is funny though, while in the depths of the festival crowd, one wonders whether the lineup even matters that much. The youthful crowd danced about in various states of intoxicated glee regardless of who was on stage.

But instead of considering that too much, best to focus on the reality that was Southbound ’16.

The campsite was thankfully huge and saved the crowd from sleeping on top of one another, although it was clear to hear that some people were willingly sleeping on top of one another – happy campers indeed.

Festival staff were generally super friendly and willing to help no matter if was setting up a tent because you straight up had no clue how to, or pointing you in the complete opposite direction of where you actually need to go. Good intentions abound.

The festival itself offered a decent variety of shopping stalls, as well food and beverages to satisfy the crowd’s hunger. Although these food places were offering some intense options that made deciding what exactly to get rather hard – which acai bowl to pick? How about a beetroot latte?

With the initial sights spoken of, you’re at Southbound for one thing –  music.

The first taste of some music came from the Commedia dell’ Southbound DJs, who proved to be what can only be described as very enthusiastic. Despite being largely ignored by the minimal crowd, they still delivered high energy, some rather fun banter, and blasted John Paul Young’s ever-amazing Love is in the Air.

Lefty’s was bursting with massive energy as Remi delivered a show the crowd ate up like a sandwich. With the crowd going off, he dubbed it an ecstasy party, and the crowd was treated to some amazing visuals and lights to really feel that elation – kudos the crew behind those.

Closing the first night was Hermitude, and while an initial technical glitch interrupted their intro, it proved to work in their favour and built the anticipation rather incredibly. Their Lion King remix particularly brought the crowd alive, and summoned the peak of the night.

With her cerulean sequins glittering up on stage as she belted out some killer vocals, Olympia delivered an amazing daytime show that brought a much-needed sparkle to day two.

Tkay Maidza delivered an euphoric burst with her incredible vibe when she took the main stage. The second the opening bars of her Martin Solveig collaboration Do It Right began, a moment was delivered to Southbound, and she killed it.

But when it comes to moments though – there is one person who can truly deliver that.


Who else is going to give you dancing vaginas? Who else is going to walk all over the men of the crowd? Peaches is that performer.

Day three saw Slumberjack inviting Vera Blue on stage to sing their newest unrealised song which was a banger and got the whole crowd on shoulders.

The singer-songwriter worked the stage hair flicks and spins, proving she’s right at home in the hip hop genre.

Thundamentals, Safia, Nicole Millar and San Cisco had the crowd jumping with their energetic sets, with DJ honours going to Just a Gent, Kuren and Peking Duk.

Nicole Millar and Peking Duk closed the festival with their collaboration track High.

While the weather may have struggled to figure out what it wanted to do, Southbound knew exactly what its job was, and did it well.

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