Published on Pumped Audio 27/03/2013:
Two girls from Queensland didn’t have an ID card. Their Sydney relative brought their Medicare and passport in a sealed sandwich bag. Without much delay, their identification documents were good enough for them to enter the event. Of course, she wasn’t the only guardian who was concerned. The event organisers knew a lot of the parents would be, so they thoughtfully made two drop-off zones available. Indeed, Good Life Festival was for teenagers, aged 13-17. The event was held in Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse for the first time. However, it was more than just a kid’s version of Future Music Festival.
The joyrides would make anyone above the age of 18 wish they were young again. The teens could do all the spinning, body-rocking or water-sliding for free! Unlike the usual 18+ events, the rides weren’t limited to VIPs only. The alcohol tents from Future Music Festival became cloak-rooms, so the teens could place their bags in a safely-guarded area while they went on their rides and dances. All the delicious food stalls from yesterday were still there, with a few sweet additions, such as lollipops and a few ice cream trucks.
The Future Music stage was renamed as the Electro stage, where Stafford Brothers and Timmy Trumpet would make another appearance later in the day. However, today, the first in line was someone else. From afar, a tanned, shorter, skinnier figure was on the decks. It was Will K – the talented 15 year old DJ signed to 360 Agency. This Aussie teenager really knew the big hits, and switched from track to track flawlessly. The crowd was entertained and jumped all the way through.
Aside from Will K, there was also an Underage Rides Stage, situated right behind the Body Rock joy ride. All the young DJs at this event deserved all the applause and the encouragement in the world. After all, being part of a festival line-up was a pretty big deal. Beside the stage, there was a ping-pong clown game, with prizes to be won. All proceeds were donated to the Make A Wish Foundation, who have helped grant the wishes of many, seriously ill children.
The Mariachi stage was used as the Urban Arena. This was for teens that enjoyed Trap and Hip-Hop, with sets containing remixes of tracks on the pop charts. The golden microphone on a stand at the side of the decks added a touch of golden bling. Havana Brown shone on the stage with her golden hair, blue coat, and those high heels, which she jumped in despite the height! Brown toured with Chris Brown, Pussycat Dolls and Rihanna throughout her career, so a lot of Urban music fans looked forward to hearing her live.
It was then time to venture off to the Electro stage, where Cosmic Gate, Hardwell and Avicii played once again. Hardwell’s set started with a dramatic, instrumental version of Spaceman, which got everyone all hyped up. The camera had cut shots to Hardwell on the side screens, because the size of the crowd increased rapidly, and some people had to watch those screens outside the mosh pit. Lil Jon came over to support Hardwell, which was yet another pleasant surprise. Instead of spraying alcohol at the crowd, Lil Jon poured some water. After all, they were underage.
Avicii dazzled the teenage girls who thought he was cute and beautiful. The screens had a variety of images and video clips, depending on the tracks Avicii played. The set ended with ‘Levels’, which still managed to draw a huge reaction and sing-along from the crowd after all this time. Avicii played effortlessly, but he didn’t say much to the crowd. Perhaps the stomach problems didn’t leave him with much energy to give shout-outs. Avicii deserves much respect for soldiering on.
Between Hardwell or Avicii’s set, the MC said the people in Melbourne partied in one mosh pit throughout. On the other hand, Sydney had all three mosh pits filled – left, right, and centre. The guards sprayed and filled water bottles for everyone at the front, to make sure people were cool and hydrated. Over at the blue tent, the crowd was only half of yesterday, but it did have better breathing space for the little lungs. The blue tent was called the Summer Break Big Top Tent for Good Life Festival.
In the afternoon, teens walked around with foam all over their body like white sheep, and it was all from the Supanova Foam Stage. Toneshifters – the Aussie duo which made regular appearances at Defqon.1, dropped some great, chart-topping Hardstyle. S Dee played a set mixed with Electro Trance, Hardstyle and Happy Hardcore. It was really admirable, since not a lot of DJs fused multiple genres into one mix.
The seniors didn’t think it was uncool to party with the juniors. Year 11 senior Ryan Clissold wrote this on my notebook at the blue tent: “I thought it was really fun; I got my first kiss!!!!” The girls partied hard too. While I was scribbling at the Urban Arena, Nikayla Wilder (Year 11 senior as well) came to have a little chat with me and said: “Amazing. Everyone was amazing. The DJs were cool … best festival I’ve ever been to”.
There were other sweet moments at Good Life Festival: A person dressed in a Schoolies.com pink suit asked the teens in a circle to teach him how to gabber. An older teen placed a little one on his shoulders, and another little boy did a unique, funky, wacky dance. Three cheeky girls danced next to me as a prank. However, nothing was more touching than the sight of an older teen guarding the one on a wheelchair. The young partygoers were lovely, innocent souls, who didn’t forget to care for others while they had fun.
Future Entertainment was known to deliver quick, huge festival tours around cities in Australia, but speedy moves didn’t mean dodgy delivery. The crew did a fabulous job at making sure everything worked according to plan. More importantly, they did their best to make sure that everyone was safe. Much respect goes out to the Future Entertainment crew for catering to music lovers of such a broad age spectrum.