EARLIER this week, the line-up for the Big Day Out music festival was announced for 2013.
The email announcement came through on my phone at 4.30am but this did not prevent me from sitting bolt upright and beginning to send text messages of excitement to anyone who would share in my hysteria over the bands that will hit Australian soil.
Once I calmed down, I lamented the fact the last time my favourite band was in the country I had just started university and lived off free sausage sandwiches at uni to pay for the ticket.
I now have the anxious wait to ensure I secure a ticket, but it seems that many of my friends scattered around the country will be doing the exact same thing.
But what is it? What is the obsession with live music that our generation seems to have developed?
While I sit and wait patiently for January 2013 to roll around, I will happily remain here in Armidale, which may be a perfect location to satisfy a self-confessed gig tragic.
Early next month will see some great bands heading to Armidale.
Sydney band Bluejuice will play at UNE’s The Stro and towards the end of the month, Children Collide will also perform.
It seems strange that we can consume the soundtracks to our lives at the touch of a button from the comforts of cars and lounge rooms.
Don’t get me wrong, I am glad I can walk around all day with my headphones attached to provide an ever-flowing stream of tunes.
But it seems the tech-savvy, fickle kids of 2012 have taken a step back to they way things used to be.
You only have to look at the range of live music in Armidale, from Musica Viva to a Day on the Green, held earlier this year, and the line-up of bands that will flock here in August to see that.
The generations before us experienced the evolving stage of live music from Woodstock to Australian pub bands and, despite our technologically-driven world we live in, we continue to crave the all-consuming experience of live music no matter the venue.
So perhaps in the spirit of the resurgence of live music, I will take out my earphones and wait patiently for Big Day Out to the sounds of Armidale, and the bands that flock to us.
Which live bands would you like to see come to Armidale?
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