The Melbourne Festival is one of those annual events I steer well clear of. Everything costs way too much, I've never heard of 99% of the artists, it's elitist and ridiculous and made up entirely of artists that seem to work in some chasm between 'avant-garde' and 'classical', a chasm where only other like-minded artists hang out and there's not an audeince or a fan to be found.
I heard yesterday that my favourite band in the whole world, Melt Banana, are playing at The Victorian Arts Centre as part of the Melbourne Festival. Melt Banana are a Japanese 'noise' band... not for the faint-hearted.
I understand that there's many festival junkies who attend these up-market shows, and will trust the festival organisers to provide blue ribbon art acts, like some Russian weirdo in a tuxedo who plays a cello out of tune for some reason. Just as much fun as seeing my favourite band will be the fun I derive looking at these regular festival-goers faces when this act comes out:
And here is a taste of them live:
I shall attend this event and provide a review, which will mainly consist of what comments I hear from the black-tie arts brigade on their way out of the theatre.