From: Thursday, October 11 2007, 7:00 am
to: Friday, October 12 2007, 5:00 pm
The LIVID Festival, first held in 1989, has grown to be one of Australia's biggest rock festivals, and certainly the longest running. It now annually presents a great line-up of national and international acts in Brisbane, Sydney and here at Melbourne Park's Rod Laver Arena.
Major acts that have appeared in the past include the likes of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Beastie Boys, Pulp, Sonic Youth, Garbage, Lou Reed, the Stereo MCs and Oasis.
In 2003 the impressive line-up including headlining bands such as Linkin Park and current rock sensations The White Stripes. Also in the line-up were the usual healthy representation of great Australian bands as well as international visitors, including The Living End, Jurassic 5, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Roots, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Frenzal Rhomb, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Norwegian "death punk superstars" Turbonegro, Resin Dogs, Goldfinger, Rocket Science, Butterfingers, Gelbison and For Amusement Only.
In addition to the music programme there are food and market stalls, skating and extreme sports like the Pepsi Max Team and DC Shoes Skate Demo. There are the Main, Loudmouth, Triple J Big Top and Annex stages, as well as LIVID Arts, with artwork commissions which take shape as installations, sculptures, performances, text art and film (including the LIVID Animation Film Festival), providing festival-goers with unusual and unexpected experiences.
The live music is, of course, the main thing, and for breaking news for 2004 (including confirmation of rumours that it might move from October to December) keep an eye on the LIVID website. Take a sun hat and lots of water and prepare to rock out for a day.