The Temper Trap blow minds at The Triffid

As I am not a die-hard fan of these Melbourne boys, I was a bit dubious about the likelihood of my enjoyment at the gig on Saturday (7 May). I’ve listened to the albums countless times, and find the music great for dinners and hang out sessions, though I definitely couldn’t call myself a fan up until now. As they released recent singles ‘Thick As Thieves’ and ‘Fall Together’ my passion for the evening quickly gained momentum. The Triffid set the perfect scene for The Temper Trap’s anthem sounds, and although their music is definitely suitable for the big stadiums and arenas they’re accustomed to supporting in, the small venue was equally as fantastic, as their sound echoed through the round roof and through to the top balcony.

Melbourne’s Edward R. opened for The Temper Trap, and to my surprise I found myself amazed. The usual “oh god, when will this support act ever end” couldn’t be said, as these guys took the stage with professionalism, undeniable talent and unique charisma. The lead singer had a fabulous stage presence, as I found myself watching him dance around the stage, and I am most definitely looking forward to following them on their musical adventures in the coming years.

After unexpectedly falling in love with the support act, The Temper Trap finally graced the stage, kicking off the night with the new album’s first single ‘Thick As Thieves’. The performance of the song was as equally, if not more, impressive than the recorded version. Following up with classics such as ‘Love Lost’ and ‘Down River’, the band tested out a whole seven unreleased, unheard new tracks off forthcoming album (named after the initial single release).

Each of the new tracks showcased the incredible songwriting and performance talents of the four blokes, and reassured the crowd that we can expect great things from the new record. Dougy Mandagi’s epic vocals left the crowd in awe for the entire set, and truly finished off the night with some welcomed old favourites, including an extended, heart-pumping rendition of lyric-less ‘Drum Song’ and the famous ‘Sweet Disposition’.

Though for the encore things were shaken up, with a live version of their recent Triple J Like a Version, followed by epic new anthem ‘Fall Together’ and crowd-favourite ‘Science Of Fear’. Much to the delight of fans, the final track saw Dougy jump the barrier into the adoring crowd, dragging his mic with him, giving us an up-close-and-personal experience with the lyrical and vocal legend. Though I found myself being a little disappointed that we didn’t get ‘Fader’ anywhere in the list, the entire night was amazing from start to finish, from the passionate crowd to the echoing of Dougy’s outstanding vocals for days to come.



The Triffid – The Temper Trap set list:

Thick as Thieves
Love Lost
Down River
So Much Sky
Trembling Hands
Summer’s Almost Gone
Drum Song
Sweet Disposition


Soldier On
Multi-Love (Like A Version Cover)
Fall Together
Science of Fear


Hearty Hemingway

I have never been to Teneriffe as it’s one suburb which is not only out of the way for me, being westward in Ashgrove, but has always seemed a little too commercial to really immerse into cafes and such.

This morning English boy and his family (and me in tow) headed to his brother’s local cafe, Hemingway, and I was suitably impressed.

The decor, the natural woods and metallic details, the homeliness and the local vibe all made for a beautiful morning. Though it was absolutely pouring down outside, inside felt cozy, snug and was completely sheltered. Staff seemed busy but served with a smile and prices were reasonable, considering the location.

I ordered myself my typical – hot chocolate and a breakfast channeling Ron Swanson, i.e. all the bacon and eggs they had in. After eyeing off the french toast and accompanying ice-cream, I settled for their eggs-your-way, scrambled (is there any other way?) and an extra side of bacon.

The eggs were outstanding – that light, cooked just enough (but not too much) for deliciousness, sour dough toasted to perfection and bacon to die for. So what more could you really want? Let’s be honest, I would have loved a little hash brown on the side, but for those that know me, know that I eat hash browns like they’re the only food on the planet.

My hot chocolate, though always slightly disappointing when they come in a glass (particularly not double-walled) was superb – frothy and delectable, with the little marshmallows resting on my spoon to nibble on. The rest of the family ordered coffees and got a little chocolate freckle on their spoon, which I would have loved, though marshmallows certainly suit the hot chocolate vibe far more.

If not for the distance across to Teneriffe, Hemingway Cafe is the kind of cafe I would frequent if not almost reside in. If you’re in the area, or fancy a trip along the river on the CityCat, it’s one cozy cafe that is a joy to spend the morning in.

Dance boy, Vance Joy

IMG_4370Riverstage is never a fun place to be when it has been raining, or much worse when it is raining. Despite the day’s weather, 1000s poured into the venue last night to witness the very Aussie, very charming Vance Joy (or James Keogh) do his beautiful folk-y thing.

Thankfully, after spending the day avoiding the wet, the weather gods held off the downpour for the concert and only a few spatters saw a few less-brave punters throwing on their plastic ponchos. Though many would simply not have noticed if it was pouring, sun shining or hailing, mesmerised by the Vance’s acoustic acoustic chords and stunning voice.

There was not a single complaint from anywhere, as the Melbourne 29-year-old opened with Mess Is Mine, arguably one of his better songs, and continued through many of the hits on his latest LP ‘Dream Your Life Away’. In between songs, James’ threw out cute anecdotes of beginning songwriting and the first family approval, and even kept the crowd giggling with a hilarious ‘becoming a man’ story about catching a spider for his sister just recently.

As expected the curly-headed chap eventually brought out the ukulele, playing the well-known songs from his very first EP ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’, the very one that made him the celebrated artist he is today. He captivated the audience with Play With Fire and Snaggletooth, with his charismatic charm glowing. The entire crowd lit up though, when the first chords of the now very-famous ‘Riptide’ began and very quickly everyone was on their feet, dancing and singing.

Then to put the icing on the cake, the band kicked off an epic ‘You Can Call Me Al’ cover, which if you weren’t up and dancing, certainly got you grooving. With a little snippet of Omi’s ‘Cheerleader’ slotted in there too, crowds young and old were having a treat.

As quick as he came on though, James disappeared, only to realise he was a mere 15 minutes from the 10pm curfew and he had to quickly belt out his encore. With a heartfelt ‘My Kind Of Man’ topping the night off lyrically and ‘Fire And The Flood’ capping the night with a fantastic mini fireworks display.

Brisbane Riverstage – Vance Joy set list:

Mess Is Mine
Red Eye
Winds Of Change
All I Ever Wanted
Straight Into Your Arms
From Afar / Wasted Time
Play With Fire
Best That I Can
You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon cover)
My Kind Of Man
Fire And The Flood

Flamehill Vineyard, Montville

Flamehill Vineyard is tucked up in the windswept hills of Montville, a scenic half hour drive into the hinterland from the Sunshine Coast. I know this area all to well, growing up just down the range.

I’ve never eaten, or even wine-tasted, at any winery so heading to Flamehill was sure to be a treat. It was everything I could have expected and more.

The staff were lovely, professional and attended to every need and request. Good service is sometimes a rarity in restaurants and cafes in modern times unfortunately, so the impeccable customer service from the young gent and lady was pleasant.

After pouring myself into the menu, with a few things I wasn’t game to try, I was convinced I’d have to settle for something a little out of my reach, taste-wise. Though, only just before the young waiter came around to me, was it that I spotted their beef burger, for lack of more descriptive terms, which suitably appealed to me.

Now, I’m convinced I cannot eat another burger for the rest of my life. By a long shot, the tender beef, the pumpkin loaf bun, the salad and the delicious beetroot made for the best burger I have ever eaten in my life. While the rest of my family and English boy chewed in on some fine dining; eye fillets, venison and the likes, I was there with my beef burger. Not only was it completely delectable and absolutely breathtaking, it was one of the cheaper menu items available.

The only downfall to the day was in fact nothing to do the with restaurant. Being such atrocious weather, the sky literally opening up with vertically horizontal, relentless rain, the presumably beautiful views of the local scenery were masked by a thick layer of mist. Though not a single other aspect of the lunch could be faltered.

The images attached are not ones of my meal, but those of the equally stunning and delicious meals of my family. If you’re headed the Sunshine Coast hinterland way, and enjoy a good winery and somewhat pricey, but beautiful meals, Flamehill is a good stop.