7 hours north west of the Sydney CBD lies a small town called Wee Waa, Sony decided that on May 17 there would be the launch Daft Punk’s highly anticipated 4th artist album, entitled Random Access Memories.
Karyne and I would embark on the long journey in my tiny MX5
The drive would take us through towns like Muswellbrook, Scone, Gunnedah and Narribri. It’s a lovely drive through the country-side with ever changing views from livestock, crop farms and even mining sites, on a clear day, it’s beautiful.
Our first sight – this badass looking cow
The album launch was combined with the 79th annual Wee Waa show – a fair not dissimilar to our local Easter show which hosts the shires best talents. Motorbike shows, pet and dog jumps, horse displays, destruction derbies and fireworks! Most importantly though, this time round there’d be an album launch, myself and my other half which will make for some great memories.
First stop was checking in at Narribri and picking up our tickets/entry pass.
The silly girl left her license back at the motel but managed to convince the security to give her a big girl wrist band.
Inside the fair it’s not far off what you’d expect; rides, stalls, food, entertainment and more.
People however, you could see a clear distinction between the locals and the Daft Punk fans, plenty of handwork was put in to some of these costumes
Light up jackets.
Others included EL wire jackets, sequins and your varied animal and randomness. One difference this fair had was an interpretation of a ‘bull ring’, giant spot lights beamed into the air marked the location for the album play back.
Venturing closer its scale becomes more apparent and the awe of a giant 7-tonne disco ball is seen. A fireworks show preludes the play back and a spectacular show is put on.
As soon as the fireworks had concluded – the playback begins and the crowd goes wild. Hundreds and thousands of people had gathered underneath the disco ball and onto of a giant LED screen which had formed the dance floor.
Lighting and production had consisted of 4 speaker stacks in each corner and combined with 8 varied posts of lighting which dazzled the crowd from every corner. 16 giant spot lights would encircle the dance floor and create various patterns in the sky and occasionally point to the disco ball and create a mini sun in the night sky.
The sound was amazing – it really brought out the little intricacies within the album and highlighted the ferocious amount of detail within each track. The whole thing would be a surprise for us as we tried desperately to not listen to the album in advanced even though it had been leaked.
The conclusion of the album play back lead into an amazing medley of Daft Punk classics which turned into a 45 minute DJ set. The strangest feeling of all was the mixed crowd, little kids, locals and people whom had travelled far and wide (even internationally) were all having fun and dancing along.
It was definitely an interesting experience, something unique that I’ve never witnessed myself, something very random and definitely a memory to remember. Videos to come a little later