Origin Fields returned for another year with a spectacular line up for NYE and NYD. Taking place in Perth’s Wellington Square, this 2 day event was the only way to shut down a decade and celebrate the start of a new one. The line up was outstanding with minimal clashes between our fave artists which meant more time to party and less time figuring out what stage to be at. NYE can be an over hyped time with many expectations attached to it but from our experience Origin Fields was the only place to be this year.
We started our NYE at the Vacation Stage with Snakehips. Snakehips definitely raised our energy levels with their hits Cruel, Don’t Leave and All My Friends preparing us for the night ahead. The real party started when Gunna hit the stage. He had the crowd hyped with songs such as Sold Out Dates, Never Recover, Yosemite and of course we can’t forget Drip Too Hard. The mosh pits were in full swing and there was no looking back.
Skepta came out next and had the crowd singing along to every word of That’s Not Me, It Ain’t Safe, Man and Shutdown. The mosh pits got even crazier with every song as Skepta ordered his energy crew to open up the mosh pit “bigger than dat”. We had to move out of the mosh pit zones ASAP because there was no room to breathe up there.
Next up was Tyler, the Creator. This was the first time he’s entered the country since he got banned in 2015. It’s an understatement to say Australian fans have been waiting years for Tyler to visit. To get a performance from him on NYE is basically a dream come true. Tyler came out wearing a neon green suit, a blonde wig and totally owned the stage in a one man show. Tyler stated he loved the city of Perth and wanted to move out here—which resulted in cheers from the crowd but he soon followed his statement up with “I don’t wanna hang out with none of y’all though so I don’t know why y’all excited”. The energy levels varied throughout his performance, we even got to witness his piano skills which changed the pace of his show and the fans loved every minute of it. Highlights of his performance were Who Dat Boy and EARFQUAKE.
To take us into the new year, the king of trap RL Grime hit the stage minutes before 2020. Whoever made the schedule for Origin Fields deserves a raise because there’s no one else we’d rather shutdown a decade with than RL Grime. He had control of the whole crowd right at his fingertips. His transitions were flawless and had people head banging to every beat.
UCLA, Tell Me, Light Me Up, In Your Head, Core, I Wanna Know had the crowd in rave mode with no sign of stopping. His set also included Rüfüs Du Sol’s Innerbloom, San Holo’s Light and Flume’s Never Be Like You which all added an emotional touch to the night. Most important of all, RL did the NYE countdown and it’s a moment that’ll be painted in our minds forever. Fireworks were popping off in the sky around us as RL transitioned into Shrine for our first song of 2020—it was a magical experience. His set continued into the first 55 minutes of 2020—again shout out to whoever made the schedule for making this happen.
RL Grime could have played a 24 hour long set and we would still have been there. He absolutely destroyed the stage in the best way possible. RL’s team deserves an award for all their lighting and visuals—they were crazy and took the music to another level. The synchronisation was breathtaking and an essential part of the RL Grime experience. Honestly it was the best live performance and only place to be for NYE.
The next day our bodies needed time to recover. Origin Fields NYD was still there for those who wanted to keep the party going. We managed to catch parts of What So Not who brought out Lucy Washington for vocals and Trev Lukather for guitar. They performed hits such as Tell Me, GOH and We Can Be Friends. Rüfüs Du Sol were at Sunset Stage to wrap up the first day of 2020. As usual, their performance Hypnotised us and left us feeling Brighter. Jauz was over on the Vacation stage to keep the rave going. He came straight to Perth after playing Field Day in Sydney earlier that day. Don’t know how he did it but he still managed to deliver an unforgettable set.
Origin Fields did a fantastic job of having a variety of artists across a range of genres. With three stages of non-stop performances and a silent disco, there was something for everyone. The vibes were fantastic, no matter what stage you were at everyone was there to have a good time. Most importantly, the ques for the food, drinks and toilets were moving fast which is what we like to see. The Astroworld inspired Origin World rides and game zone were also a cool touch for the ‘gram. If every NYE at Origin Fields is like this then you know where we’ll be next year 😉
(Thank you Origin Fields for passes to review the show)