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Words by Karly Jewell

Pix by Shadow Zone Photography

As Melbourne buzzed with excitement the city welcomed a new festival – Pandemonium Rocks – poised to set a high standard for live music events. With an impressive line-up featuring both iconic and emerging artists, the festival grounds at Caribbean Gardens came alive with the energy of music enthusiasts ready to indulge in a day of sonic delights.

From the moment the gates opened, the festival vibrated with energy. Music blared as food vans served up delicious eats and the bar handed out refreshing drinks, setting the stage for a day packed with performances. A sea of eager fans filled the area, their anticipation palpable.

Opening Act: Aimee Francis

Kicking off the festival, Aimee Francis and her band delivered a fiery set that perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the day. Their dynamic performance set a high bar for the acts that followed.

Cosmic Psychos and Wolfmother

Next, the Cosmic Psychos took to the stage, bringing their raw, punk energy before Wolfmother turned up the intensity with their signature hard rock sound, thrilling the crowd with powerful riffs and electrifying vocals.

Wheatus’s Nostalgic Hit

As Wheatus plays their hit Teenage Dirtbag, the atmosphere shifted. The crowd, a mix of young and old, sang along to the nostalgic anthem, transported back to vivid memories of youthful rebellion and first loves. Brendan B. Brown’s heartfelt thanks to the Australian fans for their part in the song’s success resonated deeply, enhancing the communal spirit.

Psychedelic Furs: A Sonic Journey

The Psychedelic Furs captivated attendees with a set that melded classic and contemporary vibes. Richard Butler’s charismatic presence and the band’s lush soundscapes won over new fans and delighted long-time followers, proving their timeless appeal.

Blondie’s Royal Arrival

As anticipation built comic images flickered on the backdrop, heralding the arrival of Blondie. Debbie Harry commanded the stage with the majesty of a Queen, her voice as enchanting as ever. With Glen Matlock on bass, the set not only revisited classic hits but also underscored their enduring relevance across generations.

Finale: Alice Cooper

The evening culminated with Alice Cooper’s theatrical spectacle, a fitting end to a day of musical excellence. His performance was a masterclass in rock showmanship, leaving the audience spellbound.

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