By now you'll have seen the official photos of this year's FOR, giving a fleeting glimpse of an unimaginable weekend taking in secret acoustic sets on boats, renowned DJs playing on a secluded clothing-optional beach, stage (and moat) invasions, juicy fresh seafood and near-continuous sunshine.
But perhaps the best way to look back on something is via the collective eyes of the people who were there. We asked FOR attendees to submit their choice shots, and the results are now live for everyone to view above and on FOR's Facebook page.
Special congrats to Petra Šparica, whose sunset shot won our competition and bagged her a package of Modular and FOR vinyl, CDs and rarities.
While no photograph or video will ever translate the real experience of FOR Festival, these stills have us gripping to the blissful memories. Day 1 saw Kelela, Factory Floor and Klaxons kick off the live arena in dynamite style, with party goers burning on in Carpe Diem's island forrest, losing themselves to Erol Alkan and Ghost Culture.
Regrouping for Day 2, an afternoon of lounging on day beds and swimming in the crystal blue water was soundtracked by an unannounced encore set from Erol, Wordlife and Noise In My Head, while the previous night's acts hung out with punters and locals. Temples and Haim then took to the stage before being ferried across to Carpe Diem for more dawn raiding with Tiger and Woods, Mark Ronson and Tensnake.
View highlights from the first night of Modulations through the lens of Sydney photographer Jack Mannix, who shot these distinctive images on slide film. HTRK mesmerised before Liars pummelled their industrial pop. Meanwhile The Presets DJs killed the opening slot for the Pet Shop Boys' immersive concert experience. Mannix, also a musician who has played in Circle Pit, Drown Under and Kiosk, recently published his first full-colour artist monograph 'Precious Metals', binding a series of gritty documentary-style images that explore themes of isolation, addiction, sex and death, and cross the boundaries of both lo-fi and high-fashion photography. Buy it here.
Sydney-based Californian photographer The Unstuck Man got in the thick of Modulation's Wild Porteño, a one off collaboration between Argentine grill Porteño and LA rockabilly label Wild Records. He captured The Delta Bombers howlin' rhythms, Luis and his dangerous band The Wildfires, the beautiful Gizzelle and DJs A Man Called Stu and Rockin' Marc Rondeau, along with some great rockabilly culture portraits and Porteño's slow cooked delights.
Big thanks to everyone who made it down to Tatler, and special thanks to those behind the beats... Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Baio (Vampire Weekend), Canyons and Ariane, plus our mates at Lexus for the wheels!
Bit of a big night last night with A Very Modular Affair running well into the night. A host of A-Grade Modular DJs and a special international guest played all night long. And who was this guest? None other than Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, fresh off a big Sydney Entertainment Centre gig.
Last night, Pond took the Metro Theatre in Sydney by storm and jammed the night away with all their 'Beard, Wives, Denim' classics. Check out the gallery and experience the live show vicariously through it. All photos from Zoltan Blazer.
For those in Melbourne, the boys are closing their brief Aussie tour at The Corner Hotel on Sunday Night, tickets here.
Who can combine feathers, rhinestones, human hair and tinsel into one psychedelically beautiful dream? Her name is Christian Joy and she did just that as the costume designer for Karen O's 'psycho opera' "Stop The Virgens".
Even as a little girl, this Iowa native knew that she wanted more out of life than a typical suburban existence. Following her dreams led her to New York City, where she started dabbling in fashion design while working as a shop assistant. It was here that she met the young Karen O and their friendship led them to a fruitful and fantastical collaboration that continues to this day. Christian's irreverently DIY approach to creating clothes and a keen understanding of colour naturally progressed into making some awesome art. Tanja G spoke to Christian about her projects and what's next in the pipeline.
Last year Karen O premiered her 'psycho opera' Stop the Virgens in New York as part of the Creators Project. This year there's a second staging of the production as part of Vivid Festival at the Sydney Opera House.
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