Farewell Foreshore… for sure?

by The Editor


Over the last couple of weeks, word was circulating that perhaps we’d seen the last of Foreshore. Surely Canberra’s favourite festival had a secure future thanks to a dedicated crowd that had repaid the dedication shown by the event’s organisers? Yesterday, perhaps the first nail in the coffin was delivered.

That news came in the form of a media release from current organisers Kicks Entertainment claiming they were unable to guarantee the quality of this year’s show, that the event would not be going ahead in 2013. For shame.

Foreshore is dear to many Canberran’s hearts. It’s an event that grew from a ‘let’s see how we go,’ effort (organised by Friction and Lexington Music) to the sprawling, multistage endeavor of recent years. We’ve seen everyone from Salt ‘n’ Pepa to Calvin Harris. The green grass of Commonwealth Place was destroyed in the first year, while the reputations of some of the Green Machine were trashed in the last.

We’ve particularly fond memories of the first Foreshore.  Those who were there will recall decking themselves out in their finest festival gear for the big day. The organisers had even gone to the lengths of providing stations with hair-straighteners for the occasional touch-up between performances.

Then it rained.

And rained. And rained and rained.

The bowl-like structure of Commonwealth Place was perfectly designed to funnel water to where the punters were gathered in front of the stage.  Those easily distracted slid all the way down the curved lawns that rise about Water’s Edge Restaurant. The high traffic areas between the bowl and the bars up above quickly developed into shin-deep bogs that captured all that passed by, and the hair-straighteners were immediately redundant.

And dear God, wasn’t it fun?

There have been plenty of other great memories.  Here are just a couple as suggested by yesterday’s media release:

  • Sneaky Sound System headlining the first ever Foreshore as Canberra experienced its highest single week’s rainfall in more than 50 years leading up to and on the day of the event.  Mud, glorious mud!
  • 2008 it threaten to rain all day, then finally the heavens gave way in perfect unison with the lazers during The Presets final song, almost as if the rain was part of the show.

  • The Bloody Beetroots closing set in 2009 where it seemed the energy of the crowd and the performance would literally blow the roof off the tent!  Youtube footage of this epic moment!
  • Calvin Harris’s opening re-edit of You Used to Hold Me that had the massive crowd jump in unison as one of the biggest tracks of the year dropped. 

  • The Temper Trap closing 2010 with ‘Sweet Disposition’.  Lead singer Dougie’s vocals sound amazing atop the backing vocals of 20,000 Foreshore fans, video here!
  • Or 2011 when somehow we managed to get LMFAO, Salt N Pepa, Gotye, Boy & Bear, Armin Van Buuren and Avicii to all perform on the same day in Canberra!  Amazing post event footage.

So there you go – plenty of great old memories. If you have your own, please share in the comments below.

It’s never a good sign when events go on hold ‘for a year’. Many times over the years we have heard this form various events, and very few have managed to return. Certainly we hope the we see Kicks back in 2014 with another big show. And if we don’t?

Well, perhaps someone else will step in.