Good Things is the metal festival Melbourne needs

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Good Things is the metal festival Melbourne needs

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Good Things answered a lot of people's prayers when they delivered their namesake at Flemington Racecourse.

With a lineup featuring heavy hitters Bring Me The Horizon, Deftones, The Amity Affliction and Gojira, everyone knew they were going to be in for a proper metal festival, the likes of which are too few and far between these days.

But the cherry on top was really the stellar throwbacks – NOFX saw Fat Mike performing Punk in Drublic in full, in a bright blue dress, which was perhaps unsurprisingly one of the most memorable performances of the lot. A highlight, certainly for NOFX’s other members, was when some cheeky bugger nailed the poor bloke right in the face with their shoe.

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The biggest drawcard, certainly in terms of t-shirt representation among a crowd that averaged around 35, was TISM’s first show in 19 years. Replete in metallic grey morph suits with matching three-metre tall inflatable balloons strapped to them, they delivered all their hits in fantastic harmony, reminding us all they really do have the songwriting nous to match their flamboyance. Our highlight was definitely What Nationality Is Les Murray – that song is brilliant on so many levels.

Another undisputed highlight was Flemington Racecourse itself – it’s been a hot minute since they’ve had a really good festival here, and boy does it deliver. Practically it’s fantastic for major events, albeit let down slightly by it’s unrelenting flatness. But the lush grass and greenery, shrouded by those beautiful hills to stage-left, is a paradise that wonderfully offsets the behemoth lineup taking to the stages. The other major plaudit goes to the decision to set up both main stages directly next to each other, and stages three and four in the same vein, to eliminate most clashes between major acts, and the need for lengthy set-up enforced breaks between sets.

This kept the momentum going brilliantly and really enabled the best possible result from such a lengthy lineup across a single-day festival. Overall, it was a very professional, accessible, and dynamite delivery.

Good Things is a bloody ripper of a festival that we thoroughly recommend. Check them out here.