Crowd-pleasers drink with fans

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

POR­TISHEAD fans may spot band mem­bers chill­ing with the crowd and en­joy­ing the mu­sic be­fore their clos­ing gig at the tour­ing Har­vest fes­ti­val in Bris­bane on Satur­day. ‘‘It’s one of those fes­ti­vals where you’ll see the mu­sos from the bands out and about in the crowd en­joy­ing a beer. This isn’t one of those big cor­po­rate gigs. You won’t see us fly­ing in a chop­per and get­ting the first Mercedes out,’’ says Ge­off Bar­row, part of the sem­i­nal 1990 UK triphop group with Beth Gib­bons and Adrian Ut­ley. Por­tishead have been play­ing songs from their three al­bums, Dummy, Por­tishead and Third, in Mel­bourne, Syd­ney (both for Har­vest), Ade­laide and Perth ahead of Bris­bane. Band mem­bers take a break af­ter com­plet­ing their first Aus­tralian tour in 14 years be­fore they head into a new stu­dio to start work on al­bum No.4. ‘‘There’s noth­ing down and no, we haven’t even started writ­ing yet,’’ Bar­row laughs.

– LISA SIMMONS

Por­tishead play the Har­vest fes­ti­val at City Botanic Gar­dens and River Stage on Satur­day. Gates open 11am.

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