They’ve put in the hard yards at count­less pub gigs and now Bad Dreems have pro­gressed to the big-time cir­cuit in­clud­ing the Falls Fes­ti­val

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Ade­laide rockers Bad Dreems spent years play­ing rowdy pub gigs and un­der­ground base­ments, cre­at­ing sweaty chant­ing pits of en­ergy and beer.

Now, they’re play­ing the big­gest stages around the coun­try, in­clud­ing By­ron Bay’s Falls Fes­ti­val over New Years.

While gui­tarist Alex Cameron will al­ways love those gritty shows, he says there are sig­nif­i­cant perks to play­ing ma­jor stages.

“On one hand it takes stress out of it, you just rock up and ev­ery­thing’s or­gan­ised, you just have to get up and play,” he says.

“When it’s your own gig there’s more or­gan­i­sa­tion in pro­mot­ing, sell­ing tick­ets, or­gan­is­ing the back­line – so that’s def­i­nitely a plus.

“And it’s an op­por­tu­nity to broaden your fan base. Peo­ple walk by and like what they hear and they grav­i­tate to­wards where the good­ness is com­ing from.

“So a fes­ti­val like Falls can def­i­nitely open you up to new bands and mu­sic.”

Play­ing multi-act line-ups also means they get the op­por­tu­nity to be punters.

“The other great thing is get­ting the chance to watch other bands,” Alex says.

“With big fes­ti­vals like Falls there are in­ter­na­tional bands you’ve al­most got a once in a life­time chance to see, like Fleet Foxes and Liam Gal­lagher.

“And usu­ally your friends’ bands are there and again you don’t get a chance to hang out – ev­ery­one’s usu­ally com­ing and go­ing or tour­ing at the same time. I think the artists en­joy it as much as the crowd.”

Who wouldn’t want to be a fly on the wall when bands party with other bands? Alex says the rocker life­style is all a part of the job.

“You’ve gotta keep it to­gether a cer­tain amount, es­pe­cially when there’s trav­el­ling in­volved and a tight sched­ule, you can’t be miss­ing flights, but hope­fully we’ll have our s--t to­gether,” he says.

“Ev­ery­one’s pretty used to their lim­its, it’s all a part of tour­ing. But of­ten the best shows are the ones where you’re feel­ing un­der the weather, your in­hi­bi­tions are a bit low­ered.”

Alex says his crowds keep him en­ter­tained.

“I al­ways find my­self smil­ing at what peo­ple are do­ing in the crowd,” he says.

“The way peo­ple are danc­ing or drink­ing out of their shoe.

“Al­most ev­ery show some­one gets on­stage – there’ll be four se­cu­rity guards at the front of the stage and some­one some­how picks a route that dodges them all.” Bad Dreems play at Falls Fes­ti­val By­ron, NYE 2017. For de­tails go to falls­fes­ti­val.com

Hard rock­ing band Bad Dreems will be among the acts at By­ron Bay’s Falls Fes­ti­val.

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