People say that New Years Eve is always a disappointment, your expectations will always surpass reality and that nothing can live up to the hype… Well they’ve clearly never been to Origin. This would be my third year in a row attending Origin, and I can honestly say I’ve never once had anything short of a great time. Attending this year’s event with a critical mind set was a really interesting experience.
After running into some slight technical difficulties along my journey to the event upon arrival, it was obvious that there were great vibes at this place. The party was well and truly underway with local boy Sable as well as Gentlemen’s Club and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs already setting the stages alight.
With Zeds Dead taking over the Terminal stage, this beautifully lit pavilion felt like a heaving pulse of energy as people lost their shit for these Canadian dub kings. Making a run for it, and entering the insanely massive tent that was the Base stage, it was time for UK kid Dimension who was accompanied by, and went b2b, with Kove. These guys might be pretty young, but they ooze experience and sophistication on stage. After previously seeing Dimension perform a couple of years ago, the growth as an artist and performer is measurable, and playing some absolute killer drum and bass; including stand outs of a classical introduction that was blended into Jet Black, as well as dropping the insanely addictive Whip Slap to the crowds delight.
Origin’s line up was full of impressive acts from beginning to end, and although surprisingly managing to avoid tremendous clashes, covering this festival meant a lot of running around. Missing the end of Dimension and Kove we moved to the other side of the shipping container wall to the Pod stage for Foreign Beggars. A set full of some wicked drops, including their massive tracks from the self-titled I Am Legion album, for the collaborative project between themselves and Noisia, with moments that felt like all 20,000 patrons were there, losing their minds along with us.
With midnight moving closer the party was kicked up a gear with Spor taking the stage and throwing down some intense drum and bass that had the ‘rinsers’ losing themselves in the mayhem, next up was Sub Focus who began his set, with the MC announcing that “you are now under our control” and it was completely true, and even a remix of what has become the song of the year, Major Lazer’s Lean On, that induced a sing-a-long and had a delayed drop, that when hit… was as heavy as they come. Immediately after he dropped the modern classic, Tidal Wave.
Managing to sneak out of Sub Focus’ set just in time to catch the somewhat cult hero that is Skepta; who quite literally Shutdown any critic as he had the crowd of thousands singing and rapping word for word and in almost one mass force. He took charge of the festival and the stage itself, setting it on fire for the count down to the New Year and as the clock struck 12 to the sound of roaring fireworks and elated screams. 2016 was upon us and RL Grime was starting it off in epic style, making the most of the insane lighting, pyro and staging. The perfect ending to the evening Grime enticed the crowd with Tell Me and Scylla that had us all embracing the stunning visuals as we partied into the New Year surrounded by friends and great times.
Once again, Origin’s New Year party absolutely nailed it. Whether it be the free phone charging stations so you didn’t miss the countdown with your mates or the free public transport to help you avoid the struggle of long taxi waits and surge pricing or just the fact that it was a bloody good time with bloody good artists. This locally run festival can, in my opinion, compete with the best of them, and is a great example of the solid and strong music industry this little town has developed. Don’t spend your New Year avoiding your sister boyfriends creepy mate at a boring house party, try Origin this year. Trust me.