Review Scene: Good Things Festival, Flemington Racecourse, 1st December 2023 by Evelyn Perkins

The Good Things Festival of 2023 at Flemington Racecourse was a breathtaking tapestry of iconic bands and artists that marked the culmination of the year. The lineup was a veritable who’s who of musical legends, featuring powerhouses like Limp Bizkit, Corey Taylor, Fall Out Boy, Bullet for My Valentine, DEVO, and an array of other revered acts that set the stage ablaze.The day unfolded into a symphony of performances across multiple stages, each resonating with the fervour of devoted fans streaming through the gates. As attendees traversed the grounds, the air hummed with palpable excitement, a testament to the anticipation of witnessing their favourite bands in action.

Limp Bizkit by Mary Boukouvalas

Limp Bizkit’s performance was nothing short of phenomenal, etching itself as a standout experience of the year. The band members forged an unbreakable connection with the crowd, exuding raw passion and an unwavering affection for their fans. Fred Durst, the lead singer, masterfully steered the show, drawing upon his wealth of concert experience to both entertain and ensure the audience’s safety. Tracks like “Break Stuff,” “Nookie,” and “Rollin'” ignited the crowd, cementing the overall experience as simply spectacular.

Corey Taylor by Mary Boukouvalas

Corey Taylor, renowned for his role in Slipknot, graced the stage armed with his guitar and a voice that resonated with soul-stirring resonance. From renditions of classic tunes to unexpected delights like the “SpongeBob SquarePants Theme” song, Taylor’s performance was a blend of emotional depth and infectious humour. Songs like “Post Traumatic Blues” “Snuff” and INXS cover “Don’t Change” elicited both heartfelt emotions and rapturous laughter, leaving an indelible mark on the audience.

Despite the weariness that settled into many pairs of feet, the day surged forward with relentless energy, driven by the sheer excitement of catching the anticipated performances. The physical fatigue paled in comparison to the thrill of witnessing these iconic bands in action.

Beyond the music, the festival served as a testament to the power of community. It fostered an environment where camaraderie thrived, where the inclusivity and warmth of every attendee created an atmosphere of acceptance and celebration.

This remarkable festival wouldn’t have been possible without the meticulous planning and dedication of its promoter, Destroy All Lines. Their vision brought together an event that not only showcased legendary talents but also fostered an environment where every attendee felt a sense of belonging.

In essence, the Good Things Festival of 2023 was not just a gathering of musical acts; it was an amalgamation of shared experiences, emotions, and a celebration of unity within the musical community. It stood as a testament to the enduring power of music to unite and uplift, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and memories of all fortunate enough to partake in its magic.