One week later and I’m just about caught up on sleep enough to post about the fourth YAH. This was, yet again, our biggest year by far in terms of profile and attendance. I think there were a fair few events that were amongst our most successful, including Free Music For Rich Kids, the multi-stage mini-music fest that was my baby. The Neon Night Rider saw almost 200 people cover their bikes with glowing materials and show up to ride around the lake together. An all-nude Riot Grrl band called Glitoris packed out our shopfront space (previously the ANZ bank) on a Monday night. We spread ourselves broad with more different types of event than ever before. We also spread ourselves thin, and the production team learnt some hard lessons about what we’ll need to do to keep doing right by our artists and audiences. That said, the You Are Here crew is still the most effective, impressive and funnest team I’ve ever been lucky enough to work with.
I’ve never thought that the goal of YAH should be to expand its scale or financial resources. I want more audiences for our artists, that’s a fact; but I could never ignore that the best YAH moments are often happening in the nooks and crannys. Some stuff can only live there, and only be caught by those who know that they want to catch it.
Nightfort was a noise-music-and-readings sleepover gig held in a giant blanket fort built inside a museum gallery. About 90 people came, most of them with sleeping bags and pillows, most of them staying until dawn. What would be the Bigger version of such an event?
On the other hand, there were many many other events that could have happily supported many more punters than we were able to provide. Now that I’ve finished my first year as a full creative producer I feel more responsibility than ever, and I’m glad that there’s more minds than just mine that’ll be making these decisions. Anyhoo, lemme take you through some moments caught by Adam ‘Lucky Lens’ Thomas: Band sets, theatre shows, artist olympics, dance pieces and the usual load of stuff that can better be shown than described.