pyramid rock festival

in the new year, i was sent by the au review to shoot pyramid rock festival in phillip island, melbourne. the day after we got to melbourne & our ten hour drive, we woke up early and set off for another two hours to phillip island. the day was hot and the roads were long, but we listened to music loudly in the car, put together snacks and drinks for the festival and drank way too much coffee until we finally got there.

we drove through the grounds, passing hundreds of tents and roaming teenagers already drunk at one in the afternoon and got around to the back where we were lucky enough to have vip camping by the sea. i picked up my photo pass and dan and i went off in the heat to watch some music. 

at night, the air was polar and we would crawl back to the car and sit in complete happy-tiredness. the bands would sit in groups outside and play soft music, talk into the early mornings and it felt like i was in the movie almost famous. i felt at home. constant music in the background somewhere and anywhere, sun in the middle of nowhere and taking photos.

french horn rebellion, they were like monkeys running up on stage - completely awesome!


masculine spiderbait crowd haha

the vasco error

the herd

view from our camping ground

dan and i. i loooved the grass at the island, which seems like a silly thing to say, but it was some nice grass.

guy on a wheelchair being held up to the sky in the middle of the mosh pit


photographer taking photos of the crowd


gotee, goti-yeah, gote-yer

cloud control

the living end headlined the first day, they were probably my favourite act of the whole two days. they are absolutely amazing live.

second day of the festival:

calling all cars

grace woodroofe, who thought everyone who was at the festival lived on the island.

illy, they had the most energetic and crazy crowd

peeking over the fence from the vip bar

the getaway plan

graveyard train. i totally recommend listening to these guys!


taking a break in the middle of the heatwave day

boy and bear

the panics


last but not least, scissor sisters who played through midnight and welcomed us into the new year.

you can see all the edited photos i took on the day on the au review website:


  1. These are so wonderful, I really love the colours.

  2. Beautiful photos Julia, felt like I was there as I was looking through them :) I just applied as a contributor for the AUreview, maybe one day I'll be shooting festivals like this too along side you! x

  3. that is BAD ASS. you are amazing at telling stories. i love this post.

  4. I love how you've managed to mix minimalistic and almost abstract pictures with the more lively ones = There's a nice rhythm in your series.

  5. that lil kid in the first 2 pics is so cute. and loving his shirt

  6. very good photographs, good insight into the happening!

  7. Oh god, this makes me want to go to a Festival so much. Your photographs are amazing.

  8. Well it seems like great festival!! Amazing pics! I can see that atmosphere on each of them...

  9. These pictures are really great! Makes me longing for summer even more!
    (here in the Netherlands it's raining all the time). May I ask which camera did you use?


  10. All of them are awesome! this must have been a great adventure!

  11. the way you captured the moments, it's like i could hear the music.

  12. Oh my gosh I need to go to this one year!! Looks like so much fun and the photos are amazing! What settings do you use for concert pictures. Iv taken a few before and they always come out a bit blurry. I would love to know because these look amazing! email me if you have a chance or do a blog post on it! =) - xo,

  13. thank you soooo much!

    monica: yay! the au review are awesome, hopefully you get it and start shooting gigs soon!

    evy: i used the canon 5d mkii

    shelbby: i answered this on formspring if you wanted to have a read :) i may write a dedicated blog post to this though, a few people have been asking me about gig photography lately and its about time i wrote up a text post! x

  14. AMAZING post Julia!!! wow, i ennnnvy you seems like such a fun time you had there!!!! and great bands!!! Pictures are awesome you definitely captured free spirited fun

  15. I love how every photo is full of life. Amazing post and i really love your blog :)

  16. i didn't want it to end! i enjoy your photos so much <3

  17. this festival looks fantastic!! i love your point of view. amazing photographs! xxx

  18. wow, looks like it was a blast! love the picture of the guy in the wheelchair being held up.
    and i love the color edit on these photos :)

  19. such outrageously beautiful photographs! what a great blog!!!!

  20. fantastic, your blog!
    simply fantastic!

  21. thank you again you wonderful people. much love to you all x

  22. Your photos are utterly amazing, this makes me reminisce of the festival I went to just yesterday, love it. x

  23. loveddd yourr blooogg to mucch nice photographh <3 <3

  24. The pictures are so beautiful and it sounds like an amazing experience!


  25. I adore the left picture:


  26. Oh my gosh. I have never been to a concert but once looking at your pictures I would like to immediately be at one. Your pics are amazing !

  27. Amazing girl!!!! I wish I could have gone, my friends went.
    Your photos are fantastic. What camera do you use?

    x x Stace

  28. OMG ! I love this photos! amazing! ♥

  29. Belle images!

  30. wow! this pictures are showing the real life! love theeem!!
    following you! ^^

  31. you captured the event so nicely! you have a great eye and it reflects on your photos.

  32. you, your pics, your blog: absolutly awesome and great!!! *o*
    i'll follow you ._.

    follow each other?


  33. WOOOW Amazing pics !! I absolutely love them !
    May I ask how did you edit the pictures from "illy, they had the most energetic and crazy crowd"?? Thanks !

  34. this is so lovely!

  35. aaaaaaaaaaaaamazing job <3 just one thing, what camera and lense did you use here?
    amazing jooob!

  36. the picture are so great! i love your blog!
    i hope you check out my new blog:

  37. so beautiful photos!

  38. I do not have words for how absolutely amazing these pictures are!

  39. thanks everyone :)

    stace: i use the canon 5d mkii

    clara: i used the 70-200mm f2.8 mkii lens for all these photos!

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