I stumbled upon Shakey Graves at the first ACL (Auckland City Limits) festival, having never heard him before but finding myself in the middle of the mosh with everyone dancing around me. They were all stamping their feet and clapping to the beat. Hearing that he was coming back to New Zealand, I knew I had to see him again because since then I’ve followed all his work and have loved his new album 'Can't Wake Up' (although 'And the War Came' is still my favourite).
“He had a fracking cool stage presence, and the amount of sweat he had by the end of the show, was directly equal to how much fun I had (a lot)” - Ellie Blower
It was like being transported back to that festival, there was even a similar crowd of people. The woman dressed in hats and long maxi dresses with tassels, ages ranging from younger (so me) to older. Everyone was stamping to the beat and clapping their hands once again. I was impressed by the shear amount of string instruments on stage, like nine guitars!