Before apps like Tinder made us all lazy, speed dating was a fun, fast-paced and relatively pain-free way for consenting adults to get to know each other in a chill IRL setting, and gauge whether there was any chemistry before committing to the pressure of a fully-fledged hookup.
… It was also great at weeding out the duds straight up.
So, we thought to ourselves, what better way to get to know our latest prospective summer festival crush Sydney City Limits than by resurrecting the lost art of the speed date, to weigh up whether this raging one-day block party could be a good match for us?
ICYMI: The legendary Austin City Limits music fest is heading down under for the very first time next year — thanks to the crew behind Australia’s Splendour In The Grass and Falls Festivals — and it’s primed to go off like a summer firecracker in Sydney on Saturday, 24th February 2018 with an absolutely sizzling lineup.
We’re talking French electronic duo Justice, alt-rock legend Beck, the legendary Grace Jones and French rockers Phoenix, plus American indie king Car Seat Headrest, The Libertines, Thundercat, and other homegrown faves, including Vance Joy, Tash Sultana, Gang Of Youths, Dune Rats, The Avalanches, Allday, Bad//Dreems, Alex Lahey and loads more.
But if that’s not enough to get your heart all fluttery and set your loins aflame, then join us as we put Sydney City Limits in the hot seat to see whether it ticks all of our, er, boxes, before we commit to… going all the way.
MUSIC FEEDS: Hey bae. You’re cute. Can you please describe yourself in 25 words or less?
SYDNEY CITY LIMITS: I love walks in Centennial Park, great live music and eating good food. I’m hell fun to party with and a hit with the parentals.
MF: What star sign are you? Just gauging compatibility here.
SCL: I’m a Pisces … a water sign that loves the water and Sydney beaches – people tell me I have artistic talent.
MF: And you’re from Austin originally, right? What made you decide to move to Sydney?
SCL: Sydneysiders appreciate the good things in life – eclectic music, delicious food, great weather, outdoor spaces and the arts – so I felt like I’d fit right in.
MF: I heard you’ve got a big sister who still lives over there. How alike are you guys? What sets you apart from each other? Asking for a friend…
SCL: We’re really half-sisters. Dad is from Austin and we do look a bit like him in that we have a focus on music, arts and food. Mum is 100% Sydney, so the fam is really tied into the local scene here and celebrating all the good stuff that the local community loves.
MF: And how would you sum up your taste in music?
SCL: I really just love good music. It doesn’t have to be any particular genre. As long as it’s solid and a great live show, I’m into it.
MF: Cool, cool, cool. No doubt, no doubt, no doubt. And what would you class as some of your fave hobbies?
SCL: I love the Sydney live music scene and hit many venues over the weekend. Love a relaxing day in the park and BBQs and beers with friends. Good food, good tunes – happy life.
MF: OK well, say I agree to a proper date. How would you show me a good time?
SCL: I’d take you to Centennial Park and find a nice shady spot for us under a tree. Then I’d take you to see a bunch of incredible artists throughout the day – legends like Grace Jones, The Avalanches, Beck and Justice alongside a bunch of Aussie faves like Gang of Youths, Dune Rats and Tash Sultana. In between sets, we’d graze on food from some of Sydney’s best restaurants and I might also buy you something special at the Makers Market as well.
MF: What’s your stance on PDA?
SCL: Love is love.
MF: Boxers or briefs?
SCL: Depends whose wearing them.
MF: Finally, and most importantly, what’s your favourite Simpsons quote?
“Trust me, Bart, it’s better to walk in on both your parents than on just one of them.” — Milhouse
“Now make like my pants and split.” — Comic Book Guy
“You don’t win friends with salad.” — Homer Simpson
MF: Yep. I think it might be love.