Homebake was a titan of the Australian festival circuit back in the late nineties and early noughties, but it got off to a messy start at its first outing in 1996.
First there was a date change after council failed to grant approval, then You Am I had to pull out due to injury, and when the day finally arrived it was the weather that turned against organisers.
By the time Silverchair hit the stage the crowd of 15,000 was drenched and a mudfight had erupted in the moshpit.
There was a buzz of hype surrounding Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou who were still in high school and on the cusp of enormous success after the release of their debut album Frogstomp.
Rain, mud and technical problems didn’t stop the band from delivering one of the most memorable performances of their career.
Unleashing a wall of angst on the sodden crowd the Newcastle trio powered through ‘Leave Me Out’ and ‘Tomorrow’ as well as an extended version of 'Israel’s Son’.
It’s Silverchair, Live from Homebake in Byron bay back in 1996. Your Live at the Wireless this week on Double J.