Music

A Wrap Up Of The Best And Wildest Requestival Choices

Vengaboys! Julia Gillard's misogyny speech! That 'You Wouldn't Steal a Car' advert!

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Requestival is only one year old — the annual event began on triple j back in 2020 — but it has already become one of the most anticipated events of the musical calendar.

The set-up is simple: controls of the triple j mixing board are handed over to the listeners. Fans can write in to have whatever weird and wonderful tune they want played, from nostalgic bangers to memeified hits. Nothing is off the table, from metal, to hip hop, to the kind of tunes you’d more likely hear over on ClassicFM. The only remit is that the whole week-long event be as strange and chaotic as absolutely possible.

And that, precisely, is what makes it so much fun. These days, popular music culture has become narrowly focused. There’s a certain type of song that gets played on the radio, and it gets played over and over again. We are at the risk of developing musical tunnel vision, raised on a diet of good but repetitive tracks.

Requestival represents a break from that monoculture. It’s proof that audiences are far more hungry for experimentation than most music stations might assume; ready for risks, and jokes, and Hilary Duff’s ‘What Dreams are Made of’. If we need to learn anything from Requestival, it’s that: there is real room for new and frequently strange sounds.

How else, after all, to explain some of the music that got played this week? Last year’s Requestival was wild, sure, but the 2021 iteration of the event left it in the water. For instance, listeners were treated to a classic remix of a classic news theme…

…The opening track to one of the most famous sitcoms of the last few decades…

…A novelty hit by one of the biggest names in children’s entertainment…

…A banger by Hilary “The Motherfucker” Duff..

…A Will Smith classic…

…A videogaming staple…

…One of Australia’s most famous political speeches…

…A hit from the era of internet piracy…

…One of the most heinous ear-worms ever laid to tape…

…The goddamn Vengaboys…

…And so much more.

Bring on Requestival 2022, I say. And let’s not forget in the interim how ready the listening public is for something a little unusual.