We had seats on the bottom level of the new Northern Stand so we were quite close to the action.
Before the televised broadcast began, the crowd were warmed up for about 45 minutes by Rusty and John from the "Scaredies" (officially known as the Scared Weird Little Guys). The sound was a little bit muffled at times which meant that a lot of their whip-smart punchlines were lost on us. However, they finished their set with a fantastic version of Old MacDonald had a farm sung to the tune of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
They also instigated a camera flash Mexican wave.
Once the ceremony itself began, it was essentially a big rock concert with mass dancing/parading etc. For the benefit of Genevieve, I include a shot of Ben Lee who had us singing along to We're All in this Together.
The fireworks that went off periodically throughout the night were pretty speccy. My overall review of the evening is that it was an enjoyable spectacle, but my enjoyment gained certainly wasn't worth the ticket prices that they were asking. A lot of the performances were optimised for viewing from a bird's point of view, which we certainly did not have, so a lot of the formations just looked like a mass of people, but when you caught glimpses on the big screen you'd realise "Oh - that's what they're doing".