I've arrived and settled in at Woodfordia for this years Woodford Folk Festival. Needless to say, I haven't so much hemp clothing product in one location! Apart form all that fashion craziness, all has been quiet of the perfomance front, except from the odd poet and person on stilts. However, I'm sure that will all change soon enough today.
Over the next few weeks at The AU Review we will be featuring a series of chats with performers playing the Woodford Folk Festival. Woodford Folk Festival has been is a quiet institution over the many years it’s been around, and while in more recent years the grounds of Woodfordia has hosted Splendour In The Grass, the area is more about entering a world dubbed 'Unreality' over one of the more relaxing or partying times of the year, New Years Eve.
In my final day of Splendour in the Grass for 2011, it was the main stage calling: with one of my favourite bands playing (Pulp), I was determined to get a spot early in the day. And so I did! But unfortunately this meant I was going to miss bands like Young The Giant, The Herd and Noah and the Whale - but that’s in the name of it isn’t it? Thankfully the main stage featured incredible musicians from start to finish.
After a long journey up from Sydney, it was finally time to embrace the sweet sounds of Splendour in the Grass for 2011, which had returned to Woodford for the 2nd consecutive year. Unfortunately, the usual logistical delays of picking up our campervan kept us from enjoying some of the early sounds of the day, so my festival kicked off with Perth heroes Jebediah.
We saw some amazing local and interntional talent hit the stages of Splendour in the Grass on Saturday. In the first batch of photos we take a look at local heroes Architecture in Helsinki, Seeker Lover Keeper, Sparkadia and The Jezabels alongside international guests Cut Off Your Hands, Dananananaykroyd, Fitz and the Tantrums, Regina Spektor and the one and only Jane's Addiction.
The first day of live music at Splendour in the Grass continues with Boy & Bear, DJ Shadow, The Hives, Gotye, Modest Mouse, Mogwai, The Black Seeds, Bluejuice, Kanye West and many more!
We arrive at Splendour in the Grass for the first full day of festivities! In the first half of the day, we check out Sydney's Jinja Safari, up-and-coming artist Marques Toliver, Illy, The Kills, James Blake and more.
Folk had been arriving at the festival site since Christmas Day, so by Woodfordian standards we're late, landing the day after Boxing Day. Thanks to the well publicized Worst Flooding For Fifty Years in Queensland, we're swimming in delays all around and it's nightfall when we find a space that isn't swamped to make our home, sweet home.