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That time we partied in a paddock

We went, we saw, we listened, we loved! Party in the Paddock may be over for another year however the growing festival never fails to disappoint.

This year’s event showcased some of Australia’s finest acts across four stages. Headlining were big names such as Violent Soho, Spiderbait, The Preatures and British India as well as an impressive lineup of local acts such as Kowl, Denni, The Embers and more!

Currently in its fourth year the two day festival originated from humble beginnings as a group of mates celebrating a birthday in a paddock. Since then the festival has grown significantly with crowd numbers soaring from 1000 in 2013 to 5500 in the 2015.

For me, the band that stood out the most were SleepMakesWaves. Before they set off on their US tour, this trio of Sydney guitarists rocked the stage on the Friday night with a sequence of songs taken from their recent album ‘Love of Cartography.’ Admittedly, I am disappointed in myself for not knowing who these guys were before the event however I am glad I do now! While their music is entirely based on instrumentals, the bands onstage energy and heavy guitar riffs made the show come to life. The band describing their music as “love songs about delay pedals”.

Later that night, Violent Soho’ took to the stage – it was no mistake that these guys were the crowd favourite of the night. However, my attention was turned more towards the energy of the crowd rather than the band. I had never seen anything like it before in my life. While their music was undoubtedly extraordinary, the heavy rock band lived up to their name as the crowd seemed to get more violent every minute. Already pumped from the previous acts, the moshers became more and more charged as distressed people were constantly being pulled from the pit. Violent Soho had to responsibly stop every so often just to check on the crowd, water was dispersed and an unprepared security kept a watchful eye. It was thankful that nobody had been seriously injured by the end of the night.

The next day the Party in the Paddock organisers put on a special “production,” which started at the Vibestown Village at 4:20pm. Making their way together to the main stage, the festival’s staff joined in with the punters just in time for the Benny’s set to start. The relatively laid-back vibe of the afternoon kicked up a notch.

Other highlights from the weekend included local metal band Uncle Geezer bearing all in a naked performance by singer Joe Thowe, Tired Lion invited  the audience to strip down as well as inviting a member of the crowd to pull a shoey onstage and finally, who could forget Spiderbait’s classic performance which had every member of the crowd chanting along to the lyrics of Black Betty.

Overall the event continued its relaxed, but sporadically charged, vibe with music fans singing and dancing along to their favourite bands in the mosh pit, grabbing a bite to eat from the many amazing food vans, or peacefully lazing about under the warm summer sun either on the grass or in the hammocks provided.

Shout out to BaristaSista for making the best coffee and egg and bacon rolls to cure any hangover as well as Glitoris for making everybody all pretty and sparkly – not that everyone wasn’t already pretty and sparkly in their own ways but who doesn’t love glitter!

Also a special thanks goes to the PITP crew for putting on what was yet again another fantastic event. Judging by your success this year, I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for 2017!

See you next year!

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