This year the gumboots were left behind as thousands flocked to Byron Bay and the home of one of the finest music festivals in Australia. Instead sheer dresses were rocked with Doc Martins, shirts became optional and sunnies soon became victims of the moshpit.
Close to 200 people turned out at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre to immerse themselves in a day of music, culture and art at the second edition of Narana Unplugged with visitors soaking up the relaxed atmosphere on picnic rugs and camp chairs in the native bush garden surrounds.
Ten years of a good thing can only be described as that: a good thing. Though in the case of Golden Plains, it’s even that little bit better – as anyone who has attended the festival will know. It’s such a highlight on the festival calendar that tickets are guaranteed to sellout and punters come from across Australia to camp out the night before on the street outside the grounds to ensure them the best possible camping posse.
What a success this event has become for Ballarat, from what I can remember in the short history of the Festival. The weather gods have smiled down and brought out the sunshine this year. Saturday January 16 was a stunning afternoon in Ballarat, perhaps not quite making up for the severe chill bestowed upon the town in mid-winter, but almost.
For the past 19 years, the Queenscliff Music Festival has been an essential part of my childhood. Having only missed two out of the 19 due to overseas holidays, it is one of the best festivals around and has developed into one of the best on the Australian festival scene up there with Falls, Splendour and Woodford Folk Festival.