Friday, April 28, 2017

One Night Stand Mt Isa

It's been too long since I last saw some good live music. In fact when I moved from Melbourne to Winton over a year ago I didn't expect to see musicians or bands of any kind (unless they were playing at the local pub). The ABC and the government-funded, Australian radio station Triple J put on a massive one night music festival, aptly called the One Night Stand. Roughly ten thousand people flocked to the Tony White Oval in Mt Isa and enjoyed the sounds of local artist Lucky Luke from neighboring Cloncurry, as well as San Cisco, Tash Sultana, The Smith Street Band and Thundamentals. The atmosphere was really relaxed with lots of Mt Isa locals taking their families to see the concert and one of the best things was the community benefiting from the boost in tourism. The majority of the food trucks at the concert were run by local businesses as a fund-raising opportunity, but there were also some university and charity tents lending their support to the event.

I was familiar with the music of most of the acts, except for Tash Sultana. I had no what to expect when the time came for her set, but holy smokes I was blown away by what one person could do with a guitar, loop pedals and stomp box. She has the most incredible singing voice, an impeccable sense of timing, can beat box and has single-handedly reignited for guitar. It's amazing to know that Australia's next greatest guitarist and solo artist is an Aboriginal woman with so much to give. The last of her set, Jungle like many of her tracks was a slow burner and yet gave the crowd so much energy, it was a really pity she wasn't the headline act.

While I had hoped to capture the best of the festival style I wasn't really inspired by many outfits, other than the amazing off the shoulder lace top and harem pants worn by singer Thelma Plum.

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