It's warm, some would even say hot. The car park is starting to fill and the music hungry fans are starting to stream into the "paddock". No rain so far, so the normally obligatory gumboots in the boot of my car, are currently unnecessary and will hopefully stay that way.
Check in to media area and get my little blue wristband which gives me access to each act for their first three songs only. We are behind the scenes of the festival, moving from tent to tent with our minders, using service and access roads. It is strange to be disconnected from the throng of the crowd, the atmosphere brewing outside in the festival proper. Day two will call for some exploring outside of this inner perimeter me thinks.
The Arakwal Opening Ceremony and welcome to country.
Was told I must check out Trombone Shorty and so glad I did...will be back for more on day two. My fave discovery of day one.
Alabama 3 were fanatstic...
Next up was the dark stage of Dave Bromberg...maybe he didn't want us to see how battered his guitar was...
Then it was time to catch Ziggy Marley. To see any of his pics you will need to check out next week's Echo, cos that's the only place I'm allowed to publish him!
My Morning Jacket put on a great visual show....and the music was pretty alright too.
The audience went nuts for John Hiatt.Maybe Lucinda Williams has been singing too many sad love songs cos she didn't smile very much...hope she got happier through the set...the crowd were certainly throwing love at her!