Party in the Paddock celebrated its fifth birthday in marvellous style this past weekend, with the 2017 edition of the festival a genuine celebration of great music, beautiful scenery and chilled out vibes.
Party In The Paddock’s Friday went way, way too quickly, and as a result I was determined to see as much music as I could on the Saturday.
The day got off to a dreamy, hazy start with Hobart local and triple j unearthed winner Carl Renshaw delivering a set of sun-soaked psychedelic jams that give every indication that the sky is the limit for this guy. “Dressed In Daze” reinforced this, proving to be the track that has stayed in my head since the festival, despite seeing a wealth of other artists with a hell of a lot more experience. This guy is going to go places fast and I urge you all to check him out in a live setting as soon as you can.
Over at the Big Top stage, I checked out Launceston duo Sundaze on a whim and was quickly won over by their brand of swirling, reggae-infused blues rock. With a very decent crowd for late morning, Sundaze’s grooves proved to be the cure many needed to recover from the night before, with the crowd under the tent growing exponentially throughout the set.
Launceston duo Sumner (Chloe Wilson and Jack McLaine) kept up the strong Tasmanian presence at the festival with a danceable, moody and slick set that encapsulates why they are one of Tassie’s most promising musical exports at the moment. With the help of a trio of fantastic backing singers, Sumner have never had such a full, vibrant or alive sound, and if this is any indication of what we can expect off of their debut EP, we are in for a treat. The crowd-pleasing covers of “Hold Up” from Beyoncé and Anderson .Paak’s “Come Down”, as well as interpretations of Frank Ocean and Kanye made for a set full of unexpected, joyful and memorable surprises. Just like Renshaw, these guys are going places incredibly quickly.
Boo Seeka’s afternoon slot delivered the goods, brining out some of the festival’s wildest dance moves from a brimming crowd with their brand of electronic trip hop. The energy was sure to continue over at the Big Top afterwards with Newcastle Punks Trophy Eyes, and man, the roof of the tent almost blew off during their energetic, passionate and breathless set. Attracting one of the most energetic and biggest daytime crowds of the festival, the band translated tracks off of their latest record, Chemical Miracle, into even more immense and powerful sonic beasts. The energy of this set was pummelling, and I hardly saw a face that was grinning from ear to ear as punters exited the tent.
Kim Churchill proved to be an inspired allocation to the Saturday early evening slot, delivering a soulful brand of blues and folk rock that pleased Churchill’s faithful worshippers and more than convinced newcomers to his work to jump on board.
One of the sharpest and most acclaimed voices in contemporary Australian hip hop, Remi, proved to be the final act I saw at the festival and my word was it a good way to sign off. Remi delivered hit after hit, that much like Churchill, pleased longtime fans while also being accessible enough to win over a legion of new ones. Remi’s stage presence and unbridled energy, in addition to some killer singles made for one of the most entertaining sets of the festival, with the surprise appearance of special guest Sampa The Great on “For Good” proving to be one of the standout moments of a sensational weekend.
Sticky Fingers, the band on everyone’s lips were brilliant from all reports, however, as I worked in the bar the only comment I can provide is that they sounded fantastic. Let’s hope this set at Party in the Paddock isn’t their last for too long as dancing along to tracks like “Dreamland” would be an incredible experience.
And there you have it, PITP 2017 has come and gone way too quickly. It was an absolute riot of a time and it will be really interesting to see which direction this buzzing, ever-growing festival will take. Here’s hoping for a similar experience next year, because I’ll definitely be onboard.