Festival of the Sun happened in Sydney and it was epic!
What’s not to love about long car trips? Reckless P-platers driving far beyond the speed limit; funny signs on the roadside (“BABY GOATS 4 SALE”); donuts and coffee to fuel consciousness…
There aren’t many things that I would drive 800km out of Sydney for – a chance to shake Taylor Swift’s hand before being presented with a $1,000 cheque, perhaps, or a year’s supply of burgers – but Festival Of The Sun is one of them.
400km to Port Macquarie; 3 days of amazing music, intense camping and very little sleep; 400km back. Was the festival worth it? It sure was.
Festival Of The Sun, affectionately known as FOTSUN, completed its 12th iteration over December 8-10, 2016. A spectacular amalgamation of live music, food stalls, camping and a headphones-only comedy show, the event hosted 3,000 enthusiastic punters. The “Deep Sea” theme ensured a variety of unique costumes, from human-sized lobsters to Poseidon.
FOTSUN distinguishes itself from other music festivals in several ways: its ticket allocation is limited to an intimate 3,000 and the atmosphere is phenomenal. While they weren’t busy putting on a killer hour-long set, I managed to speak to a few major acts about their impressions of FOTSUN. “It’s one of those things that sells out every year and that really says something about a festival,” said Chris from The Smith Street Band.
The other big difference? Alcohol is strictly BYO. “It sounds like a recipe for disaster but it really works,” joked the headliner Seth Sentry.
Other prime acts included Gang Of Youths and Urthboy, ensuring the music stage was consistently filled with energy. From the beautiful layering of Tash Sultana’s one-woman extravaganza to the crowd wildly throwing beer during the Dune Rats’ set, there was hardly a dull moment – and with the smooth transitions between the main stage and side stage, there was continuous music without a technical fault to be found. Stage performance was at an all-time high, as other stand-out acts included L-Fresh The Lion’s irrepressible hip-hop stylings and Montaigne’s frenetic mix of music and dancing.
The only disappointment with FOTSUN was that Taylor Swift wasn’t there to give me my $1,000 cheque – pretty awful. Well, there’s always next year.
All in all, an unparalleled event.
FOTSUN 2017 takes place over December 7-9, 2017.
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