Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

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.

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

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.

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

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.

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

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.

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

FOTSUN 2017 takes place over December 7-9, 2017.

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

Festival of the Sun FOTSUN Port Macquarie music THE F

 

 

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Lily Chen

Lily Chen

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Lily Chen is a photograph-taking, word-writing powerhouse. With a love for food, music and photography, Lily can't get enough of what the world has to offer.
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