We are well and truly into the swing of Woodford 2015! Let’s see what happened on Day 2…
Music: Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett ended the night at the Amphi with an energy charged performance that saw festival goers calling for more. Her passion wasn’t lost on the throngs of Woodfordians as she thanked the crowd for their attendance and support.
Students from the University Queensland have been working together with Brisbane Times to create a timeline of live updates highlighting Woodford Folk Festival’s 30th Anniversary:
Bob Hawke front row at packed Noel Pearson talk
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke was front row at this morning’s presentation from land rights activist, lawyer and Kuku Yalanji man Noel Pearson.
Mr Hawke, who oversaw the handing back of Uluru to the Pitjantjatjara traditional owners 30 years ago and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody during his prime ministership, attended the event ahead of his address this afternoon.
Mr Pearson addressed a packed tent on the issue of recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution in one of several talks he will be giving over the week.
People: Bigger isn’t always better
Sisters Gaia and Lara Nobel didn’t have to join the thousands of campers pitching a tent at the festival, they can take their home with them.
Their ‘Tiny House’, only 2.5 metres by 7.5 metres but has all the creature comforts of a larger structure thanks to clever design, including impressive gadgets such as a motorised bed, which lowers from the roof.
For many, living in a ‘Tiny House’ would seem a daunting prospect, but not for Gaia.
“Living in small space is what we do naturally and it’s so customisable. You work out what you want from it,” she said.
Tip: Kid carrying gets creative
Young families are as common here as gumboots and tie dye, which means parents sometimes have to get creative when it comes to carting kids around.
There have been twin prams, wheelbarrows and small trailers converted into play pens. Young children peek out to see the festival’s gravelly terrain.
And then there’s Phil, who built a tree house on wheels for his two children.
Phil decided it was time to level up his transportation game when their second child came along.
People: Solar powers the icy poles
Even the ice-blocks are environmentally friendly.
Parked on the grass along one of the wandering paths at the festival is Byron Bay PopCyle. The bicycle owner Gemma Farrell says the bike generates solar through a battery which powers the freezer.
This means pedal power is the sole source of electricity for the mobile stall.
Activities: “Nothing turns people on like cheese”
The tent is packed and silent. Everyone is here for one thing and one thing only. Cheese.
“Nothing turns people on like cheese,” Elisabeth Fekonia, host of the demonstration and expert cheese maker, whispered to me as she headed on stage.
Ms Fekonia walked the audience through how to make Feta and Brie.
“It’s very easy to become a food snob one you make your own cheese because you become aware of the flavour,” she told the audience.
“Once you get cheese right, that’s what people write poetry and play the violin about.”
Feta and Brie making is the first in a series of cooking demonstrations at Woodford Music Festival.
Music: Villanova Irish ensemble
It’s hard to believe the talented kilt-wearing boys from the Villanova Irish ensemble are among the youngest here at Woodford. The boys are all only between the ages of 14 and 17.
“This isn’t our day job, unfortunately,” one of them joked on stage.
“We’re all still in school.”
Despite their youth, they put on an immensely entertaining gig, filled with Irish jigs and a few classic Mumford and Sons songs.
Proud teacher Belinda Tucker couldn’t help but beam with pride as the boys brought the house down with their final song.
Be sure to catch them for their second performance at Folklorica on Wednesday afternoon.