Our 30th birthday is turning out to be our favourite celebration yet! Let’s take a peak at the adventures of day 3…
Woodfordians big and small flocked to the Amphitheatre in anticipation for what many are calling a bucket list performance! Michael Franti performed a powerful set, preaching love and peace within his songs. He was the master of the crowd, which saw audience members jump when he said jump, clap when he said clap and sing along from start to end. It was an amazing view from the hillside as moshers could be seen as a synchronised pulse jumping to the beat of the bass.
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:
Gig: Rize sells acoustic message
Ahead of tonight’s headline set, Nattali Rize got intimate with Woodford in a stripped-back acoustic performance.
With minimal accompaniment, the performance rested on Blue King Brown frontwoman’s lustrous vocals as she raised bangled wrists to embrace the crowd.
Grooving in their seats, the audience absorbed the reggae singer’s messages of empowerment and unity through music.
“We are part of a collective consciousness. Everything vibrates, the world is made of sound,” she said.
Activities: Beers, bribes and better than the Boxing Day Test
There were bribes, beers and slow-motion replays at the annual Celebrity XI verse Woodford XI cricket match.
The opposition this year is made up of members from performing acts The Vaudeville Smash, Bruise Bros and Boo Seeka putting up a strong fight against the well-practiced Woodford team.
Tyron Clay has been coming to the festival for three years, but it’s his first time watching the match. Mr Clay is rooting for the Celebs calling them “the underdogs,” saying he’d “watch it over the Boxing Day Test.”
People: “I’m an ok dancer”
Walking along the festival gravel surrounded by aromas that trigger hunger and tunes that unintentionally make you sway, you can’t help but feel like an overexcited child with so much to discover.
Along this road to discovery you come across a young boy dancing like there’s no one around.
The rhythm of fast-paced drumming carries his every move with his luscious blonde hair bouncing up and down, trying to catch up.
Sphea Illian is his name and he gives you a short and straight-to-the point introduction.
“I’ve two siblings an older sister and a younger brother. This is my first year going to Woodford,” he says swiftly, flashing a cheeky smile, before disappearing back into the music.
“… and I’m an ok dancer.”
People: Vollies for life
Volunteers who return to the festival year after year say it’s the best place in the world to work.
From the greeter at the front gate to the stage manager at the amphitheater, some 2500 “vollies” eagerly put their names on waiting lists to become a part of the Woodford community.
“Everyone is unusually friendly. It makes my job very easy,” Festival Shop volunteer Jodie Miles said.
Committee Room volunteer Saba Al Saleem said she’d made life-long festival friends.
People: Bambi meets climate change
What do Bambi, book clubs and climate action have in common?
According to Dr Claire Archer-Lean, fiction that gives animals and the environment a voice, leads to sentimental change in individuals and galvanises public opinion.
She pointed to the role Black Beauty and Bambi played in animal rights movements.
Archer-Lean created a series of ‘Green’ book clubs that would read ‘Cli-fi’ and found that the symbolic, emotive and imaginative aspects of fiction allowed for people to better empathise with animals and environmental causes.
Fiction then, may have a large role to play in the future of climate action.
Music: Dezzie D, Monty Python and the swingin’ ’50s
A song harking back to a Monty Python sketch is probably the last thing you’d expect from a band inspired by ’40s and ’50s swing music. But nobody told Brisbane-based group Dezzie D and the Stingrayz.
Lead singer Dezzie D sings; “Is it the salmon that comes in a can? Is it a flounder in your frying pan? What is this new dance I’m asking you, man. They call it the fish.”
The aptly timed nah-nah-nah-nah-no’s of the instrumentalists turned back-up singers only heighten the resemblance to the Monty Python and the Meaning of Life sketch.
The band drew in the crowd, with children, families and couples jiving on the dance floor in front of the stage.
Gig: How a kangaroo threesome works
A Kangaroo threesome. That certainly got the audience’s attention at the Comedy Club last night.
“But how does it work? Where does the tail go?”
Comedian Geraldine Hickey filled the audience in on all the details, as she recounted her most eventful trip to the zoo yet and what she described as “the best day of my life.”
This wasn’t the only anecdote of the show that had the audience in tears. Matt Ford shared his most embarrassing moments on social media (most of them involving his mum), and Harley Breen had the audience squirming as he divulged intimate details of his sex life.
The tail goes to the side, by the way.