Fans declare: best yet
ONE magical venue, 72 musicians, 2500 appreciative fans.
That summed up the Summer of Soul music festival at the majestic Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on Sunday.
Leading Australian acts mixed with American sensations Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, straight off the plane that morning from performing at the Sydney Festival the previous night.
Melbourne band Saskwatch was a crowd pleaser, featuring former South Gippsland and Leongatha secondary colleges’ student Robert Muinos on guitar.
“He came to Mossvale as a kid and he was just stoked to be able to get on stage where some of his favourite artists have played,” said Ian Bevington of festival organisers, Lyrebird Arts Council.
Fans travelled from across South Gippsland and as far as Melbourne for the thirteenth annual event, staged by more than 100 volunteers and generously supported by the Berrys Creek CFA, Prom Coast Arts and local businesses.
“The festival had one of the best presales (of tickets) that we have ever had. We have built up a regular base of people because they love the park and love what we do,” Ian said.
“A lot of people have rung me and said it was just the best we had ever done.
“There were a lot of children there. I’ve never seen so many children there.”
Lyrebird Arts Council pursued the soul theme this year to reflect the rise of the style and acknowledge the fact this generation appreciated a variety of music, Ian said.
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings travelled from New York to Australia, and were invited to Mossvale by Lyrebird through a contact at the Sydney Festival.
The line-up also featured Los Coronas, Clairy Browne and the Banging Rackettes, Chris Wilson and Steve Smyth.
Many music fans wanted to camp at the park post festival and Ian said organisers are working with a nearby farmer to offer camping next year.
The festival is usually held in March but was brought forward after Mossvale was flooded three days after the 2012 concert, prompting concern about the reliability of weather during that month.
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