April 24-27, 2017
Down in tree-lined Pinjarra the scene was set for yet another wonderful weekend at the Fairbridge Festival. This year being the 25th anniversary saw an extra day added to the already action-packed festival and from all accounts this was joyously received by the festival-goers.
With a massive amount of amazing music, stalls, children’s entertainment, workshops, food and fantastic people this had to be one of the best Fairbridge Festivals of all time.
Stand-out acts for mine would have to have been Stella Donnelly, Sex On Toast, Electric Boogie Blues Band, Emily Wurramara, Bambuseae Rhythm Section and Miss Eileenn & King Lear, with a secret clubhouse show put on by John Butler and Mama Kin being a special treat.
Fairbridge didn’t let us down on any level with loads of kids’ entertainment, buskers galore, with areas to cater for any and all.
There were a few changes to the set up with the Backlot (formerly Utopia) getting an extra stage and Hoopla getting its own little fun bar. The community spirit was there in truckloads and it seemed most came together with a feeling of peace and harmony.
All in all, I have to give it to you Fairbridge organisers, you definitely did yourselves proud this year.
Words and pictures by Tamara Szep