More FM Summer Vineyard Tour 2013 at Turanga Creek
currently: sick day at home and I can't sleep. So blogging is perfect.
Last week was a massively busy week for me. Monday I met with my friends to watch the season four opening of My Kitchen Rules, Wednesday was netball, Thursday was watching Django Unchained, Friday was Lantern Festival, and Saturday was my first ever More FM Summer Vineyard event at Turanga Creek in Auckland. Never have I been to a vineyard, never have I been to a festival, and never had I seen these acts perform live on stage. It was a collection of first for me, and my boyfriend who had never been to a concert in New Zealand.
|The ever so lovely and beach ready Jamie McDell|
Jamie played all her good hits from her debut album 'Six Strings and a Sailboat' - which honestly sums up the simplicity and sweetness of this young Kiwi songstress. She even finished her set with the perfect song, 'Life in the Sunshine'. The weather was just perfect, and everyone around me where I sat I saw singing along.
Che Fu followed after, and I'll admit, Che Fu has been pretty quiet on the scene. But then that doesn't mean that Che Fu isn't forgotten. Misty Frequencies is still a classic, and there were some women (possibly wine-d up) that were very into grooving to Che Fu.)
|Che Fu gets the crowd going|
|Aaradhna and her band|
Btw - her music was also great music to eat $7 nachos and $2.50 ice cream cones to.
An interesting thing about Turanga was that the airspace above the vineyard seemed to be where planes would turn around. So throughout the night, planes would fly overhead and you couldn't help but watch it fly over. Boyfriend took a photo with my camera as it went over.
During Aaradhna's set, which had featured songs like 'Getting Stronger' and 'Great Man', Che Fu joined on stage to sing back up on some of her songs. He'd swing along and harmonise, so it was nice to see that act support on stage. I mean if you're at a festival filled with five different talented artists, it's a good place to provide a unique experience for the audience like having artists you wouldn't often see singing together.
|Towards the setting sun.|
|Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins|
|I dig her hair.|
|I dig Missy in general.|
|Photo taken by Boyfriend|
|Che Fu takes the turntables.|
(Something I noticed about the people at this festival - there was one particular group of older adults sitting next to us that had their own bread and dip ramekins on platters, and were serving cheese on crackers cut on their own cheeseboard. Shows the different sorts of class this audience had.)
As it got darker, I took this awesome photo of the moon that had appeared with my zoom lens. If you look close enough you can actually see the craters. It was nice to be beneath the sky, where it was clear and wasn't spoiled by light pollution.
With a strong noise and a loud crowd cheer, Opshop entered the stage and lead man Jason Kerrison sounded pumped. The audience, who were very wine and beer fuelled, had definitely gotten more loose and enthusiastic too.
Only in this crowd was it classy to carry your wine bottle into the Summer Vineyard audience.
Having never seen Opshop perform live in person, I didn't actually know what sort of performance we'd see out of them. I don't know why I thought they'd be quite a serious band (then again, songs like One Day and the fact that Jason Kerrison always wears suits could have been where I got my assumptions from). But they're definitely a lighthearted, playful, good ol' Kiwi band. And they knew how to entertain the crowd and get them involved, with old school song singalongs, dancing, and even getting some people up on stage to sing with the band.
Opshop even knew how to tease them the right way as they ended their set.
"We hope you had a good night tonight. It's time for our pretend last song!"
Boyfriend and I didn't actually stay for the entire Opshop encore as we wanted to trek out of the vineyard and dusty carpark before it got too busy. But we really had such a great time there. Whether you were up front near the stage or just chilling in your outdoor chair, Summer Vineyard is one of those events where all you need to do is relax, take in the summer air, sing with the music and just have a good time with friends.
And if the acts next year are going to be as good this year, I'd happy say yes to going along to Summer Vineyard 2014.
Photos taken by both myself and Darryl K. All rights reserved.