How a rural city is attracting internationally famend bands to its doorstep with the Vanfest music pageant – ABC Information



Might 13, 2019 08:28:30


Competition-goers travelled from Sydney and Melbourne to see the world-class line-up in Forbes. (ABC Central West: Donal Sheil)

Matt Clifton grew up with a ardour for music, however his small-town upbringing meant dwell music occasions had been few and much between, so he introduced one residence.

The occasion supervisor from Forbes in central-western New South Wales tried to plug the city’s dwell music hole by bringing a small occasion with 400 folks to his dad’s pub, the Vandenberg, a couple of years in the past.

That occasion has advanced into an annual pageant now in its fifth 12 months, Vanfest, which attracted about eight,000 folks this 12 months — about the identical quantity because the city’s inhabitants.

“It has been crucial for me to carry it again to the youth, I wished to hearken to it once I was a child and I by no means actually had that probability,” Mr Clifton stated.

Matt Clifton standing in the backstage area of the Forbes Vanfest site.

Matt Clifton lamented rising up with out dwell music occasions, so he began one. (ABC Central West: Donal Sheil)

The pageant has featured the likes of Chet Faker (Nick Murphy), Matt Corby, Angus and Julia Stone and Forbes’ personal Vera Blue over time, and this 12 months’s invoice consists of domestically and internationally famend artists.

“The expertise we placed on the stage is identical expertise you’ll anticipate in headlining festivals in metro areas everywhere in the world,” Matt Clifton stated.

Competition hopes to elevate spirits, and the financial system

Mr Clifton stated it was particularly pertinent for these occasions to return to regional areas because the worst drought situations in residing reminiscence grip a lot of the state, and the nation.

“They’re exhausting hit, among the native farmers and native companies, all of them really feel the pinch so if what we do can carry assist to these guys in addition to present leisure and a little bit of enjoyable for the neighborhood then all of us sort of win a bit.”

PNAU’s Sam and Nick Littlemore and Kira Divine standing on the steps leading up to the stage at Vanfest.

PNAU’s Sam and Nick Littlemore and Kira Divine drove by the drought-hit countryside. (ABC Central West: Donal Sheil)

This 12 months’s headliner, Sydney group PNAU, stated driving into the drought-ravaged central west was “heartbreaking” to see.

“It is very completely different while you see it [drought] up shut and so I believe being part of one thing that’s going to assist the neighborhood and put some cash and pleasure again in the neighborhood, I believe that’s so necessary,” stated PNAU’s frontman Nick Littlemore.

Push for extra regional youth festivals

PNAU producer Sam Littlemore stated as unease intensified in Sydney’s dwell music scene amid lock-out legal guidelines and pageant rules, it was a key time to showcase the area’s potential.

“It is changing into extra necessary as Sydney turns into increasingly more shutdown.

“We actually look to the areas to set the instance for the way good it may be, how nice we will have each pageant and each tradition and attempt to carry everybody collectively,” Mr Littlemore stated.

The mosh pit at Ruel’s set at Vanfest.

Vanfest, which began at the back of a pub, now attracts a number of thousand folks. (ABC Central West: Donal Sheil)

Singer and songwriter Miiesha from Woorabinda in central Queensland performed her first music pageant at Vanfest on the weekend.

The 20-year-old Aboriginal artist stated it was particular to carry out her first present for a rural neighborhood after rising up in a single.

“Rising up it was simply in the neighborhood, nothing like this … [music festivals] have a huge impact,” Miiesha stated.

Aboriginal artist Miiesha singing on stage at Vanfest.

Aboriginal artist Miiesha performed her first music pageant at this 12 months’s Vanfest. (ABC Central West: Donal Sheil)

She stated she hoped extra music festivals would go to rural and distant communities, and that the expertise for younger folks in a neighborhood like hers couldn’t be overstated.

“I believe they might adore it, it’s thrilling, it is new, it is one thing completely different. We do not have rather a lot in the neighborhood so something like this, it could be actually lethal.”











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