The final day of The Holdy’s inaugural three-day music festival, HoldyFest, left listeners with a mix of serenity, madness and fulfillment—all with great cause.
Five-piece, Lost Woods opened with songs that were somewhat upbeat with a relaxing rhythm, the harmonies and peaceful guitar riffs making you drift off to your happy place. The music was something you might like to listen to while driving down the coast of your favourite strip of beaches. The lead singer’s extensive vocal range slid between octaves, with a stripped back bluesy version of ‘No Diggity’. They finished with a song about drinking vodka and making mistakes—something a little too relatable.
Next was Kaurna Cronin, producing country-style riffs, and the lead singer had some serious harmonica skills. The dynamics of the music accentuated his voice and lyrics—with songs about meeting people you fall in love with, only to never see them again, and trying to not grow up too fast. There was a common theme of journeys throughout Europe and what bizarre adventures were had, while creating a sound that makes you feel at home.
Later on, a mess of long matted hair stepped onto the stage and generated the most energy of the whole day. The four-piece, Stork emulated a surf-rock scene that sounded like a mix between Skeggs and Dune Rats, which finally got people up on their feet and unleashed the mayhem. It seemed to be the lead singer’s 21st so a cake had been prepared (courtesy of Coles), only to be smashed into his face by one of the guitarists. This, of course, turned into a wild food fight between the band members and their audience. While the events unfolded, Stork sung about Aussie red tins, a beverage they obviously cherished (enough to have a few before the set, anyway) and brought the mood to a total high. Lit, boys, lit.
Quieting the evening down, Mr. Goodnight came on with a few new instruments, including a keyboard and synthesiser. They crafted a bluesy, rootsy, intimate vibe that was very down to earth, with another set of ridiculous guitar solos and an all-encompassing vocalist. The sounds from the keyboard completely changed the chaotic mood to a smooth and easy one—an absolute contrast from 20 minutes prior. The music eventually became more upbeat, with the last few songs about sex—a solid ending.
To top it all off, Ash Gale brought round an acoustic set with a bit of amp to wrap the day up. With four guitarists and a drummer, the music emerged into the audience’s chest with the bass so full and deep and the guitars and voices compiling such a wholesome atmosphere. By this time everyone was a number of drinks in (I know I was) and the environment was totally laid back. With the sky clearing up from the rain, the clouds turned to shades of roses and lavender, ending the night memorably with the music ringing on during the ride home.
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