Party in the Valley

Midland Reporter - - Local Sports Stars - Lisa Thomas

THE Swan Valley be­came one big dance party re­cently when more than 12,000 peo­ple flocked to Houghton Win­ery for the de­but of Hot Dub Wine Ma­chine in Perth.

The event was one to re­mem­ber, with acts Pnau, Mi­ami Hor­ror, Crooked Colours, Run­ning Touch and Tina Says tak­ing to the stage be­fore Syd­ney DJ Tom Loud, who did not dis­ap­point.

Loud’s two-and-half hour set be­gan in the ’50s with Rock Around the Clock by Bill Ha­ley and His Comets and then gave the crowd a his­tory les­son of more than 60 years of hit mu­sic, with tunes from the Jack­son 5, Ste­vie Won­der, the Spice Girls and Bey­once.

Add a vis­ual back­drop, light show, gourmet food and wine, and a stun­ning venue, and it all added up to an amaz­ing event.

I am no fes­ti­val­goer, but the en­tice­ment of mu­sic, food and wine at one of my favourite winer­ies was enough to get me there and I was glad I did.

This event had good vibes from the minute I en­tered the venue and had me buzzing long af­ter I had left.

What an idea: cre­ate a mu­sic fes­ti­val that will take us through some of the best hits since the ’50s and then cre­ate an event around that.

Why had no one thought of it sooner?

The only neg­a­tives were the toi­let and drink lines and the traf­fic, but not enough to dampen the night.

Pic­ture: Pa­trick Steven­son

More than 12,000 peo­ple turned up to see Hot Dub Wine Ma­chine at Houghton Win­ery re­cently.

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