Crowd enjoys North West Fest
It’s the biggest weekend of the year in the Pilbara and this year’s North West Festival didn’t disappoint.
About 5000 people over three days converged on the Port Hedland Turf Club and the Civic Centre Gardens from Friday, August 21 for the event organised by the Town of Port Hedland and Sunset Events.
On Friday night, a rather small crowd of festivalgoers was treated to performances by Sydney pop-rockers The Preatures, Melbourne MC Seth Sentry, singer/songwriter Josh Pyke and Broome-based band 42 Decibel.
The crowd lapped up every moment of Sentry’s high-energy performance to close the first night of the festival.
The MC declared mid-set “this is a good vibe, I like this”.
Sentry was rather taken by the town’s water tower, which was lit up in bright colours to the right of the stage, as it is every night, and a man in the front dressed in a penguin onesie.
After a morning at the West End Markets on Saturday, the crowd wandered onto the festival grounds from about 1pm.
Local act The Elephant and The Coffee Table opened the stage ahead of Johnnie Mac and MC Coin Banks. Clare Bowditch drew plenty of laughs when she turned a mid-song technical problem into a positive by breaking into freestyle rap and holding an impromptu yoga session until things got back on track.But it was Drapht who took the crown for set of the festival.
For the 43rd performance on his Australian tour, Drapht was on fire as revellers bounced around to an altered version of track Bali Party, singing “we party, party, party, we party Hedland style”.
The event’s headliners, Peking Duk, brought the party to the Pilbara stage with remixes including The Lion Sleeps Tonight and California Dreamin’.
The night climaxed as Drapht joined the electronic duo on stage for a rendition of DMX’s Party Up.
A double-decker party, in which dozens of people climbed onto their friends’ shoulders, could have ended in disaster, but was instead an impressive send-off to this year’s event.
Town of Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett thanked and congratulated all associated with the event.
“A collaborative effort and tremendous corporate and community support saw North West Festival 2015 achieve a great line-up and indeed a fantastic celebration of music, arts, culture and youth engagement in Port Hedland,” she said.
Clare Bowditch performed her set on Saturday afternoon.
HARTZ art workshops were a big hit during the day.
Larry the Lizard with festivalgoers.
The crowd enjoying the last set of the festival by Peking Duk.