Crowd en­joys North West Fest

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Kelly Bell and Phoebe Wearne

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.

Pic­tures: Kelly Bell and Heather McNeill

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.

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