Fluid fest

Foodie de­light at fes­ti­val

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A pow­er­house mu­sic line-up and more than 100 bou­tique beers and wines sourced from all over were the high­lights of the Fluid Fes­ti­val held in Kar­ratha on Satur­day night.

A crowd of nearly 1000 turned out to the Leisure­plex Oval for the sec­ond-time event, or­gan­ised by Onyx Cafe owner Sean Throssell and his team with help from sev­eral other lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses.

VIP ticket hold­ers kicked back in a spa­cious in­flat­able tent with a di­rect view of the stage, while gen­eral ad­mis­sion had their own drink and food ar­eas.

More than 50 wines and as many beers and ciders were avail­able for fes­ti­val-go­ers to sam­ple and en­joy and bar staff said they seemed to be mak­ing the most of that rare op­por­tu­nity.

Bar­tender Mar­ion Ecalle said VIP cus­tomers had been very keen to sam­ple new drinks and were will­ing to try “pretty much ev­ery­thing”.

Onyx Cafe chefs served up a buf­fet of small-tapas-style food to the hun­gry VIP crowd and gar­nered some rave re­views, while in gen­eral ad­mis­sion Cher­ratta Lodge’s Home­stead Res­tau­rant of­fered Mex­i­can, Asian noo­dles, Ital­ian meat­balls and Ger­man bratwurst choices.

Cher­ratta Lodge owner Mal­colm Wylie said all the op­tions from their in­ter­na­tion­ally ex­pe­ri­enced chef had been pop­u­lar and the crowd ap­pre­ci­ated hav­ing so much choice.

Up on stage, the live mu­sic kicked off from about 7pm once most were a few drinks in and ready to let their hair down.

Coun­try rock mu­si­cian Adam Brand got a mainly fe­male crowd danc­ing and clap­ping along to his up­beat tunes, and Ma­halia Barnes show­cased a voice as pow­er­ful as her fa­mous fa­ther’s, singing a mix of orig­i­nal and cover soul songs.

Af­ter that, head­line act and for-

mer Noise­works and INXS front­man Jon Stevens took to the stage for a short but pow­er­ful set of his bands’ clas­sic hits, kick­ing off with crowd-pleaser Touch.

The crowd went wild when he called Brand and Barnes back on stage for a rous­ing fi­nale of Proud Mary and Have You Ever Seen the Rain that boomed out over the Kar­ratha hills.

Party cover band Daren Reid and the Soul City Groove fin­ished off the night with a se­ries of more mod­ern songs, which many rev­ellers en­joyed so much they stayed on danc­ing up to half an hour af­ter the fes­ti­val’s of­fi­cial end time.

The crowd was mostly well­be­haved through­out the night.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Ma­halia Barnes per­forms on the Fluid Fes­ti­val stage.

Rocker Jon Stevens.

Coun­try rock mu­si­cian Adam Brand in­vites the crowd to clap along.

Chris Slavin, Daniel Carse, Nathan Hamp­son and Glynn Judd.

Karen Dean, Blake Water­house, Ta­nia Nickisson, Ryan McKenna, Karen Roach, Reece Ste­wart, Carolyn Berthelsen and Jess Stal­lard.

Kelly Tay­lor, Marissa Fen­ner, Danielle Lid­ster, Mee­sha Kes­sell, Kristy Hardy and Kara Davy.

Kane McMur­ray, Ed­die With­nell and Tim Reimann.

Home­stead Res­tau­rant’s Mal­colm Wylie and Rox­anne Ten­thy.

Peter Long, Erin MacKay and Angie Ay­ers.

Sarah French and Vicki Mul­lenger.

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