Foodie delight at festival
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.
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.