Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Festival - Tanya MacNaughton

AS a for­mer UWA law stu­dent, event pro­ducer Michael Lloyd is able to rem­i­nisce about the days he spent so­cial­is­ing on the Oak Lawn.

So when it came to de­cid­ing on a venue for new bou­tique Co­LAB Fes­ti­val – a col­lab­o­ra­tive 18+ event for live mu­sic and art – Lloyd knew ex­actly where he wanted to hold it.

“Ev­ery fes­ti­val runs in the mid­dle of a foot­ball oval, so we looked at in­ter­est­ing spa­ces where you can use great trees, lawn and build­ings to make it a cool space,” he said.

“The whole event orig­i­nated from go­ing to fes­ti­vals and not be­ing 100 per cent happy with the ex­pe­ri­ence and want­ing to do it bet­ter with a bet­ter venue, a re­ally good crowd with not too many peo­ple, lower ticket prices, a great line-up of Aus­tralian acts on one main stage, fan­tas­tic food and re­ally in­ter­est­ing space.

“It’s not just mu­sic but art in­stal­la­tions, hawk­ers vil­lages and themed bars.””

Lloyd said his team started from scratch, gath­er­ing var­i­ous opin­ions and get­ting UWA stu­dents and clubs in­volved, which re­sulted in ad­di­tions like a chem­istry lab-themed bar run by stu­dents in lab coats mix­ing kooky con­coc­tions.

He then pitched the event to artists with the no­tion it was not all about one big head­line act.

“There are eight na­tional acts who are on the brink or flirted with big things,” Lloyd said.

“Her­mi­tude, Mid­night Jug- ger­nauts and The Jun­gle Gi­ants are re­ally well-re­spected and ex­cit­ing bands who have ei­ther been around for a lit­tle while or just about to jump in.

“The Kite String Tan­gle in par­tic­u­lar has just gone from a rel­a­tively small pro­file band 12 to 18 months ago to just ev­ery­where with a great al­bum.”

Round­ing out the line-up is Sable, In­dian Sum­mer, Gangs of Youths, The Creases and Cit­i­zen Kay.

Lloyd said he hoped Co­LAB would at­tract a great mix of stu­dents, ex-stu­dents and those who en­joyed mu­sic fes­ti­vals for the right rea­sons.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to just watch­ing peo­ple soak up the at­mos­phere,” he said.

“I can’t wait to see The Kite String Tan­gle be­cause I’ve never seen them live and The Jun­gle Gi­ants later in the night.”

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

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