Bliss N Esso, Shep­pard and more

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Thou­sands of mu­sic lovers de­scended on the Civic Cen­tre Gar­dens at the week­end for the sev­enth an­nual North West Fes­ti­val, with head­line acts in­clud­ing Abbe May, Hands Like Houses, Shep­pard, and Bliss N Eso.

Dubbed the re­gion’s premier mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence, the event brings renowned artists to Port Hed­land to pro­vide the peo­ple of Hed­land and neigh­bour­ing towns with the same en­ter­tain­ment as seen in big cities.

The fes­ti­val is also a chance for lo­cal artists to show­case their tal­ent to raise their pro­file and per­form along­side in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed acts.

Port Hed­land mu­si­cian Bella Blake­more was the first lo­cal artists to take to the stage with her sooth­ing acous­tic pop folk vo­cals.

Next up was Roe­bourne two-piece JoKeira, whose lyrics are in­spired by the land and his­tory of the Pil­bara.

Perth-based singer-song­writer and hu­man rights cam­paigner Abbe May kicked off the strong line-up of artists, win­ning the crowd with her gui­tar- sling­ing and pow­er­ful lyrics.

May said it had been an un­real ex­pe­ri­ence to re­turn to Port Hed­land after per­form­ing at the event in 2013.

“I like the ex­pe­ri­ence of go­ing to new places, new ter­rains and dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments — go­ing out­side of my com­fort zone,” she said.

“Be­cause I come from a small town my­self, I feel like I’m al­ways com­ing home when I come to places like this.

“Peo­ple re­ally look after you here and bend over back­wards to make life eas­ier . . . to have a cel­e­bra­tion like North West Fest is fan­tas­tic for the area and for artists like us.”

Five-piece Can­berra band Hands Like Houses and indie pop band Shep­pard kept the crowds go­ing be­fore hip-hop trio Bliss N Eso wrapped up the night with a highly en­er­getic and crazy show.

Jonothan Not­ley, known as MC Bliss, said the band were stoked to visit Port Hed­land for the first time and rock out with the town.

Pun­ters re­turned to the Civic Cen­tre Gar­dens the next evening for the all-ages fam­ily event, the North West Fes­ti­val Sun­day Sun­downer. The event fea­tured an­other im­pres­sive line-up with Will Smith, Me­gan Kelly, Carla Gen­eve, and Sam Perry cap­ti­vat­ing au­di­ences un­der per­fect Pil­bara weather con­di­tions. Sam Perry, best known for win­ning the sev­enth se­ries of The Voice Aus­tralia in 2018, wrapped up the evening with a live loop­ing set, in­clud­ing heavy basslines and break-beat, beat boxed rhythm.

The event was hosted by the Town of Port Hed­land and BHP.

Pic­ture: War­ren McDonogh

Pil­bara per­fect con­di­tions at the North West Fes­ti­val Sun­downer.

Brid­get Te­sar, San­dra Mur­gia, Sa­man­tha White­head, and Dar­rin Hovey.

Fiona Lucky, Aimee Mid­dis, and Sheena Ya­dav.

Imo­gen Wil­liams and Tara Fitzger­ald.

So­cial pic­tures: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Hands Like Houses.

Jess O'Neill and Liam Chit­tle­bor­ough.

Sofiya Sam and Heidi Ward.

Pic­ture: War­ren McDonogh

Sam Perry per­forms.

Dono­van Nel­son and Jaye Fitzroy.

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