The Cairns Post
FESTIVAL FUN IN THE SUN
CAIRNS Showgrounds came alive at the weekend with a special atmosphere welcoming the return of The Grass is Greener music festival. Katie Hand, Michelle Elliot and Leeona Pollard were among a packed crowd soaking up the sun and sounds from headliners including Crooked Colours and Peking Duk.
THE tunes were pumping, the outfits were on point and, for many, Saturday’s The Grass is Greener proved to be their first taste of festival fun since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Festival-goer Emily Holmes, 25, said she and her partner had loved going to festivals like Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival prepandemic.
So to be able to walk through the festival gates at the Cairns Showgrounds on Saturday was a bit of a surreal experience.
“Yeah, it was so awesome. It was really cool being at a festival again,” she said.
She said the number of other festivals around the state that had been cancelled over the last year-and-a-half meant she was in a bit of disbelief it was going to happen until she walked through the festival gates over the weekend.
“It was just super enjoyable to appreciate live music in that festival atmosphere with likeminded people,” she said.
Headliners Crooked Colours, Ziggy Alberts and Young Franco took to the stage alongside a huge list of Australian artists, keeping the punters entertained from early afternoon through to evening.
It was a warm, muggy day in Cairns, with temperatures reaching 31C, but that was nothing “a few cold beverages couldn’t fix”, Ms Holmes said.
And thousands of others agreed, pouring in to the showgrounds to enjoy the event put together by festival founder and director Oli Frost and presented by Triple J.
The Grass is Greener heads to Townsville next week, followed by other regional centres in the coming weeks.