Thousands of voices echoed through Glenworth valley as festival goers celebrated the new year, which ultimately marked the end of another successful festival. If you missed the unforgettable experience, Festival Pulse has you covered! Also, we recommend that you keep an eye out for next year’s early bird tickets.
Best of the sets
Lost Paradise headliners like The Kooks and MIA attracted large crowds; however, smaller artists stole the show. Furnace and the Fundamentals performed a set beyond anything we’ve ever seen before. Starting with an empty audience, the band lured thousands of bystanders to their stage by belting out the intro to the Lion King. They redefined the meaning of a cover band by playing hit after hit. They kept the audience captivated with impressive mashups and synchronized dancing. Other bands like Ball Park Music and Young Franco pulled equally large crowds.
Attention on Oz
America’s music industry needs to keep an eye on the land down under because there are many artists poised to take over in 2019. Peking Duk, Australia’s version of the Chainsmokers, performed an unbelievable New Years set. Their drops, pyrotechnics, and energy attracted the largest crowd out of the entire festival. Their unique set opened with a music video and included an interesting acoustic-electronic version of Let You Down.
Tash Sultana is adored in the United States, but not in the way that Australia loves her. Tash’s live performance differs from her recorded songs. Each song is drawn out into long entrancing loops as she layers her guitar and beats on top of each other. Her charismatic confidence and energy is felt throughout the crowd as she dances across the stage. At the beginning of her performance, Tash shared a heartfelt message with the crowd in respect to a festival goer who passed away earlier in the weekend.
Another name to look out for is Vera Blue who is redefining Australia’s music scene. Her angelical folk-pop cut through the night as she performed Settle. During her concert, fans waved feminist signs that mirror the women’s empowerment theme of Vera Blue’s most recent album, All The Pretty Girls.
While the music attracted a large crowd, there was a sub population that came to Lost Paradise for the workshops. At all hours of the day, the yoga tents were filled with people learning new practices. Each course varied in difficulty – from novice meditation to strength based acro-yoga.
Lost Paradise also supported cultural sustainability by offering workshops with aboriginals. Festival goers could attend conversations and presentations throughout the entire festival. For our American readers, Australia’s aboriginal population has experienced a similar story to the Native Americans in the United States. It’s a constant battle for Australia to incorporate their culture in modern life, making this a significant statement.
Many festivals promote eco-friendly practices; however, we rarely see festival goers execute on these goals. With that said, Lost Paradise is an exception. Through an innovative recycle incentive program, the festival successfully encouraged attendees to return their beer cans to designated tents. The program is designed so that you are credited $1 (AUD) when you return an empty can. This encouraged people to return their cans and even scavenge for littered cans. Some festival goers were seen returning 50+ cans, which was more than enough to pay for food and a few drinks.
From a superb lineup to stellar workshops, Lost Paradise was an exceptional experience. The organizers maintained top tier bathroom/shower facilities, their scheduling app was intuitive, and their medical staff was on point. If you’re looking for a great New Year’s experience, then look no further — Glenworth Valley and Lost Paradise will steal your heart. Festival Pulse is looking forward to next year!