6am is a difficult time for most people to wake up, especially on a Saturday and ESPECIALLY for musicians. It was this early morning rise which resulted in many coffees, and thus many more of the travellers feeling pretty average on the bumpy journey over to the island.
Once there, everyone seemed to settle down pretty quickly with the excitement of the day taking over as beers were opened and stages were set.
Despite the average week in weather for Perth, there wasn’t much hope being held for the sun to shine its rays onto Rotto for the festivities. As such, the stage was relocated to a marquee to avoid any downpours.
Even though good weather was doubted leading up to the event, the sun shone as bright as ever whilst sounds were checked and more beers were consumed.
First to grace the stage was Kathryn Rollins. Things were still quiet on the island, but that didn’t seemed to phase the lovely Rollins who had a solid set after some initial feedback issues were sorted out. Some inimitable originals and a killer cover of Cee Lo Green’s “Crazy” opened the day perfectly.
JumpClimb DJ’s looked after the intermission with a mix of new and old classics whilst the Brow Horn Orchestra hit the stage.
Brow’s consistent ambition to make every performance bigger and better than the last definitely resonated to a growing crowd. New tracks “Phaser Mountain” and “Freedom” went off without a hitch and tracks from their upcoming EP “Can’t afford this way of life” were crowd favourites.
As the day developed, so did the crowd and many people sat patiently for Ruby Boots whilst a few technical fires were put out with Cut and Paste Soundsystem entertaining everyone in the meantime.
Ruby Boots graciously played an acoustic set as the technical problems continued. The stripped back setting worked perfectly and gave it a much more intimate feeling, exactly what was needed to hold the crowd and complimented their sound even more with songs like recent single “Devil”, upcoming title track from their EP “At Last” and classic “Sleeping Alone”
More Cut and Paste delights whilst Diger Rokwell set up his beat making kitchen, and was joined by Felicity Groom. Diger's first class live beat production combined with Grooms stunning vocals makes for a stunning show.
As technical issues continued, Fat Shan’s own Sam Perry set up his looping, effects-step playground and managed to keep focus after a shaky start with the sound. After a couple of tracks all was in order and Sam smashed out the rest of the set playing new track “hip-hop”, love-ode “halo” and finishing off with YouTube hit “Cannonball”.
Sadly, as the sound issues continued, Carl Fox was unable to perform.
Carl and his crew amiably packed up and got stuck into a few beers, so as to not lose focus after a disappointing end to a technically plagued day.
All in all it was a pretty eventful day and despite the hiccups everyone remained in high spirits, some carried on at the pub, some went to the comedy show, but for your reviewer ladies and gentlemen it was very much bedtime!
Good Night :)
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