The Kaurna Smoking Ceremony paid respect to the original owners of the land and signalled the start of the festival for 2013 on the main stage. Artists Ashley Playfair, Brigdhe Taylor, Samantha Tipler and Shannon Watts were showcasing their diverse skills in visual art, contemporary jewellery design and body paint to festival goers in the Studio Marquee providing Gorgeous with it's own unique art gallery.
John Butler Trio
Comedian Sammy J, who was the MC for the night, introduced the first act to the main stage, Laura Hill who wooedcrowds with her sweet sounds, whilst husband/wife duo Microwave Jenny followed suit with the audience smitten by songs such as 'You Me Backseat'. Between sets patrons were enjoying McLaren Vale wine, Hills Cider and the delicious array of cocktails available in the Nova Bella Vista tent including the "official" Nova Festival cocktail. And they got the chance to discover new musical talent at the Petit Stages where South Australian musicians such as Brillig, Ash Gale and Tom West performed.
Over in the food area, Salopian Inn were serving up Gorgeous Chips to raise money for OzHarvest, Gorgeous Festival's key chosen charity that was raising money for a food truck to service the Fleurieu Peninsula. Then it was solo artists Lanie Lane and Steve Smyth turn on the main stage to wow the crowds before headliner John ButlerTrio took over. Performing a mixture of well-known tunes and new songs from his upcoming album, John Butler Trio had the audience dancing till the close of day one.
SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER
Doors opened at 1pm as eager festival goers found their perfect piece of grass to call home for the day. While the weather was being indecisive with fine showers between bursts of sunshine, nothing was going to dampen the moods of those ready to rock out to their favourite bands.
Blue King Brown
The Nova Bella Vista bar was a buzz with Nova talent Dylan Lewis, Shane, Jarrod and Millie sampling the delicious wine available from the region before taking to the stage for MC duties. Across the vineyard the Studio Marquee was packed with people checking out the live art by ten artists who were vying for votes from patrons for the chance to win $1000 and be named the 'People's Choice' winner and OzHarvest arranged a cooking demonstration with Silvia Hart at The Petit Festa Stage.
The action then moved to the main stage was Gemini Downs fronted by Jessica Braithwaite not only sung but delighted with her tap dancing. Between sets, patrons had the chance to wander through the Gorgeous Art markets that included photographer Darren Longbottom's stunning images of the region. Up next on the main stage was Brother Fox who had the audience dancing followed by NSW favourite Patrick James. As the weather continued on a cooler note, festival goers turned to warmth from the kitchen and tucked into delicious food from The Elbow Room, Ampika's Kitchen, The Salopian Inn, Fino Restaurant and the tasty wood oven flatbread from Street Food.
Not to miss out the younger festival goers were having their own fun in Kids' Turf where they rocked out on their own dance floor and had their faces painted, all the while parents were enjoying the tunes of Thelma Plum, Paule Greene and The Audreys. Melbourne based, urban roots band Blue King Brown took to the stage and talked peace with the audience and turned the music up a notch with their beats creating pop up dance floors everywhere. Jarrod from Nova took to the stage one final time to announce the winner of the 'People's Choice' Art prize to Abigail Abott whose use of textures in her work won the vote of the Gorgeous Patrons.
To bring home the end of a fantastic two days at Gorgeous Festival were headliner Eskimo Joe who treated fans with a mixture of classic songs and new work. As we farewell Gorgeous Festival for another year, we can only wonder what's to come for 2014....