Image Courtesy of Jessica Robertson
Article by Justine McClymont
Surfing the Coldstream Festival in Yamba on the NSW north coast is just around the corner on 16th to 18th October. This festival is definitely worth a look if you can get yourself to the coast for a weekend of good tunes and good vibes. The main day on Saturday 17th October is a free outdoor event (yes free!) overlooking the ocean with the 2015 lineup set to deliver an eclectic mix of world, folk and indie music.
Headline act Grace Barbé sets the scene on the main stage with her Afro-Kreol tropical rhythms infused with rock, afrobeat, reggae and pop. Originally from the Seychelles, Grace Barbé and her band have been crowned “Best World Act” five years running in Western Australia.
Timber and Steel readers will also appreciate the folk elements of this year’s lineup including alt-folk duo The April Maze, mountain music/bluegrass favourites The Mid-North and The Little Stevies with their folk-influenced pop songs and harmonies. Also on the bill are pop/folk duo Microwave Jenny and seven piece band The Mouldy Lovers showcasing their energetic concoction of ska, folk, punk and dub.
Surfing the Coldstream Festival is a family-friendly and alcohol-free event with a food village, kid’s zone, circus performers, workshops, arts and local culture. If last year’s festival is anything to go by, this chilled coastal town will be buzzing with the influx of festival goers and buskers on the streets. The 2015 program also includes a series of sideshows in venues across the Yamba and the Clarence Valley.
For the festival program and more information visit Surfing the Coldstream Festival website.
The Mouldy Lovers
The April Maze
The Little Stevies
The Fawlty Dogs
The Whiskey Drop
Nick & Sam
Grace Hickey & Flipside