Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April 2012 - Apollo Bay Music Festival, Apollo Bay (#42)
Unbelievably, Apollo Bay Music Festival has come and gone. What a great weekend - a real eye-opener to be part of a real music festival, and probably for the first time many of us felt like real musicians. We held our own, performance-wise, in front of about 1000 people on Saturday evening in the main tent, and a packed house of 200 in the Mechanics Institute on Sunday morning. Lots of nice comments from members of other bands.
The newly painted pan bus (thanks, Rita) got a good workout on the trip, while the new "stickmen" t-shirts (thanks, Lisa) looked great. All good practice for the 1st Australian Steelband Festival to be held in Marysville on 12-14 April 2013.
On the Saturday evening, Pans on Fire played on the Almost Nearly Main Stage in the main tent. While everyone was a little nervous, the show went well, with Lennox Jordan casting an approving gaze from back of stage.
On Sunday morning, after many of the band had stayed late to watch and hear the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, we fronted up as first act at the Mechanics Institute, and to a standing room only crowd, we performed again.
The video clip below appeared on the Apollo Bay Music Festival Facebook page after the Festival.