Updated: Mar 6
A festival based in a winery just makes sense people! 🍇
This year's instalment of Grapevine Gathering at Sirromet Winery in sunny Queensland was unmissable, stacked with some of the best Aussie and international festival acts going around including Peking Duk, The Kooks, Ball Park Music and The Veronica's.
Set in the natural amphitheatre at Sirromet, it meant you could stand amongst the mosh, or take it easy and sit along the hill with your bottle (or bottles plural) of wine and take in the shows and sights.
As expected, Brisbane locals Confidence Man proved once again that they are THE festival act to book. With matching outfits and coordinated dance moves, and peppering their set with sing along covers, there is no one doing it better.
Up next, fellow Brisbane-ites The Veronicas brought down the house with all the hits including '4eva' and the unofficial national anthem 'Untouched' mixed amongst their more contemporary releases.
The Brisbane love continued on once again, with local heroes Ball Park Music showcasing that even after about a decade on the scene, they still own every stage they take. There wasn't a single person amongst the crowd who didn't know at least one track to belt out at the top of their lungs. Closing out their set with 'Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You' had everyone hugging their mates. True festival spirit.
The Kooks brought their international vibes to the stage, and in a similar vein to their recent Aus tour, played a bunch of tracks off their timeless album, Inside In/Inside Out. We got 'Seaside', 'Jackie Big Tits' and 'Sofa Song' plus heaps more. The British boys put on quite the show and closed out with the absolute banger 'Naive', continuing the trend of crowd karaoke.
Last, but certainly not least, Peking Duk brought the HEAT. With the biggest stage elements of the day, including some insane pyrotechnics, it was the perfect closing act. We got a few of the classic Duk tracks, but with some DJ covers in the mix as well, we were kept dancing (and guessing).
In summary, Grapevine is a severely underrated festival. It has all the elements you want and need, without the overwhelming crowd numbers you can face at other shows. It is the perfect equation: 🍷 + 🎶 + 👯 = 🎉. And even despite having to head into work the next day this time around, we can't wait for next year!