Clear skies, chilled reds, live tunes and high spirits – Grapevine Gathering kicked off its national tour over the weekend, starting in two of the country’s most famous wine regions. Yarra Valley winery Rochford Estate and in Queensland's Mount Cotton, Sirromet Winery on Sunday, turned into a massive festival ground, with attendees turning the vineyard into a dance floor.
There was a buzz of excitement in the air from the get-go – especially since it’s one of the first music festivals of the season – but the sun’s surprise appearance in the afternoon amplified the crowd’s good mood.
When they weren’t on their feet in front of the stage, revellers were sprawled out on the lawn with mates, snacking on street food and sipping on chardy, pinot and craft beers.
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The stage was decorated very much in theme this year – with two giant purple grapes hanging from either side – and saw nine musical acts perform throughout the day.
Highlights included Vanessa Amorosi (as expected, everyone sang along with bottles and glasses in the air during the iconic Absolutely Everybody) and Aussie indie rockers Spacey Jane. The crowd danced to Joy Division (kind of) and sang what felt like every word of Greek Tragedy as UK band the Wombats played their classics. And Hayden James closed out the day with a high-energy set filled with big hits like Something About You, as well as new music.
In between sets, Lucy Jackson and Nikki Westcott of the Happy Hour Podcast kept up the energy with banter, big laughs and some impromptu dancing.
We’ll raise a glass to that.
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