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BASSINTHEGRASS 2016 – Review | Turn It Up

Saturday mornings for me usually involve a sleep in and a fairly slow start. But that wasn’t the case on Saturday May 21. I woke up well before my alarm with a sense of anticipation – there was only two hours to go until BASSINTHEGRASS 2016!

By Tyaan Tuckey

Over the past months my friends and I had been eagerly awaiting the artist line up, and we were over the moon to find out it included Tkay Maidza, Hermitude, Bliss n Eso among so many other amazing Aussie music acts.

Local music kicked off this year’s festival with Tapestry, At The Dakota, Isaac Smalley and the winner of this year’s Battle of the School Bands competition, Gaia – their upbeat indie rock was the perfect segue for young Aussie singer and rapper, Tkay Maidza. Despite the intense heat, hundreds of BASS-goers gathered with enthusiasm to mosh to Tkay’s hit tunes, shoulder to shoulder, under the Darwin sun.

Another highlight for me was when Angus and Julia Stone came on stage at 5pm. My friends and I – exhausted from dancing the hours away to Safia, Hermitude and Drapht – decided it was the perfect chance to sit down, take a breather, and enjoy the Stone siblings as we relaxed in the shade at the Darwin Amphitheatre. Every good song has a good story, and Angus and Julia shared the inspiration behind their lyrics, giving meaning to the words they sang.

For the rest of the night we rocked out to Violent Soho, swayed with Boy & Bear, danced to Rufus and bounced to Bliss n Eso. Even though it was a long, hot day, each act gave 110 per cent. It’s so great to see massive Aussie bands do the rounds to Darwin, because there’s a lot of die-hard music fans in the Top End and this is a musical highlight for so many every year.

As usual, BASSINTHEGRASS was a highlight for the young people of Darwin and we can’t wait to see who the 2017 line-up will bring!



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