We have a look throughout town, however I have a couple of people I want to see perform during the festival, and they feature today. Firstly I’ve been told good things about The Viper Creek Band, so I want to go see them. Turns out the venue I thought they were playing was wrong, so I missed that. It did give Maree and I an opportunity to see the Toyota Park stage again however, which I will be playing on again as I have the opening set in the big International Showcase concert tomorrow night. (7pm if you’re here in town).
We go to check out Hayley Marten (a fellow Academy student, and Top 10 StarMaker finalist). She sounds great as always. We couldn’t stay longer unfortunately as we went to be part of the Landrebe support crew for their Aristocrat heats early in the afternoon. It was good to catch up with the family again. Additionally, good to hear that they have a pool, and gave us an invite for a BBQ. I’m pretty sure it’d be rude to decline such an offer.
After this, we have an opportunity to see other fellow Academy students play … Tanya Cornish on the Fanzone Stage and Liam Kennedy-Clark on the Atrium Festival Stage. Both were awesome as you’d expect … talented people that they are and all.
I send a thank you text through to the team at Pig & Tinder Box, and get a glowing response, asking me if I wanted to play again next weekend. I’m absolutely over the moon to hear the positive praise. I therefore lock in a set for Saturday from 3pm-3:45pm. If you’re in town that day, please come and offer your support. It’s well worth it. Great music, great food, and great drink.
As the day is creeping on, We race back to the room, I have a quick glimpse at the charts for my songs, and we head to my Aristocrat Heat. The NZ crew are strong and supportive during my song. Unfortunately, we can’t stick around, as Liam Kennedy-Clark and Hayley Marten are both in the StarMaker top 10 finals tonight, and we need to get there quick. Liam (#legend) hooked us up with tickets, so we are all sorted for a big night.
StarMaker is massive here in Australia. The prizes would value in excess of $50,000 in my calculations. The top 10 were we’re chosen. I’d hate to be a judge at this event, as they all did so well. I was really keen for Liam to get one of the top three spots (with his NZ connection), however it didn’t happen this time around. A real shame, as I thought he was a sure thing from his performances, but perhaps I’m being biased.
I hear during the show that I won a spot in the Aristocrat Grand Final tomorrow night. Exciting!!! Joseph and his dad tell me that they organised the times with them so that I was able to still play the big Showcase event as well. This now means we will be playing Toyota Park at 7pm for a set, then race to our Grand Final (me in senior and Joseph in junior) straight after. Man I like living on the edge.