The first act to see/support was the Kiwi born and breed Kaylee Bell, who played at Pig & Tinder. I was good to briefly catch up with her for an hour or so. What a lovely voice.
We followed this up with briefly seeing the 4 Highway men on the Fanzone stage. Not as into that as I originally thought I would be, however I appreciate what they do. This gave us time to catch a longer Liam Kennedy-Clark show … and purchase an EP (Finally). I look forward to hearing the tracks, as I’ve already had a glimpse of some at the academy and StarMaker.
From here, we went to support Lyn Bowtell’s Fanzone show. She is such a cool cat when it comes to performing. Not only was she able to sing her tracks through some random street performer behind us physically cracking a whip, but she happened to play a song that Maree knew from the “So Country” album which we have at home. A high-light for us this time around was to nab a couple of tickets to the Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart show they are doing on Wednesday. I’m really looking forward to seeing that.
We unfortunately can’t see everything (missing Aimee Hannah again, as well as The Wolverines, and Aleyce Simmons), however we did manage to make the main Toyota Park stage for sound check easy enough.
After a quick jam through the songs in the accommodation, we make our way to the International Showcase. We nail the show. Heaps of people come up to me afterwards talking about how much they loved it. We even had a selfie request as we were about to cross the road after the gig towards our next event. Fun times.
Joseph, Tanya, and I completed in the Aristocrat Finals. Although I wasn’t able to take anything out at this show, both Joseph and Tanya managed to secure runner-up titles in both of their sections. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and support us. Your backing is always gratefully received. It was good to hear from a number of people after the show saying that I should’ve taking it out, however I know the judges had a really difficult decision ahead of them for the awards.
Overall highlight for me is definitely the Toyota International Showcase at Toyota Park. I hope for many more opportunities like this in the future.