That’s a wrap folks! The inaugural Wanderer Festival was everything we dreamed and so much more. Thank you so much for joining us on this incredible journey!
Hundreds of performers and thousands of festival lovers gathered on the lands of the Thaua people of the Yuin nation, the traditional owners of the land and waters on which this festival takes place.
It’s impossible to pick a highlight, though up there would be The Teskey Brothers at twilight and it was a privilege to host the great Curtis Harding for his first and only Australian show. Six-piece collective Winston Surfshirt took audiences on a joyous sonic journey, whilst talented storyteller Didirri delivered a mesmerising performance. Isabella Manfredi thrilled fans with her infectious Prince-esque pop. Talented local folk artist and storyteller Robyn Martin graced the main stage with songs from her forthcoming album. Wolfmother rolled in with their cosmic rock and Jack River and Confidence Man stirred the crowd into a frenzy. Festival goers were deeply captivated by Ziggy Alberts and DMAS’s performance, singing along to all their hits – it was pure joy!
The Wanderer stage hosted hot emerging music acts and local treasures. Highlights include explosive soul from Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, dirty Motown-drenched tunes from ex Jezabels frontwoman Hayley Mary, Pania with her unique blend of R&B and powerful hip-hop artist B-wise. The dazzling folk from Circus Trick Tease performed Werk It, wowing audiences with their high-energy, acrobatic comedy romp featuring OMG acrobatic feats. Geraldine Hickey & friends impressed with a triple-bill of hilarious stand-up comedy. Old Mervs wrapped up the festival with fun indie-rock on the Wanderer Stage, whilst electronic funkster Harvey Sutherland closed the Main Stage.
The arts and performance program delighted folks of all ages with circus, comedy, artisan workshops and audience participation in art and song. Highlights include the fabulous Mario Queen of The Circus, the hilarious The Burnt Sausages, playful installations in Lila’s World, community rockers The Big Lost Band, the Frankentoy workshop and the array of fun interactive experiences at Sam’s Caravan.
We welcomed both traditional festival goers and families, channelling the unique and creative spirit of the Sapphire Coast. The atmosphere was electric and full of great vibes. It was such a delight to bring Wanderer to life in this unique part of the world.
Special thanks to you all for joining us for three unforgettable days and nights of song, art and community.
Until we meet again!