After attending the first Stranded Festival a few months ago, I knew exactly what to expect when I jumped on the boat to South Straddie and performances from Tkay Maidza, The Kite String Tangle and Golden Features certainly brought their A-game to the stage. With Golden Features closing out the main stage or Tkay Maidza stomping around on stage, every act managed to get the crowd grooving along to the unique styles on offer.
Tkay Maidza’s live performances never plateau. From seeing her at the Splendour in the Grass Pre-Show Party and then at Splendour itself to now seeing her in platform shoes at Stranded, the improvements to an already incredible stage presence were remarkable. The fans knew her music as they rapped, sung and got into her tracks from set start to finish. Big things are coming Tkay’s way, and anyone at Stranded would agree.
The Kite String Tangle boasted a bright colums of light around varied instruments, from keyboards to drum machines. What wows me most about his sets is that music is created live on stage by one person, making The Kite String Tangle an unstoppable one man band. Danny effortlessly layered drum beats and emotive keys whilst he sung intricate vocals faultlessly. Add a cover of Lorde, an incomparable light show and you have got one winning formula.
Golden Features popped up behind the table with his trademark mask. From talking to his manager I found out that the mask was actually custom made by the same prop team that made props for The Matrix. Impressive, right? What was more impressive however was his live performance. From getting the crowd jumping with swift hand gestures to bouncing around on stage himself, Golden Features was commanding, and the crowd loved it. The Golden Features buzz lingered as everyone made their way back to the boat for the journey home, and I have no doubt everyone, me included, is looking forward to the next Stranded lineup.