Live review: Yellowood Festival 2014

The Black Sorrows + The High Grade + Jimmy The Saint And The Sinners + The Delta Riggs + Schoolfight + Civilians + Tuesday’s Good + Eliza Pickard + The Bobkats
Alberton Hotel | 30.08.14


A back to the farm, country style hoe-down featuring an eclectic line up of music is on the menu for the second year of Yellowood, taking place within the sun kissed confines of the old rodeo arena next door to the 125 year old Gem Hotel in Yatala.

There’s hay bale seating scattered around the grounds, a mechanical bull to test the mettle of the brave or foolhardy, and a bunch of folk tossing wooden sticks across the grass, aka the traditional Viking game of Kubb, seems to be permanently underway.

On the music front, tasty blues and indie vibes were served up early in the day by the likes of The Bobkats and the young but talented Eliza Pickard and her bandmates. These two festival starters were quickly followed by Tuesday’s Good, our home-grown darlings. Sarah Frank’s deep vocals enthralled attendees in the as the rest of her band played their genre-hopping tunes to set an incredibly positive (and hot) mood for the rest of the day.

Civilians upped the ante taking command of the stage for their hour-long set, which blew past as the cruisy afternoon set in proper. Then the mid arvo throng are served up a spicy dose of organic Aussie hop-hop via renowned Brisbane crew School Fight, with plenty of heads nodding along in appreciation to witty tracks such as subversive favourite from a few years back IGA.

Next up sees The Delta Riggs deliver an impressive set of wide-screen, British inflected indie rock tunes, flamboyant frontman Elliott Hammond  channelling his inner Bobby Gillespie with authentic abandon. Some epic crescendos are reached as the lads deliver a dash of bombastic panache to Yellowood proceedings.

The devilishly stylish gang known as Jimmy The Saint And The Sinners are the perfect soundtrack to the sun going down on Yellowood. Dapper frontman Jimmy The Saint is an engaging presence throughout their incendiary set,  howling and convulsing with abandon while the band lay down their fever-spell voodoo-swamp blues. The bands greasy, soulful originals mingle seamlessly with aptly chosen covers such as Screaming J Hawkins I Put a Spell on You, with Jimmy also wielding a Hawkins inspired skull on a carved wooden stick with relish.

Tonight’s three between-band DJ’s provide the crowd with plenty of enjoyable diversions, with sozzled revellers dancing with abandon to the eclectic-retro of Headly Selecta, the party starting antics of The Hawainyls (together with able sidekick, the super-hero clad Jossman) and the killer raw grease retro-grooves of Sixties Sarah.

Penultimate act The High Grade keep the momentum rolling with a vibin’ set of reggae hip hop fusion, the joyous seven piece keeping the ever more merry crowd singing and grooving along with abandon.

Which leaves us with tonight’s esteemed head liners The Black Sorrows, featuring the talents of Oz rock institution Joe Camilleri. As is befitting a band of their experience and calibre, they fly out of the gates and hit the ground running, totally nailing an epic version of classic Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons track Shape I’m In. The multi talented Camileri has a wealth of material and guises to call upon, but alas an on-stage power outage kills the band’s momentum about a third of the way through their set. And despite the best efforts of the festival organisers the interruption proves to be terminal, and brings a premature end to festival proceedings. Although it’s a shame for sure, it fails to detract too much from what has been on the whole a thoroughly enjoyable, communal, back to boutique festival experience. Well done Yellowood, let’s hope the festival continues to develop and power on for many more years to come!!\




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