5 Things We Learnt At Stranded Festival
South Strandbroke Island played host to the first edition of Stranded Festival recently and we headed along to check it out. With the sand between our toes and the sunshine warming up our skin, it felt as if summer had already reached Australia and we had been placed into a secluded patch of paradise.
The line-up of acts set to perform at the festival was brilliant, ALISON WONDERLAND, SAFIA, PACES, DE$IGNATED, PROMNITE and FISHING all got their audiences dancing and in a tropical paradise such as Stradbroke, there couldn’t be a better way to spend Sunday afternoon.
Being at the festival we learned a thing or two about partying on a sunny island:
1. Festivals On Islands Are Always Beautiful
Walking onto South Stradbroke Island on the day of Stranded was like walking into a beautiful jungle getaway. Each bar and food stand were huts and the Boogie Nights stage was framed with bright green palm leaves and bamboo sticks. Stranded feels like a holiday that is framed with amazing local music and that should definitely last longer than a day.
2. You Can’t Always Be Prepared For The Weather
As everybody arrived on the island, the sun was shining, the water was inviting and we were all ready for a summer-like day, however this only lasted until roughly 6pm. The rains did come and at first it was just a light sprinkle, but then it became heavier and heavier, leaving everyone drenched. Nobody could have prepared themselves for the rain (if you did, kudos), but nobody seemed to mind it either as the party raged on throughout the night.
3. Backstage Can Get A Bit Intense
When there are musicians, photographers, sound technicians and other workers all side stage in an extremely small backstage area, things can get a little crowded. The good part is that you’re surrounded by all of the most interesting people at the festival and passing drinks between each other is the easiest thing in the world. The bad part is that stubbing you’re toe is pretty much guaranteed.
4. Small Stages Are Still Just As Powerful As The Main Stage
The Boogie Nights stage at Stranded featured some of our favourite producers. YOUNG FRANCO, DE$IGNATED and PROMINTE all performed on the smaller stage at Stranded alongside some great local acts and funnily enough, that stage had the most energetic dancers and going crazy to the future beats. No one should over look the smaller stages because even though the main stages always have great acts, the smaller one will be full of surprises.
5. Stranded Is Having A Second Installment
We loved the first instalment but Stranded has already announced a second date for 2014. On November 14, South Stradbroke will again play host to the tropical festival with another line-up of great acts. We can’t tell you who those acts will be just yet but the full line-up will be announced on September 30 so watch this space people!
Words by Lauren Payne