Photos by John Kol
Entering the day spirits were high and the vibe was great for the Saturday of WOMADelaide 2019. It was a huge day kicking off from the get go, featuring artists from all over the world including the likes of musicians such as the stunning Liz Phair, John Butler, La Brass Banda, Silkroad Ensemble and many more global sensations.
The day consisted of a long drawn out super artistic stroll through the botanical grounds and it was a blissful experience, which had many fruit bats flying over head all throughout.
Silk Road Ensemble were one of the most interesting acts we saw for the day, combining the sounds of many various types of traditional music from across the globe.
In between acts, in traditional WOMAD-style, festival goers could treat themselves to 2x Coopers beers and receive a complimentary Coopers straw hat.
La Brass Banda had some golden moments on stage including a big shout out to the groups tuba player on the song “Baby back door.” They also did a bold shoutout to the trumpet player and their whole set featured awesome symbolism in their synchronised movements on stage. Out of all the acts we saw for the day, it was La Brass Banda who really had the whole crowd moving the most. Everyone followed instructions to move in the audience, and it made for a visually appealing treat. The group managed to capture the attention of any passers by with ease, who were then happy to get involved. There were lots of awesome moments on the trumpet including complex solos. The group is absolutely filled to the brim with excellent musicians and composers.
Another highlight of the day were statues made by French theatre company ‘Toulouse.’ The statues were called “Le Phun – The Leafies “ and they were made from the autumn leaves of Botanic Park, which made them even more impressive.
Capping off the night, the John Butler Trio made his triumphant return to WOMAD after a solid 11 year break. He has, like a fine wine, improved over time, and had the crowd in fine festival spirit. A perfect end to a great day.