Rainbow came alive last Saturday afternoon and evening when the first Big Sky Festival took place at the Oasis site. After many months of planning it was a huge success with up to four hundred people from all over Victoria, and one from Germany, attending the event.
The afternoon market drew a large crowd and the stall holders reported brisk sales. The food outlets struggled to keep up with the demand during the busiest period of the evening.
As usual the face painting stall had a steady stream of customers of all ages while the Waldo the Great Magician kept everyone entertained.
With the music there was something for all tastes from the old style country of Mick Coates and The AllNightLongers and Ally and the Cats to the local heroes The Lazy Farmers Sons.
Brodie and Oxy Clinic started the festival off while the headline act Sal Kimber and the Rollin Wheel wowed the audience with her more edgier country style music.
Sal had some of the audience members up on their feet to dance and they continued on when the very funny Mick Coates sung his Johnny Cash songs.
The musical contrast was provided by the Indi rock of This Way North. The guitar/drums duo of Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy pumped out an amazing volume of sound in an extremely powerful performance.
Sal Kimber had talked about her song writing to twenty five people in a session earlier in the afternoon. During her set she told the stories behind her songs before singing them. It was a professional performance from a talented singer and songwriter backed by some class musicians.
The success of the Big Sky Festival is a great boost to Rainbow and a credit to the many volunteers who worked so hard over the last couple of weeks to prepare the site and on the day.
Adelle Rohrsheim and Ben Gosling must also be praised for the many hours they put in to ensure that the idea of a festival came to take place.