Review by Kylie Cobb
Photography by Jeremy Harris
November 29 Sat
To adequately review the TBar Fest, I’m going to give you what teachers call a ‘Positive Sandwich’: two slices of positive affirmations surrounding a not-so-positive, but still constructive criticism. I am forewarning readers because as a reviewer I am obligated to give my honest opinion no matter how much I favour the organisers or performers. If you’d like to just read the good stuff then stick to the first and last paragraphs! If, on the other hand, you are courageous enough to contemplate what I fear is a growing trend in the music scene then go ahead…eat the filling too.
The first slice: TBar Fest was well organised; getting tickets, accommodation and navigating our way around the festival was easy. The sound system was exceptional and not a single squealing amp nor hard-to-hear vocals (although please refer to the ‘filling’ for more on this topic). The afternoon was kicked off with local talent, which is fantastic because I am a huge fan of towns supporting their own crop. Standouts for me were young alt/rock four piece, Kasper. Asa Broomhall drew me in with his witty banter and singing through his harmonica. Dallas Frasca, in her ever growing rock glory never fails to impress. Blues outfit Devil’s Kiosk gave them a head start with their groove-inducing musicianship. However Dallas and guitarist, Jeff Curran worked hard to get the audience off their seats and rocking down front. Transvaal Diamond Syndicate kept up a crazy pace with a sizeable handful of punters rocking the night away, finishing at 2am with an encore of “hillbilly metal”!