Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the immensely popular New Years festival this years Beyond The Valley really brought the fire when it came time to boogie away 2018. With headline acts like British indie-rock group The Kooks, American rapper Joey Bada$$ and home-grown legend Fisher it was hard to see how else you could spend your New Years without feeling like you’d truly missed out. With the additions of local artists like PNAU, Vera Blue, Winston Surfshirt and Tash Sultana to the lineup playing alongside internationals Duke Dumont, Bonobo, Peggy Ghou & AJ Tracey the four day festival that started out as a boutique festival just a short while ago was set to be the most impactful one yet, and after selling out in record time, you could feel the buzz in the air.
As scores of revellers made their way into Lardner Park and set up their temporary homes a sense of togetherness really started to fill the air and as the site became live and the first music began to play it was evident that this New Years was going to be one for the record books! As the days rolled past and memories were created to each of the artists that were seen it was hard not to pick out favourites. Market Memories gave me everything I needed on the first day making sure that they set up the festival well while Client Liaison and Mall Grab took my attention on day two showing the crowd why they individually are at the top of their markets. Day three saw Vera Blue shine through with a range of her hits and Safia gave us everything we needed until the very end, while Brazilian goddess Anna wowed in the dance tent.
Day four saw a bit of a different tact as people stayed in, dressing to theme and glittering their faces, hair and any other bit of exposed skin in the hopes of dancing their way long into the night and well in 2019. It seemed no matter who’s set you made it to that day their was big love all around and as Peggy Ghou played into Bonobo then Duke Dumont into The Kooks the countdown to the end of the year was on and as PNAU took a breather to welcome the new year in and Fisher to the stage the energy around was one of happiness, prosperity and an all round love for one another.
If you missed out on being at this year’s Beyond The Valley then I can tell you first hand you missed out on the best way to spend your New Years. Make sure you don’t miss out again next year when tickets go on sale, I’d put it in you diaries for early September, but for now take a look at some of my favourite moments from the festival. I’ll see you their next year to welcome in 2020 and celebrate the highs and lows this year will bring!