Party in the Paddock 2018 wraps up

Vibestown: Patrons make their way from the main arena through the festival site.
Vibestown: Patrons make their way from the main arena through the festival site.

On Sunday, 7000 people will pack up their temporary tent homes and head home after the “biggest” Party in the Paddock to date. 

On Saturday, the day started slow after Friday’s party. Some started the day with yoga, while others started it with sleep. 

“If you’re going to play loud music at 6am, at least make it Evanesence and ‘Bring me to Life’, too,” screamed one non-morning person from their tent. 

An early morning conversation about the importance of mental health and how to help those around you was had before slamduggery, stand-up poetry, got underway at The Alter stage. 

“Paul and Wendy from Stigma No More spoke about how to gain literacy around mental health and also suicide prevention,” festival director Jesse Higgs said. 

But as the day got hotter, and the storms hit and the rain poured, the dust turned to mud and the party came alive again. 

Hundreds turn-out to relax on the grass and watch some comedy from The Aunty Donna Boys and feel the good vibes at “Vibestown”. 

By mid-afternoon the excitement for the evening’s performances was high as the festival paid homage to how it started with colourful a Vibestown March.

“It’s a tribute to one of our friends, Chris … he passed away just before the first festival,” Mr Higgs said. “For the first two years, the festival really did just feel like a bit of a wake for Chris … but now the march, in its fourth year, gets bigger and better every year.”

By 5.30pm the crowds were ready to party with The Preatures, before they rolled up their sleeves and got the evening underway with Meg Mac.

But, the singer got through just a few songs before rain meant the rest of her set was called off. 

Ball Park Music did not let the rain dampen their spirits as they got the party going again and warmed up the stage for the festival’s first international band. 

American band Grouplove stole the show as thousands filled the paddock to hear them do their thing. 

Lead singer, Hannah Hooper said the band was “incredibly humbled” to be the festival’s first international act.  

“We just found that out and it’s the best news ever,” she said. 

Hooper said the crowd could expect “the best international headline Launceston has ever had” from their set. 

Mr Higgs said the “huge” Saturday line-up sounded like something from Splendor in the Grass.

“The run went something like Holy Holy, The Preatures, Meg Mac, Ball Park Music, and then Grouplove, Avalanches and Thundamentals,” he said.