Party in the Paddock’s pre-party on Thursday was bigger than the whole event’s first year.
More than 3000 people rolled through the gates to enjoy an action-packed day at the “festival within a festival” called Vibestown.
With more staff, festival director Jesse Higgs said it was the first time in the event’s history that he thought organisers had been ahead of schedule when putting on the final touches.
“The pre-party is a really fun launch of the festival, it touches base with our roots, there are hay bales,” Mr Higgs said.
“It’s a chokkas line up with Tassie’s two most prestigious acts at the moment with Luca Brasi headlining the day and also Maddy Jane.”
G-Flip was a big drawcard to the Thursday event. Her big drum solos and entertaining stage presence got the crowd in the mood.
Luca Brasi headlined the night. Some partied on until the early morning, and others got an early night before the main gates open on Friday.
Mr Higgs said this year’s event was exciting because it’s the biggest with about 8000 people going to fill the paddocks.
“I’m just super, super proud of the whole team. We’ve been doing this for the last five or six years together and it’s just showing in the way the site looks and the feel onsite is great,” he said.
St John Ambulance event commander Keelan Currie said about 80 officers would be onsite at the event.
“The main thing to remember with St John and St John Party Safe is the there is no judgement,” he said.
“If you are feeling unwell or experience any symptoms that are abnormal for you please come and see us and please tell us what you’ve taken.”
Mr Currie said the crew’s job was to treat people, not to involve the police.
“It won't get referred to the police, but we just need to know to treat you properly,” he said.
“Most people are very proactive in seeking help if they need it.”
Festival-goers are reminded to pack for the weather, preparing for warm days and cold nights.
The festival is cashless, with money being able to be put on individual’s wrist bands.
Punters are encouraged to bring their own bottle to stop limit the use of single-use plastics at the festival.
Tasmania Police plans to have a high presence at the event with uniformed and plain-clothes police, Licencing officers, and Drug Investigation Services officers with the Drug Detection Dogs to be expected on site.
Winston Surf Shirt, The Jungle Giants, and the Presets will perform on Friday night.
PITP wraps up on Sunday.
- Information: partyinthepaddockfestival.com.au