From shoeys with Luca Brasi, to Yungblood facilitating an onstage marriage proposal, Party in the Paddock has seen it all.
The festival that literally started as a few mates having a party in a paddock has transformed into a Tassie music festival must-do.
Festival founder and organiser Jesse Higgs said the dream to start a music festival in Tasmania was always something he aspired to.
"I've always had the ambition to start a music festival," Higgs said.
"I had an inkling that we had a special group of people involved.
"My parents were musicians and I grew up as a musician ... I was friends with the bands so pulling the music together was second nature."
Back in 2013, Higgs said after the first Party in the Paddock that the team behind the event were "pretty shocked" and stoked at how well the thing actually went.
"I believe that we truly succeeded in providing the intended ideology of the event," he said in 2013.
"The fine line between running a professional music festival and inviting a bunch of people to come and celebrate life was captured.
"The adventurous, yet harmonious atmosphere, we are all proud to say, was an idealistic tribute to our close friend Chris Horrocks - almost reflecting him and who we have officially dedicated the festival to and will continue to honour each year."
Chris Horrocks was a friend of all the festival organisers, who died suddenly in Laos in 2013.When the festival first formally started back in in 2013, 900 people ventured to Burns Creek to watch exclusively local acts.
Higgs said while the lineup of acts at the festival has expanded to include non-local groups and bring in upwards of 8000 people, the up-and-coming attitude of the festival remains to this day.
"For us there wasn't that much to do for emerging artists at the time... but also youth culture and we definitely see Party in the Paddock and especially Vibestown as a strong voice for youth culture in the Northern quarters of Tasmania, and Tasmania in general now," he said.
"It doesn't stop at the music, it's also about arts and topics so we're very vocal whether it's to do with pill testing or our Indigenous community.
"All those things come under the youth culture banner for us and I think it's important the youth get a say on what they want youth culture to be."
Festival hosting experience grew with every year and expansion of Party in the Paddock, according to Higgs.
"It wasn't until the rest of the team formed and we had to learn on the job how to properly curate an event and to be able to cater for the growing amount of people that were coming," he said.
"It was always an inkling but it's a surprise every time when we pull this thing off, it's like a mini miracle."
Prominent music groups and musicians such as Sticky Fingers, Dune Rats, The Preatures and Grouplove have all made their mark on the event.
Higgs said there were so many standout performances during the festival's tenure.
"Yungblud's performance last year with the engagement on stage was great, so was having someone like Lily Allen, or Grouplove's performance back in 2018, they're some of our favourite bands," he said.
"Seeing some of those guys in your backyard can be pretty overwhelming, there's been so much amazing music.
"From seeing Tash Sultana on the rise on a sunset slot back in 2017, to Sticky Fingers' last show in 2017 and Violent Soho's set - that's when the hay bales were destroyed.
"There's been so many highlights, we've never had anyone let us down. Everyone rises to the occasion."
Mental health and suicide prevention were other huge aspects to the festival, with awareness being raised a number of ways during the festival.
"Mental health is a big part of that because it's all about removing the stigma away from mental health or any of these big topics," Higgs said.
"We still have close links to the Black Dog Institute and organisations like that and working close with Beyond Blue in the early days.
"That helped establish what we needed to do within our community and in the last few years we've put a lot of money in smaller, local institutes."
Looking back at the time we've had and the everything that we've done if we could say anything to people coming up through the ranks it's pretty cliche but it's about following your dreams. There's a lot to be said about having the courage to build your own stage and to put in the work and the time to have that self-belief and also discipline and that work ethic.Jesse Higgs
This year, the festival also worked closely with recently-founded mental health advocacy group Frame of Mind. Since Party in the Paddock first came into being, the festival has seen and been a part of the youthful culture renaissance of Tasmania that's seen all forms of artistry grow and prosper.
"It's interesting, there's not much going on in Tassie some times for young people and that can be disheartening," Higgs said.
"But at the same time it's a massive opportunity, Tasmania is a really sought-after place now and when we started we used to get bagged out a lot when we travelled to play music for being Tasmanian."
"That has changed a lot in the last 10 years so it's exciting and obviously we're quite a small state ... our arts culture is becoming one of the best in the country.
But now is the perfect time, says Higgs, to close the book on Party in the Paddock before it becomes a shell of its former self, lacking the local flavour the festival is known to have.
"It's been a bit of a social experiment ... let's let this thing grow and see what its full capacity is each year to see what experiments did and didn't work," he said.
"It's been a really organic process and we've let the festival grow to what it needed to become for North-East Tasmania.
"It's the perfect size at the moment and I think we've done it justice ... Being a new decade and a new era, if Party in the Paddock were to continue, which it's not, I think we'd have to re-look at it and work out what we'd do next.
"By ending it, it's the perfect tip of the hat to how good the event's been."
Higgs said his advice to all the young would-be festival organisers was a bit of an overused phrase, but nonetheless applicable.
"Looking back at the time we've had and the everything that we've done if we could say anything to people coming up through the ranks it's pretty cliche but it's about following your dreams," he said.
"There's a lot to be said about having the courage to build your own stage and to put in the work and the time to have that self-belief and also discipline and that work ethic."
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