Last weekend we went up to Toowoomba for our annual music festival pilgrimage, Easterfest. Easterfest is Australia's largest festival at Easter about Easter, and annually features a wide spectrum of Christian artists, speakers and musicians from across Australia and the world. This year marked Kara's 8th Easterfest, and my 13th or 14th. I've been going since the early years when it was known as AGMF, or the Australian Gospel Music Festival, and can't remember if I went in 2004 or not.
|Waiting for the first bus of the day.|
We got to Toowoomba just before 3 pm, and it's a short walk from the Toowoomba bus station to Queen's Park, to exchange our Easterfest e-tickets for armbands. We got our tickets last year at a discount, which included "Premium Pass" armbands, needed for artist signings and for a few special acoustic shows.
After that, it was on to check in at our hotel, the Comfort Inn across the road from Toowoomba Grammar, about a kilometre from the Park.
While Easterfest proper in the park wouldn't start till Friday, Thursday afternoon was the beginning of Easterfest City. Easterfest City is an addition from recent years, where the festival expands out from the park and into the city itself, with local and international artists performing in cafes, pubs, shopping centres and venues across the city.
|Sitting in Bon Amici's, listening to Erica Bronwyn.|
Then it was on to Cafe Forté, a little further down Margaret Street, for dinner before Paul Colman's show at 8.20 pm.
|Dinner! Steak sandwich (me), Curly fries (Kara), and milkshakes.|
Well, while sitting finishing our dinner, Paul Colman arrived and was heading out to the courtyard to set up for his show. Kara called out "Balcony Boy!" which got us a grin and a group hug.
Billed as "Paul Colman & Friends" in the program, Paul was joined this time by Matt Hammitt (frontman of Sanctus Real). They took turns playing acoustic guitar and singing, and even got another songwriter out from the audience to play one of her songs for the audience. It was a fun evening.
|Paul Colman & Friends. Matt Hammitt (L) and Paul Colman (R).|
|Matt singing a stripped-back version of a Sanctus Real song.|
|The Palace (left) and Entrance Tent (right).|