Good Friday was the first full day of Easterfest. We slept in, and headed down the hill to Queen's Park just after noon.
First thing on my agenda was checking out the first of the Noise workshops being run by Parachute Music. These had been run last year as a separately-ticketed event, off-site. This year they were held in the park, and were one of the highlights for me. Aimed at breaking down barriers between the "headliner" and the "audience", they included Q&A sessions, interviews, and practical advice on musical topics.
The first workshop was a Guitar Clinic. According to the program, Patrick Judge of Demon Hunter and Dave Ghazarian of Audio Adrenaline were meant to be the guests. Event staff apologised on behalf of Patrick, who was still en route from the airport (not sure where Dave was), but they did have another guitarist on hand to interview - Seth Davis from worship group Ascend The Hill.
|Seth runs through the various pedals in his rig.|
From there we headed to join the very long line of people at the signing tent, waiting for Demon Hunter autographs. There were a lot of people, but it was a fast-moving line, so we all got through during the 30 minutes they had allocated for signing.
Back in November, I had made a Demon Hunter logo out of my castle Lego. Because I could.
|DH encourage fans to email them fan art, tattoos, logos, and the like. I sent in this picture.|
|The band signing for happy Christian metalheads.|
|Ryan passing my photo to Jeremiah to sign.|
|Yes, I took my Lego to Toowoomba. The signed photo (left) and CD art (right).|
|Interview (and coffee) time with Ryan and Yogi.|
|Getting a photo with Christopher Wayne, celebrity magician.|
|Christopher Wayne performing close-up magic for Easterfest TV's cameras.|
|The bright figure on the catwalk is Paul Colman performing on Mainstage.|
|Sanctus Real's rock show.|
Doors opened at 8:45 pm, and I got a spot close to the centre of stage, near the corner where a small catwalk came out into the crowd. First up at 9 pm were Australian metal band Mortification. I didn't know their stuff, even though they've been around over 20 years, but it was all very good, and got the crowd going.
Up next... Demon Hunter!