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Wildflower 2022 – A new era in Aussie Festivals – Female Powered!

Written by Kit Lindsey

WILDFLOWER Festival 2022
Presented by Double J

SAT 12 MAR | ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY  – a huge success! review below!
SAT 19 MARCH | RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE 
SATURDAY 2 APRIL | ROCHE ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY 
SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER | CRAIGMOOR WINES, MUDGEE 
Tickets to Wildflower are on sale now www.wildflowerfestivalaustralia.com.au

Rochford Winery hosted an outstanding lineup of artists to celebrate women in music at Wildflower Festival 2022. This is the first all-female music festival hosted in Australia and was truly is an honour to be a part of it. From the moment I walked through the gates today I felt myself walking into a new era, a new space for live performance. A place where we don’t just headline with some big name, we have purpose and meaning behind why we gather and we can truly celebrate the power of women in music” – Kit Lindsey Music Injection Aus

Masterminded by Empire Touring’s General Manager, Isobel Lanesman, the empowered businesswoman effuses“Wildflower is here to celebrate women in music, many festival lineups have an underrepresentation of women. It is a time to celebrate women in Australian music – artists, producers, and designers – collaborating to bring together a show of extraordinary talents.”

My thoughts on celebrating women in Australian music and the brilliant time I had at the Festival – Kit

A wise woman once told me ‘Feminism isn’t letting a woman do what a man can do, that’s a right, feminism is embracing what woman can do better’, This really means a lot to me, not seeing progression as taking women out of the shadow of males but showing how bright women shine. 

I am honoured to share my birthday with International Woman’s Day and it’s always such a pleasure to spend the day reflecting on the true might of the feminine. The courage to show passion in a world that has so often belittled it. To show kindness in a world so full of spite. To nurture in a world so cold. That power, that passion and that raw feminine beauty is shown so perfectly in the art of women. From visual artists like Patricia Picinini to amazing directors such as Sally Potter, the ability to show the world in all its beauty and strangeness is truly something to be honoured to experience. 

When it comes to expression from the feminine nothing truly shines their unique lens, their powerful perspective, their view changing ways like the music of women. This year Rochford Winery is hosting an outstanding lineup of artists to celebrate women in music at Wildflower Festival 2022. This is the first all female music festival hosted in Australia and it truly is an honour to be a part of it. 

Like a sign of approval from mother nature herself the weather couldn’t have been nicer, a perfectly sunny autumn Saturday, surrounded by days post and prior of rain and gloom, there couldn’t be a better way to shine a spotlight on the magic of this gathering than with radiant sun to keep the sweat and smiles going. 

Playing songs from both of her bands (The Waifs and Thornbird), Vikki Thorns’ set brought a cruisy yet passionate set of Blues influenced Aussie folk that the audience lapped up with roars of applause throughout. For those who enjoy a combination of Blues, singer-songwriter jams and Aussie Folk Vikki is certainly an artist to try out. 

The crowd was great for the day. It felt less like an audience and more like a community celebrating these monumental performances and highlighting what would be the first all woman Australian music festival. Combined with a sense of relief as many return to their first music festival since the seemingly endless festival cancellations of the last two years it felt like a real homecoming for so many. 

Unfortunately due to Sarah Blasco being unable to perform due to health issues, Stella Donnelly filled in with an amazing performance of originals and covers. Accompanied by her keyboardist, the minimalist combination of keys, guitar, harmonica and vocals filled the audience with track after track of serenading and bashful bops ending the set with a beautiful rendition of Cindy Lauper’s ‘Time after Time’ in honour of the victims of the recent eastern Australian Floods. Yet another great performance, especially seeing it was a last minute change, showing once again how laden the Aussie female music scene is with gems just like Stella.  

Rochford Winery is truly a stunning setting for performances like these.  Vineyards lining a grassy field covered in a multitude of picnic blankets like a patchwork quilt of good times and joyful faces. Intimate conversations stained with the melody from the main stage made the warmth from the sun feel overshadowed. 

Kate Miller Hideke was greeted by roars of excitement. She announced that today’s performance would be aired tonight on TV for the Australian’s Unite Flood Appeal.  To see so many great artists in support of those in need once again shows that amazing compassion that thrives in the Aussie music industry. The crowd was carried away with her operatic quips and swirls. They swayed and oscillated like they were a flag of expression and her music was the wind that kept them waving onwards. The performance was great, Kate, as always, presented her immaculate vocal and lyrical skills. For those who have not listened to Kate before, she brings the operatic power and range of the greats combined with the mystical styling of Kate Bush with an Aussie twist and great down to earth lyricism.  Kate leaves us with nothing more than joy and awe for experiencing her amazing performance in the flesh.  

Kasey Chambers is a delight to watch. Accompanied by her amazing combination of folk-pop and country Ballard’s are Kasey’s great anecdotes and banter with the crowd about anything that feels right to mention at the time.  From tales of deciding between Ed Sheeran and her bandmate for who to collaborate with on the track ‘Satelite’ to having a minor bladder mishap when finding out she would be on this year’s Wildflower Festival lineup, it was a very human touch to have throughout the performance. The set was full to the rim with epic guitar work and that classic country Strine. A personal favourite track from the set was a soulful country rendition of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’; a reformation I didn’t think I wanted but certainly am glad I experienced.  She truly is such a fun artist to see live and I would recommend seeing her if she’s ever playing in your neighbourhood. 

As the sun began to set over the beautiful Yarra Valley the hues of orange could be seen shining through silhouettes of the old native trees and juxtapositioning the vibrant blue lighting of the stage.  The crowd prepared to see the final act of the night, the magnificent Missy Higgins. 

Walking out alone and acknowledging the traditional owners of the land we’ve enjoyed the amazing day on, she began with a soulful solo performance of the track that brought her amazing talent into the light for many, her Triple J unearthed track ‘All For Believing’. After this, her band joined her on stage for the rest of the set. As Missy performs you feel as though you are a passenger on her journeys down memory lane, the passion, the love, the loss and you can’t help by vicariously getting swept up in the emotion of it all. Missy also hammered home the energy and the real moral to have a festival like this, the empowerment of women, the power and the right to stand up and be angry enough about the status quo to make a change. She played multiple tracks from her new album ‘Total Control’ which carried a consistent theme of female empowerment and they played so well into the final set of the festival to really reiterate why we’re all gathered here today. 

From the moment I walked through the gates today I felt myself walking into a new era, a new space for live performance. A place where we don’t just headline with some big name, we have purpose and meaning behind why we gather and we can truly celebrate the power of women in music. There was such raw authenticity with every artist today and not for a moment did I stop loving listening to their amazing art. Wildflower was such a massive success and I honestly couldn’t have been happier; not only to have such an amazing festival in Australia but to have such support in attendance and involvement truly makes me so happy to see. I thoroughly hope to see this festival return and continue for many years to come. Power to the women and thank you Wildflower. 

WILDFLOWER 2022
Presented by Double J
SAT 12 MAR | ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY 
SAT 19 MARCH | RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE 
SATURDAY 2 APRIL | ROCHE ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY 
SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER | CRAIGMOOR WINES, MUDGEE 

Tickets to Wildflower are on sale now www.wildflowerfestivalaustralia.com.au

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