Lucky locals catch intimate NYE jam session with stars
WHILE thousands of revellers were flocking Woodford Folk Festival's biggest stages to party into the new year, two Sunshine Coast local's choice to go against the tide led them to an intimate, spontanneous show with two stellar performers.
Jennette Starr and Mickey Biezen left the Amphitheatre and decided to observe the festival's three minutes of silence inside a giant bamboo sculpture, shaped like a cone.
Shortly after they entered, US singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer and Australian performer Brendan Maclean walked in with their ukeleles, sat down and started jamming.
The pair had played together, as well as performing solo, earlier in the evening to a packed venue, with fans overflowing onto the hillside.
Each said Woodford Folk Festival was their favourite festival out of any in the world. They obviously felt comfortable enough with the crowd to play an impromptu show in a tiny space with abouut 10 people singing along.
Ms Biezen and Ms Starr had been at the Maclean and Palmer's show earlier so knew they were in for a treat in what they have now dubbed the "Bamboo Stage".
"It was mind blowing," Ms Starr said.
"A brilliant way to finnish off an already awesome 2016 and insanely magnificent way to being 2017.
"It has started the theme for my 2017 off as 'expect the unexpected'."
Ms Biezen, who spent much of the week at Woodfordia in singing workshops, was thrilled to be able to sing along and harmonise with them the to acclaimed performers.
"It was absolutely brilliant. This year is already fantastic because of it," she said.