Big turnout for That Festival
THE newest music festival in town attracted a strong crowd and a heavy police presence.
That Festival was held at the Cabarita Pony Club on Saturday from 11am until 10.30pm.
A local festival-goer said the crowd for the one-day event mainly consisted of young Cabarita residents.
A tribute for Cabarita’s Sam Ford erupted during the set by hip-hop act Pez when locals joined the guys on stage and chanted the young coma patient’s name.
The crowd called out “Fordy” repeatedly while Pez joined the tribute chant.
Highlights of the band line-up were Bluejuice, The Beautiful Girls and Pez. Headline act Midnight Juggernauts also attracted a good crowd.
Other acts who performed at That Festival included Philadelphia Grand Jury, Galvatrons, Concrete Street, Max Judo, Cut Off Your Hands, Koolism, The Fumes and Surecut Kids.
Two stages were set up for the festival – a main stage with 12 bands and a DJ tent with 11 DJs performing throughout the day.
A carnival ride on site provided an extra boost of entertainment for festival-goers.
Tweed Byron Police Sergeant Brad Stewart said police estimated about 2500 people at the event, the majority of which were young people.
“Two drug dogs were used in the operation and a number of drugs were detected and seized,” Sgt Stewart said.
“Police also have concerns in respect to a number of juveniles detected intoxicated in and around the event.”
Despite these incidents, Sgt Stewart said the crowd was generally well behaved.