As winter continues to unleash its relentless tirade of misery and rain on us, Monash’s inaugural Winterfest invites students, staff, friends and family to join together for a week of good food, music and entertainment to help us get through the cold winter nights.
Last night marked the first night of Winterfest with a wide selection of food trucks and music on display as Monash lit up with fairy lights and the warm, inviting glow of The Chalet that set the scene for the night’s fantastic line up of blues and jazz artists featuring Movement 9, Clare Bowditch and The Black Sorrows.
Reworking the music of Amy Winehouse in their own twisted way, Movement 9 recreated popular songs such as ‘Valerie’, ‘In my bed’ and ‘What is it about men’ giving us a taste of their new EP ‘May we never meet again: The music of Amy Winehouse’. Singer Elly Poletti’s soul drenched voice was supported by the talented sounds of former Monash music school graduates performing beautiful trumpets and saxophone solos and jazz harmonies. In a slowed down version of ‘Back to Black’, Movement 9 retains the bare bones of the original and molds it into their own unique style, heavy with sorrow and passion.
The night continued with a lively performance by ARIA award winner and Offspring star, Clare Bowditch. Stripped down from her usual 12 piece band, Bowditch was joined on stage by long-time friend and collaborator, Monique Donatina on piano, they took the time to feature the world debut of Bowditch’s new song ‘Don’t go’. Engaging the audience from the get go, Bowditch began by posing the question, “What was it when you were 5 years old that you wanted to be?” Be it an author, astronaut, receptionist or a spy, her set took those childhood dreams and created a set that spoke truths about love and war, of boredom and courage that urged the audience to choose their own life adventure and chase their dreams.
To finish the night, The Black Sorrows took to the stage to deliver an energy packed set that got people up and dancing in the Chalet. The Black Sorrows are no stranger to the stage, as a band that has been together for 32 years counting, it was clear that after all this time, they still absolutely love performing and the joy was infectious as they delivered crowd favourite “Shape I’m In” and finished off the night with a cover of Van Morrisons “Bright Side of The Road” to end the nights festivities.
Last night’s Winter Blues was only the beginning of Winterfest, with more events like the mid-winter carnival on Wednesday and a comedy night on Thursday featuring Tommy Little and Nazeem Hussain. With food trucks, live music and a snow zone happening throughout the week, be sure to check it out as it is an event not to be missed.