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Students play at major music fest

Thousands of people from all over the south of WA made their annual pilgrimage to the Blackwood Valley for the four-day Nannup Music Festival over the long weekend.

This major event on the State’s music calendar was especially thrilling for a group of 11 South Regional TAFE music students from the Denmark campus, who were entrusted to run one of the stages for three days of the festival.

As part of their project, the students set up the stage, performed their exciting repertoire of music and took responsibility for the production and mixing of their widely diverse playlists.

They also performed the duties of MC and judged the festival busking competition.

The opportunity came about following a discussion between Denmark Music Lecturer Tony King and Nannup Festival Director Phaedra Watts, who were keen to engage emerging artists in this type of event.

The festival program described the students’ contribution as a combination of stomp-driven story-telling, acoustic hip hop, sassy jazz, blues, and reverb-drenched folk and country.

Tony said the festival had been an excellent experience for the students and their music had been well received.

Travis Hall and Matthew Cull spoke of the outstanding opportunity to be part of a big festival.

Travis, an acoustic singer-song writer who performed with his group the Travis T Party, said the students were fortunate to be offered the chance to play at a music fest of that calibre in WA. Following their performance at the festival, the Travis T Party was offered the chance to take part in a tour of the Mid West later in the year.

“As diploma students, it’s great to go out into the real world and play at an event such as this,” Travis said.

“We’re grateful to Tony for making it happen.”

When Matthew is not performing, he is the ‘tech guy’, sound checking every artist and running the PA system.

“I work on the desk, making sure the levels are correct and all the performers are heard and sound relaxed,” Matthew said.

He also summed up the feeling of the student artists given the chance to shine on a big stage.

“We’re super-stoked,” he said.


Photograph: Preparing for the Nannup Music Festival over the long weekend were Matthew Cull and Travis T Party band members Sam Reeves, Jonelle Grochowski, Quinn Hoffman and Travis Hall.

Page last updated March 06, 2019