We had to wait a whole year for this. We bought early bird tickets right after Wonderfruit 2017 ended, and while a whole lot has happened since then, we made it. We managed to put our busy lives on hold to be with each other, laugh, dance, and enjoy life together.
This trip was extra extra special because I finally got to be with my closest friends after 4 months abroad. Everything is just that much more enjoyable with good company. Even the horrendous, torturous, pretentious Waldorf Project which forced everyone at the festival to participate in a boring, confusing, hour-long experiment didn’t stop us from laughing at how awful it was. Well, it was funny for a while. Then we got really pissed off.
With the lowest point of the festival of the way, I’ll recap some of the many highlights of the event.
The first day was HOT HOT HOT. I wasn’t prepared for how intense the heat could get. I stuck through with my auntie ways and hid under the umbrella to remain sane. Those who didn’t got slightly burnt.
Found some good Thai spicy chicken noodles but wished there were more local stalls and less hipster stuff like fast food trucks and expensive acai bowls.
It was nice to light up people’s faces as we wandered around the festival grounds. Especially the kids, who looked SO HAPPY to see some kid-friendly entertainment.
I knew 2 acts before I arrived, and left with a few more favourites. Love discovering acts at festivals! Funk seemed to be a running theme this year, as many DJs played happy, upbeat sets. I usually prefer deep, dark beats at raves, but this was very refreshing and I couldn’t stop dancing and smiling throughout.
So much love for Crussen!!! Best sunrise set of my life. I loved every bit of the music, vibe, and venue. They all came together to create one very special moment. Where every one was just there to feel the music, let it move their bodies, and smile at the wonder and magic of it all.
Catsoncrack played a bloody good set as well, and I was too busy dancing and beaming with pride at this homegrown DJ to take photos. She’s the only one I know who can blend so many crazy styles together without it sounding too jarring. She keeps the crowd attentive, drawing them in with interesting mixes and re-energizing them with each unexpected progression.
I knew Nightmares on Wax for his down tempo tracks, and was pleasantly surprised at his funky set, which put us in a really really good party mood!
Another act I really enjoyed is Lord Echo, a New Zealander producer who brought a live band with him, including one soulful female vocalist.
No pictures of Lord Echo, but here’s an expressive doggie and a couple of puppets who were dancing with us during the set.
Architecture & interiors
Part tribal, part gypsy, and part hippie, the structures at Wonderfruit were fascinating! While their architecture is best appreciated in the day, I felt that they were designed to look better at night, when the dimness masked the rough edges of its raw workmanship, and the entire structure is lit up brilliantly.
And that’s a wrap! It’s been truly wonderful…