Rochford Winey, Yarra Vallley
This weekend saw the kick off of the inaugural Wildflower runs of shows at the very picturesque Rochford Wines in Melbourne’s beautiful Yarra Valley.
Celebrating women in music, the all female lineup showcased some of the great talent here in Australia including Australia’s sweethearts Kate Miller-Heikde and Missy Higgins.
Mixing new talent with true, real-deal, road-worn acts, saw the thousands of punters enjoy breadth & depth in a solid afternoon of diverse music on a perfect autumnal afternoon and evening.
The eight acts performing over the day included Shannen James, D’arcy Spiller, Deborah Conway, Thornbird, Stella Donelly, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kasey Chambers and Missy Higgins, a diverse and talented stable of Australian performers from all corners of the country, gathered in the picturesque Yarra Valley, home to some of the states best wineries.
While all great performances, standouts in-particular were Kate Miller-Heidke’s wonderful eight song set (all to short) including Caught In The Crowd, Zero Gravity (Heidke’s 2019 Eurovison song entry) and The Last Day On Earth, bringing the hard-core fans to their feet and to the front.
Reminding us of how much Kasey Chambers is the real deal, the Not Pretty Enough singer took over the stage for a memorable performance. Opening with Barricades & Brickwalls was fierce and moving through We’re All Gonna Die Someday, A Little Bit Lonesome, Not Pretty Enough, highlighted career longevity and how Chambers has stayed true to her roots.
Winding up the evening and day saw Missy Higgins, with a full band play a lengthy set of greatest hits and well known tunes. The Scar singer certainly knows how to entertain a crowd and with an all new touring line up Missy is hitting all the right notes, ending the evening leaving smiles on everyone’s faces.
A great day of music in exceptional surroundings with perfect weather – what more could you want!
Words & Images – Lucas Packett