Hey thanks to all the awesome people who came along on saturday. What a day! A few curly moments but overall all good! Thanks again to all the musicians, performers, the wonderful food vendors, the security dudes, the sound champs, the most perfecto DiY HiFi and their awesome sound system, the DJ's, Edendale Staff, the volunteers, the TEAM - wow. It's reassuring to know that we can Come Together and express ourselves and show love and spread love and whilst raising awareness for suicide prevention and mental health.
Until next year, stay well, stay happy and look after each other..
Many people talk about the scourge of depression, but very few put money where their mouths are to tackle it. Stand up Damien Mannix: brains, heart and haemorrhaging wallet behind Saturday’s Come Together Music Festival at Eltham’s Edendale Farm. Mannix has been hell bent on raising funds for Beyond Blue ever since losing his much-loved brother in law to suicide. What better way than with music?
It was a magical day, a heady mix of ebullient folk, uptempo reggae, foot stomping bluegrass, whispery balladry, pschedelic calypso and solar-plexus post-punk; basically a wonderfully wide world of world. Great food, booze and cheeky three metre-high seagulls only added to the mix. But it was a couple of hundred people shy of what Mannix needed to break even, perplexing given the pleasant weather (25 merciful degrees after that Friday scorcher), reasonable ticket prices ($75 per family, a fraction of the equivalent closer to town) and several weeks of print and radio exposure.
Don’t get me wrong, 500 or punters made for a lively bash, but there was enough shade, Mountain Goat, music and Indian pancakes for 500 more.
I won’t, like a determined Mannix, heft my mortgage to fund Come Together 3 next March; but I’ll happily volunteer photography again, down seven more Mountain Goats (or was it eight?) and do what I can to turn umms and ahhs into bums on lawn. A 'big act' might help sell more tickets, but believe me when I say that heaps of Saturday’s relative unknowns were bloody awesome! Anyway, here are some pics from the day. Consider this post the first plug for next year’s Come Together. Don’t miss it!
OK, People sitting on that wobbly old fence - jump on to the right side, it's going to be a spanking day with some of Melbourne's best musicians and performance artists on offer. Great food, cold beer, wine and bubbles, good friends, new friends and fun times for all..
Tickets will be more on the door so please assist us and our lovely food trucks for their catering to get your tickets NOW.