Liam Gallagher, DMA’s and Gerry Cinnamon dominate regional New South Wales at Fairgrounds festival 2019.

Crowds from all over Australia gathered together on the 7th of December in the small regional town of Berry NSW, which is best known for its pies (tried and tested at 9am post festival) to witness one of the best small festival line ups in Australian history.

Alongside Former Oasis frontman and absolute Manchester legend Liam Gallagher was an array of acts that would be suitable for a Glastonbury main stage line up including: Sydney locals The DMAs, Scottish newcomer Gerry Cinnamon, Australian singer songwriters Julia Jacklin and Kasey Chambers. 

Kasey Chambers Live at Fairgrounds festival 2019. Photo credit: Zosia Francka

The festival was all inclusive and all ages which allowed children to come and be entertained by “little fairgrounds” and allowed parents to drop off their kids and enjoy some of the festivities that fairgrounds had to offer (The beer tent).

Julia Jacklin Live at Fairgrounds 2019, no pit access, photo credit: Zosia Francka

The festival also offered riverside camping in which guests could enjoy a crock free swimming experience to cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

There was plenty to do if you didn’t fancy the music but still wanted the festival experience. Some of the things on offer was a sit down barn restaurant, yoga, arts and crafts and even a pool to cool down in the heat, Leeds festival take note!

Gerry Cinnamon’s set was a personal highlight, his Australian debut absolutely blew me away. The crowd was full of Celtic shirts and bucket hats, everything you would expect from  a Scotsman. His hits ‘Belter’ and ‘Canter’ got the crowd in uproar, with bottles and shoes flying around the arena as if it was normal to wear one shoe at a festival.

Gerry Cinnamon live at Fairgrounds 2019. Photo credit: Zosia Francka

The DMA’s never seem to disappoint me. This would be the fourth time I’ve been in the presence of this Sydney trio and every time feels just like the first. With every hit heading straight into the next, the band played hits from both their critically acclaimed albums and even treated the crowd to their most recent track “Silver”, which Im sure will appear high on the ‘Hottest 100’ by Triple J.

They were clearly loved as the crowd was serenading the birthday boy, frontman Tommy with their rendition of “Happy birthday”. But this was just the warm up.

As the king entered the stage, fans were screaming and throwing beers around as if they could afford to pay $10 a tinnie. Indie royalty Liam Gallagher teased the crowd keeping them guessing as to what hit he was going to play first.
He jumped straight in with ‘What’s the story? (Morning glory’) an absolute Oasis classic which had every single man, woman and child up on their feet and up in arms.

Gallagher had a perfect mix of old and new, mashing his well known former Oasis anthems in with his new bangers.
He graced the stage with his signature black parka and bad mancunian attitude, and also paid tribute to the firefighters of New South Wales as they have continued to tackle horrific bushfires which have wiped out thousands of KMs of bush lands and nature reserves. This was a touching tribute to a beautiful country which has seen substantial green loss all over rural areas of NSW.

Liam Gallagher live at Fairgrounds 2019, no pit access. Photo credit: Zosia Francka

As the bars started to shut and the night came to a climatic close, he finished his set with “Champagne Supernova”. As I looked around me, strangers became friends, friends became family and family became soulmates. It was a true spectacle and a remarkable end to a brilliantly orchestrated day in rural New South Wales.

Fairgrounds was a special day. With a stellar line up, inclusive attitudes and fun for all the family, it has to be said this could be on the cards for Australia’s next best festival. Watch out Splendour in the Grass, you have a contender!

Festival goers enjoying the fun! @ Fairgrounds 2019, photo credit: Zosia Francka