There I was, in the crisp morning air at the Nambour train station, awaiting the soon-to-be crowded bus on the way to The Big Pineapple Music Festival. With the bus stop illuminated with glitter and excitement, the gentle clipping of doc martins drew nearer as we were ready to embark on our journey to a full day of some of the best music out in the country right now. The bush around the bus grew thicker as my heart beat grew faster and, soon enough, we were there. People piled in quickly, all dressed for the occasion- a large group in banana costumes, boys in pineapple dresses and so, so many pineapple glasses. I knew I was in with a passionate crowd.
Doolie opened the day, with her glamorous, hand-made pink-on-pink costume and accompanying hot pink eye-shadow with her silver heeled boots shining through the crowd. It was no doubt she was dressed to impress, with hits like ‘Pristine’ starting the day on a high. Across the field, The Moving Stills could be heard belting out their banger ‘Nineteen’ as I, of course, made my way to the bar. Imbi The Girl performed as one girl and one girl only, and she worked the entire stage with no need to hide behind an instrument or anybody else, her confidence was all she needed to cause mass crowd hype.
Maddy Jane, as per usual, slayed the stage, mesh pants blowing in the wind as she belted out crowd favourites like ‘Drown It Out’ and reminded us all to stay hydrated. The iconic guitar riff from ‘Ideal’ resonated throughout the field as hundreds of people danced through the Queensland heat. Making the crowd feel the way she feels, Maddy captivated the audience with her honest performance of emotional unreleased track ‘Say You Ain’t Mine’ before turning the mass of people into her own personal karaoke bar with fan favourite upbeat banger ‘No Other Way’.
Kim Churchill reminded us you don’t need a huge band to get a crowd moving, with his guitar, powerful voice and ripper harmonica solos complimented by a violin and a small drum kit, memorable tracks like ‘Second Hand Car’, ‘Window to the Sky’ and ‘Canopy’ did not fail to get the crowd moving. Tired Lion followed closely behind, preparing us for an All Star set with a Smash Mouth cover, demonstrating their complex and diverse musical layers. They teased a Dune Rats cover, before bringing the crowd involvement to an all-time high with the energic ‘Done Days’.
As a mass of long-term devotees shouted “in COG we trust” across the barrier, the festival’s music turned a little heavier with the progressive rock legends COG opening with quotable verbal intro to ‘The Spine’, beginning the set with suspense and energy. The crowd was a sea full of COG shirts as the band proved they’ve still got it 15 years since their first release. Tracks like ‘Are You Interested’, ‘Run’ and new track ‘The Middle’ did not fail to keep the crowd of devotees captivated and energised throughout the entire set.
At the opposite end of the field, E^ST had accumulated her own crowd of devotees, as we all fell into her “open arms” in ‘Blowjob’ and banded together to sing the feel-good anthem of the year ‘Life Goes On’ as she bounced around the stage in her tie dye jumper and black overalls. Cub Sport brought thousands to the field, as Tim Nelson delivered one of the most memorising front man performances of the night. In newer track ‘Good Guys Go’, Tim peaked his performance, embracing the technology around him he used an effects microphone to make his voice sound like a screaming synth between vocal lines. Along with a Kanye West cover of ‘Ultralight Beam’ with accompanying gospel-like harmonies, Cub Sport ending the set with at an emotional high with collective favourite ‘Come On Mess Me Up’.
ALLDAY brought back the pace introducing his unique brand of Australian hip-hop to the stage. He sang recent hits like Mallrat collaboration ‘UFO’ and closed the set with recent Japanese Wallpaper team-up ‘In Motion’. He did not hesitate to bring it back to 2014 ‘You Always Know the DJ’, with his voice supported by the thousands of fans there to watch him. As the field became more crowded, The Preatures began their set with energy, introducing as to one of rock’s most badass female frontwomen Isabella Manfredi as she serenaded the thousands of fans with tracks like ‘I Know A Girl’, ‘Is This How You Feel’, ‘Somebody’s Talking’ and played homage to the original custodians of the land with ‘Yanada’.
I felt out of place without necking a VB with a durry in my hand as the Dune Rats took to the stage. Stood behind them was a massive blow up logo as the crowd grew reckless, screaming back every word to iconic Australian tracks like ‘6 Pack’, ‘Red Light, Green Light’, ‘Fuck It’ and ‘Bullshit’. And what’s more empowering than thousands of people yelling poetic, almost Shakespearian lyrics “Fuck me / Fuck you” all at the one time? Crowd participation was at an all-time high as we all banded together to work out who the hell Scott Green is. ILLY followed suit making us all feel-good, with lyrics from track’s such as Vera Blue collaboration ‘Papercuts’ and fan favourite ‘Tightrope’ screamed right back at him.
The night ended with all female headliners Rackett took to the stage in Josie and the Pussycats themed outfits to play an energetic set, featuring new single ‘Space Cadet’. Across the field at the triple j stage, Violent Soho frontman Luke Boerdam entered the stage coolly, guitar in hand, with simple greeting “What’s up motherfuckers?” before inviting peak crowd involvement opening the set with ‘Like Soda’, as his band slowly came up to join him on stage. The set covered all eras, as I felt So Sentimental as the band took it back to 2010 with ‘Jesus Stole My Girlfriend’. Soho kept the energy up as they flung footies into the audience during ‘How To Taste’. They invited mass sing along with memorable banger such as ‘Viceroy’, invited us all to start fires with ‘Saramona Said’, had thousands screaming “Fuck yeah” at once with ‘Covered in Chrome’ and even teased a new, unreleased song "Pick It Up Again" before closing the set with encore ‘OK Cathedral’. As the words of the closing track resonated throughout as the masses began to make their way back to the shuttle busses and camping grounds, I followed the notion of the lyrics of the closing track- “I don’t ever wanna go."
Review By Emily Hollitt