Aussie rockers Grinspoon headlined the Friday night concert of the Deniliquin Ute Muster.By Tyla Harrington
Pat Davern, guitarist for Aussie rockers Grinspoon, said the Deniliquin Ute Muster was one of the best festivals he has ever been to.
Davern and the rest of the band — lead singer Phil Jamieson, drummer Kristian Hopes and bassist Joe Hansen — had determined that during a walk around the site with security before even stepping on stage.
Grinspoon headlined the Friday night concert.
Nestled amongst some songs from their latest album, Black Rabbits, were original hits from the 1990s like More Than You Are, Thrills, Kills and Sunday Pills and Hard Act to Follow.
The band also did an acoustic version of their first ever hit Just Ace.
A self-confessed country music fan, Jamieson donned an Akubra hat for some of the songs, and it wasn’t the first time the stars have been in Deniliquin.
They featured at the Flat Earth Festival in 2000, but Jamieson was rendered unconscious when he was hit in the head by a bottle thrown from the crowd.
Fortunately, Friday night’s concert ended a lot differently, with the band taking to their Facebook page to thank Deniliquin: ‘‘Thanks Deni! such a great night!’’.
While not the obvious choice for country fans, Grinspoon rocked the arena and were well received.
Davern said the band had been checking out what the festival had to offer earlier on Friday.
‘‘We saw some amazing utes,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve been walking around the festival and it’s been great.
‘‘It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be, it’s a huge area and we’ve been to a lot of rock festivals.
‘‘We are hoping to appeal to the crowd.
‘‘It’s a great environment and a great stage.’’
Davern said he was already impressed with the other performers.
‘‘Russell Morris .
‘‘We’ll go check out Adam Brand,’’ he said on Friday.
‘‘We won’t be here for Alan, but he’ll be popular.’’
Grinspoon arrived in Deniliquin on Thursday night and stayed at the Riverside Caravan Park and dined at Rinaldi’s Restaurant, where Davern said they had been well looked after.
They also popped in to Devour Cafe in Cressy St for coffee on Friday before exploring the muster events.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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