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Monday, 19 March 2018 08:47

It doesn’t get ‘Better Than’ that

Oh what a night! Wy Yung Pub’s inaugural Live on the Hill music festival was spectacular on Friday evening as more than 3000 people – mostly locals and fellow Gippslanders - crammed to the venue’s natural amphitheatre to listen to the sounds of incredible Australian live acts, the John Butler Trio and Pete Murray, rising force and Sale’s own Josh Cashman, as well as local pub favourites Barrie Jessep and the Vibe. Music kicked off mid afternoon and ran smoothly through until 11pm where the headline act, The John Butler Trio finished with a bang. A perfect, warm and still autumn night ensured a great vibe, while the tunes could be heard all around the district. The Trio, playing as a five-piece for the first time, ran through hits such as Better Than, What You Want and Zebra, as well as a number of new tunes which will be released on a forthcoming album expected later this year. Pete Murray, despite waking up at 4am and travelling from Byron Bay, didn’t miss a beat with Better Days, Always a Winner and So Beautiful getting the audience to sing along. Josh Cashman was exceptional as the sun set.

A strong local following meant he was always going to have the crowd on his side, however he didn’t put a foot wrong in delivering a bunch of self-written songs as well as covering an idol of his, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, singing the classic I Won’t Back Down. Cashman also revealed he is going into the studio soon with international fan favourite, The Temper Trap, showing his standing on the Australian musical landscape. All three internationals acts posted on social media following the event to thank the local crowd for its support. While the first Live on the Hill event went off without a hitch, some festival- goers were unimpressed with long bar queues and the small number of toilets, however organisers will learn from their first experience, which ran relatively untroubled. Later in the evening police had to deal with some members of the public attempting to jump the fence and enter the festival from behind the stage via Clifton Waters Retirement Village. Cars and buses lined local streets and the Wy Yung Oval worked well as a parking venue, with lines for entry snaking up the hill. However, all in all it was a great event and one that helped put East Gippsland on the live entertainment map!