Review: Nostalgia Festival

Hayden Slaughter, March 2017, Ferrymead Heritage Park

If anyone ventured to Lyttelton on the 4th of March, and were baffled by the distinct lack of other humans in the area, I think I may have the answer. Nostalgia Festival, at The Ferrymead Heritage Park, provided a taste of the vibrant New Zealand independent music scene, cunningly intertwined with food, art, and culture, all of which created one of the most unique musical experiences I have witnessed in Christchurch. Awash with men in fedoras and loud shirts, woman channelling early Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin, and children without a care in the world, I was mesmerised. 150 words is too little to describe the full impact of this festy, a few highlights being; the RDU stage showcasing some of the best talent from the Christchurch music scene like Salad Boys and Bryony Matthews, Lawrence Arabia’s captivating stage presence and immaculate song writing, and Liam Finn ‘slapping some skins’ like a young John Bonham. Nostalgia Festival was a destination for Lyttelton hippies and hipsters, families, anyone who enjoys a good craft beer, and musical enthusiast alike.

(Photo: George Moon)

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