The Rogues front man, Nick Turner, says that the festival so many people know and love—Fairbridge festival—has given him many enduring memories over the years, and he is continually thankful for this.
Nick’s passion for Fairbridge Festival is demonstrated by attending nearly every year, except for the first one. His lack of attendance that year can be excused by the fact that wasn’t living in WA at the time. He’s been a serial attendee of the festival and has performed many times in a variety of different line-ups.
The Rogues is still cranking after four years and is appearing this year alongside Junkadelic. The inspiration for The Rogues came about after co-creators, Nick and Stu Paterson toyed with the idea of whether or not a one-off Pogues tribute would work—it did—and still does! Nick once again mentions that this couldn’t have happened without Fairbridge Festival. The merry mayhem of this wildly raucous band has brought joyful Celtic havoc to many people’s evenings since.
Nick’s favourite part of the festival has been watching it evolve over the years to be a truly all-ages event. He believes that back in the early days, it was largely guys with beards singing about ships sinking. Nick’s allowed to say that because he was one of them! These days, he believes the festival is about so much more than that. There is so much youthful talent on the stages and energy in the audience: “It is just beautiful!”
His most cherished memories include the festival where family bands were the theme. A close second was hearing Tin Pan Orange play their first note in WA in Ruby’s Bar, and just knowing something very special was coming. By the end of the weekend they were famous.
Fairbridge Festival to Nick is a marvellous combination of new music, old friends, and an endless balance of getting to that gig you picked out from the program, while letting yourself be drawn in by a friend’s recommendation or the sounds of something wonderful and new as you’re walking past.