FolkWorld Inc. board member, Emma Bradstock, recalls one of her most memorable Fairbridge Festival moments.
“It was back in 2014 when this happened,” she explains.
“It was Sunday, the last day of the festival, I had just come back from the fields campground (which has always been my favourite) when the heavens just opened and I experienced one of the most forceful downpours I’ve ever been in.
“I sprinted to Mandja, our main stage, where Ami Williamson was just finishing her set. The rain was so heavy, and with Mandja being so large, it seemed that almost the entire festival was crammed in there!
“It was stuffy and damp but the atmosphere inside was absolutely electric. Because the rain was still so persistent, we couldn’t go anywhere, so when Ami finished her set, she sat back down at the piano and played Hallelujah. Every single person in that tent sang along with her. It was so magical, and brought tears to my eyes, and to many eyes of the people around me.
“The air just felt electric, definitely one of the defining moments that I use to describe the festival to people that have never been before. I still remember the feeling so clearly. People that weren’t there still lament that they weren’t. When you mentioned Ami’s name, people would ask if you had been part of the ‘Hallelujah moment’. It was just amazing!
“Here’s to many more of those moments that we can share at this amazing festival!”