In perfect weather, a huge crowd enjoyed the sights, sounds and tastes of the Teneriffe Festival on Saturday (July 5). With a vast array of food, fashion, market stalls, music and entertainment on offer, punters flocked to the historic riverside suburb to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the festival.


In fact, such is the popularity of this event – in terms of the number of stalls and the number of visitors – organisers may need to consider some changes to the layout to reduce the congestion and bottlenecks that create some difficulty in moving throughout the festival zone. Whilst proving so popular is a nice situation to be in, there must be some concerns about how best to manage crowd flow if numbers continues to grow. Overall, despite the congestion, the festival again proved to be a great success.

There was certainly something for everybody with food offerings from all corners of the world, fashion, art and homeware stalls aplenty, a wide variety of music, children’s activities and historical displays. The floating river stage was a good innovation, but the absence a printed program of events meant that festival visitors had no idea which performers were scheduled at the various stages throughout the precinct.


There were great performances aplenty across the four stages from local, interstate and international performers. Sitting smack bang in the middle of the intersection of Vernon terrace and Dath Street, the Nova Busking Corner featured a mixture of emerging and established performers, including Fieu, Ella Fence, Lauren Potter and the fabulous Hannah Rosa.

The Roots Stage produced a series of dynamic performances throughout the day with Phil Smith, Karl S Williams and the charming Sahara Beck amongst those who impressed the large crowd that packed into the tight confines of the laneway venue.


On the Merthyr Village Street Stage, the likes of Eden Mulholland, Amy Shark and The Belligerents were impressive before The Good Ship brought proceedings to close.

On the Mirvac River Stage, Nat Dunn, Jason Kerrison, Brianna Carpenter and Avabaree provided great support for Darren Middleton, who presented a stripped back performance (accompanied only by multi-instrumentalist Kelly Lane) featuring solo material and tracks from his previous projects, such as Powderfinger and Drag.


For heaps more photos from the various musical performances, visit Mr C Says… on Flickr