The revamped 2015 Bulimba Festival wrapped up on the weekend, culminating with the Lunch on the Lawn live music program, markets, art, carnival rides and food galore. The Memorial Park location and surrounding streets is the ideal setting for such an event and moving the bulk of the market stalls away from Oxford Street seemed to work really well.


Blessed by great weather, the Lunch on the Lawn music program drew people of all ages to see an eclectic live music line-up. Local legends The Grates headlined the party and were in a particularly playful mood, with crazy costumes and a level of crowd interaction that had lead vocalist Patience Hodgson in amongst the audience on more than one occasion. Now a five-piece unit, musically the band were  terrific, with Hodgson’s unbridled enthusiasm compensating for a vocal that was occasionally lost in the mix. Kicking off their set with 19 20 20, the energy level never dissipated throughout the 60-minute set, which included material from all four studio albums.


Other highlights included a strong opening set by Greg Chiapello (accompanied by Robyn from Mosman Alder on violin and backing vocals) and an energetic turn from Cheap Fakes. Eden Mulholland, Avabaree and Halfway, who seemed much more engaged than they did at their recent QMA Showcase performance and produced a much more lively set as a result, completed a great Sunday afternoon bill.

A full gallery of images from Lunch on the Lawn is available here.