A Day On The Green @ Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale SA 10/11/2019

A Day On The Green 2019 at Leconfield Wines is my first A Day On The Green experience. I love music, I love wine, so the two merging sounds like a grand idea to me. The weather in McLaren Vale was perfect and spirits were high as everyone settled in for what was shaping up to be a cracker of a day. Upon arrival it was nice to see that DJ Grand Master Baitz was there to entertain the crowd in between the artists, with his track choices and kooky antics making for an interesting talking point.

Emily Wurramara kicked the day off, making her A Day On The Green debut. Being the first act is always tough, particularly when the crowds are more interested in finding the ideal spot for their picnic rug, platter chatter and browsing wine lists. As the punters settled in, they were all thoroughly entertained by her set that included tracks such as Black Smoke and Cruising. Being my first time seeing her perform, I was very much impressed by the amount of talent and soul that she possesses.

Next up was Russell Morris. He and his band were off to a rocking start and the crowd were ready to start the party. He certainly proved why his career is still going strong with hits like Ain’t No Angel and Black Dog Blues, with the latter of the two being dedicated to the late Jimmy Keays. Morris and his band ended with probably his most popular track The Real Thing, with the reaction of the younger punters in particular proving the love for this song transcends generations.

Pete Murray took to the stage and the ladies collectively swooned. The Aussie artist played hit after hit and had the crowd up and moving. Murray loves a good crowd singalong and even insisted on the crowd having a second go at the chorus of Better Days because “it was OK, but it wasn’t great”. His set had everything you could want from such a nice, down to earth guy. The set was rounded out with arguably his best known song Beautiful, and left me making a mental note to revisit his back catalogue.

Rob Thomas burst into the stage with I Love It, and love it we did. There was so much energy in his performance, no spot on stage was left untouched by Thomas, even venturing into the crowd early on. It was clear to all that we were in for one hell of a show and it was impossible to not get sucked into the party vibes.

Thomas and his band pumped out a solid set list spanning his twenty plus year career, including some stripped back versions of When You’re Gone and 3 A.M. from band Matchbox 20 and a cover version of Bowie’s Lets Dance that got anyone left sitting out of their seats. Introducing the track Can’t Help Me Now from his new album Chip Tooth Smile, Thomas commented cheekily about the newer material, “You’re already here and I already have your money, so you may as well listen to some of it”, and listen we did. Thomas had the crowd eating out the palm of his hand from first note to last.

Live Review By Sarah Bulach