Photo: The Teskey Brothers Instagram
I WALKED along the meandering boardwalk from the White Stage — a most beautiful walk, spanning two kilometres in length, enclosed by lush greenery, bamboo forests and a canopy of trees for shade, with a rippling stream running alongside.
A part of me was excited with anticipation that there would be a band all the way from Warrandyte playing at Fuji Rock 2018.
It wasn’t long ago that I had sent clips and tidbits about this band to the Fuji Rock guys in Japan.
Coincidentally they were booked only a few weeks later. Nonetheless, they obviously stood out and caught the attention of the organisers.
We eventually enter the Field of Heaven, an outdoor stage within an enclave encircled by an eclectic mix of food tents, organic produce, teepees and craft beer.
It was surrounded by dense woodland, and by far the most chilled out area with a unique vibe — perfect atmosphere for The Teskey Brothers set.
From the moment The Teskey Brothers got on stage to do their sound checks, they gave a tiny yet robust glimpse of the solid performance that lay ahead.
This was cool with the audience who were either eating, ordering some beer or resting aching feet.
The band sounded pretty strong… until…it began… The magic started and their unique old school Motown sounds bellowed.
Folk moved in closer to the stage, some stopped in their tracks. When Josh Teske y (singer) unleashed his smoky, whiskey voice, the audience was taken back to an amazing analogue bygone era — I don’t think many saw it coming.
The fairly large crowd was mesmerised by the sounds of the six-piece band, two more members were added to create the horn section, which rounded off the tone quite beautifully. James from Fuji Rock Express added “ It can be strangely disorienting at times to see Josh speak between songs with his full Australian accent and happy go lucky demeanour then moments later witness the transportation to a rip roaring genuine blues wailer.”
We were treated to some songs that were over ten minutes in length. It was wonderful that each member was able to have their moment to do a solo or go off on a tangent.
During one of Sam’s climactic guitar solos, Josh ripped the set list off the ground to fan him with it, then crumpled it up and tossed it into the audience.
It was these charismatic and playful moments woven throughout that had the audience enamoured.
At the end of The Teskey Brothers hour-long set, it was clear that this was merely a taste of what this band has to offer.
They were captivating and engaged the crowd in their likeable, fun mannered ways. They were humble and appreciative of being able to perform at Fuji Rock.
The audience loved them and they were a favourite act for quite a few people.
Undoubtedly, The Teskey Brothers will be back at Fuji Rock, they have a great sound and left the audience wanting more.
Here’s to the potential and endless possibilities of what lies ahead for them.
Warrandyte, you should be proud. Fuji Rock is a three day Music Festival, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Niigata, Japan.
It is the third largest music event in the world, next to Coachella and Glastonbury.
It always features a solid line up. Fuji Rock is clean and green (the recycling process is meticulous).
It is a fun festival that is inclusive, strictly drug free and family friendly.
The majority of people are decked out in hiking and outdoor gear.
There are many areas to cater for all.
With stunning nature as the backdrop, it is a relaxing place to enjoy music and all the festivities.
Fuji Rock 2019 will take place from 26 July to 28 July.
If you would like your name on an exclusive wait list so that you do not miss out on this sell-out event please email: firstname.lastname@example.org