We woke on Saturday to experience more of the same: concerts, celebrities and chai.

Although I’m not a huge fan of Rebecca’s, I went to another of her concerts but was disappointed when she simply performed the same songs as the night before.

Easterfest, April 2009
Rebecca St James gave another, smaller concert with a special message just for young women.

David and I wandered around Toowoomba’s city centre in the morning before meeting friends for lunch. However, our leisurely lunch was cut short when I decided to rush back to the festival to stand in line and meet Evie, a legendary Christian performing artist from the 70s and 80s.

Easterfest, April 2009
Meeting Evie was one of the highlights of my weekend!

Easterfest, April 2009
We listened to many unsigned artists. Some — like Jason McGregor — were brilliant musicians.

I took some time to listen to Melinda Tankard-Reist from Women’s Forum Australia who spoke about the role the media plays in the sexualisation and objectivisation of women. Although we shelter them from the media, it was still a confronting talk and makes me more aware about the messages that I am sending my girls about body image.

The headline acts for the evening were The Sowers, Naturally 7 and the Paul Colman Trio. It was fun to experience African music again with the Sowers, and Naturally 7 were an acapella group that engaged in vocal play — where their voices mimicked instruments.

We particularly liked Naturally 7’s bass singer whose amplified voice thumped the crowd. Others’ voices acted as electric guitars, percussion, a harmonica, trumpets and keyboards. It was incredible. If you didn’t see them perform, you would think Naturally 7 were playing instruments. (Check out this video! Even though there’s a lot of production go into that video, I saw these guys sing this song live, and it was amazing!)

Easterfest, April 2009
We knew the Ps from our previous church and they attended our home group for a year. It was a complete surprise to meet them at Easterfest and made the weekend extra-special for us.

Easterfest, April 2009
The Sowers came from Rwanda and Congo, and played funky African music that set the whole crowd dancing.

Easterfest, April 2009
Naturally 7 only performed with six members, but with such a unique style, they mesmerised the crowd.

David and I headed down into the mosh pit for PC3’s main act.

Easterfest, April 2009
For PC3's big concert on the main stage, David and I manipulated ourselves right up to the edge of the catwalk that led from the stage.

Easterfest, April 2009
Ever the ostentatious showman, Paul Colman executed a crowd-surfing move, but it was actually well choreographed and he was caught and bounced by the stage security men who had moved into position beforehand.