Global Beats and East festival, Dan Sultan undampened despite weather


Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan

THOUSANDS of people braved stormy conditions to attend the Global Beats and Eats festival last weekend.

The event kicked off with performances by Fremantle group Mambo Chic, followed by Phoenix King and his eight-piece band before rain set in.

“A little bit of rain doesn’t dampen our spirits,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said after the crowd and Kim Churchill pushed through the first round of evening showers.

After a dry patch during the Wasamba drumming show, headline act Dan Sultan performed a few solos then was joined by his band, who followed the audience’s lead in sticking out the second downpour.

“As long as you are there, we will be here,” Sultan said to the poncho wearers crowding around the stage.

There was also fun and colourful entertainment in the form of Brazilian samba, Chinese lion and hula dancers, as well as an array of international dishes on offer.

The event closed early as lightning approached Girrawheen.