Albany Boatshed banishes winter blues

Published on Thursday, 22 June 2023 at 4:51:39 PM

Maritime Festival 2023 will officially be brought in with the soul-warming sounds and music festival vibe of Foreshore Friday live and loud at the Albany Boatshed on Friday 30 June.

The sounds of emerging WA-based musicians will create a magical and inspiring atmosphere as audiences experience the delights of local music.

Artist Amber Shei kicks off the Friday evening festivities with the 17-year-old from Walpole set to move listeners with her heartfelt lyrics and accompanying piano and guitar melodies.

Locals will be familiar with the sounds of Dig the Dust who will indulge in some rhythmic cover songs that feel familiar yet fresh, as well as a few hits from their debut album 'Feels Like Home’.

The up and coming, dynamic pop/rock two-piece band isEmpire will keep the energy alive with an array of well-known covers from various decades to ensure audiences dance well into the evening.

DJ Kevin is a music curator with over 30 years of experience in bringing life to a party. He will take audiences on a sonic journey of house music, disco, soul and electronica to close the event.

Accompanying the music delights will be a culinary banquet of food trucks, complimented by hand-picked, small-batch wines from Parish Lane Wines and the whiskey creations of Limeburners.

Alternatively, festival-goers can sample a range of craft beers from Beerfarm, featuring everything from thirst quenching lagers to complex IPA's.

Overnight the Albany Boatshed will transform itself into the fun filled hub of All at Sea Saturday. Those with the stamina can back up Foreshore Friday with a day on the waterfront.

Kids activities will be in abundance with roasting marshmallows, facepainting, art and craft workshops, a virtual reality experience and the chance to meet a real-life mermaid.

There is plenty for the adults too with cooking demonstrations, educational stalls, cultural displays and the chance to get out on the water with the Denmark Community Rowing Association.

Mayor Dennis Wellington said the Albany Boatshed thrives as the heart of the Maritime Festival.

“It makes sense that we use a perfect venue in an ideal location for a Maritime Festival,” he said.

“We start the Maritime Festival at the Albany Boatshed because it is synonymous with our rich maritime culture and looks right out onto the water.”

For more information and tickets for Foreshore Friday, click here.

For more information on All at Sea Saturday, click here

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