CHILLED OUT: The vibe went deep into the night with Fawlty Dogs at the Secret Garden Party event for the Surfing the Coldstream festival.
CHILLED OUT: The vibe went deep into the night with Fawlty Dogs at the Secret Garden Party event for the Surfing the Coldstream festival.

Mini-festival crammed into backyard of Yamba cafe

IT WAS a tall order to squeeze a mini-festival into Cafe's backyard, but if anyone could pull it off it was going to be Yamba's Secret Garden Party.

The (not so secret) event on Saturday kicked off this year's Surfing the Coldstream Festival, and organiser Phil Nicholas was so impressed with two of the acts he asked them on the spot to fill a place in the main line-up.

The first was 11-year-old Piper Ramsey, who opened with two acoustic songs on the keyboard.

"She just had everyone's jaw hitting the ground with her voice," she said. "She busked at the festival last year, but after the performance on the weekend I offered straight away to get her on the festival main stage this year and she didn't even bat an eyelid."

Lismore hip-hop trio Teddy Lewis King were also offered a line-up spot after they got the crowd dancing.

"They've played at the Sydney Opera House, so we it joked might be a step up for them playing to the big audience at Leche," Mr Nicholas laughed.

Grafton musician Joe Terror, who played an acoustic set on the night, has also been lined up for this year's festival.

"The event was completely packed and we made a decent amount of money for the festival too," Mr Nicholas said.

The main lineup for Surfing the Coldstream will be announced next month.

SPIN IT: Enjoying the tunes in the late afternoon at Leche. Photo: Dave Brandon
SPIN IT: Enjoying the tunes in the late afternoon at Leche. Photo: Dave Brandon


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