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    Inside Australia’s first post-coronavirus festival: 3,500 revellers mosh without a care in the world

    Pumping music, 3,500 revellers and NO social distancing: Inside Australia’s first ever post-coronavirus festival as dozens of our biggest artists hit the stage again after the pandemic

    • Thousands of revellers flocked to the Rebound Festival on Saturday in Darwin 
    • The event was one of the first festivals held in Australia since COVID pandemic
    • Artists on the bill including hip hop star Illy played their first live show in months
    • Organisers encouraged hand hygiene, but there were no restrictions on dancing
    • Punters travelled from South Australia and Western Australia to mosh at the gig

    Thousands of revellers have shown up in droves to dance at Darwin’s Rebound Festival.

    Saturday’s event at Darwin Ski Club was one of the first post-coronavirus festivals held since the pandemic took hold in March.

    About 3,500 people were seen moshing with no social distancing to a host of Australia’s biggest artists playing their first show in months including Lime Cordiale, Illy and Hermitude.

    Thousands of revellers flocked to the Rebound Festival on Saturday in Darwin. Pictured: four girls pose in the crowd

    The festival date was rescheduled from July amid COVID, which forced the lineup to change and sent event organisers on the hard task of co-ordinating travel plans for artists.

    Melbourne based hip hop star Illy was forced to spend two weeks in quarantine to be able to play at the festival.

    ‘I got to do this for the first time in seven months, which is the longest time apart in 800 or so shows,’ he posted on Instagram. ‘It was a dream, I’m still buzzing.

    ‘Last night was just the best because live shows really cut through the s**t.

    Artists on the bill including hip hop star Illy (pictured) played their first live show in months at the festival

    Artists on the bill including hip hop star Illy (pictured) played their first live show in months at the festival

    Sydney's northern beaches band Lime Cordiale took to Instagram (pictured) to rave about their experience at Rebound

    Sydney’s northern beaches band Lime Cordiale took to Instagram (pictured) to rave about their experience at Rebound

    ‘I wish all my friends in music were on the bill and the festival ran for 50 days, so we all got a set.’

    His sentiment was backed by alt-rockers Lime Cordiale, who took to Instagram to rave about their experience.

    ‘A little surreal escape to a land, free of corona where people hug, kiss, mosh, drink from the same beer, crowd kebab shops and love to chat about crocs,’ the band posted.

    Numerous large scale events across the country have been cancelled or forced to reschedule amid restrictions on large gatherings from coronavirus.

    Interstate revellers from South Australia and West Australia travelled to Darwin to join the party for a full festival experience.

    Event organisers encouraged hand hygiene, but there were no restrictions on crowds and dancing. Pictured: three girls enjoy a drink at Rebound

    Event organisers encouraged hand hygiene, but there were no restrictions on crowds and dancing. Pictured: three girls enjoy a drink at Rebound

    The event was one of the first large scale festivals held in Australia since COVID-19 pandemic

    The event was one of the first large scale festivals held in Australia since COVID-19 pandemic

    Event organisers encouraged punters to practice hand hygiene, but there were no restrictions on crowds and dancing.

    Pop artist Bec Sandridge travelled to the event from the NSW south coast and said the gig gave her hope for festivals and events moving into the future. 

    ‘My drummer and I flew up from Thirroul, which is super quiet as it is, so seeing 3,5000 people, not socially distanced and at a gig was pretty bonkers and intense. I guess I somewhat felt hopeful and nostalgic simultaneously,’ she told ABC. 

    ABC Darwin’s Mikaela Simpson said the event proved live music events will be able to return at the same sweaty standards as before coronavirus took hold.

    ‘It was absolutely epic, just to have so many punters all together in one space; not just there for the music, but for the social aspect of being around other people,’ she said. 

    Punters travelled from South Australia and Western Australia to mosh at the gig. Pictured: girls crowd surf to the music at Rebound on Saturday

    Punters travelled from South Australia and Western Australia to mosh at the gig. Pictured: girls crowd surf to the music at Rebound on Saturday

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