There were no scrubs at last weekends’ RnB Vine Days festival at Bimbadgen Estate

Big ‘ups’ to festival organisers and Bimbadgen for bringing this fun festival to the Hunter. Considering it was a sell-out event, surely it won’t be the last RnB-flavoured nostalgia-fest to be held in the Hunter.

Even an old skool Rock chick like me didn’t feel out of place, with the crowd vibing on the tunes and a great sense of fun and ‘coming together’ for the love of good times and great music.

I was not alone in feeling at home in unfamiliar territory, with other RnB newbies I meet at the gig, reporting the same sense of belonging and celebration – to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to have such a good time, and days on, I’m still smiling and feeling the festival buzz.

So what made RnB Vine Days so good?

The crowd

This was the first time I’ve seen the space in front of the Bimbadgen festival stage used for unseated General Admission. It worked for this crowd and event! Punters were determined to dance, groove and bust moves, so having the extra space to breakout was a treat for those lucky revellers. My RnB-loving BFF chose to stay in the ‘bring your own seat’ section, thinking we might need a break between grooves – we were wrong. The electric atmosphere, joyous crowd and booty-shaking tunes worked magic and we danced for hours on end.

DJs know their shit

While lots of punters were hanging to see the main acts TLC and Boys II Men; for me, it was the DJs that made the day. Yo! Mafia had the crowd elevated and hanging on the drop of each track – she set the scene and was a hard act to follow. Mouthing all the lyrics, grooving along; it was obvious Yo! Mafia was celebrating the day as much as the crowd.

No Shaggy – no loss!

Blackstreet came out like they were headliners, not like a last-minute replacement for the popular rapper, Shaggy. Resplendent in matching white, sequinned outfits, Blackstreet reminded old fans why they were faves of the urban scene in the 90s, and earned the respect of the pumped-up crowd.

We all need TLC

These fierce femmes know how to command a stage and were obvious favourites of a besotted crowd. Playing hits including What About Your Friends, No Scrub and Waterfalls, there were whispers around the crowd that surviving members Tionne ‘T-Boz’ and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, were lip syncing, rather than live. Although the crowd did roar when the rap of late member, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes was included in the mix.

No end to their road

Boys to Men proved why they dominated worldwide music charts in the 90s – they are amazing musicians, vocalists and songwriters, and oozed charisma. My BFF loved every moment of their set, and the love, tears and passion of the crowd when they crooned mega-hit End of the Road, made for a memorable finale to a great day.

Written by Newcastle Live

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