Tarago Diaries #26 – Palmer

Mark writes about the chaotic weather scenes surrounding the Red Hot Summer Tour; and Barry Palmer.

Author:  Mark Seymour.

Date: 21 February 2020.

Original URL: https://www.facebook.com/MarkSeymourOfficial/photos/a.325867430852936/2462219647217693/?type=3&theater


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Weekend blow out. Rain turned Sydney streets into rivers, then sideways on Sunday. People staggered under eaves, tripped, called for help as trees came down and sirens wailed..

No way the gig would have survived this. Five thousand in the open on an island in the middle of the harbour. A dream now. Getting hammered. Tents up ended. Boat failure.

By sunset all was a roar of wind and broken tents blown into the sea. Phones rendered useless.

And no one outside.

There are apps for every occasion and more weather apps than you can shake a stick at.

but the BOM knows when it’s coming.

Midweek forecast says anything over 50 mil is a no go.

On to the next town, ground soaked through, grass strangled into turgid ponds until the tents begin to loosen their grip on the side of an impossible hill. Even the stage, mounted on huge concrete blocks, threatens to slide.

Audiences smeared with mud..

laughing at the mayhem.

And Palmer holds up in someone else’s tent, rehearsing

without electricity.