The North West Festival returned to Port Hedland over the weekend, headlined by Fremantle rock group San Cisco and featuring local performers, a circus act and face painting. Broome performer Tanya Ransom opened the festivities on Saturday night in what was an all West Australian line up of artists. Port Hedland local Jacob de Gaye rocked the crowd with his effortless style of bluesy reggae in what he described as “the most incredible show of my life.” It was then turn for Vikki Thorn of the Waifs, performing as Thornbird, to keep the crowd engaged with a soulful display before headliners San Cisco hit the stage. San Cisco founder, vocalist and lead guitarist Jordi Davieson said a spree of COVID-19 show cancellations made him realise how much he missed performing. “One thing coronavirus definitely taught us is how much we actually love playing music and playing to people, it has definitely been a bit of a wake up call to how amazing it is,” he said. “We’re just stoked to be able to play shows and we’re very lucky with what is going on over east with lock downs and everything. “We’ve played so many shows in WA and the fans still rock up and I think it’s because they also feel they are so lucky to be able to do that when they see friends over east locking down.” Davieson said he wasn’t sure what to expect from the crowd but was impressed by the atmosphere. “These sort of shows you don’t really know what you are going to get but last night was an electric vibe,” he said. “I just love coming to these areas that I wouldn’t really come to otherwise and just experiencing it.” It was a family friendly atmosphere at the Civic Centre Gardens on Sunday afternoon which included a face painting tent by Kimberly Wholohan of Kiverse Art. Before San Cisco closed out the festival, circus performer Morgan James a.k.a Mr Ricochet entertained the children and juggled a mixture of comedy and circus tricks. Various food fans were there to treat festival-goers hunger such as Try My Thai, Cab City Pizza, Frozen Cones and Voices BBQ.