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Missy and pig rock festival

Missy Higgins at Caloundra Music Festival.
Missy Higgins at Caloundra Music Festival. Mark Furler

MISSY Higgins' new US band must have been wondering whether it was some strange Australian thing to have a pig on stage at the Caloundra Music Festival on Saturday night.

The Melbourne singer and songwriter made a name for herself and pigs when she was featured in a photo shoot with a little pig for PETA to protest the inhumane treatment of animals.

On Saturday night, a contingent of the crowd kept calling out "pig, pig, pig" to get Missy's attention before she finally let a battery operated toy pig join her on stage.

The pig walked all over the stage for the duration of a song and looked like it would have kept going all night. Amazed at its energy levels, Missy joked it must have been powered by the batteries featured in the old Lleyton Hewitt advertisements.

Missy wasn't convinced by the authenticity of the toy pig's sound, however, giving her own rendition of what they really sounded like.

A vegetarian, Missy is no stranger to getting behind a cause, more recently supporting a political campaign to block Woodside's gas hub near the West Australian resort town of Broome where she owns property.

Missy told the crowd she was delighted to be back in Australia after spending months in the US recording her new album in Nashville.

"This is the second show I have played in a very long time. If you are getting any first show jitter vibes from me that might be the reason for it," she said.

But the 26-year-old looked anything but nervous as she performed a series of hits from her first albums as well as some powerful new songs.

The ARIA winning performer, who started off with her older brother's band when she was just 13, looked still pleasantly surprised by her success as teenage girls screamed out her name at the opening of the show.

"The whole thing almost seemed like a blur", Missy has said of her own rise to fame. "One minute I was just some opening act nobody had heard of and the next minute I was playing to 20,000 people in (Sydney's) Centennial Park. It was pretty overwhelming."

Earlier on Saturday, Baby Animals put on a huge show and left one fan with a memory she will never forget.

After waving her Baby Animals underpants at lead singer Suze De Marchi throughout the show from the front row, the fan was invited to join De Marchi on stage where she ceremonially spat water on her face, much to her delight.

The Caloundra Music Festival enjoyed perfect beachside conditions in the sun yesterday with Icehouse closing the festival last night.

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