Meredith Music Festival

Background

For those who don’t know, Meredith Music Festival is a festival in country Victoria Australia that is held every year in mid-December for three days. According to their website, Meredith started in 1991 with only about 200 people. Now the popular festival attracts thousands and thousands. Meredith takes pride in being on a private farm, self-funded, laid-back, and having an amazing time. The festival revolves around the “Supernatural Amphitheatre”, which is amazingly decorated with lights and lanterns. This amphitheater is also known for putting on spectacular light shows non-stop.

My Adventure

At 10 am I jumped out of bed as I could hardly sleep on account of the anticipation of Meredith. I packed into the car with girls and set up for Meredith. Lucky for us, two of our friends who had been working had already set up our camp. Upon arriving at Meredith, my first thought was this seems like a pretty ordinary music festival. Crowded camping spots, non-flushing toilets, delicious food stands, and people letting their inner festival soul out. As I dug deeper I come to find the most inviting crowd at Meredith. I would like to thank the no “dick head” policy. Yes, that is one of their main rules. As Friday night crept, I met the other ladies I would be camping with. I don’t think I could have had a better group.

Walking into the amphitheater for the first time was blissful for the eyes. The stage was hung with lanterns, people were decorated in all sorts of ways, and everyone made an outdoor makeshift living room. Meredith allows you to bring couches and such into the amphitheater area to kick back, have some beers, and enjoy the music. You felt a strange phenomenon take over your body as if “Aunty Meredith” had seeped through your pores and into your heart. You instantly want to dance, laugh, meet new people, and just act as if you don’t have a care in the world.

My weekend consisted of watching amazing bands, dancing till my feet were numb, laughing so hard I know have abs, making all sorts of new connections, beautiful sunsets, naked people, lots of alcohol and carefree living

Some of Who I Saw

  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Le1f
  • Deerhunter
  • Mac Demarco
  • Dick Diver
  • Joey Bada$$
  • Chic Ft. Nile Rodgers
  • Hermitude
  • Spiderbait
  • Foals

Inspiration point
At sunset everyone takes a break from the music and goes to watch the sunset over the river. (Picture located under title.) As the sun goes down everyone starts clapping to bring on the sunset. I must admit, it is one of the most amazing sunsets I have seen in my life. Also, since most people just don’t sleep, the sunrise is a pretty popular event. I really enjoyed the fact that most of the crowd takes a break to go enjoy the little things in life.

My Thoughts

I found Meredith to be a blast. We had perfect weather and an amazing group. I love the fact that it was a relatively small and intimate festival. Overall, I am really glad I had the chance to go as I will probably never go again in my life. Definitely one of my top Australian experiences.

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