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(Final Up to date On: November 28, 2018)
Strawberry Fields Pageant is an absolute oasis in the midst of Australia’s bushland, nestled in a serene nook on the Murray River proper between Victoria and Tocumwal, New South Wales. This Strawberry Fields pageant evaluation + information will inform you all you want to know on your journey to the pageant via reviewing my expertise there; from the situation, venue, lineup, and tenting to the workshops, artwork, clothes, and additional actions, to the nitty gritty stuff like safety, loos, and tickets… I obtained you coated!
A small and manageable venue, Strawberry Fields (or ‘Strawbs’ as it’s lovingly referred to as by those that attend it) is the right mixture of open air, river-side seashore, and tall tree forests. It’s recognized by many to be the most effective Transformational Festivals in Australia, bringing in crowds of colourful festival-lovers to the banks of the cool Murray River every November.
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- 1 Strawberry Fields Location/Venue/Levels
- 2 Strawberry Fields Crowd
- 3 Vibe
- 4 Strawberry Fields Environment/Decorations
- 5 Strawberry Fields Lineup/Music/Artists
- 6 Strawberry Fields Tenting
- 7 Tenting Facilities, Showers, And so forth
- 8 Pageant Facilities – Different Stuff to Do
- 9 Transportation/Motels/Parking
- 10 Strawberry Fields Meals/Drink
- 11 Strawberry Fields Tickets Prices + Costs
- 12 Strawberry Fields Safety
- 13 Loos
- 14 Climate
- 15 Strawberry Fields Clothes + Style
- 16 Strawberry Fields Timings
- 17 Strawberry Fields Volunteering
- 18 Cash
- 19 Strawberry Fields Cell Telephone Service
- 20 Remaining Strawberry Fields Ideas
Strawberry Fields Location/Venue/Levels
Strawberry Fields pageant is situated within the deep bush space on the Murray river which separates Victoria from New South Wales. Strawbs is on the NSW aspect of the river, simply outdoors a small farming city referred to as Tocumwal. Tocumal is about three hours from Melbourne and 5 hours from Canberra, most simply reached from Melbourne.
Strawberry Fields’ location is aptly named ‘the Wildlands,’ which is a becoming identify to describe the open bush areas, forests, and river aspect elements that make the venue entire. All through the Wildlands you can see 5 fundamental stage areas, every with a vibe of their very own, and many various areas of market stalls, gourmand meals, artwork, workshops, artistic areas, galleries, and a seashore alongside the river. There’s even a ferris wheel!
Apparently they do change the format of the levels and tenting a bit annually – plenty of my campmates stated that every thing was in a unique place this yr, nevertheless it labored properly. Both approach you’ll nonetheless discover the primary elements and levels. Listed here are the primary areas that you simply’ll discover:
The Seashore Stage – proper subsequent to the Murray River!
The Seashore Stage
This was absolutely the place to be in the course of the day at Strawberry Fields pageant. When the solar comes up and it’s a bit too scorching in your tent, it’s time to head straight to the Seashore Stage (maybe stopping for a brekkie sandwich) to have a dip within the cool Murray River.
Proper on the banks of the Murray after giving ample area for netting and hammock chill areas and for individuals to sunbathe, you’ll discover the seashore stage. Usually going off through the day and enjoying tunes that you’d naturally affiliate with a seashore (assume funk, chilled home, and so on), that is the place to be. There’s nothing higher than being nestled amongst the timber subsequent to the water on a heat day within the bush. The Murray water can also be simply completely crisp and refreshing!
The Tea Lounge + The Village
The Tea Lounge was an precise tea lounge the place you might decide up a number of completely free and scrumptious teas through the day. Subsequent to the Tea Lounge was The Village, which was additionally an exercise area through the day – assume, workshops on issues like vitamin, bongo drumming courses, yoga and dance, and so forth – and a reside music stage at night time. After different levels shut you possibly can nonetheless rely on the Tea Lounge/The Village to present the vibes, with funky bands, jazz, and all the reside devices.
Monoss Artwork Space
Monoss: Artwork Backyard + Workshop/Portray Space
Monoss was the middle for artwork at Strawberry Fields Pageant. The Artwork Backyard was an inside area with tons of pageant images, work, and each potential sort of artwork inside. It was superbly designed and a pleasant quiet area that even had totally different seminars and workshops happening all through the day in several sorts of artwork and even therapeutic massage.
Monoss has a efficiency and workshop schedule that hosted a few of the most artistic and fascinating exhibits. From hula hooping and disco dancing to choreographed dances and minuature performs, this place had every part and can be a real shock every time you checked it out.
Subsequent to the Artwork Backyard was an enormous hammock construction the place plenty of reside artwork passed off. All through the weekend artists coated the partitions and areas across the Artwork Backyard in colourful and delightful work. It was superb to see the area come to life increasingly more every time I handed by it.
Wildlands (Major Stage)
That is the place all of the ridiculousness went down! Coated in lovely pastel tarps, the primary stage (Wildlands) had sufficient area for virtually the entire pageant and was the middle of the motion all weekend. All the headlining names performed right here to a sea of loopy dancers, humorous doof sticks, and teams of glad pals.
The manufacturing worth was implausible all over the place, however the Funktion One bassline particularly moved the gang into a fantastic unison at The Wildlands stage.
The Grove Stage
This was the place that all the time had quirky stay music and jam bands happening in any respect hours. I noticed some devices I had by no means seen earlier than, stay trumpet/sax/flute, and a few hilariously catchy beats right here. If there was an act that featured extra reside parts, it will certainly carry out right here at The Grove stage.
Deep Jungle Stage
The Deep Jungle Stage was truly situated nearer to the campgrounds than anything, which was barely deceptive as a result of judging from it’s identify you’d assume you’d have to go on a couple of hour trek by way of the bush to get there 😛 This stage was an exquisite painted wooded bird-like construction with stairs to climb up and social gathering above the gang. It unfold out like a fowl’s wings in an almost-semicircle across the crown, with the dj enjoying contained in the hen’s beak. It was actually lovely and complimented the forest completely.
There have been usually deeper vibes right here, with good home, tech home, and techno beats emanating from inside the timber.
This was a enjoyable grownup playground with a hammock chill space and an enormous wooded pirate ship with a mirror maze inside.
Markets and Meals
The primary grass (learn: dust) space of the pageant was bordered on all sides with stalls with the whole lot you’ll be able to think about. There have been dozens of meals stalls (it was unimaginable to determine what to get) additionally dozens of market stalls (any doof garments you might ever need) and in addition smaller tents with issues like henna and shiatsu therapeutic massage. See under for more information on meals.
Strawberry Fields Crowd
The gang right here have been of all ages (properly, 18+) and usually Aussie. In fact nearly all of individuals have been younger however you’d see the veteran doofers right here and there nonetheless training and perfecting their craft 😉 I met some Brits and Irish, however most people at Strawberry Fields pageant have been Australian, and at that I might say most have been even based mostly in Melbourne. I’ve heard it stated that Strawberry tends to have a little bit of a youthful crowd and I might say that that is true – Strawberry Fields pageant is usually individuals’s ‘first doof’ and you can inform that many faces might have been youthful and newer to the scene.
nevertheless, I did discover that the individuals right here have been all utterly into it and knew how to do a correct doof. Everybody was dressed up to the nines, getting bizarre in the absolute best approach, assembly strangers, sharing moments, and usually simply being superior. I didn’t come throughout one individual right here who was a nasty vibe or didn’t understand how to carry/deal with themselves in a pageant state of affairs.
The one factor I discovered unimpressive concerning the Strawberry crowd was a little bit of lack of respect for garbage… okay an enormous one. It appeared to me that the gang mentality took over everybody’s animal brains upon seeing one or two individuals throw trash on the bottom… ultimately everybody was doing it. It was an enormous disgrace to see a number of the youthful doofers carelessly tossing their cans and bottles onto the bottom anticipating somebody to clear up after them at a pageant that sound be ‘leave no trace.’
There have been garbage bins everywhere in the grounds and all the time simply reachable, however like I stated as soon as individuals noticed it occurring it appeared to worsen and worse. Veteran doofers picked up some slack by accumulating garbage right here and there and reprimanding those that littered, as did useful volunteers. The grounds have been fairly despicable after the pageant as properly with tents and trash strewn concerning the grounds. However I feel it might be a crowd mentality and a little bit of a scarcity of schooling for the youthful partiers – it was simply unlucky to see. When you’re going subsequent yr, don’t overlook to respect the unimaginable venue so Strawberry Fields Pageant can happen for years to come.
Lastly, it did appear sometimes to me that the gang have been extra there for the social gathering than the music. As a lover of music in addition to the complete pageant expertise, I observed that a number of the individuals actually simply appeared to place themselves on the stage and transfer to the music it doesn’t matter what it was, and not using a strong appreciation or information of who was enjoying or how they have been enjoying it. Now this didn’t go for completely everybody by any means (LOTS of individuals knew the music and knew it properly), and different individuals’s lack of expertise of the music in fact doesn’t have an effect on anybody else’s expertise however their very own. However, I had to observe it – that is one thing I’ve heard Aussies say about how Strawberry Fields pageant has modified through the years to grow to be extra of a mainstream celebration than a doof.
The vibe right here is mild and ethereal, with a sense of enjoyable, happiness, and wierdness going via the air! You can inform that everybody right here has been ready for this weekend for a very long time and is having fun with it to the fullest by dressing up, dancing, and having enjoyable with their associates.
Strawberry Fields could be very excessive power and really open, with most strangers keen to have a chat, hug, or high-five with any random one that might stroll by. In my eyes, that is the very best approach for a pageant to be! Nobody appeared to be ‘too cool’ right here, everybody was an enormous household.
There was undoubtedly an enormous get together vibe at this pageant, with a lot of individuals out to celebration exhausting. That being stated, I once more didn’t witness any individuals who couldn’t deal with themselves within the state of affairs they’d chosen or went too exhausting. It was a caring surroundings with individuals searching for his or her buddies whereas having a superb time.
Strawberry Fields Environment/Decorations
As a music and humanities pageant, Strawbs did have a very good quantity of artwork scattered across the venue. From a number of bigger and extra central picket installations like a climbable ball, a tall pyramid, an enormous wooded hammock construction, a coloful mist-spraying tree, and a few extra summary buildings, to a specified artwork space with stay portray, it will be arduous not to recognize at the least some artwork.
The “Monoss” artwork gallery and hammock construction was the middle for artwork at Strawberry Fields Pageant. It was right here that artists did reside portray in all types of psychedelic and colourful patterns, and the place there was a lot of artwork and images from earlier installations of the pageant on show. Contained in the Artwork Backyard you might additionally buy merchandise, or just gaze on the work of some numerous but equally unimaginable totally different artists. It was an exquisite area of a bit extra peace and quiet, the place you possibly can get away from the vibrating basslines and absorb some creativity.
Aside from these areas, there was extra artwork scattered right here and there, lanterns and colourful issues hanging from timber, a great deal of fairy lights that might come alive at nightfall, wooded doorways crafted from branches, and rather more. All of this got here along with the daylight shining by means of the kicked-up mud amidst the tall wildlands timber to create a vibe of complete magic. Sundown within the Wildlands was a spectacle, and also you’d be lacking out in case you didn’t spend at the very least a little bit of quiet time sitting within the timber and appreciating the environment.
Sasha throwing down his sundown set
Strawberry Fields Lineup/Music/Artists
Strawberry hosted a various lineup principally inside the home, techno, disco, and funk genres. For extra reside music, jam bands, funk, and soul, you possibly can head to The Tea Lounge and to The Grove levels. Every time I handed by any of those there was all the time a very fascinating vibe happening with the extra artistic forms of reside music on show. Some headliners right here included Max Graef, Dirtwire, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Danika Smith.
The Wildlands Stage hosted a lot of the greater names of the weekend and headliners. Bringing within the basic home music have been the likes of Sasha, Honey Dijon, Oona Dahl, Carl Craig, Blond:ish, and Andhim, with some techno legends like Peter Van Hoesen and DJ Nobu elevating the power later into the night time. Nicola Cruz slayed the trippy tribal beats throughout his legendary distinctive afternoon set. The Deep Jungle stage hosted extra of the deeper vibes comparable to DJ Seinfeld, Hoj, and Township Revolt. You might all the time head to The Seashore stage within the day for the extra chilled out and ‘beachy’ vibes to hear when you swim and lay out within the solar.
One factor that’s for positive is that the headliners have been supplemented by all types of awesomeness that I didn’t know by identify however completely loved the beats of. That is the kind of pageant the place you typically get extra drawn in by DJ’s you don’t know. you’d typically find yourself dancing for hours at at stage you didn’t even intend to go to within the first place, and depart with some new favourite artists to lookup if you get residence.
Buddies preparing on the campsite
Strawberry Fields Tenting
After ready in line to have wristbands checked and placed on, you’ll be let loose into the massive tenting areas. Apparently the tenting areas have modified prior to now editions of Strawberry Fields, however this yr they have been principally in giant open grass/dust fields. The road to get in a number of hours after the gate opening couldn’t have taken far more than about 30-45 minutes, which isn’t too dangerous contemplating the quantity of individuals. Automobiles cut up into a number of strains to examine tickets and have been then let in.
A couple of totally different large tenting areas have been wrapped like a glove across the pageant website. These have been divided into two principal areas, Redgum and Woperana, and in the event you seemed on the map you can place your tenting space on a grid that corresponded to a letter and a quantity. This was extraordinarily handy to discover individuals, provided that that they had a map and knew which spot they have been at! I undoubtedly heard lots of people exchanging their letter-and-number tenting areas with others for a neater meetup afterward.
The tenting areas had most important roads and so on going via them, making most areas fairly simply accessible by automotive. The tenting prolonged all alongside one aspect of the venue and on both aspect of the primary entrance street. Most tenting was such an in depth strolling distance to the venue that it was fairly straightforward simply to stroll again to the tents to seize some beers or relaxation for a bit in case you needed to. This was a fantastic profit of getting a reasonably compact venue – nothing eas ever too distant.
The Strawberry Fields tenting had bogs scattered right here and there (often inside 5 minutes of any campsite) with water refill stations and a few medic tents and that alongside the totally different streets. There was one bathe space.
Greatest Strawberry Fields Tenting Spots
A lot of the tenting areas are fairly open to the solar, and it was exhausting to discover the stray tree right here and there in the midst of the campgrounds to arrange underneath to seize some shade. I might advocate both getting in very early and taking one of many perhaps Four-5 timber in the primary Redgum space, bringing loads of shade buildings and EZ-ups on your tent and your group chill area, or probably establishing on the very again of the tenting space close to the street to get in, which is absolutely coated in timber however a bit hilly and farther away. You’ll see it once you drive in! Establishing close to the glamping tents would even be a good suggestion and really shut, however no shade.
Glamping at Strawberry Fields Pageant
Strawbs did have glamping choices out there, referred to as “WOW” tents. There have been a couple of totally different sizes of those and primarily they have been both large teepee shade buildings or pre-erected bell tents for 2-10 individuals.
There have been 4 totally different WOW choices out there, from the ‘Wildlands Wonder’ tent for 2 with a reminiscence foam mattress, energy, lighing, mirrors, and a fan, to the ‘Doofers Dream’ and the ‘doofers den’ with comparable facilities for up to 5 individuals however one with BYO linens, to the ‘Basic Bell Tent’ which is pre-erected however BYO every thing else. There have been choices for everybody!
Tenting Facilities, Showers, And so forth
Since tenting was so extremely shut to the pageant, and since there was no border/entrance/barrier between the tenting and the precise venue, the pageant facilities and the tenting facilities have been one and the identical.
Once more, there have been drop bogs scattered by way of the campgrounds, most of which have been stored pretty clear. There have been water refilling stations subsequent to most loos.
The Strawberry Fields tenting did have some showers, situated close to the primary entrance subsequent to the glamping areas, if anybody was truly so inclined as to take a bathe. You might stroll to the showers or pull the basic child wipe wipe-down, which lots of people did. 😛
A Bongo Drumming + Rhythm Class
Some therapeutic massage and stretching happening outdoors the Monoss Artwork Backyard
Pageant Facilities – Different Stuff to Do
As I’ve already talked about, there have been tons extra issues to do at Strawberry Fields pageant than simply doof your little coronary heart away (though that’s high quality too!). Strawberry boasted a implausible lineup of roaming performers, workshops and courses, reside artwork and portray, actions, and LOTS of gourmand meals and drinks.
Many might not have particularly recognized it, however Strawbs has simply as an in depth of a lineup in efficiency, artwork, and workshops because it did in music and meals. Certainly you had to put in a little bit of effort to make a few of the exhibits at Monoss, see the roving performers, and make it to yoga courses on time, however to me it’s also an essential a part of a transformational pageant to make it to some, properly… transformational experiences.
I went into most of this above however will embrace one other abstract of additional Strawberry Fields pageant activitied under.
Workshops – Tea Lounge
The Tea Lounge and Village had therapeutic massage, bongo drumming, yoga, meditation, hula hooping, tarot card studying, all several types of tea, jam and funk bands, and fascinating discussions.
Monoss Artwork Courses + Roaming Performers
Monoss was the middle for reside artwork and workshops. Artwork workshops included issues like pottery and macrame. Every day there was an aerial hour close to the hammock construction with superb aerial artists doing their factor. There have been hearth spinners, stomach dancers, twirlers, and extra who would street across the pageant grounds creating much more magic.
There have been almost as many epic market stalls at Strawbs as there have been superb meals stands. The markets had lots of epic and eclectic doof garments, however had different issues like sun shades, hear dreading, henna tattoos, and extra.
See under for particulars!
A number of the shaded area close to the handfuls of meals stalls
Strawberry Fields Lodging
I do assume you might keep in Tocumwal in case you actually need to, however as I all the time say, you’re doing it flawed should you don’t camp at festivals. The tenting right here is freaking superior and a lot enjoyable, and its cool sufficient/ends early sufficient to sleep at night time too.
Should you’re completely adamant not to camp, there are motels in Tocumwal and Airbnb’s as properly. However, driving would undoubtedly be a busy expertise every day with an enormous police presence, and getting out and in would doubtless be extra hassle than it’s value. There’s a shuttle bus from/to Tocumwal from the venue nevertheless it’s solely on Friday and Sunday for many who take the practice. Creating an superior tenting haven for you and your folks in the best choice.
Strawberry Fields Transportation
I might say most individuals at Strawberry Fields Pageant both drove themselves, rented a bus amongst buddies, or took one of many Strawberry official busses from the town in Melbourne. The official shuttle bus was undoubtedly the simplest and least expensive choice at solely $25, however it bought out in a short time.It was actually handy to share an enormous 24-person bus amongst pals and cut up prices, and never have to fear about all of the loopy drug testing upon exit of the venue – see ‘security’ part under!
Lastly, it was attainable to take public transport from Melbourne to Tocumwal by way of Shepparton. For anybody ready on the Tocumwal practice station that they had a bus to the pageant venue.
Parking is just amongst the tenting space wherever you desire to, or wherever they shuffle you into as you arrive. I didn’t see a lot shuffling because it was primarily a free-for-all camping-wise, so long as you parked inside the designated strains. If there was any assigned tenting, I didn’t see it as we merely drove into the location and drove round till we noticed a spot we favored.
Just some menu choices on the Aussie meals stand!
Strawberry Fields Meals/Drink
Strawberry Fields Meals
Strawberry Fields was virtually simply as a lot a meals pageant because it was a music pageant! They took a substantial amount of delight of their in depth meals choices, whicvh lined a goof few hundred meters of the primary pageant space. There have been dozens of meals stands and also you have been actually spoilt for selection when it got here to deciding simply which stalls to allot your every day meals consumption to.
A few of the hottest meals stalls have been gourmand grilled cheese, Mexican meals/tacos/nachos, Greek gyros, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, Indian wraps, and loaded fries. Another stands round included Acai Bowls/Superfoods, gourmand burgers, noodles, Japanese road meals, pizza, and extra. There was even a basic Aussie tent that bought $three sausages in bread amongst different classics like brekkie rolls. Here’s a detailed listing of all of the meals… yummmm!
Strawberry Area Drinks
Strawbs was a FULL BYO pageant – no bars or drinks obtainable onsite! This may sound humorous however in actuality it’s completely superior. Individuals dragged their coolers round with them from stage to stage, cracking open one other chilly one actually from proper at their ft every time they felt prefer it.
That being stated, there was no glass allowed. I need to say that they didn’t actually seek for glass upon entry, but when somebody noticed you strolling round with glass onsite they might ask you to throw it away when you completed it.
Daytime seashore chilling
A fantastic henna tattoo
Strawberry Fields Tickets Prices + Costs
Tickets embrace tenting and entry Friday to Monday, and price about $250 early fowl to about $300 last launch.
Automotive Passes value $30 (and don’t promote out) and early entry for Thursday night time is about one other $100 per automotive. Not all the things is open on Thursday, however it’s nice for getting a great spot and testing the grounds earlier than they turn out to be too crowded.
Should you needed a WOW tent you would add one other few hundred bucks relying on how many individuals and which tent you bought. Think about your meals every day, BYO alcohol and different drinks, ice, and tenting stuff, and make your price range for the weekend.
Only a coupla kind-looking safety dudes making their spherical on the seashore
Strawberry Fields Safety
There was a heightened police presence going to/from Strawberry Fields pageant, as can apparently be anticipated at just about all Australian festivals. You can anticipate:
Getting to the Venue
There have been random police/canine checks on the best way into the venue on the primary street to/from Tocumwal. It didn’t appear that too many automobiles have been pulled over into the safety/canine exams (my bus didn’t get stopped) however they have been undoubtedly obvious. I solely noticed one police/canine checking space on our approach in and there have been perhaps Four-5 automobiles in it and the identical quantity of police automobiles.
Stepping into the Venue
There was no particular safety verify upon entry – it appeared that the pageant left that duty to the native police who did a a lot good job with it! After ready in line outdoors the doorway they scanned everybody’s tickets and gave out wristbands. Some might have completed a fast automotive examine or appeared for glass, however with my car there was nothing.
On the Venue
As soon as contained in the Strawberry Fields pageant venue, there was not an excessive amount of safety. There was a better presence of volunteers who roamed round checking that every thing/everybody was all good. There have been undoubtedly some police roaming round right here and there, usually in groups of two and simply strolling by means of the grounds checking on issues. They appeared pretty chilled nevertheless.
Leaving the Venue
Upon exit from Strawberry fields pageant, there have been TONS of cops doing testing for every type of alcohol and medicines. There have been a number of breath exams inside the first few miles of the venue, and I might say most automobiles received pulled in to be examined (whereas busses have been protected). Australia is extraordinarily critical about their driving legal guidelines, and if can be dangerous for anybody to drive in the event that they shouldn’t.
Nevertheless, inside the venue, you might might pay for a preliminary alcohol/drug check to be sure to’re all good. The strains for these checks have been understandably lengthy as everybody needed to ensure that to keep protected and guarantee they have been okay to get their buddies residence.
Yep, that’s me, with my tiny hand. 😛
Pleased Strawberry Fields pageant boy
The loos have been lengthy blocks drop bogs set across the venue, painted throughout their fronts. At that, they have been truly actually good for drop bogs! They have been the type of sanitary bin drop bogs with sawdust to put in after you do your corporation, which helps them not to odor! They being stated, many doofers can’t actually be trusted to keep in mind to pout sawdust in. All in all of the loos have been actually not too dangerous and I might say they almost all the time had rest room paper in them, which can also be spectacular.
Solely like, 1/three of the seller stands at Strawbs!
The Strawberry Fields climate is sort of good in November within the Wildlands. It ranged from very heat to scorching within the day, and undoubtedly obtained chilly at night time. The temperatures on both aspect of the spectrum have been usually very manageable, with a small fur or mild jacket sufficient to maintain you heat at night time. In the course of the day it typically obtained a bit too scorching within the solar, however many individuals arrange within the shade, had water spray bottles, or most significantly took a dip within the Murray River to cool off.
The Murray River is actually probably the greatest promoting factors of Strawberry Fields pageant, with its crisp and chilly water doing an ideal job to settle down your physique temperature to the right degree earlier than you head again out into the solar. Plenty of individuals took the chance to lay out and work on their tan. Jsut keep in mind sunscreen is additional necessary right here!
Strawberry Fields Clothes + Style
Strawberry Fields clothes was the basic doof/celebration apparel, with every thing bizarre inspired probably the most. It does appear that doofs/burns/festivals are taking over a lifetime of their very own when it comes to style, with leotards and fishnets paired with chunky boots, sparkles, wigs, and physique paint paramount for women and get together shirts (loopy patterned button-ups) and foolish tights for the blokes,
I might say when you have been packing to gown up at Strawberry, deliver sparkles, colours, chaps, every thing colourful spandex, necklaces, glitter, wigs, celebration shirts, something robotic or shiny, leotards, foolish jewellery or equipment, fishnets, bathing fits, loopy tights, physique chains, gloves, high-waisted swimmer bottoms, foolish hats or headdresses, huge sun shades, fur coats, foolish patterns, and something brilliant and foolish.
Many individuals had hilarious ‘doof sticks’ (as they name them in Australia; we name them ‘totems’ at house) within the crowds to assist discover their pals. The doof sticks right here have been in all probability the funniest out of any pageant I’ve been to, with punny jokes and hilarious footage holding excessive within the sky. I even noticed a man who introduced a vacuum cleaner to the primary stage and was hilariously pretending to vacuum up the filth whereas sporting octopus tentacles as arms, and it made my day! These sorts of occasions actually allow to to act like a child once more, and something goes. I ended up making associates with this man as a result of I used to be sporting a tiny mini-hand on certainly one of my fingers and high-fived his tentacles with it. 😛
Strawberry Fields Timings
Early entry started from 2pm Thursday, with common entry at 12pm Friday,
Music ran till about 2:30/3am Friday and Saturday. On Sunday the primary levels stopped at 7pm and the Tea Lounge stopped at 930pm.
I discovered this early ending time extraordinarily unusual and unfavorable, however as this was my first actual Aussie doof I didn’t understand that many festivals apparently run like this? I perceive the intention of getting individuals out early, however as most individuals take Mondays off of labor after festivals anyway I noticed it as an pointless restrict to the enjoyable. Relatively than get individuals to depart early, this early ending time simply made everybody return and throw campsite events and run amuck across the pageant grounds making an attempt to discover different issues to do.
I most undoubtedly didn’t go to mattress early that night time, most individuals simply hopped from campsite to campsite in search of renegade events and making an attempt to squeeze the final drops out of an epic weekend. For me this was probably the most unusual and disappointing elements of the pageant – it was just like the final half of day three (type of like, 1/6 of the pageant when you assume ab out it) was randomly eliminated, which I’ve by no means seen at festivals on the opposite 5 continents. However once more, all over the place is totally different and there’s logic behind it someplace, I suppose.
Strawberry Fields Volunteering
Strawberry Fields had an excellent volunteer program the place you’d trade three Four-hour shifts in your pageant ticket. Volunteers got here in three differing types:
Common: Labored on the gate giving/checking tickets, directing visitors, or serving to with trash and recycling.
Hurt Discount: did issues like carrying water round to individuals who wanted it (cups and all), checking that issues have been usually going nicely and radio’ing in something that was not (any individuals needing assist, lacking water stations, working loos, and so forth)
Wilderness Restoration: Helped clear up after the pageant and restore the Wildlands to their ‘leave no trace’ coverage commonplace.
Cash labored usually at Strawbs – pay for issues with card or money. Some meals stalls solely took money. There was an ATM on website.
Only one extra dose of weirdness on your day 😛
Strawberry Fields Cell Telephone Service
Telephone service was spotty on the pageant. There have been sure locations you would get a name or textual content by way of, or an e-mail learn, however usually you wouldn’t have the opportunity to load issues like movies, social media, or many web pages. I solely used my telephone to take pictures and movies which I posted to my story after the very fact. Aside from that it’s a good suggestion to unplug and benefit from the second! You can see my Strawberry Fields story on the highlights on my instagram.
Remaining Strawberry Fields Ideas
- Ensure that to take outing of dancing to take a look at all the opposite issues on supply! Pencil in at the very least one yoga class, artwork workshop, or enjoyable session. It’s a lot extra fulfilling to know you made probably the most out of all that was out there.
- Do know the music earlier than you go! Analysis a bit on artists you favor and familiarize your self with elements of the lineup.
- THROW AWAY YOUR GOD DAMN TRASH. If every individual simply takes care of their very own sh*t, ther pageant can be spotless. It’s not that tough. It’s truly unhappy how arduous individuals make it appear. Don’t be careless for the unimaginable venue that Strawberry Fields pageant is fortunate to have. If you would like to maintain coming again, pull your weight!
- Swim within the Murray every morning earlier than you get all prepared. It’s truthfully THE BEST THING. Nothing is extra refreshing!
- Don’t overlook to eat! There’s a lot superb meals there it will be foolish to miss out on making an attempt some. I assumed I might attempt to get monetary savings and convey my very own meals however it’s truthfully value splurging on a few of these meals stalls.
- Spend a minimum of a while testing the stay portray and artwork gallery.
- Attempt the ferris wheel! Why not?
Don’t Overlook to pin this Strawberry Fields pageant evaluate + Information!
A tremendous portray being executed stay
Thanks for internet hosting me, Strawbs! As all the time, all phrases are my very own…. I had the time of my life!