Meredith Music Festival in Victoria has developed a reputation that is envied (and even emulated) by many of the countless festivals around the country. For its 24th year, the friendly festival that lets you BYO couches and booze drew over 12,000 peeps from far and wide to discover (and rediscover) what it is that makes this festival so damn spesh.
A great festival experience isn’t just about the line-up (even though this year featured some stellar acts like The War On Drugs, The Lemonheads, Ghostface Killah and the epic Jagwar Ma). It’s also about the community spirit, the beautiful natural amphitheatre (the ‘Sup’), the amenities and set-up, and Aunty Meredith’s strict “no dickheads” policy – all creating an atmosphere that keeps punters coming back year after year.
Sometimes, simplicity delivers the deepest of pleasures. There’s only one stage at Meredith. Sets are longer. Queues are shorter. There’s a decent break time between acts. You don’t have to research the program and make tough decisions on who you want to see (and possibly miss out on another choice act because you’ve gotta trek through mud for 20 minutes to make it to the other stage).
At Meredith, you get to sit back in your own comfy couch or camp chair, chill, and enjoy the band without exhausting yourself through FOMO. Simple. We really like this.
Compost Dunnies Are Much Better Than Portaloos At A Three-day Festival
If you’ve been to a few festivals like we have, you’ll know the fear of Day Three when you need to queue for the portaloo. Well, compost dunnies are different. Seriously. The silent sawdust flush minimizes the Day Three gag-factor.
And if you happened to stumble into loo number 29 at Meredith, no doubt it became your throne of choice. It was decked out like something you’d expect to see in a sleazy celebrity’s L.A. mansion circa 1979. We’re talking fringed light shade, floral wallpaper, gilt-edged mirror and more. Who’d have thought a loo could be so spesh.
Courtney Barnett Made Two Stage Appearances
While she’s scheduled for Meredith’s sister festival Golden Plains in March 2015, the busy Miss Barnett wasn’t on this year’s Meredith bill but she was playing guitar with Jen Cloher on Sunday.
Not only that, she joined Evan Dando on stage for a super sweet duet. Dando played a couple of catchy acoustic numbers solo before the duet, commenting that he was having a fun Meredith and that he’d always wanted to check it out (Aunty Meredith, your reputation really does travel well). The rest of the Lemonheads then joined Dando on stage and rocked out a smashing final Sunday set.