From Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April, the competition will see the enduring Bambra Bowl come to life.
A part of the Otway Hinterland, Bambra is surrounded by rolling hills and bushland, solely a stone’s throw away from the Otway Nationwide Park in all its pure wonders. It isn’t all the time a spot individuals would go to throughout a visit down the Nice Ocean Highway, however for the previous few years, there’s been one superb motive to.
Cherished Victorian surf coast competition Meadow, beforehand often known as By The Meadow, is a three-day tenting competition within the Bambra space on Gulidjan, Gadubanud and Wadawurrung land.
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Regularly evolving and now in its ninth yr, this competition is correct now on the peak of its recreation, promising one more three-day two-night exploration of genre-expanding native and worldwide dwell music in 2023.
From Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April, the competition will see the enduring Bambra Bowl come to life by an unmissable lineup headlined by Philadelphia’s lo-fi rocker Kurt Vile and his band The Violators, London’s post-punk revivalists and noise rock band Black Midi , and nationwide favorites in Jen Cloher, Kučka, Money Savage & The Final Drinks, Massive Scary, Agung Mango and plenty of extra.
Vastly totally different to the wild, raucous Falls festivities that used to go down in Lorne over New 12 months, Meadow merely began as a twenty first celebration for Pageant Director Cameron Wade, which has organically grown into an annual occasion, capped at 1,500 tickets and centered on making a small, musically-minded neighborhood.
“As an independently run competition, we have been counting on the eagerness of our small crew, the generosity of our mates and neighborhood and loads of hope to maintain the wheels spinning over the previous few years,” says Wade.
“As issues very slowly return to regular we’re over the moon to have the ability to current a program nearer to what we have all the time hoped Meadow may very well be.”
Birthed by a love of all issues music, good occasions and even higher mates, the Bambra-based competition boasts a communal presence that merely can’t be solid, the place everybody camps collectively on the occasion website beneath the open skies and reception is proscribed, providing the right probability to disconnect.
Now within the wake of 2022’s homegrown celebration together with Tropical Fuck Storm, Methyl Ethyl, and Maple Glider, this subsequent chapter of Meadow is certain to cowl each inch of the music spectrum and is one for the historical past books, promising to attract an ideal mix of local people members, dwell music lovers and pure partygoers to the Otways.
“We have booked a number of of probably the most progressive worldwide performers and songwriters to affix a few of our favourite modern musicians from Victoria (and Australia),” Wade explains.
“Total the 2023 lineup represents a various cross-section of music proper now and our favourite half is that we’re presenting all of it from a small stage with a most capability of simply 1500 individuals on the base of the Bambra Bowl. There aren’t many locations the place you’ll be able to see acts like Kurt Vile or Black Midi, alongside thrilling native expertise like Daine and Jen Cloher, in such an intimate atmosphere. We’re very pleased with this.”
For a extra in-depth have a look at what Meadow 9 presents, the competition might be welcoming Kurt Vile & The Violators (US) again to Australia, promising to deal with crowds to previous classics and new gems from Vile’s vibrant but meditative 2022 album Watch My Strikes . Becoming a member of Vile, from overseas, is Black Midi (UK) who’re limbering as much as explode onto the stage with their fastidiously curated chaos, equal components intense, absurdist and theatrical.
Amongst this expansive lineup, there’s something for everybody, whether or not it is the taut terse model of rock charged by Jen Cloher’s incisive beneficiant songwriting or tracks that can shake the gum timber from digital producer Kučka who is not any stranger to festivals having shared the stage with Flume at Coachella and a number of headline units at Darkish Mofo and Vivid in 2022 alone.
Bringing the entrancing and stomping vitality is native heavyweights Money Savage & The Final Drinks, alongside songs from the uncooked and restlessly progressive indie duo Massive Scary or the unapologetic free-flowing bars of underground rapper Agung Mango.
For people who flourish within the deepest components of the evening, Meadow’s stage will host a few of Australia’s most interesting selectors and producers after darkish. From Sydney, Mall Seize collaborator Loods will carry his collection of 2022 dancefloor hits from a European summer season stint straight to the Bambra Bowl alongside native favourite Rona and the eclectic sonic stylings of Ayebatonye.
However, that is not all, different native movers and shakers embody Daine, Mirasia, Ruby Gill, Komang, Gena Rose Bruce, Supply, Dr Positive’s Uncommon Follow Workhorse, Method Dynamic, Wildfire Manwurrk will all be hitting the Meadow stage with DJs to be introduced in February.
Working from early Friday night till simply after noon on Sunday, there’s music for almost all of that point, however it’s not an awesome program regardless of how stacked the lineup is. All of it occurs on one stage, Meadow Music Pageant presents uniquely intimate performances with no overlapping set occasions, completely curated for the audiences who attend every year and for artists who wish to be heard. Revitalizing the competition expertise, it is right here you will discover music lovers discovering new music, and never hanging on the campsite ready for probably the most notable bands to start.
Utilizing a few of Australia’s most interesting flora as a backdrop, the regional gathering has maintained its intimate aesthetic over time by staying true to its small beginnings and involving native companies, whatever the competition’s ever-growing recognition. Shying away from customary meals vehicles, Meadow opts for native Otway producers as a substitute. There may even be a number of native beer, Otway Hinterland wines and a number of cocktails on provide too.
With the neighborhood at Meadow’s coronary heart, the competition additionally leads the best way in making a sustainable occasion, with a concentrate on lowering its environmental impression as a lot as potential. Right here, all foods and drinks might be served with reusable plates, cutlery and cups. All punters must do is return their empty crockery as soon as they’re completed so the circle continues. BYO drink bottles are additionally inspired.
Constructing on this, all proceeds from automobile passes (wanted by all autos) will assist replanting native timber and shrubs throughout the competition website and surrounding areas (by way of East Otway Landcare).
Oh, and did we point out the competition is a BYO occasion as properly? Between tickets, travelling, meals, merch, lodging, and gumboots, you’ll be able to find yourself spending fairly a reasonably penny on a weekend of enjoyable and music, however these guys have your greatest pursuits at coronary heart. Embrace the privilege of bringing your personal booze however simply keep in mind to go away the glass at residence.
With the backdrop of a rugged edge-of-the-world sort magnificence discovered solely within the Otway Hinterlands, a singular vibe, a killer lineup, no overlapping set occasions and BYO, Meadow Music Pageant is the Victorian boutique music competition that will get it proper .
Common Launch tickets are actually on sale for $285 + BF, youngsters accompanied by adults can be a part of the festivities however require a full ticket, whereas youngsters beneath 12 enter without cost. Bus buses are additionally obtainable to help with transport to the occasion.
Kurt Vile & The Violators (US)
Black Midi (UK)
Money Savage & The Final Drinks
Gena Rose Bruce
Dr Positive’s Uncommon Follow Workhorse
Tickets might be bought by way of www.meadowmf.com