Strawberry Fields marks the beginning of Australia’s Spring season with a soul-warming event that helps shake off those winter cobwebs.
The festival had already released an impressive line-up including the likes of Moodymann, Roy Rosenfeld, Omar S and Kiasmos.
Adding to the line-up are another 30 artists including London’s soulful house DJ Shy One, jazz aficionados Claps and kings of b2b2b Sky High Trio. There are also a series of stage takeovers adding to the already jam-packed line-up.
Melbourne radio station PBS FM is hosting a stage featuring some of its most loved DJs including Ella Stoeckli, Firas, Friday Young, Lloyd Briggs, Mike Guerrieri B2B Shio Otani, Milo Eastwood, Mz Rizk and Zepherin Saint. There will also be a sunset DJ set from Massive Attack’s Daddy G.
Deep Jungle will take over the exciting new riverside location and consists of an old school bus converted into a multi-level neon rave paradise.
Resident Advisor will be hosting a stage on Friday that features underground cuts of techno and house with sets from Sassy J, DJ Python, Roza Terenzi, EFFY, Claire Morgan, DJ PGZ, Merve, Hyper Binary, SOJU Gang, Millú and Pjenné.
Major dance arena The Wildlands will see a dramatic facelift with a canopy of tropical themed umbrellas and unique quadraphonic sound system. Geelong wonderkids UNO Events UNO Events will also present a special Wildlands themed showcase featuring Dean Turnley, Elliott Creed and Marli.
If it wasn’t lush enough already, Strawberry’s signature Bush Spa will expand to cater to more patrons with new mineral baths, a Turkish “hammam” steam room, herbal acupuncture and ice bath workshops. A luxurious bedouin lounge – The Mirage Motel – will host nightly Moroccan tea service as well as a series of secret pop up jam sessions from some of the festival line-up.
October will also see the introduction of new lifestyle and wellness hub The Village including two new feature structures – The Shala (a dedicated space for yoga, movement & craft workshops) and The Pavilion (a natural amphitheatre hosting speakers, panel talks and performance).
After revealing an 81% reduction in waste at the most recent Mar/Apr shows, the festival has also reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability with multiple initiatives including a Permaculture Course where patrons will help design and construct bushfood gardens on site. Fully powered by biodiesel, the October show will also feature 100% composting toilets, 100% carbon offset of all transport and an impressive reusable crockery system that has avoided over 100,000 single use items going to landfill since 2019.
Strawberry Fields continues to provide a valuable injection of cash and culture into regional economies. Over $35,000 in grants have recently been awarded to local community groups including the Tocumwal RFS, Barooga Public School, Berrigan CWA and more. The festival has also shared an independent economic impact assessment of the most recent Mar/Apr events showing a contribution of $3.3m to the Berrigan Shire economy and $6.7m in the greater Border region.
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