Look, I won’t lie, when I see photos come in every year from Earth Frequency Festival, I have serious FOMO. It just looks stunning. Earth Frequency Festival is a four-day immersion in music, art, performance, community, food, market stalls and a beautiful natural environment.
Offering up an eclectic mix of live music, DJs and serious earth vibes with a fantastic array of camping options (did someone say bell tents), it’s a unique event, held at Ivory’s Rock near Peak Crossing in the Scenic Rim and in 2016 it celebrates its eleventh anniversary.
Festival Director Paul Abad says he’s honoured and overjoyed to be returning to the incredible venue.
“It has to be one of the best set up event venues in Australia and it’s loved by our audience,” Paul told Blank GC. But as with many festivals, it’s a sensitive process to host live music events in special places.
“It has been a more drawn out process this year with some community feedback,” Paul said. “So I urge everyone to read the venue information on the website and to help us maintain a respectful presence for the local hosting community.”
Paul said that up until this year’s event, the festival has grown organically and at its own pace but there has been some directed evolution with the EFF team wanting to see the event reach its full potential.
“This year we are capping numbers at 5000 and we think this is a perfect level for an event of this kind,” Paul explained. “So now it’s a matter of maintaining the special vibe it’s known for, perfecting our systems around a fixed number of people, and getting the most out of it in terms of creative potential for future years.”
“There will be some changes to the flow of music and the running times, but all the essential parts of the festival that make Earth Frequency what it is will be there, bigger and better,” Paul said.
It’s a challenge for any festival director to pore through their own program and pick highlights, but Paul does so for Blank readers.
“Blue King Brown is an act we’re very happy to hosting – one of Australia’s stand out roots/reggae bands, with a very conscious message and great vibe, they are sure to be a highlight,” he said.
“Chali 2na and the Funk Hunters will be a great set too – modern glitch-hop and drum and bass beats with the legendary rapper from Jurassic 5 up there on stage!”
“I’m also really looking forward to Day.Din and Boris Brejcha who are both from Germany, and are world class acts in the genres of progressive trance and minimal techno.”
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Earth Frequency Festival 2016 takes place at Ivory’s Rock 12 – 15 February. More at earthfrequency.com.au.