Meredith Music Festival

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Meredith Music Festival
Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre (night).jpg
Location(s) Victoria, Australia
Years active 1991 – present
Date(s) 11–13 December
Genre various
Website Meredith Music Festival

The Meredith Music Festival (otherwise known simply as Meredith or MMF) is a three-day outdoor music festival held every December at the "Supernatural Amphitheatre",[1] a natural amphitheatre located on private farmland near the town of Meredith in Victoria, Australia. A self-funded, non-commercial event that was first held in 1991,[2] the festival spawned Golden Plains, a music festival that takes place over the Labor Day long weekend in March.[3]

Description[edit]

The festival is held on a private property owned by the family of one of the organisers, Chris Nolan[4] near the town of Meredith. Since the Nolans own the site, permanent infrastructure has been built including showers, compost toilets, and recycled water with the surrounding areas setup for usage of tents, vans, caravans or motorhomes. The culture and music of the festival reflects the strength, and diversity of the Melbourne and surrounding music scene. Warren Ellis (musician) (Dirty Three / Grinderman) referred to it as "the world's best festival" in a recent interview.[5]

Artist Lineup[edit]

Attractions[edit]

  • The Meredith Gift (a reference to the Stawell Gift) is a nude running race, with the chance to win The Golden Jocks trophy.[6]
  • The Pink Flamingo Bar, an ever-popular cocktail bar [7]
  • A sportsfield which includes the Meredith Eye ferris wheel.[8]
  • The Ecoplex Cinema displays both short and feature length films, including outdated informational films, advertisements and television shows intended to humour the audience.[9]

Ticketing[edit]

The event is usually "sold out" before the date. Ticketing is implemented via a system which sees the first allocation distributed through a 'Subscriber Ticket Ballot' - allowing half of the total allocation of tickets randomly distributed to 'subscribers' already on MMF's email list. Subscribers are notified in August and need to purchase their tickets within a set period of time.[10]

The second allocation is sold in record stores in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and the Surf Coast as has been the case in previous years. These go on sale after the Ballot closes. The third allocation is distributed online.[10]

Then...finally...despite all our best efforts, we assume there will still be some disappointed people out there. So...in an effort to mend some potential broken hearts...there will be a finite quantity of tickets issued by Aunty at her complete personal discretion. These will be allocated to some of those that she considers to be, for example, most passionate, or deserving, or unlucky, or having traveled the farthest, or been there the most times, etcetera. These can only be applied for after the rest of the tickets have sold out.

—Meredith Music Festival (2008) [11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Time Out Sydney (2007–2012). "Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre". Time Out Sydney. Time Out Group Ltd. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Larissa Dubecki (24 November 2006). "Mud, sweat and beers". The Age. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Consequence of Sound (2007–2011). "Golden Plains 2011". Festival Outlook. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Patrick Donovan, 7 March 2009. "Merediths golden child turns three, and the rock kids join in the party" The Age, Retrieved on 30 July 2009
  5. ^ AAP (9 December 2010). "Meredith is 'world's best festival'". The Age. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Dewi Cooke, 12 December 2005. Meredith Music Festival. The Age, Retrieved on 30 July 2009
  7. ^ "Pink Flamingo Bar · The 19th Meredith Music Festival". 2009.mmf.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  8. ^ Jo Roberts, 14 December 2004 Finding treasure in Meredith. The Age, Retrieved on 30 July 2009
  9. ^ "Ecoplex Cinema · The 19th Meredith Music Festival". 2009.mmf.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  10. ^ a b Michelle Griffin, 9 December 2007. Summer will rock - if you're lucky enough to get a ticket. The Age, Retrieved on 30 July 2009
  11. ^ "The 18th Meredith Music Festival - 12, 13 & 14 December 2008 - Ticketing information". Mmf.com.au. 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°50′48″S 143°55′55″E / 37.84667°S 143.93194°E / -37.84667; 143.93194