Meredith Music Festival

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Meredith Music Festival
Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre (night).jpg
Dates09–11 December 2022
Location(s)Victoria, Australia
Years active1991–2019, 2022–
WebsiteMeredith 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 Labour Day long weekend in March.[3]

At the APRA Music Awards of 2020, the festival won Licensee of the Year Award.[4]

The upcoming 2022 festival is the first to occur in 3 years, following no festival since 2019.


The festival is held on a private property owned by the family of one of the organisers, Chris Nolan[5] 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 set up 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.[6]

Artist lineup[edit]


  • The Meredith Gift (a reference to the Stawell Gift) is a nude running race, with the chance to win The Golden Jocks trophy.[7]
  • The Pink Flamingo Bar, an ever-popular cocktail bar[8]
  • Eric's Terrace, cocktail bar with a large selection of food and drinks.[9]
  • A sportsfield which includes the Meredith Eye Ferris wheel.[10]
  • The Ecoplex Cinema displays both short and feature-length films, including outdated informational films, advertisements and television shows intended to humour the audience.[11]


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.[12]

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.[12]

Then...finally...despite all our best efforts, we assume there will still be some disappointed people out there. 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)[13]

List of Meredith Music Festival lineups by year[edit]

This is a list of Meredith Music Festival lineups by year:

Year Artists
1991[14] The Dead Salesmen, The Boxing Tostados, Kill Sarah, Flamenco Sketches, The Celts, Picko, Ursula's Dream, and more
1992[15] The Dead Salesmen, Guttersnipes, Warner Bros, Kill Sarah, Housewives' Choice, Ripe, Boxing Tostados, Powder Monkeys, Rod, Kipling Ensemble, Picko, Hoss, The Naked King's Servant, The Mavis's, The Nolte Grips, Rob Clarkson
1993[16] The Affected, Icecream Hands, The Plums, Ripe, The Fat Thing, Housewives' Choice, Powder Monkeys, Guttersnipes, Fireballs, Hoss, Billy Baxter, Loin Groin, Kipling Ensemble, Seaweed Goorillas, NKS Jamm, Spiderbait, The Whitlams
1994[17] Dirty Three, Magic Dirt, Spiderbait, Powder Monkeys, Fireballs, The Fauves, Melonman, Cranky, Freeloaders, Manic Suede, Warped, The Vinyl Creatures, Loin Groin, The Family, Spencer P. Jones and the Holyspirits, The Fat Thing, Rio Grande, Sherry Rich and the Grievous Angels
1995[18] Magic Dirt, Rebecca's Empire, Spiderbait, Chris Wilson and Shane O'Mara, The Mark of Cain, Ricaine, Joel Silbersher and Charlie Owen, Combo La Revelacion, Manic Suede, Automatic, Rio Grande, Ammonia, Warped, Sunset Strip, Paintstripper, Fur, Incursion, Powder Monkeys, Louis Tillett and Charlie Owen, Leaping Larry L.
1996[19] Tex, Don and Charlie, Snout, The Dumb Earth, The Mark of Cain, The Paradise Motel, Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, Chris Wilson and Shane O'Mara, Gaslight Radio, Magic Dirt, Ricaine, Crud, Combo La Revelacion, High Pass Filter, Drop City, Rebecca's Empire, Powder Monkeys, Bodyjar, Golden Lifestyle Band, Something for Kate, Screamfeeder, Hoss
1997[20] Jebediah, Custard, Not from There, Crow, X, Dirty Three, Matt Walker with Ashley Davies and Ross Hannaford, The Cruel Sea, Snog, Lisa Miller, Loin Groin, Mississippi Barry, Even, Augie March, Tomorrow People, Combo La Revelacion, Snout, The Dumb Earth, bZARK, Merrick & Rosso
1998[21] The Make-Up, The Meanies, Even, Kerri Simpson's Gospel Mass with Chris Wilson, Something for Kate, Bodyjar, Shihad, Honeysmack, Frontside, Slieker, Tendrils, Matt Walker and Ashley Davies, Custard, Dogbuoy, Beaverloop, Spencer P Jones and the Last Gasp, Velvet Tongue Puppet Rock Experience, Area-7, Augie March, Combo La Revelacion, The Exotics, Ping, Wickid Force Breakers, Voitek, Merrick & Rosso
1999[22] Cat Power, The Donnas, Shihad, The Avalanches, SixFtHick, Tendrils, Jimmy Little, The Rectifiers, Legends of Motorsport, Mach Pelican, Augie March, Not from There, Machine Translations, Magic Dirt, Matt Walker and Ashley Davies, Loin Groin, Motor Ace, Pre.Shrunk, Combo La Revelacion, Rocket Science, Dallas Crane, DJ Dexta, Honeysmack, DJ Slack, DJ Dee Dee, Down Town Brown, Wickid Force Breakers, Damien Lovelock
2000[23] Tim Rogers, Regurgitator, Spiderbait, Resin Dogs, The Posies, Paul Dempsey, Augie March, The Fauves, John Butler Trio, Rocket Science, Testeagles, The Porkers, Combo La Revelacion, The Grand Silent System, On Inc, Spencer P. Jones and the Last Gasp, The Casanovas, SixFtHick, Dallas Crane, DJ Slack, DJ Dee Dee, DJ Slieker, 8Bit, Greg Fleet
2001[24] Augie March, You Am I, Bob Log III, Dexter (with Robbie), The Monarchs, TISM, John Butler Trio, Rocket Science, 1200 Techniques, Superheist, Warped, Combo La Revelacion, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Silver Ray, Prop, The Dave Graney Show, The Drugs, Wetmusik, The Fergs, Greg Fleet, and more
2002[25] Snout, Dallas Crane, Dead Moon, Bob Mould, Sleater-Kinney, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Lisa Miller, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Resin Dogs, Jebediah, The D4, 20 Miles, Jet, Paul Dempsey, 1200 Techniques, James De La Cruz, Darren Hanlon, The Drones, Combo La Revelacion, The Fauves, Hoss, The Sailors, TZU, Chant Down Soundsystem, Adam Simmons Toy Band, The Persian Rugs, The GammaRays, Anthony Menchetti
2003[26] Radio Birdman, Bob Log III featuring The Town Bikes, Mclusky, The Cat Empire, Tim Rogers and the Temperance Union, The Sleepy Jackson, Buck 65, Combo La Revelacion, Xavier Rudd, The Brunettes, Master Khalil Gudaz, The Mess Hall, Magic Dirt, The Shins, The Morning After Girls, Curse Ov Dialect, Ground Components, Augie March, Architecture in Helsinki, The Cants, Dexter, 2Dogs, Modey Lemon, DJ John Idem, SPOD, Beasts of Bourbon, Warped, Clare Bowditch and The Feeding Set, Treetops, Riff Random, Greg Fleet
2004[27] Dexter presents The Shook Daily Crew, Xavier Rudd, My Disco, The Unicorns, Rocket Science, M. Ward, Dirty Three, Dallas Crane, Wolfmother, Sage Francis, Jolie Holland, True Live, Hilltop Hoods, Combo La Revelacion, Young Heart Attack, C. W. Stoneking, Spiderbait, Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males, The Red Eyes, Dynamo, Bass Bin Laden's Ghetto Fabulous Show, Wayne Deakin, Immortal Lee County Killers II, Cobra Killer, Ground Components, 67 Special, Wolf & Cub, Always, theredsunband, Die!Die!Die!, Digger And The Pussycats
2005[28] The Avalanches DJ show, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Cut Copy, The Grates, The Nextmen, Wolfmother, Clare Bowditch and The Feeding Set, City City City, You Am I, Billy Childish and The Buff Medways, Architecture in Helsinki, The Mess Hall, Johnny Idem, Bob Log III (mystery act), Airbourne, Okkervil River, J-Live, Sons and Daughters, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Kills, Matt Walker and Ashley Davies, True Live, Bollywood Spectacular, King Marong and Safara, Peeping Tom, British India, Hoodangers, Young Professionals, Blackalicious, Legends of Motorsport, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Greg Fleet, The Town Bikes
2006[29] My Disco, Girl Talk, Midlake, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Augie March, Datarock, The Presets, Rose Tattoo, Band of Horses, Kid Koala, Edan, Blue King Brown, Combo La Revelacion, Tapes 'n Tapes, Wolf & Cub, Concertino Trio, Spencer P Jones and the Escape Committee, Miso, Macromantics, DJ Ransom, The Drones, Tex Perkins & Tim Rogers (TNT), The Bamboos, Sand Pebbles, Diafrix, Snowman, The New Pornographers, Cornelius, Dallas Crane, Wayne Deakin,[30] City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, The Town Bikes
2007[31] Andrew W.K., Art Brut, Clutch, Cut Copy, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Gossip, Gotye, Junior Reid, Little Red, Midnight Juggernauts, Ned Collette Band, Lady Strangelove, Black Lips, Sarah Blasko, King Brothers, The Smallgoods, Hoodoo Gurus, Dr. Dog, Paris Wells & Thief, Crystal Castles, The Devastations, DJ Ritchie 1250, Root!, Amanda Palmer, The Galvatrons,[32] DJ MuGen, Combo La Revelacion, Black Pony Express, Ooh-ee, Paul Williamson Hammond Combo, Andee Frost, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Angus Sampson, The Town Bikes
2008[33] Adam Green, Architecture in Helsinki, Beaches, Black Diamond Heavies, Dan Sultan, Even, Final Fantasy, Grand Salvo, Holy Fuck, Kram, Little Red, Man Man, MGMT, The Mountain Goats, Muscles, Pilooski, Regurgitator, Tame Impala, Ten East, The Bronx, The Datsuns, The Ruby Suns, The Scientists of Modern Music, T Rek, Violent Soho, Yacht Club DJs, Combo La Revelacion, Saul Williams, Mountains In The Sky, City Of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Streetparty, DJ Shags, Angus Sampson, The Town Bikes
2009[34] Akron / Family, Animal Collective, Bag Raiders, Jarvis Cocker, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Witch Hats, Sia, Paul Kelly, Thee Oh Sees, Royal Crown Revue, The Middle East, Tumbleweed, Heavy Trash, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Why?, Patrick Wolf, Yacht Club DJs, Henrik Schwarz, Nathan Fake, Pharoahe Monch, Kid Sam, Tim Sweeney, Combo La Revelacion, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Kes Band, M.A.F.I.A., Oh Mercy, Regular John, The Dacios, The Fauves, Wagons, Yacht, Angus Sampson, The Town Bikes
2010[35] Neil Finn, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Field, The Reverend Horton Heat, El Guincho, Girls, Dirty Three, Cloud Control, Broadcast, JEFF the Brotherhood, Kimbra, Washed Out, The Fall, Rat Vs Possum, Pantha du Prince, DJ Harvey & DJ Garth, Little Red, Clipse, The Heatwave, Lovefingers, Kyu, Custard, C. W. Stoneking, Sally Seltmann, Those Darlins, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Hoss, Combo La Revelacion, The Dead Salesmen Duo, Puta Madre Brothers, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, DJ MuGen, Angus Sampson, The Town Bikes
2011[36] Grinderman, Cut Copy, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Mudhoney, Ladyhawke, Graveyard Train, Icehouse, Explosions in the Sky, Barbariön, Off!, Gang Gang Dance, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Joelistics, Adalita, Oscar + Martin, Future of the Left, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist, Dennis Cometti, Matt Sonic & The High Times, Frank Fairfield, Big Freedia, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Tim Sweeney, Virgo Four, Harmonic 313, Juiceboxxx, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Eagle & The Worm, Abbe May, The Rechords,[37] The Juan Pablo Family Hour, City Of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Silence Wedge, The Town Bikes, Angus Sampson
2012[38] Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Four Tet, Turbonegro, Grimes, Sunnyboys, Tame Impala, Omar Souleyman, Regurgitator, Big Jay McNeely, Chet Faker, Rahzel & DJ JS-1, Pond, Itch-E & Scratch-E, Twerps, Saskwatch, Hot Snakes, Snakadaktal, DJ Yamantaka Eye, Earthless, The Toot Toot Toots, Meredith Sky Show, Brous, Bitter Sweet Kicks, The Town Bikes, Otologic, Fraser A Gorman & Big Harvest, Angus Sampson, Hiatus Kaiyote, DJ Flagrant VJ Show, City Of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Silence Wedge, Royal Headache, The Murlocs, Boomgates, J.B. Smoove
2013[39] Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Deerhunter, Melvins, Jon Hopkins, Joey Badass, Helmet, Beasts of Bourbon, Spiderbait, Hermitude, Tranter, Le1f, The Bamboos, Roland Tings, Dick Diver, World's End Press, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Tim Sweeney, Derrick May, Andee Frost, Beaches, Davidson Brothers, Oliver Tank, Baptism of Uzi, The Smith Street Band, Mac DeMarco, Courtney Barnett, Stonefield, Warped, D.D Dumbo, Silence Wedge, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, UV Race, Angus Sampson, The Town Bikes
2014[40] The War on Drugs, Tiny Ruins, Ty Segall, De La Soul, Mark Lanegan, Factory Floor, Jagwar Ma, Augie March, Sleep, James Holden, Mia Dyson, Ghostface Killah, The Skatalites, Phosphorescent, Jen Cloher, Cloud Nothings, The Lemonheads, The Town Bikes, The Bombay Royal, Vakula, Silence Wedge, Blank Realm, Painters and Dockers, Sun God Replica, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, The Harpoons, Teeth & Tongue, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Misty Nights, Marlon Williams, Dr Phil Smith, Krakatau, Jess McGuire, Hard-Ons
2015[41] Big Daddy Kane, Bully, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Drug Sweat, Father John Misty, Floating Points, Fatback Band, GL, Goat, Harvey Sutherland, Jess Ribeiro, Jessica Pratt, Julia Holter, Levins, Lucy Cliche, The Peep Tempel, Master Khalil Gudaz, Master Song Tai Chi, Jane Clifton, Meredith Sky Show, Mighty Duke and The Lords, Briggs, Moon Duo, Neon Indian, Optimo, Pearls, Power, Ratatat, Shellac, Silence Wedge, Steve Miller Band, The Thurston Moore Band, Tkay Maidza, Totally Mild, The Town Bikes, Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
2016[42] Peaches, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Sheila E., Angel Olsen, BadBadNotGood, The Triffids, Kelela, Ben UFO, Japandroids, The Congos, Baroness, Archie Roach, Jagwar Ma, Mount Liberation Unlimited, Fred and Toody Cole, Chiara Kickdrum, Cass McCombs, The Goon Sax, Ross Wilson, CC:Disco!, Cable Ties, Wilson Tanner, Silence Wedge, The Sugarcanes, Throwing Shade, The Breadmakers, Mondo Freaks, Miss Destiny, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Master Song Tai Chi, The Town Bikes, Terry, Judith Lucy, Sheer Mag, Dungen
2017[43] Silence Wedge, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Noname, ESG, Total Control, !!!, Future Islands, Warpaint, Downtown Boys, Mark Seymour and The Undertow, Aldous Harding, Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda, Amyl and the Sniffers, Big Thief, Pissed Jeans, Various Asses, Japanese Breakfast, RVG, The Teskey Brothers, Sleep D, The Senegambian Jazz Band, Rings Around Saturn, Kikagaku Moyo, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Miss Blanks, The Stevens, The Exotics, Ross McHenry Trio, Emma Russack, Moopie, Suss Cunts, Meredith Sky Show, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Master Song Tai Chi, Gabriella Bartonova, The Huxleys, Fee B2
2018[44] The Breeders, Billy Bragg, The Presets, Yaeji, Sampa The Great, Panda Bear, The Founding Father of House Lil Louis, Laura Jean, Pond, DJ Jnett, Mambali, Montero, Nadia Rose, The Aints!, The Pharcyde, Mildlife, Mental As Anything, Rosa Terenzi, The Native Cats, Mim Suleiman, Tourist Kid, Time For Dreams, Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, DJ Lady Erica, Ooga Boogas, The Seven Ups, Genesis Owusu, Sui Zhen, Little Ugly Girls, Clypso, Shrimpwitch, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Master Song Tai Chi, Gabriella Bartonova, The Huxleys, Fee B2
2019[45] Liam Gallagher, Róisín Murphy, Briggs, Helena Hauff, Amyl and The Sniffers, DJ Koze, Julia Jacklin, Dead Prez, Viagra Boys, Cate Le Bon, The Egyptian Lover, Christine Anu, LOGIC1000, Jesswar, Stompin' Riffraffs, U-Bahn, Eric Powell, Vanessa Worm, Digital Afrika, Gordon Koang, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, WVR BVBY, Constant Mongrel, Rambl, Diimpa, Sweet Whirl, Karate Boogaloo, The Faculty, Hooligan Hefs, Close Counters, River Yarra, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band, Master Song Tai Chi, Gabriella Bartonova, The Huxleys, Fee B2, Sarah Smith, Geraldine Hickey


Music Victoria Awards[edit]

The Music Victoria Awards are an annual awards night celebrating Victorian music. They commenced in 2006. The award for Best Festival was introduced in 2013.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
Music Victoria Awards of 2013 Meredith Music Festival Best Festival Won [46][47]
Music Victoria Awards of 2014 Meredith Music Festival Best Festival Won
Music Victoria Awards of 2016 Meredith Music Festival Best Festival Won
Music Victoria Awards of 2017 Meredith Music Festival Best Festival Won
Music Victoria Awards of 2018 Meredith Music Festival Best Festival Nominated
Music Victoria Awards of 2019 Meredith Music Festival Best Festival Nominated

See also[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. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  4. ^ Cooper, Nathanael (25 May 2020). "Tones and I, Hilltop Hoods dominate 2020 APRA Music Awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ "Meredith is 'world's best festival'". The Age. Australian Associated Press. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  7. ^ Dewi Cooke, 12 December 2005. Meredith Music Festival. The Age, Retrieved on 30 July 2009
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  9. ^ "Erics Terrance Bar · The 19th Meredith Music Festival". Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  10. ^ Jo Roberts, 14 December 2004 Finding treasure in Meredith. The Age, Retrieved on 30 July 2009
  11. ^ "Ecoplex Cinema · The 19th Meredith Music Festival". Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ "The 18th Meredith Music Festival - 12, 13 & 14 December 2008 - Ticketing information". 14 December 2008. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 1991".
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  17. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 1994".
  18. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 1995".
  19. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 1996".
  20. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 1997".
  21. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 1998".
  22. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 1999".
  23. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2000".
  24. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2001".
  25. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2002".
  26. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2003".
  27. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2004".
  28. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2005".
  29. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2006".
  30. ^ Archived 2008-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2007".
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  33. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2008".
  34. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2009".
  35. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2010".
  36. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2011".
  37. ^ "Who's Playing · the Twenty-First Meredith Music Festival · 9th, 10th & 11th December 2011".
  38. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2012".
  39. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2013".
  40. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 24". Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  41. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2015". Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  42. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2016". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  43. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2017".
  44. ^ "Meredith Music Festival 2018". Meredith Music Festival 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  45. ^ "Meredith 2019". Meredith 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  46. ^ "Previous Nominess". Music Victoria. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  47. ^ "Previous Winners". Music Victoria. Retrieved 13 August 2020.

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