The party culture out here has definitely been one of the main reasons we’ve fallen so hard for the Melbourne lifestyle. Even just the fact that the weather is 90% of the time going to be dry and warm, means that planning festivals and day parties is 100 times easier than it is in the UK, because they don’t have the added worry that it may down pour and have to be cancelled. Before moving to Melbourne we had heard many Aussie’s speaking about the infamous “bush doofs” (which are festivals in the bush in case you were wondering) and so we were very keen to see what all the fuss was about. We had heard about a few including Rainbow Serpent, Strawberry Fields, and Laneways, however our arrival in Melbourne coincided with a new festival which had only been running for one year, called Pitch Music & Arts. The line up looked great, and having known some friends from England that were already going to Pitch we decided that this would be the one for us. We booked our tickets well in advance in excitement and on arrival in Melbourne prepared ourselves for a long weekend of festival fun.
Pitch Music & Arts is a 4-day festival based at the foot of the Grampians, about a three hour drive from Melbourne. The festival site is dead flat and an ideal dusty plain for a techno festival. On arrival at the site we couldn’t quite believe how hot it was, at about 31 degrees we were scorching and hadn’t arrived as prepared as we’d thought. One thing we would highly recommend for a bush doof is a Gazebo, luckily some kind Aussies parked up next to us and we spent most of the weekend under theirs. Trust us when we say this, it really is an essential! Another thing we did notice about Australian festivals is that everyone really does go all out on the fancy dress. People had come in the most eccentric different outfits ranging from an entire kitchen brigade in chef whites tending to a mixing bowl of pudding to gladiators marching ahead of Roman chariot filled with toga wearers. The outfits were hilarious and the many signs we caught sight of during the festival didn’t fail to amuse us. The site itself was magical, each evening when the temperature dropped the wind would blow the dust around the flat desert-like land creating the most amazing effect when you looked into the distance. The sun set early each evening at about 5.30pm, creating this beautiful pink coloured sky behind the mountains. It really was something special.
Aside from the bigger weekend camping festivals, Melbourne also hosts a range of day parties all throughout the summer season (which lasts an awful lot longer than it does at home). We arrived towards the end of it, and were there until the start of winter. Every Sunday between January-April, Piknic Elektronik holds an outdoor day festival in the middle of the city for plenty of Sunday boogies, bevvies and food truck sampling. What we found even more amazing is that these Sunday sessions are even kid friendly, and you can also find full families partying along to the music!
One that we didn’t get the chance to go to was Breakfast Club, a party on OneSixOne’s rooftop starting at 9am on Sunday and going all the way through to 3am Tuesday. The best bit is, clubs like Revolver and La DI Da are open all night, so you’ll often see the hardcore partygoers heading straight from the weekend there onto Breakfast Club all day Sunday! But hey, we needed to save one thing to make us go back.