Meredith Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival held every December at the Supernatural Ampitheater near the town of Meredith in Victoria, Australia. Meredith is a self-funded event, which was first held in 1991, and later spawned Golden Plains, a festival which takes place in March.
The 2013 lineup included Chic feat Miles Rodger, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Deerhunter, The Melvins, Spiderbait, and more.
Meredith Music Festival attendees tend to be very serious independent music fans and trendy types, meaning that the atmosphere can sometimes come off as a little intimidating to newcomers.
History & Facts
The festival takes place on a private property owned by the family of one of the organisers, Chris Nolan, near the town of Meredith. As the Nolans have ownership, they've been able to build permanent festival-appropriate things including showers, compost toilets, and recycled water with the surrounding areas fully equipped for tents, vans, caravans and motorhomes.
Warren Ellis (musician) (Dirty Three / Grinderman) referred to it as "the world's best festival" in a recent interview.
Tickets & Travel
Much like Glastonbury, ticketing for Meredith music festival takes place via a Ballot. Once the ballot is complete, store sales and online sales take place.
Meredith also operates a waiting list, whereby people with tickets who can no longer attend place available tickets on the site, and those at the top of the waiting list have 48 hours to purchase them.
Tickets cost $309 + Booking fees.
Meredith is halfway between Geelong and Ballarat on the Midland Highway (A300), about 90kms west of Melbourne.
An extensive list of driving directions are available on the festival's official website.
Meredith music festival can be reached by shuttle bus, V/Line Train and V/Line bus.
Shuttle bus bookings open in October and V/Line timetables will be released in November, nearer the festival.
Meredith is an 18+ event, but children under 18 may attend, provided they are accompanied by a ticket-holding parent or legal guardian. Children under 10 may attend for free. Meredith festival organizers suggest that attendees avoid bringing children where possible, however, as it is not designed to be child-friendly.
What to Wear
Meredith music festival does not operate a dresscode, but practical wear is strongly encouraged, especially really warm clothes and raincoats etc.
Camping comes as part of the ticket price and festival organizers suggest attendees bring the following to the campsite with them:
SUNGLASSES, HAT, SUNSCREEN, LONGSLEEVE SHIRT, etc. PHOTO ID CASH. MOBILE PHONE AND SPARE CHARGED BATTERY ANY MEDICATION YOU NEED DRINKING WATER FOR THE CAMPSITE (about 10 litres is ideal) PLASTIC CONTAINERS for food/alcohol. Please leave all glass at home. A VEHICLE OR ORGANISE YOURSELF A LIFT HOME. Public Transport is a good option to consider. Taxis are at an absolute premium out there; a small number are available but book well in advance (like weeks) and make clear plans with the driver. TENT MARKER. TORCH AND CAMPLIGHT Good sensible SHOES for your feet. If the weather looks like being wet bring Wellington boots.
Caravans and motorhomes are also welcome, and attendees are welcome to park their cars next to their tents should they wish to.
The following items are not permitted on the campsite:
Glass bottles, containers and jars of any kind Gas bottles or hot cooking equipment, eg. triangas BBQs Generators Campfires Bean bags Firesticks Flares or fireworks No couches on stilts Nothing on a stick or pole Weapons of any kind Dogs or animals of any kind Stereos in campsites that go above “quiet personal listening” level Bongos Market stalls Commercial signage Kegs
2012's line-up featured performances from Spiritualized, Four Tet and Primal Scream.