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7 secs ago - You won’t need a GPS to find your way to Meredith Music Festival. Perched tenuously atop utes, caravans and trailers, a convoy of couches winding its way towards the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, two hours drive west of Melbourne, is the only guide you’ll need. It’s a sign that after 1091 long days, one of Victoria’s most beloved music festivals is finally back.
While fire, torrential rain and commercial interests have led to massive upheaval in Australian music festivals – with some events now feeling quite distant from their humble roots – Meredith has managed to retain its unique character over three decades, a pandemic, and many unpredictable summers.
It’s why so many people keep coming back, why thousands miss out on the ballot for a ticket every year (the festival’s capacity is 12,500), and why people volunteer their time to direct traffic, clean the toilets and keep the festival running just for a chance to get in.
Despite the eager return to the first post-pandemic event, there was no rush as thousands gathered on Friday for the 30th anniversary of Meredith. Those with couches – some retro-fitted with bars and eskies – casually jostled for prime position in front of the single stage, politely adhering to the festival’s strict “no dickhead” policy.
Marcus Whelan, attending his eighth Meredith, convinced a friend to cart his couch from Melbourne while he took a shuttle bus with friends.
“We loaded it up on his roof, he brought it here and secured prime position,” he said. “We just rolled in and reaped the rewards.”
Whelan, from Thornbury, said Canadian musician Caribou was the act most likely to pull him from his comfortable surrounds towards the main stage.
The Nolan family farm has hosted the festival since son Chris and his university mates Marcus Downie and Greg Peele hosted the first Meredith Music Festival in 1991. The Meredith formula - a diverse range of music, one stage, and a nude race to boot - has been perfected ever since.