Earth Frequency 2018: What the Funk is Going On?!

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Vivienne Mitchell

PSA: There are ONLY THREE MONTHS until the colossal creative convergence that is Earth Frequency Festival 2018 will Ivory Rock your little socks off, people!
This month we chatted with festival organiser the one and only Paul Abad to find out what’s in store next year, and we were not disappointed with the sneak peeks he unveiled! From a divine line-up that’s going to tickle your eardrums in all the right ways, to a fresh new approach to workshops, through to the festival favourites you know and love there really is something in store for everyone at Earth Frequency Festival (EFF) 2018 .

Did someone say bangers?!

Want to know what next year’s musical offering will look like? Describing the line-up so far, Paul says, “It’s a totally diverse but harmoniously woven mix of electronic and acoustic styles that create an epic journey. We’ve got a stack of international and domestic headliners to cover everything from bass music to psytrance to techno to live bands.”
While he stresses that he loves all of Earth Frequency’s musicians when pressed, Paul’s picks are:
Main Stage: Beats Antique, Victor Ruiz, Kalya Scintilla and Loud & the Grouch in Dub Live Band
Subterran Stage: Burn in Noise, Smokesign, Module Virus & Loco and Jam
Earth Pod: State of Mind, JFB, Tribone, Dub Princess & Bullhorn
Each stage will be cranking out fresh sounds from 8 am until midnight every day. And, this time around you can expect a bigger, better and more centrally located Sanctuary stage for all your after-midnight melodic needs. Speaking of late night tunes, EFF lovers can also look forward to “a mobile techno and house stage of the wonky variety providing late-night beats which will be announced closer to the date”. Exciting times!
Shout out to the crews from Elements, Afro Tours, The Biscuit Factory, Mushroom Valley, Open Records, Island Vibe, Dragon Fruit, 3rd Eye and the Sanctuary team for making this possible!

Tunes are just the beginning.

Each stage will be cranking out fresh sounds from 8 am until midnight every day. And, this time around you can expect a bigger, better and more centrally located Sanctuary stage for all your after-midnight melodic needs.

One of Earth Frequency’s biggest selling points is the plethora of other fascinating activities amusing festival goers.
Workshops are a must, of course, and this year EFF organisers are aiming for workshops featuring some “edgier and more modern topics”. Think harm minimisation, women in music, open source technologies, cryptocurrency, festival culture challenges, consent and respect and plenty more.
“Of course there will still be a lot of yoga, spiritual and environmental topics as well as Ray from Happy High Herb’s highly anticipated talks about our plant allies, but the focus this year is to get a bit more chunky with content to challenge and inspire the community,” Paul says.
Artistic creativity is, as always, going to be hugely celebrated at Earth Frequency 2018 with the Luminarium Gallery exhibiting and selling art, live artists near the gallery and on stage, and plans underway for another community canvas creation.
And there will be roving performers galore, don’t you worry about that!

 

Workshops are a must, of course, and this year EFF organisers are aiming for workshops featuring some “edgier and more modern topics”

Earth Frequency 2018 just got greener!

Earth Frequency doesn’t just talk about the environment, they are actively loving up on it! This year the festival’s green policies will include a continuation of the #BYOBOTTLE initiative, a vehicle pass that funds carbon offsets, and donations to Queensland Trust for Nature which borders Ivory’s Rock to help fund their tree planting and wildlife conservation.  And yes, there will also be a tree planting inside the festival area! Yew!

Cops, council & community at EFF (big news!)

Many festival-goers noticed a police presence last year, with some reminiscing the days of old where festivals were out of the reach of the authorities’ prying eyes.
In the last 12 years, EFF has grown from a 300 person tree plant doof to a deeply diverse 5000 attendee festival that incorporates a ton of niches and subcommunities, and Paul says that running a festival of such epic proportions simply isn’t possible without the co-operation of the neighbours, police and the local council.
In 2018, EFF’s years of hard work finding a balance between festival fun and community consciousness has really paid off, and we’re proud to break some exciting news about the festival’s future!
“We have achieved permanent planning approval from council, and a much-improved approach to working with the police.  We now have a strong foundation for the event as it stands, and negotiating power to evolve the experience to where we want it to be in future, but of course, this has to be done in a considered fashion, so we don’t undo the good work that has been done.”
“Although this process hasn’t been easy, it goes to show the value of developing these relationships for an event to be sustainable for the long term. We’re looking forward to many more years of solid support and an awesome venue for the festival locked in for the future,” Paul says.
Congratulations to EFF for permanent planning approval at a site that’s super convenient for festival-goers to get to, has incredibly beautiful nature all around and is equipped with facilities to keep everyone comfy!

 

It’s the vibe of the thing…

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Festival organisers always speak highly of Earth
Frequency’s “beautiful regular attendees that are full of positive vibes”, and anyone who has been to EFF will see why.
But, to keep everything safe and smart, Paul does offer a few pointers for people who may not have attended an Earth Frequency before:
  • PLEASE make sure you’re good to drive when coming to and coming from the festival: “We will have Blow Me First offering self-testing for alcohol and substances during the festival and on Tuesday so we highly recommend to anyone in doubt to test themselves before driving.”
  • Sneaks aren’t welcome: “The biggest issues that come up are usually around people who sneak in, which is a really stupid and selfish thing to do and impacts on our relationship with the local community due to trespassing and illegal parking.  If you’re thinking about doing this, please volunteer instead and contribute to the festival or don’t come at all.”
  • A word of warning to you wild and woolly hippies out there: The festival is a family event, and while free (and preferably painted) nipples are occasionallytolerated, organisers would like you to keep the rest of your nudies covered! “It’s always a fine line between free self-expression and everyone’s shared space, but we want EFF to be an event that a wide range of people and families can come and enjoy, not just freaky naked hippies.”
  • Please, no “visible substance use on the dance floors” friends: “Earth Frequency is a family friendly festival and we want to maintain a clear positive vibe and discretion is very easy, it’s just a matter of caring enough to maintain a certain vibe and standard.”

“beautiful regular attendees that are full of positive vibes”, and anyone who has been to EFF will see why.

 

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