Queensland is set to become the nation’s music festival capital, with three Covid Safe events scheduled this summer.
Provided conditions don’t change, music-lovers in South East Queensland can look forward to three festivals packed with socially distanced fun: Island Vibe in October, Rabbits Eat Lettuce in November, and Elements Festival in December.
Here’s what you need to know about the events heralding in the 2020 season:
Island Vibe | 29 October - 1 November
Held by the glorious sands of North Stradbroke Island, this chilled out event is all about celebrating local community, enjoying funky beats and picking up on soulful vibes.
The lineup is still pending, but you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll be showcasing the very best of local reggae, soul, hip hop, r-n-b, and blues acts.
And, as with every family friendly festival, there’s plenty to see and do at Island Vibes. Think: Workshops, weaving, a kids space, and markets galore.
Regarding Covid-19, the organisers have stated:ment!
“Currently we are working with Redlands Council and Qld Health to work out the size and conditions in which Island Vibe 2020 can be held. We are working on several models of varying size. We are determined to work within the parameters and create an incredible event. Our capacity will no doubt be reduced, so get your ticket now to avoid disappointment!”
And, in the event that this year’s Island Vibe can’t go ahead, organisers are offering a ticket rollover to next year’s event.
So get in quick, buy a ticket and support Queensland’s event industry!
Rabbits Eat Lettuce: Rabbit And The Wolf | 26 - 29 November
Queensland’s most beloved doof tribe are putting on another event! Rabbits Eat Lettuce is a place of “freedom, love and dance music” with an emphasis on the dance music.
This year’s line-up features big names like Hermitude, Opiuo, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Grouch as well as a slew of up-and-comers you’ll no doubt see on stage and around camp.
Other activities on offer include a chill zone that transforms into a slumber party at night, yoga, meditation, dance classes, massage, music production permaculture, informative drug discussions and healing sessions.
And what better backdrop to such an event that the luscious forests of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, a place where many gorgeous songbirds call home?
Speaking of the hinterland, this community was ravaged by bush fire not too long ago, so don’t forget to stop off in town and support the locals on your way in and out.
Regarding Covid-19, the organisers have stated:
“We want to be completely transparent with our plans as we get closer to the event. As nothing during this whole pandemic seems to be concrete our plans must be fluid and adaptable. We are committed to hosting our festival over the planned 26 – 29 November 2020 dates, which as long as the QLD government regulations allow will be a weekend to remember! We are keeping up to date with all changes to regulations as they occur and will be working with QLD Government State Health Authorities to ensure we can conduct the festival while keeping everyone safe and adhering to the state government requirements. At this stage it appears that events which have an approved COVID Safe Event Plan can proceed.
We all must acknowledge & accept these are very unusual, unpredictable times with restrictions changing constantly for better or worse. In the event the festival cannot legally proceed during the November 2020 dates due to a resurgence of COVID in Queensland or Government Restrictions we will be postponing the festival to Easter Long Weekend during the 1st – 4th April 2021 with all tickets being automatically transferred to the new event dates.”
Sounds like a plan! Head to their ticket page to get your spot now.
Elements Festival | 17 - 20 December
Known for its splendiferous stage design, lush location (hello Jimna!) and enviable line-up, Elements is fast emerging a must-do psytrance festival.
This event brings all the essential elements of a great doof: light shows, tunes, natural beauty, and a tribe of friendly faces you won’t forget.
Plus there’s a host of creative things to see and do off the dancefloor, including a fantastic art gallery, workshops to nourish the body, mind and soul, and a mini-market full of treats to enjoy.
While this year’s line-up is still to be released, previous punters know to expect house, techno, psytrance, bass, progressive, forest and all the goodness in between electronic genres.
Regarding Covid-19, organisers have stated:
“It’s a dynamic situation we are facing, and the Elements team is keeping up-to-date on the legislation surrounding mass gatherings so we can adapt our COVID-Safe event plan to meet all requirements as they unfold.
Though Victoria is experiencing a second wave of the virus, and border closures aren’t yet a thing of the past, there’s currently no reason why the festival shouldn’t be able to go ahead on the new dates at the end of the year. The Elements crew is monitoring this situation and we will keep you in the loop with regular updates as we get closer to the December dates.”
Ticketing options including terms and conditions are here. See you there!
Mushroom Valley | 2 - 4 October
Yes, that’s right, there’s actually a fourth QLD festival this summer! The thing is, this gorgeous event has already SOLD OUT! With just 500 tickets available, North Queensland’s premier festival is a wee bit exclusive this year.
If you’re a sucker for a little bit of FOMO, here’s what you’re missing out on: a gorgeous Whitsundays location, a psychedelic set-up bush doofers wait all year to see, and, of course, days and nights spent dancing to tasty tunes with a tribe of truly amazing individuals.
So, while you might not be able to get there this year, keep the first week of October in 2021 free! And don’t forget to subscribe to the Mushroom Valley newsletter so you know when tickets go on sale next time.
Regarding Covid-19, the organisers have stated:
“As you may already be aware tickets for Mushroom Valley are completely sold out. Due to the current regulations and unforeseen circumstances in the future we have decided to cap the festival at 500. This has been a decision that has been made after discussions with QLD Health, Tourism QLD and the local council. This has been an extremely hard decision to make but truly we are just excited to be able to go ahead.
We still have a lot of work to do and we ask you all to please be patient and understanding at this time. With such volatile times please understand that we are still subject to change if we have an outbreak in Queensland. Please do not send private messages requesting tickets as we are unable to go over these numbers without risking the future of the festival. We are going to be under very strict guidelines so it is vital you understand that anyone caught sneaking in the the festival will receive a lifetime ban. We will keep you all updated as things progress.”