First appeared in The Moorabool News, 2016
If there were a music festival you’d raise your boot to it would certainly be Golden Plains.
The boutique event celebrates music in all its forms and offers an experience unlike any other. The diverse line-up paired with front-stage couches, a natural amphitheatre, the freedom of BYO and a giant pink flamingo has quickly solidified its reputation as being one of the best music festivals in the country.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of Golden Plains, which was born 17-years after it’s sister festival, Meredith. The popular three-day events were created by Chris Nolan on his family farm, with the first gathering host to just 250 people.
Golden Plains now welcomes 8,000 punters each year, with tickets selling out within minutes through an in-demand ballot system. Although smaller and more relaxed than that of its sister festival, Golden Plains offers the same quirky pleasures; from the round of applause when the sun sets at Inspiration Point to the raising of a boot to mark the crowd’s appreciation for an artist.
This year’s line-up welcomed the likes of Violent Femmes, C.W. Stoneking, NO ZU, Royal Headache, Freddie Gibbs, Tyrannamen, Gold Class and headliners Eddy Current Suppression Ring, who graced the stage for the first Golden Plains in 2007. The headline slot was the also the Melbourne band’s first performance in six years.
Bass player, Brad Raymond Barry (aka “Rob Solid”) said it still felt like a “surreal dream”.
“Playing the first [Golden Plains] was an honour in itself, then to be asked to play the number ten is beyond words,” he said. “I wasn’t event sure if we’d play another show ever, then we got offered GoldenPlains and everyone was into it, it blows me away. Jams leading up to the gig were really fun and songs fell back together really quickly so it all felt right”.
Bacchus Marsh resident Sam Reale, who attended the Meredith amphitheatre for the fourth time, said the festival was one of the only events that embodied what music festivals were traditionally about.
“Music festivals are important culturally and I think Golden Plains seems to be the only festival that genuinely cares about that aspect of it,” he said.
“The best part about the festival is the freedom to do what makes you happy for three days”.
Reale said the highlight of this year’s festival was seeing American punk rock band, Violent Femmes.
“Seeing 8,000 people go ‘clap clap clap clap’ to Blister in the Sun was hilarious. Tip of the hat to Golden Plains for their scheduling prowess”.
Golden Plains Festival is held over three days during the Victorian Labour Day long-weekend. For more information visit http://www.aunty.goldenplains.com.au