New Years Eve is one of the busiest times for Australian festivals and, while Falls Festival once again delivered a great lineup in three different locations, Beyond The Valley offered a tempting alternative. In its first year, the festival gathered together acts like The Preatures, AlunaGeorge, Danny Brown and more. We sent two rogues to Phillip Island to count Penguins, sample Indian cuisine and occasionally soak up some tunes.
The beauty of living in Australia is having the ocean as our backyard. Phillip Island was the ocean-bordered location for Beyond The Valley Festival, a Penguin paradise 2 hours out of Melbourne. A location we both agreed was one of the most beautiful spots for a music festival.
Weather: (because us Aussies love talking about it)
Considering the onset of what we like to call “Hurricane Pingu” during the first day and the last minute changes made to the schedule, we were impressed with how efficiently the festival handled these windy conditions. Even though this meant that Fractures had to be moved from main stage to the Pavillion, he still had a killer set and the sound was perfect.
On the road to the Island playlist-
A Mix by Annie Mangen, Karina Wilson, Siri and special guest, Rei Barker.
The drive to Phillip Island in our little Avis rental involved a bit of a mashup between Siri’s great directions and:
John Farnham– Two Strong Hearts
Creed– Higher (Thanks Karina)
Usher– U remind me
Layo and Bushwacka Vs. Finally– Love Story
Drake– Every song he has
Jennifer Lopez– Waiting for Tonight
All Saints– Pure Shores
Natalie Imbruglia– Wrong Impression
As great as the music selection above was, nothing compared to the live music we were about to be spoilt with at Phillip Island from the following artists:
Vancouver Sleep Clinic
If hearing Imaginary Air by Rufus, live in the middle of beautiful Phillip Island, just after midnight is setting the bar for the rest of the year, then we are in for a good one.
Key Festival Stats:
- Overdosa food stall- Thank you, Tyson for your hospitality and incredible Indian cuisine.
- The Security guard, Sam, at the Media room entrance was a legend.
- Our camp neighbours, the girl crew from Geelong who kept us entertained on the morning of New Year’s Eve.
- The Coffee was delicious…That ice coffee.
- Dancing to Sail Away by Enya at 3am on NYD.
- Missing one of our favourite summer tunes, Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders.
- Missing Peking Duk‘s live set of Sandstorm, especially after hype around the announcement of Darude’s return to Australia. #reibarker
- Not having a hammer for our $20 tent and ending up having to sleep in the car.
- Missing the fairy Penguins we were so excited to meet.
- Potato Swirls are bad.