Think music festivals are dying out? Think again. Sure, plenty of bigger events have called it a day — but as the old guard finish up, they're giving a swathe of smaller, more specialised, boutique, curated fests the chance to carve out their own niche.
Since 2014, the two-day Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival has been one such smorgasbord of creative activities. Instead of ridiculous queues and heaving crowds clamouring for space in an ordinary city showground, you'll find a laidback vibe, a campground surrounded by luscious greenery, and the chance to go for a swim in the creek while you watch a gig. Oh, and did we mention that it's a BYO festival as well (though no glass is allowed)?
The 2018 event will take place between Friday, November 29 and Sunday, August 1, at a yet-to-be-revealed secret Sunshine Coast location. If you've been in previous years, the fest is heading to a new site in 2018, so get excited. And, it has revealed its first acts, with more than half of the program featuring Queenslanders. Remember that visual arts displays are also part of the Jungle Love experience, as well as panels, workshops, laughing yoga, water aerobics and floating down a waterway while knocking back beverages.
First-release tickets have already been snapped up, with the second batch on sale from Thursday, August 9. In the interim, here's what you're here for — the initial lineup:
Approachable Members of Your Local Community
The Brains Trust
Department of Music
Full Flower Moon Band
Jungle Love Allstars: Live Tribute to Justice
Mufaro & the Barehouse
Image: Aimee Catt.