Seven years after throwing their first fest, the outdoor music event meets weekend sleepover mix that is the Red Deer Music and Arts Festival is back for another round. Camping, creativity, alcoholic concoctions, and a cavalcade of live tunes and installations: they're all on the agenda in 2017, as is BYO booze, BYO couch and BYO brightly painted gumboots.
Taking over the scenic 40-acre surrounds of Mt Samson in the D'aguilar Range on October 14, Red Deer will welcome a jam-packed lineup of national, local and up-and-coming bands, headlined by Sydney rockers The Preatures and Brissie's own The Kite String Tangle. They'll be joined by Kingfisha, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Alex & Bec Crook, MC Wheels, Band of Frequencies, Shag Rock, The COOL CALM, MEZKO and more. In fact, this year's fest boasts such a sizeable bill that they're setting up a third stage with an open mic, comedy, and other bits and pieces for the first time in the event's history.
With a Space Oddity theme in full swing, attendees will also see astronauts, shooting stars and extraterrestrial life forms take to the main stage, along with belly dancing, meditation and hula-hoop workshops, the annual 'Fashion of the Fields' dance-off contest, and Red Deer's beloved sack-race. Markets and food trucks round out what promises to be much, much more than your typical music festival.