Meredith Music Festival 2014
With Meredith Music Festival announcing The War on Drugs as its first performer, and with the ballot still open, somethingyousaid.com’s Neika Lehman starts to get excited:
What’s the best thing about music and the middle of winter? Quite possibly, it is heavy beverages and roaring fires, paired with an appropriately seductive record to spin the melancholy away. And what else? The divine elation to be had when the summer music festivals send out their first round of emails, with a golden, sun-soaked promise: the cold and the darkness will end, this coming summer will be the best one yet.
The first email is out, and it’s the one many folks look forward to the most: Meredith Music Festival 2014. Meredith has built a reputation it exceeds every year. Potentially the coolest grand scale camping festival in the southern half of Australia (Warren Ellis deemed it the best festival in the world, so, y’know), festival matriarch Aunty has been keeping things the way they should be since 1991. The ethos speaks for itself: no commercial sponsors, no dickheads (the most simple and greatest rule ever) BYO, and with one stage, zero performance clashes. The plethora of music is always excellent and eclectic. Last year, the ‘Sup welcomed in the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Deerhunter, Mac Demarco, Joey Bada$$, Le1f, and of course, Aussie darlings Dick Diver.
First performer announced for MMF 2014 is The War on Drugs. This is such exciting news that for now, the “I” must be injected: I fucking love The War on Drugs, and you should too. Lost in the Dream still stands as my number one record for 2014, and I’m certainly not alone in saying that. The album is like going out on the greatest road trip ever. It’s an atmospheric highway, where everything happens in those sweeping, poignant minutes. And despite front man Adam Granduciel’s heartache, you’re left in love with the world again. It’s soul stirring stuff, highly acclaimed and two years in the making, and we’ll be experiencing it firsthand on the first night of the festival: Friday, 12th December, 2014. With The War on Drugs as the first announced act of the festival, things already look stellar.
The festival runs for 3 days and 2 nights, from the 12th – 14th December. If you don’t want to miss out, lessen the likelihood by entering the ballot, where 50% of the tickets are allocated. There are two opportunities for entering. The first: for current festival subscribers (which you can still do), closing on 11/08/2014. The second is for those thereafter, closing on 19/08/2014. After that, it’s a scramble to secure a ticket, with last year selling out instantly online. Do your homework and make it happen.
Enjoy the rapture that is The War on Drugs’ lead single “Red Eyes” (below), or wind down with the full-album on Soundcloud. Dream big, there are warmer things to come.
Check out the Meredith Music Festival site for full details and ticket updates, and start training for the Meredith Gift, the greatest gift you’ll receive this December.
Words by Neika Lehman.