Golden Plains Festival postponed for 2021

December 17, 2020 BY

Kamakasi Washington performs at the 2018 Golden Plains Festival. Photo: HEIDI ATKINS

THE 15th edition of the Golden Plains Festival will not go ahead in autumn, but organisers are keen to see it return in 2022.

One of the last major events of the festival season, Golden Plains usually runs over the three days of the Labor Day long weekend.

It is held in the “Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre” – the same site as December’s annual Meredith Music Festival (MMF), which was also postponed this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a typically enigmatic announcement, MMF and Golden Plains organiser “Aunty Meredith” emailed subscribers to “bring news of an update to the Supernatural calendar” last week.

“The Space-Time Continuum has wibbled, and it has webbled, but it has not wobbled open wide enough to grant safe passage for Golden Plains this autumn,” the email said.

“When favourable atmospheric conditions return, the full, rolled-gold, four-dimensional GP experience will land again. All dancing, all singing from the same songbook, in a close encounter of the Fifteenth kind. One more spin around the sun should do the trick.”

It is not all bad news for Golden Plains, however, as the event was voted Best Festival – marking its third consecutive win – in the 2020 Music Victoria Awards, announced last week.

Golden Plains attracts about 12,000 music fans every year to see local, national, and international acts. This year’s lineup included Pixies, Hot Chip, Sampa The Great, Bill Callahan, Evelyn  Champagne” King with Mondo Freaks, Stereolab, DJ Sprinkles, Sleaford Mods, Floorplan, Weyes Blood and Electric Fields.

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