Words and photos by Xavier Davies
Meadow is not your run of the mill, hot and dusty summertime music festival.
Victoria’s climate in April usually calls for beanies, jackets and covered ankles, so come prepared friends! With temps in the range of ‘almost warm’ to ‘shut the front door, freezing fucking cold’ at night, it’s perfect for some socially distanced Bambra Bowl dancing, and that’s exactly what makes Meadow such a unique and beautiful festival.
Located 90 minutes from Melbourne in the Otway hinterlands, bordering picturesque Gulidjan, Gadabanud and Wadawurrung country, Meadow boasts intimate performances and no overlapping set times, allowing you to get up close and personal (at a covid safe distance of 1.5 metres) to the artists, with the single-stage lovingly set among a bushy backdrop. It’s a bring your own booze—in every iteration of beverage cooling receptacle, including briefcases kitted out as goon cask holders—situation, with crowds capped at 1000 to help ensure the event could operate under current regulations.
Have vibes at music festivals changed forever? If Meadow’s anything to go by, it could very well be the case: Everyone was happy to be here, no pushing or shoving, people looking out for one another, lots of pleases and thank you’s… what a welcome return to camping festivals.