RED DEER FESTIVAL 2017
ft. The Preatures,
The Kite String Tangle
“More backyard-party than music festival, punters are invited to bring their own booze and furniture, and join in the festivities. From the jungle jewellery stalls to the market cuisine, Red Deer is one of the most welcoming environments I have ever experienced.” (Howl & Echoes)
Brisbane’s favourite BYO festival and infamous weekend sleepover party, Red Deer Music & Arts Festival, is returning for its seventh year in October 2017. The iconic ‘BYO booze ‘n couch’ festival will deliver a memorable day and night of astronomical entertainment at the Mount Samson amphitheater, as part of the festival’s 2017 SPACE ODDITY theme.
This year’s ‘space mission’ will be captained by Sydney rockers The Preatures and Brisbane electronicwhiz The Kite String Tangle, along with a plethora of artists across several genres including internationally renowned dub aficionados Kingfisha, surf-blues quartet Band of Frequencies, salty-faced alt-rockers Shag Rock, blues powerhouse Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, neo-roots trio The COOL CALM, and dirty-dance duo MEZKO.
Red Deer Music & Arts Festival 2017
The Kite String Tangle
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate
Band of Frequencies
The COOL CALM
Alex & Bec Crook
Fire and Whistle Theory
Mayhem for Mary
Infinite Harmony Chill Tent
Red Deer Residence – The Lyrical, The Dashounds, DJ Blake Thompson
Folk songstress Leanne Tennant, acoustic young gun Josh Mcnz, Brisbane quintet Fire and Whistle Theory, dream-pop songwriter Tiarne, eclectic soul singer Natalie Welch, and the three Red Deer Residence artists are just some of the artists that have been announced for the 2017 festival.
Red Deer’s 2017 ‘astronauts’ can look forward to a program bustling with the best in emerging local talent playing alongside household names in the Australian music scene.
“We always strive to curate a line-up that’s musically diverse, featuring artists of national acclaim as well as shining a light on both local and interstate emerging talent. This year’s festivalgoers, or ‘astronauts’ if you will, can look forward to beautiful ballads, energetic roots, and rollicking tunes, before The Kite String Tangle and The Preatures bring the house down with two very different, entertaining sets,” says Festival co-founder Bas Pelly.
As usual, the festival will include a wide variety of live music, unique art installations, and an immersive camping experience. For the first time in its history, the 2017 festival will feature a third live music stage – with a focus on providing opportunities for regional, emerging artists.
‘We’re pumped that we can finally provide a third stage area as it allows us to get even more awesome locals bands and a greater variety of artists involved. We encourage performers and artist of all types to apply to be a part of this new, eclectic program’, says Festival co-founder Bas Pelly.
Festival organisers are promising a super-chilled event that treats its patrons like adults, with few rules, plenty of crowd participation opportunities, and no lining up for expensive drink tokens.
“Red Deer is basically a house party at your mate’s place, except your mate lives on 40 acres of pristine grazing land beneath the rolling hills of the D’aguilar Range. Instead of listening to an awful playlist on your mate’s iPod, you’ll boogie to an exciting and eclectic mix of emerging acts from around the country while you sip your BYO bevvie of choice, on your BYO couch, while pondering which food truck’s menu you’ll explore first.”
Apart from a renowned live music program, festivalgoers will have their pick of a smorgasbord of activities and entertainment such as belly dancing, meditation and hula-hoop workshops, the annual ‘Fashion of the Fields’ dance-off contest and a return of the much loved Red Deer sack-race.
This year, organisers hope festivalgoers will embrace the SPACE ODDITY theme, which will see an array of astronauts, shooting stars, and extraterrestrial life forms take to the main stage and strut their stuff in front thousands for a chance to win an exclusive prize.
Festivalgoers can look forward to a program bustling with the best in emerging local talent playing alongside household names in the Australian music scene. The 2016 festival featured Art vs Science and The Jungle Giants, while previous years have seen The Grates, Regurgitator, Clare Bowditch, Frenzal Rhomb, Andy Bull, Evil Eddie, Kingswood, Bullhorn, and Dubmarine take to the natural amphitheatre stages.
The festival will also be welcoming even more ‘day’ ticket holders this year in the hope of reducing the carbon footprint on the beautiful hinterland site made by campers and cars. As such, several ‘Space Shuttles’ will ferry festival-bound astronauts from the West End as well as Ferny Grove and Petrie train stations, providing a unique transport option for hundreds to the 2017 festival.
However, the festival will still offer overnight camping tickets and VIP ‘Our Deerest’ tickets, which include guest camping, hospitality and merchandise packs, and access to the VIP backstage bar.
Red Deer Music & Arts Festival Fast Facts
The headliners of the 2017 festival are The Preatures and The Kite String Tangle.
The annual ‘Fashion of the Fields’ contest sees the best-dress festivalgoers take part in a fashion parade, with a difference!
Artists who have played Red Deer Music & Arts Festival include The Jungle Giants, Regurgitator, Frenzal Rhomb, Art vs Science, and Kingswood just to name a few.
The natural Mt Samson amphitheater provides the perfect intimate and atmospheric setting for 1,200 festivalgoers to enjoy a blissful Saturday in Spring.
BYO alcohol, any type of furniture you can transport using a car, your swag or dream ‘glamping’ setup, and good vibes!
The 2017 festival is the seventh installment of Red Deer Music & Arts Festival, which started in 2009.
Red Deer Music & Arts Festival is an inclusive event for people from all walks of life, and organisers encourage anyone with a “passion for music, the arts, and general mateship and shenanigans” to nab their tickets before they sell out. Tickets from range from $79 up to $199 (+ bf) for VIP ‘Our Deerest’ tickets.
For Tickets, FAQs, as well as Artist, Workshop, Vendor and Volunteer applications head to reddeerfest.com.au.
Red Deer Music & Arts Festival
proudly supported by The Music, 4ZZZ, and Visit Moreton Bay Region
Saturday 14th October
291 Foggs Road, Mt Samson QLD
Red Deer Music and Arts Festival is an 18+ event. BYO alcohol, lounge room/inflatable furniture, and camping equipment.