Spotlight: Strawberry Fields 2018

When it comes to summer festivals, it’s hard to beat Strawberry Fields.

Held near Tocumwal, where the Murray River separates Victoria and New South Wales, the festival is heading towards another sell-out for their 10th birthday edition, and for the celebrations they have announced a line-up of artists so strong it is difficult to select a standout.

Chicago’s Honey Dijon will be back in the country to perform after a revered appearance at Sugar Mountain Festival in January this year, alongside Detroit house and techno Don Carl Craig. Move D and Max Graef, both hailing from Germany, were two of the biggest draw cards at Strawberry Fields 2016, so it is no surprise that they have been invited back for the anniversary celebration.

Swedish Lo-Fi aficionado DJ Seinfeld will make his debut, joining Australia’s own HAAi — fresh off the end of her residency at South London’s Phonox — and the UK’s Heidi, following performances at this year’s Pitch Festival and a revered closing set in 2016 at Let Them Eat Cake.

Australian acts include Hiatus Kaiyote, CC: Disco!, 30/70, DJ Jnett, and more.

As usual, the festival will have the main Wildland’s Ampitheatre stage, as well as The Beach, The Village, The Grove and The Tea Lounge. With organisers expecting a crowd of 8,000 punters, it remains at the smaller scale of the doof scene, keeping the experience intimate, while still providing enough entertainment and stimulation to keep it interesting, whether you’re new to the Strawberry scene or a seasoned veteran.