earthcore 25 year anniversary

Thu. 22 Nov, 2018 at 12:00pm - Sun. 25 Nov, 2018 at 11:00pm AEDT
18 and Over
126 days away
AUD $199.00 - AUD $299.00
18 and Over
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126 days away
AUD $199.00 - AUD $299.00
18 and Over
Event Description

Australia's pioneering music - arts - culture - lifestyle festival celebrating 25 years in 2018. 

Set in the beautiful Victorian wilderness outside Melbourne feat epic stages across 5 days, Boutique Camping, Monster Market Precinct, Speakers Forum, Art Zones, Chill Out, Cinema, Lifestyle Village, Theme Camps, Freak Shows, Mind-Bending Art Installations, your closest mates and you! earthcore is the original bush doof festival that started an entire subculture that Australia is famous for. Join us for our 25th anniversary spectacular this November for a dirty weekend of good times with your mates. 

1st release artists

Juno Reactor & The Mutant Theatre -
Angy Kore -
Dark Soho -
Devochka -
Droplex -
Jilax -
Mad Maxx -
Mad Tribe -
Mark Dekoda -
Mccoy's S.U.N. Project -
Nick Sentience -
Nikki S -
No Comment -
P.A.N.D.O.R.R.A -
Reverence -
Space Tribe -
Tsuyoshi Suzuki -

+ much more to be announced

Life is a journey of learning and improving all the time
After 2017 we have put our heads down on how we intend on improving earthcore in 2018.

It’s too big

Yes, we agree. Bigger is certainly not better. This year we intend in keeping our overall numbers down and the quality of the experience pure. We don’t believe it’s possible to maintain an underground experience with having 18000 people.

This year will see a limited capacity festival with no additional tickets released once these sell out.

House music all night long…no thanks

earthcore’s primary objective since day one has been to offer a cutting-edge experience through great music. Contrary to popular belief, we know that music taste is far from subjective. We know that our music taste is the true essence of the bush doof experience. We don’t believe commercial music is part of this culture. Club music can stay in the clubs where it belongs.

If you want underground sounds in line with a spectacular outdoor natural environment then our festival is perfect for you. Our 2018 event will not see commercial DJ’s that everyone recognizes, but rather a return to our roots & the rediscovery of creative sounds.

From progressive to psy, to techno and all in between, allow us to be the curator and architect of the best music. Our 2018 international lineup will reflect what made earthcore what it is over the decades for young and old.

So what on earth do we believe in?

We are not a spiritual organisation, we are not saving the whales, or trying to look cool waving the flag of politics, race, sexual orientation or societal issues. Our ethos has evolved around enabling you to create your own destiny. There is no overwhelming driving reasoning for what we do. Our passion and purpose is we love what we do.

We are about going to the bush and having fun with your mates and friends you haven’t met yet. You can count on us to never pretend we are something that we are not.

earthcore will always be defined more so by you, than by us. You keep our mission alive and are at the forefront of our mind in every single one of our creations. We are a gathering of the people, for the people, embodying and embracing the subculture we created 25 years ago.

We spend a year planning and designing our festival and we believe the end result as always is nothing short of spectacular! Our 25-year anniversary show in 2018 will be a culmination of these decades with many of your favourite acts from the past and present. The old dirt road and mysterious checkpoint. The laughs, the smiles and good times in the bush with your mates. This is earthcore. This will always be earthcore. The original bush doof.

Ticket prices
(Includes camping pass, car pass & early arrival (Thursday))

Early bird tix SOLD OUT

1st release - $199 (limited to 500)

2nd release – $249

Final release – $299

Gate price - $350

a brief history......

The original bush doof.

Once upon a time…electronic music festivals didn't happen in the bush. There was no such thing. Yes, Broadford and Sunbury had a moment in the Rockstar sun, and Falls would plunder the beer-swilling faithful with more rock over the rolling hills. But there was no festival industry. Hard to conceive of now, with billowing clouds of dust rising up across Victoria; the signature of outdoor party mayhem and the stomp of dancing feet.

Why even point this out? Because, dear reader; now that there is such a thing as a "Festival Circuit", and a vibrant outdoor party industry, it's possible, given the funds, a bit of local knowledge and a modicum of passion, to enter the scene from stage right, declare thyself Mercutio at the feast and thumb thy nose at you sir: “You Sir” being the party consuming public. Yes, yes, this is to be expected, even welcomed, for choice is good, is it not?

But this is not us. 

This is:

Hello; our name is earthcore and we're not Mercutio, and in fact, we don't even have a Shakespearian reference. We entered the story somewhere just after "Once upon a time". And this is the story of what we did, and how we came to be doing it. Still…

Take a team of party goers, who for one reason or another are passionate about the social undercurrent sweeping through the ranks of underground Melbourne. A heaving warehouse party culture, in full flight and fancy; reclaiming the industrial waste and turning it into paradise. Just for a night. The hue and cry are that of: "Let's get out of it man." And it's a cry of desperation, in response to growing up in the great suburban drama.

Call us crazy and in many respects we are. But we went with "Let's get out of it man!" And took to the Australian bush. Countless hours across myriad miles, searching for the real response to stifling city saturation. 

And in that, we offered a different choice. A party experience outside of confined walls. Beyond the artefacts and artifice, and if we're particularly poetic we'd say it was an armistice, a brief pause for all of us, to get out of “it”, the city, for real. 

For the punters it would begin with the drive, the dyslexic directions on late printed flyers, the inevitable getting lost, stalling on quiet dirt roads, windows wound down, straining to hear a telltale…folklore now…But that was how it began. The tale of earthcore and how the hills came to echo with the pound of music.

Our first parties were attended by a scant few. It was new black polished chrome and it came over the summer like liquid night, crazy new sound, delivered by fringe dwellers that never portended to make money. We did it to explore and host aspects of a culture that we valued, and in that, we lay down some fierce roots. As it turned out those roots embedded deep into the ramping up of Australian party culture. 

It took 10 years (???) for something to happen that we didn't really see coming; but when it did, it came on like an avalanche: that impossible moment when that thing you do, have loved and breathed life into; even though it nearly killed you, repeatedly, suddenly crosses the threshold of critical mass. When enough people are so enthusiastic about the thing, their energy and momentum breaks across the shoreline and becomes the new groundswell. 

4000 people became 8000 people and the whole country sat up and paid attention. What the hell? earthcore: 8000 people. earthcore: 18,000 people. Laws changed, government agencies became involved. The social experiment and underground oddity woke up a dozing public and for better or worse paved the way for what we aptly refer to as the Outdoor party industry. 

Now 25 years on. earthcore is waving at you across the forest floor. 25 years is a long time; time enough for those seeded roots to delve so deep that even the various saga's, sweeping epics and an enforced legal layoff couldn’t wash us away. So here we are. The weeping willow, still standing, amidst the erosion on the bank. 

Welcome to or welcome back. You figure it out.

See you in the dirt! xxxxxx

Reserve Tickets
1st Release
$199.00 + $10.48 Fee
AUD $209.48
2nd Release
$249.00 + $11.78 Fee
AUD $260.78
3rd Release
$299.00 + $13.08 Fee
AUD $312.08
Payment Plan Ticket + More Details
$299.00 + $13.08 Fee
AUD $312.08
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Venue Details
Doof Valley Follow the checkpoint
The Wildlands, Victoria 6666