Mush­room Val­ley 2018

It’s more than just a party

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Ge­or­gia Simp­son Ge­or­gia.Simp­son@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

MUSH­ROOM Val­ley is a three day mu­sic, art and life­style fes­ti­val held ev­ery year in Oc­to­ber in Yal­boroo, about an hour’s drive from Air­lie Beach.

In its sev­enth year, the fes­ti­val is host to a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic acts, with event or­gan­is­ers de­scrib­ing the mu­sic as hav­ing an ‘un­der­ground flavour’.

Head­lin­ing acts in­clude Ve­gas from Brazil, Tune Raider from South Africa and Od­dwave from France.

Event founder and or­gan­iser, Ben Irv­ing said the event fol­lowed the “no trace con­cept,” which en­sures at­ten­dees clean up af­ter them­selves.

“We are very pas­sion­ate about re­duc­ing our im­pact by re­cy­cling and com­post­ing,” he said.

“We are con­tin­u­ally try­ing to im­prove and come up with more ways to re­duce our

waste and our im­pact on this beau­ti­ful land.

As well as mu­sic, the fes­ti­val hosts a mar­ket ev­ery year, with stalls be­ing a trea­sure trove of jew­ellery, cloth­ing, art and even reiki and mas­sages for those with weary feet af­ter a long day of danc­ing.

Pulled Kitchen will be tak­ing care of food to sat­isfy those hunger crav­ings and there will be cold pressed sugar cane juice from Mackay Sugar Rush to quench your thirst.

Mr Irv­ing said Mush­room Val­ley dif­fers to other fes­ti­vals be­cause it is about cre­at­ing a safe and in­spir­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all ages and walks of life.

High­lights from last year in­cluded the Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party which took place in the mid­dle of a dance floor, as well as the ef­fort peo­ple put into their cos­tumes, “So many amaz­ing colours,” Mr Irv­ing said. The fes­ti­val is a BYO event, but fes­ti­val go­ers are re­minded that no glass is to be brought into the event, and any­one un­der the age of 18 must be ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent.

It’s set to be a sell out event, with up to 2,000 peo­ple to at­tend. There are a few third re­lease tick­ets left; you can grab yours on­line at www.mush­room­val­ley.com. au/tick­ets

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO:

COLOUR­FUL AF­FAIR: The Main Stage at last year’s Mush­room Val­ley, a three-day mu­sic, art and life­style fes­ti­val.

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