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MEREDITH Music Festival has avoided cancellations or delays after a threatening fire was curbed just north of the site.
The annual three-day festival took the precautionary step of delaying early entrants on Thursday from accessing the Supernatural Amphitheatre.
They also kept people away from the denser areas of their camp ground, until cooler conditions rolled through last night.
Organisers had been concerned about the potential flare up of a bushfire near Buninyong and Scotsburn, which forced dozens of people to be evacuated on Thursday.
The 40ha blaze was contained south of the Midland Hwy, about 15km north of the Meredith complex.
All ticketholders were welcomed to the festival as usual from 8am yesterday.
“You may see or smell smoke in the area,” patrons were warned.
“If you are asthmatic please take all usual steps and present early to First Aid if you have any concerns.”
About 12,500 people were expected to attend the sold-out event, which continues until tomorrow.
This year’s line-up features a typically diverse array of artists, including alt-rock act The Breeders and dance duo The Presets.
“If we hadn’t got out when we did … that very second, then we wouldn’t have got out.” JADE GONZALEZPOWERBALL