I arrived at Bushfire around 3pm or so in the afternoon, prompted from the drive in the area I had already noticed some changes, somewhat expected changes though.
The last time I was there in 2014, people camping and the car park (think Rocking the daisies) was in the same yard, this time, the parking was across the street on a different yard, to me this simply implied festival growth.
I have to say though, given Bushfire’s growth, sold out 3 day pass tickets, the festival still has this quaint feel about it. I may just be used to the magintude of Rocking the Daisies and Oppikoppi, however, at Bushfire it always feels quaintly community-oriented.
On to the Performances
Bushfire Festival rocks 3½ stages, I’ll get into the ½ later; Main Stage, The Amphitheatre, Firefly, and lastly, the ½, the Barn. The main stage is where I suppose I could say the headlining acts performed, however, saying headlining acts can be seen as misleading. The reason I’m haphazard about this term is because I was not aware of some of the performers.
Bushfire is an international festival. Performers get pulled from Europe, Africa, South America and so on, to which you may be reluctant for but trust me, they definitely brought the heat.
The Amphitheatre was sponsored by Barcadi House Party. In my life of attending festivals, I have never come across a stage that has a dance floor as busy as it was filled with fully engaged people. It was really beautiful.
Now, when you think Firefly, think of all the Red Bull stages you’ve ever encountered at various festivals, electro/house and hip-hop oriented, meshed into one. Yes, it was sponsored by Red Bull.
On to the barn. The barn didn’t really feel like a stage to me. First-and-foremost, it was an actual barn haha, not that barns can’t be places to party. The barn had several uses; activations focused on environmental and health awareness, soccer game screening and I believe there was film screening at some point.
A Well-Rounded Experience
All in all, the event was a great one. The weather was good, the people were lovely and the music was great! Its picturesque atmospherics were aided with small artwork exhibitions, a market section and a quaint food section.
Sadly, the food was pricey, no matter how much you tried to convince yourself that it was not overpriced. In terms of the trading systems; sometimes you had to use cash, at other times you had to use coupons. I felt there was no clear understanding of how one should buy things from various places there. When it comes to purchasing systems at festivals, I believe the system Rocking the Daisies used in 2017 is a sure-winner. Buying paper coupons that you can easily be misplaced or damaged is a bit tedious for me.
Not to end this on a sad note, I still insist Bushfire is a great event that you should try, If you need to also see why, check out the photos.
Have a look at my visual coverage below: