Utilising the natural wonder of a large meteor crater in the Western district of country Victoria, Hopkins Creek is a three-day celebration of music, art and mateship. It truly is the place to indulge in a safe world for self-expression and exploration, connect to the music, the land and each other. It’s so good that we’ve decided to put together a little guide to the festival.
Hopkins Creek Festival is held in the Kulkurt Crater at 1939 Delacombe Way, Tatyoon, which is about a one hour drive from Ballarat, just under a two hour drive from Geelong, and an almost three hour drive from Melbourne. This is of course if you’re road tripping with the crew – which we highly recommend due to its location. Just remember to prepare the pump-up playlist before you go. The gates will open at 2pm on Friday afternoon and will shut at midnight, while following two days will see the gates open at 9am and shut at 10pm, giving you plenty of time to find your way inside the festival. For those without a car (or a crew), the legends at Hopkins Creek have pre-organised busses that will leave Melbourne’s Regent Cinema at 11am sharp on Friday November 30. Tickets for this can be purchased through their Eventbrite page.
WHERE TO STAY
It’s not really a festival if there’s no camping involved and Hopkin’s offers a few options! Firstly there’s the ‘Uptown’ option, which is for those with camping vehicles. If you’re one who appreciates a view, feel free to set up on the ridge of the crater, first in best dressed! For those who want to keep it closer to the action, your best option is ‘Downtown’ which is their normal camping area inside the crater. If you’re not really into sleeping in $12 tents from Kmart, there’s also ‘Under Sky’ luxury camping accommodation on offer at the Hopkins Creek Motor Inn this year. There’s two options for this one; the Luxe or the Simple, in a number of bed configurations for you to choose from, giving patrons the key to a whole other world within the festival. A world of all things luxurious.
Experience a unique journey through light and sound led by a diverse selection of Australia’s most alluring musicians, producers and DJ’s; as well as a handful of special guests from across the water. This year Hopkins has stepped up its international lineup exponentially, with multi-talented DJ, producer, presenter and party-thrower Ciel coming from Toronto; dynamic duo of Chris Stoker and Jamie Blanco will be making their way from the UK for the Australian debut of Ess O Ess; a true don of the Japanese underground, Mitsuki; as well as the party Stockholm native Samo DJ who will be bringing his distinctive yet diverse sets, constantly pushing sonic boundaries through forward thinking and a unique approach to music. They’ll be joined by performances from the likes of Adi Toohey, Adriana, Ben Fester, Ryan Berkeley (Live), Sagamore, Fantastic Man, Sunnyside, Colette & GSM, Angophora (Live), plus heaps more.
FOOD AND DRINK
You can’t be expected to party all weekend without fuelling up. A number of food stalls will be open over the weekend serving up all manors of deliciousness, and as for the drinks, Hopkins Creek is a fully BYO event! Unlimited BYO. How good is that!? The football club will also be selling ice for the duration of the weekend so not worries about your tinnies getting warm.
IT’S PLASTIC FREE
In the interest of making a move towards a greener way of life, all plastic water bottles will be banned from Hopkins Creek 2018, patrons will be supplied with a FREE Hopkins Creek 2018 water bottle on entry to the festival which can be refilled at any of their water stations. 10 points for saving the environment.
It goes down at the Kulkurt Crater, Tatyoon, from November 30 – December 2. Third release tickets are on sale now via www.hopkins-creek.com/tickets.