The Lost Lands has a pretty simple but important remit: to be a truly family-friendly camping event that focuses on getting the young people in our lives to engage positively with the best in music and art. That’s reason enough to go for us… but if you need a little more convincing, their most recent announcement might get you over the line.
With a lineup that already boasts the likes of hip hop star Baker Boy, English indie rock legends Gomez, soul sisters Vika & Linda Bull, electro-rock icons Regurgitator, songwriter & poet Sampa The Great, indie rock band Holy Holy, and Japan’s pop-punk outfit Shonen Knife, The Lost Lands have added five brilliant new music acts to its impressively packed weekend of family fun, frolic and art at Werribee Park on 1-3 November.
Joining the party this time around is singer-songwriter treasures Dyson Stringer Cloher, sublime troubadour William Crighton, award-winning indigenous folk artist Alice Skye, funky indie collective Approachable Members Of Your Local Community and electro tribal pop duo The Merindas.
One addition that’s captured our attention is the inclusion of The Big Lost Band, a special large-scale event for the young, the old and everyone in between. Here, the festival invites punters to come, armed with instruments, as the front lawn of Werribee Mansion is transformed into a field of rock dreams.
We’re talking 20 drum kits, 20 basses, 60 guitars, 10 keyboards and a swarm of singers on mics, taking on Paul Kelly & Kev Carmody’s folk classic ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, Spiderbait’s infectious ‘Calypso’ and rock anthem ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC. This is a chance for festival attendees to fully immerse themselves into the experience, and play in the biggest band you’ve ever seen in what will be a heroic medley on Sunday Nov 3 at 3pm. The crew have even convinced a handful of music legends from the main stage line-up to join the band on the day.
If this sounds like something you’d be keen on trying, you can register for The Big Lost Band rehearsals in Melbourne & Geelong via Oztix. Everyone is welcomed, and if you’re under 16, you’ll even score a two-day festival pass (incl. Sat camping) after attending a pre-rehearsal and the final rehearsal. If you’re a muso, it’s not a bad reward for doing something you love, right?
Festival families will be mentored at The Lost Lands in massive rolling workshops before the big band performance on festival weekend, and on top of all this, budding songwriters can bring their own original songs to workshop at the Found Lands stage on festival weekend which will see the best song added to the big band medley performance. Go on, what are you waiting for?!
With a lineup jam-packed with music, circus, theatre, comedy, installations and creative workshops, the three-day event is the ultimate festival for big and little folk to escape the ordinary and discover a wondrous world amongst the magnificent parklands at Werribee Mansion.
Tickets are available through www.thelostlands.com.au