17 Oct Hopkins Creek – Back for Round Two
Now into its second year, Hopkins Creek is homegrown and pleasantly authentic Australian festival that can boast not one but two international headliners. Set in an ominous volcanic crater just South of Ararat, Hopkins spawned from a series of wild renegade bush parties and some notable late nights in the Mercat. The festival, however, has crystallised into something just as authentic and far more polished.
Having attended the very first edition of Hopkins, the ethos of the festival is a simple one. Take a small but intimate crowd, strict attention to sound and let the natural surrounds do most of the legwork for atmosphere. However, with music festivals — as with anything — they can quickly become a victim of their own success. Hopefully, with its strictly limited capacity and a strong focus on creating a welcoming and diverse atmosphere, Hopkins can back it up again this year.
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the line-up, namely Ripe’s top five picks for the weekend. It would be remiss to leave out the two international headliners, so we’ll get the ball rolling with those first.
Mount Liberation Unlimited
Hailing from Stockholm, this duo has expressed a profound love for Australia after their debut performance at Meredith Music Festival last year. Performing live, these two are known for performing huge tracks that are instant earworms. Wrap your ears around “Double Dance Lover” for some chipmunk-vocal goodness if you want to get a feel for Mount Lib.
Brian Not Brian
Another international, back for their second dose of Australia, Brian made his debut at Inner Varnika two years ago. A selector’s selector, Brian finds himself neck deep in dusty collections of rare records and loves to share his archives. One half of Going Good Records, Brian brings an eclectic sensibility to the star-studded line-up.
Melbourne stalwart Pjenne (pronounced like the pasta, I believe) has been making quite a name for herself with a firm handle on all things disco, funk and soul. Not to discount her rarer cuts, but Pjenne certainly knows how to steer a disco-minded dancefloor. Often headlining alongside Melbourne’s favourite parties like Daydreams, Wax ‘O and Lucid, keep your ears peeled for Pjenne.
I want to say Toni Yotzi is one DJ to watch on the line-up, but it’s probably fair to say she has already established herself with some hugely diverse sets around Melbourne. This is my pick of the locals from Inner Varnika for blending huge grime tracks with noise and punk and electro — all for good measures.
With a mixed bag like no one else, Yotzi has the elasticity to stretch between all manner of genres and one to catch if you like being kept on your toes
Don’t let the name fool you, Sunnyside isn’t the name of a money-grabbing retirement home — it belongs to Camperdown natives who like to throw down.
Sunnyside brings a refreshing twist of jazzy live music to a line-up heavily populated with electronic artists. If you ever had any doubts that the clarinet was out of fashion, give Sunny a whirl. The perfect soundtrack to an ice-cold tin on the hill, check them out closing off the Sunday afternoon before Pjenne and Brian Not Brian.
Catch Loure at Hopkins Creek, and in the mean time you can check out his recent Ripe Guest Mix.