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earthcore 2017 - Summer Dreaming


Set on 500 acres 2 hours dive from Melbourne, earthcore features 3 epic stages across 5 days, Boutique Camping, Licenced Bars, Monster Market Precinct, Worlds Beyond Speakers Forum, Fractured Reality Art Zone, Muffplex Cinema, Lifestyle Village, Freak Shows, Comedy Tent, Swordcraft, Mind Bending Art, Installations and Performance, your closest mates and you !

Join us for our 24th year and be part of the original bush doof experience.


earthcore is an eyeball binge-fest. That is to say it’s a visual feast: oh yes, your corneal cortex will gorge to gagging on your frontal lobe. We have brought forth décor artistes from around the globe, so they may converge across the stages and site.

earthcore is an eyeball binge-fest. That is to say it’s a visual feast: oh yes, your corneal cortex will gorge to gagging on your frontal lobe. We have brought forth décor artistes from around the globe, so they may converge across the stages and site.

art installations

From shock value to jaw dropping creative beauty we join the creation of a colour and light dance between installation, attraction, sign design, pin up panoply, and hanging dangling, dropping, swirling and whirling dervish of decor delights.

fluff station

There are those moments when you feel the need for a break from the dance floor, a chance to check something else out. We will be there to beautify you, relax you or turn you in to an art piece by experiencing the ‘Fluff Station’.

fractured reality art zone


Pare your reality back a bit in the Fractured Reality Art Zone. A timeline vortex featuring international artist showcases that will split your cerebral cortex; leave you squinting & tilting your head 15 degrees to the left in a vain search for perspective.

kings of comedy

This year at earthcore we’re having a royal visit! Be prepared to have your sides splitting with laughter at the Kings of Comedy’s earthcore special! Open on Saturday & Sunday night at earthcore, The Kings of Comedy’s is not to be missed!

muffplex cinema

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival will be returning with a cinematic extravaganza in our specially constructed out-door Cinemaplex. Be prepared to have your mind blown with a unique mix of cinema curated for your reeling eyeballs.



Indeed the army of troubadours, minstrels, acrobats, scallywags, raving performers, solo spectaculars, one eyed monoculars, one night vigils, the wandering, performing, stage addicts, who will delight, entertain and bewilder you.



Everyone loves a bit of Cosplay! Imagine a few hundred people equipped in medieval gear having a epic battle up on the hills whilst you happen to be camped below? Imagine having the opportunity to join the fray if it fancies you?

Creativity Colloquium

Indulge yourself in creative knowledge with earthcore’s fresh new addition to the Element Lifestyle Village Water space on Friday & Saturday night. Join us as we delve deep into multimedia arts, history, theory, processes, how to’s and q&a’s from leading artists in their field from all around the world!

vjs & 3d mapping


It wouldn’t be earthcore if we didn’t unleash unto you, a front row seat to the full majesty of the night sky and everything it brings. But, er, forgive us; we’ve decided to get all caught up in the earthly delights and bring some shit with us.

worlds beyond speakers forum

The Australian Paranormal Society returns for the Worlds Beyond Speakers Forum with speakers from all over the world to present topics ranging from Crytpozoology, Ufology, the Occult, Paranormal, the Horror writing scene and more.


If other worlds were to collide, wouldn’t you want somewhere gentle, replenishing and nurturing to put the pieces back together?

If the main stages are the impact zone, then the elemental lifestyle village is the epicenter of renewal. Consisting of five distinct zones, the elemental lifestyle village offers an experience for each core element.

chillout: water


Put your feet up, rehydrate your body, still the mind and enjoy the aquatic themed psychedelicious haven. Let the stream of ambient frequencies and Down Tempo Rhythms uplift and wash over you. The element of water has arrived for you.

healing exchange: air

This is the province of the healing touch: across it’s multiple forms by: hand, frequency, light and vibration. Leave with a lightness you could only associate with the element of air.

physical exchange: fire


With mind and heart tended to, the body beckons. Workshops and practitioners present guided and safe excursions into the forms of dance, movement and yogic and martial expression. Let the spark ignite the Fire.

free your inner child: spirit

Venture into your inner child, connect with and reinvigorate the fifth element – the spirit. Discover, re- connect & embrace your innocence. Where spirit and you are not separate but integrated as a whole.

wisdom exchange: earth


A hand picked assortment of dedicated teachers, practitioners and speakers; will encourage, provoke, incite, extol and explain their teachings and paradigms. Embrace, learn and discover.


Once upon a time…electronic music festivals didn’t happen in the bush. There was no such thing. Yes Broadford and Sunbury had a moment in the Rock star sun, and Falls would plunder the beer swilling faithful with more rock over the rolling hills. But there was no festival industry. Hard to conceive of now, with billowing clouds of dust rising up across Victoria; the signature of outdoor party mayhem and the stomp of dancing feet.


Why even point this out? Because, dear reader; now that there is such a thing as a “Festival Circuit”, and a vibrant outdoor party industry, it’s possible, given the funds, a bit of local knowledge and a modicum of passion, to enter the scene from stage right, declare thyself Mercutio at the feast and thumb thy nose at you sir: “You Sir” being the party consuming public. Yes, yes, this is to be expected, even welcomed, for choice is good, is it not?

But this is not us. This is:

Hello; our name is earthcore and we’re not Mercutio, and in fact we don’t even have a Shakespearian reference. We entered the story somewhere just after “Once upon a time”. And this is the story of what we did, and how we came to be doing it. Still…


Take a team of party goers, who for one reason or another are passionate about the social undercurrent sweeping through the ranks of underground Melbourne. A heaving warehouse party culture, in full flight and fancy; reclaiming the industrial waste and turning it into paradise. Just for a night. The hue and cry is that of: “Let’s get out of it man.” And it’s a cry of desperation, in response to growing up in the great suburban drama.

Call us fucking crazy and in many respects we are. But we went with “Let’s get out of it man!” And took to the Australian bush. Countless hours across myriad miles, searching for the real response to stifling city saturation. And in that we offered a different choice. A party experience outside of confined walls. Beyond the artefacts and artifice, and if we’re particularly poetic we’d say it was an armistice, a brief pause for all of us, to get out of “it”, the city, for real.

For the punters it would begin with the drive, the dyslexic directions on late printed flyers, the inevitable getting lost, stalling on quiet dirt roads, windows wound down, straining to hear a telltale…folklore now…But that was how it began. The tale of earthcore and how the hills came to echo with the pound of music.

Our first parties were attended by a scant few. It was new black polished chrome and it came over the summer like liquid night, crazy new sound, delivered by fringe dwellers that never portended to make money. We did it to explore and host aspects of a culture that we valued, and in that we lay down some fierce roots. As it turned out those roots embedded deep into the ramping up of Australian party culture.

It took 10 years (???) for something to happen that we didn’t really see coming; but when it did, it came on like an avalanche: that impossible moment when that thing you do, have loved and breathed life into; even though it nearly killed you, repeatedly, suddenly crosses the threshold of critical mass. When enough people are so enthusiastic about the thing, their energy and momentum breaks across the shoreline and becomes the new groundswell.

history 2

4000 people became 8000 people and the whole country sat up and paid attention. What the hell? earthcore: 8000 people. earthcore: 18,000 people. Laws changed, government agencies became involved. The social experiment and underground oddity woke up a dozing public and for better or worse paved the way for what we aptly refer to as the Outdoor party industry.

Now 24 years on. earthcore is waving at you across the forest floor. 24 years is a long time; time enough for those seeded roots to delve so deep that even the various saga’s, sweeping epics and an enforced legal layoff couldn’t wash us away. So here we are. The weeping willow, still standing, amidst the erosion on the bank.

Welcome to or welcome back. You figure it out

Logistics and Festival Addons

Vehicle pass

Whilst bringing a vehicle to earthcore is convenient it isn’t very friendly for the environment. For earthcore 2017 we will be introducing a Vehicle Pass which is required to be purchased per vehicle to encourage carpooling and other eco-friendly transport methods to the festival and back.

Vehicle passes are a minor $50 + booking fee and it goes a long way towards a range of environmental initiatives that help reduce earthcore’s carbon footprint. 

Please note that all camping with the exception of campervans, RV's, Boutique and Powered camping sites is walk in camping. All other vehicles will be parked in the dedicated parking bay close to the camping areas.

All ages event

16+. Under 18's need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and will not have access to the licenced area.

Boutique Camping

For the seasoned rock star, the party princess or the decorated veteran ready to Glam it up in style. Glamping is for those who want a little more luxury and a little less effort. A “pay extra” camping solution one step short of a stay at the Hilton.

Located with best access and facilities: There are two Glamping Options.

Bell Tent. A well pitched Bell tent (Central Poled teepee hybrid) with mattresses. Deck it out to your heart's content.

Bell Luxury. A well pitched Bell tent with mattresses, bedding and furnishings. Congratulations you are now a Bedouin Chieftain.

More @ Boutique Camping Info

Powered camping

Add that extra convenience to your camp zone by adding power for all those times you need to recharge your phone (site has 4g reception), need to get lights happening and so much more. Limited spots available now.

Max of 1 vehicle per powered camp spot

Got a question ? Look no further...


I bought tickets online and haven’t got them yet
Did you purchase your tickets before Tues 7 Nov ? To find out if you did check the receipt that was emailed to you.  Registered post tickets will be sent out from the 1st of May. Keep an eye out for the red slip from your post office if you weren’t home to accept the delivery. If you purchased after Tues 7 Nov you have opted for gate collection so please ensure you have id that matches your order when coming to the event. If you have purchased multiple tickets please make sure that your additional ticket holders arrive with the main buyer of the gate collection tickets. If you have hard ticpkets this rule doesn’t apply.
If you purchase your tickets during or after Tues 7 Nov then you will need to collect your tickets from the gate with strictly matching ID.
When & where can I buy tickets?
Tickets will be on sale from Mon 6 Feb 2017 online via our website.
Is this an 18+ event?
All ages are welcome at earthcore, however under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The licensed area will be restricted to over 18 ‘s. Bring id for entry into the licenced area.
Do children need a ticket?
Children under 14 & under can enter for free with a parent or legal guardian. Due to high temperatures, loud noise and dusty air, we recommend parents not to bring children below 2 years of age!
Will earthcore tickets sell out?
There are limited tickets, our 1st round early birds sell out within a few days so it’s recommended to secure your ticket to avoid the agony of missing out or paying more.
Are there any discounts to attend less days?
No. Full price applies.
Are there free tickets for birthdays?
I don’t have a credit card to buy online ?
There are 2 options for you.  First is that we have a range of ticket promoters and ticket store outlets that allow cash / eft payments.  Second option is that most supermarkets and all post offices sell prepaid visa/mastercard credit cards, this is a great option if you have problems buying online.  Read more here
What are this year’s ticket prices and other ticketing questions?
For all other ticketing questions please visit our tickets faq page
For any online ticket enquiries please email directly.

getting to the festival

When can I arrive & leave the earthcore location by?
Gates open at 12pm on Thursday 23 November and will close 12pm Monday 27 November. All patrons are asked to leave the site by this time.
Guests who arrive before Thurs 23 Nov will be asked to leave to stay the night in town.
How do I get there?
The location is Elmore, Victoria, Australia. It is just over 2 hours drive north from Melbourne CBD. For full details on directions, please visit our directions page
Is there a bus, shuttle, or provided transportation to and from the venue?
Yes, we will be running official buses to earthcore. To find out more or make a reservation please visit our catch the bus to earthcore page

at the festival

What do I need to get into earthcore?
All ticket holders must present their physical ticket, or photo ID if the gate collection option was selected.
What currency is accepted at earthcore?
Australian Dollars ($AUD) only. If you are arriving internationally then you will need to exchange your currency at the airport before leaving to attend the festival. To find out exchange rates –
Can I leave and re-enter the festival with a passout?
No, strictly no passouts for earthcore. There is no need to leave especially if you are correctly prepared upon entry.
When can I find out set times?
Music set times will be announced 1-2 weeks before the gates open or earlier. Whilst we take extra care to maintain solid set times, they are subject to change without notice due to unexpected situations that may arise from the day to day operations of the festival.
Can I bring alcohol?
No, this is not a BYO event. There will be a licensed bar and bottle shop at reasonable prices in the Kinky Karnival throughout the festival.
What type of weather will earthcore run during?
Whilst we will be expecting for sunny days and cool nights, earthcore will run in any weather, regardless if it’s rain, hail or shine. Be prepared for all weather conditions.
Will there be first aid on site?
Of course, however if you have specific mediation that is required then please bring it with you. If your medication requires prescription please ensure your medication is correctly labelled by a healthcare professional before attending the festival.
How should I dispose of my rubbish & waste?
earthcore is a Leave No Trace event, this means you must leave nothing behind your camp site. We will provide a garbage drop off point for full garbage bags at the venue for your convenience, however, please ensure full garbage bags are taken to this point as opposed to left at the campsite. Bring garbage bags to keep your camp site neat and litter free.Find out more about our leave no trace policy
What accommodation options are there?
There are a few options for accommodation, many bring their own tents or rv’s and camp in the camping grounds, however, we also provide various accommodation services for those who cannot or do not want to bring their own tents.For full accommodation and camping details visit our camping page
Can I bring a campervan/RV?
Can I bring my own generator or renegade sound systems?
No. Generators are strictly forbidden. There will be a number of renegade stages that earthcore will host throughout the festival, no need for extras.
What do I need to bring?
Earthcore runs for 5 days this year so bring everything you need to stay warm, comfortable and dry in case of any occasion. Bring clothes for both hot and cold weather as the nights can become quite cold and windy in this region of Victoria. It’s also advisable to bring garbage bags to collect your rubbish.It’s encouraged to bring random attire, toys, costumes and anything else that you feel will make us look twice.
What about food and water?
Free water is available on site, however it’s always a good idea to bring extra with you.As for food, earthcore will have a wide range of food stall options for carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores.
What can’t I bring?
At this time of year in this region, a total fire ban is implemented so therefore no gas cookers, gas bottles, candles, fire lanterns. Gas cookers and bottles inside RV’s are permitted on the condition that they are correctly installed and cannot leave the vehicle. Fire twirling/performing apparatuses are permitted in the designated fire twirling zones Fire authorities will be at the event monitoring all safety issues relating to fire and they reserve the right to confiscate anything deemed dangerous in fire ban periods.Other items that are strictly forbidden; no weapons, glass, open flames, pets, illicit drugs, motorised bikes, handheld lasers, fireworks, flares, or dangerous items of any kind.
How can I take care of myself?
Drink plenty of water and only sleep under shady areas. Get plenty of sleep to be refreshed for the following day or night of madness. Bring plenty of sunscreen and don’t go cheap on sunscreen either, SPF30+ minimum strength because in this part of Victoria you will burn within minutes. Keep clean with our showers, bring sanitary gel & wet wipes. Don’t party hard too early because this festival goes for 5 days. Behave consciously, coherently and responsibly.
Can earthcore cater to patrons with special needs?
Earthcore is a member of the Companion card initiative. The festival grounds are accessible by wheelchair in all areas. Special needs toilets will be available.Yes, for further information please email us at
Can I bring pets?
No animals allowed unless officially approved in writing by earthcore offices prior. The only pets we will allow are authorised accessibility and guidance pets. Anyone who disobeys these rules will be asked to return their pet home before re entering the festival.
Is there and ATM on site?
Yes, however we still recommend you bring cash with you to avoid any issues during the event as there are no passouts. There will also be EFTPOS terminals at the gate, info stall and licenced bar area.
Is there phone reception?
In some places yes however it is limited. Please don’t be dependent on it because it may vary once everyone is at the festival. Why would you want to be contacted from the outside world anyways?
Can I bring a bicycle?
You can bring a bicycle or unicycle if you wish providing it is not motorised.
What stages, music & activities are there?
For all information on stages please visit our stages page. We are regularly adding new activities on the website. Check there on a regular basis.
Are there any places for swimming?
No, there are dams with water but they are not safe for swimming so please keep out for your own well being.
Are there power outlets on site?
Yes. You can upgrade your camp site to powered camping .
more info
Can I camp next to my car?
Due to council by laws all vehicles with the exception of powered camping, RV and campervans need to park in the car parking bays and you must walk to your camp site and set up.
Are there showers?
Yes. There are hot showers on site. Free to use at any time.

getting involved (performers/volunteers/stalls)

How do I apply to perform, volunteer, work, display art, or host a stall, workshop or theme camp at earthcore?
To apply for all types of roles and positions in this year’s earthcore, applications are now open.
Apply Now
How can I obtain a media pass?
Media passes are only given out to successful applicants. Applications are open from Mon 9 Jan 2017.


By entering the earthcore festival site, you understand that you may be photographed, filmed, or videotaped and you hereby give earthcore permission to take any pictures or videos and use your likeness, image, or photo, without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium and to put the finished pictures/recordings to any legitimate use without limitation or reservation. You hereby waive, release and forever discharge earthcore from and against any and all claims or actions arising out of or resulting from any use of your image.

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