Hopkins Creek: Review

Hopkins Creek: Review

Photos: Coco Carter

Photos: Coco Carter

As we draw a close to the 3rd annual Hopkins Creek festival, our chapped lips begin to heal and windburn begins to fade, Figaro takes a seat with us to give his thoughts on the Australia’s best little festival, that just can’t quite catch a break.


Welcome back, you look like shit, how would describe the 3rd Hopkins Creek Festival in 3 words?

Windy, enjoyable and “no-nitrosoxide-in-the-bait-shop”.

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Speaking of the Bait Shop, how was it’s inclusion to the festival and what were some highlights?

The bait shop really impressed me to be honest, wonderfully curated by the minds behind Three Circles, Hopkins Creek and Sunset Sounds. A lot of time for the $10 banger and beer special.

As the fans hit the shit and the wind tore down my tent, heading down to the bait shop for a Slippery Gimlet was the perfect way to take my mind off my mates borrowed tent and wait for all of that nonsense to blow over. The Bait Shop, for me at least, was the heart and soul of the festival, a place to relax in the day and a raucous party in the night.

Going forward, I really hope they build on the bait shop, bring in a new motor without scraping the tinnie. It seems everything’s in place for the Bait Shop to become an iconic stage in Victoria’s festival landscape all it needs is time, love and the fishermen/women involved to keep on casting.

You’ve mentioned it a few times, so lets address the elephant in the room: the weather.

Well Friday was shit hot, beautiful weather, great tunes and a feeling amongst the crowd that this was going to be an incredible weekend away. It wasn’t until Saturday arvo when things started to change, the 35 km/h winds started to come through chewing up every man and his marquee. Tent poles snapped, the music eventually stopped and the positive feeling from the night before started to fade. The evenings cool change brought some rain but a welcome replacement to the wind, the party returned and we were more than keen to get amongst it.

The line up at Hopkins is something we’ve really started to admire, talk us through some of your favourite sets from the festival.

Overall the music was fantastic, it’s nice to see a festival which encompasses all corners of the dance sphere in its programming. I thought the whole wedge post 12 was fantastic, not that the music before then wasn’t any good, but the heat really came in after the witching hour. Josh Keys was a bona-fide good time, it felt like we were all at his house party, it was a very fun set. Norachi was a bit of a mind blower and leading straight into Fantastic Man deluded us all of the fact that the sun was near rising by the end of his set - time flies when you’re bung-eyed in a crater. Ess O Ess were particularly good at rekindling any waning bodies out there in the crowd, punchy tunes and a well-crafted set had us all enjoying that sunset a lot.

On the Saturday-day Adriana was a fine wake-up call of exotic tunes. Exotic tunes we all enjoyed with snags in bread and egg ‘n’ bacon rolls. Unfortunately we had it cut short by an intermission of spending the next hours pegging down anything in sight and performing numerous camp site repair operations, we’d all decided to adopt the - “if it dies, it dies” attitude, something we implore you all to adopt in trying times. Adi Toohey was a bloody party, very fun set and good to see her sterling reputation is being syndicated down in Victoria as well. Also from Sydney, the Multi Culti fellas were very, very fun. Having not known much about them before our time in the crater we’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for them, a big highlight. Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange are always a vibe, especially one to make you cast your campsite destruction woes to the wind. In the evening Mitsuki was a lot of fun, a very clean set in a very dirty bait shop. The action in Barry’s all felt a lot more special on Saturday night having haphazardly thrown together after the rain and mud brought an end to the unprotected main stage. Samo was another highlight. My god was that set smooth. A very considerate collection of house mixed with meticulous precision, the whole thing had a strong air of Scandinavian excellence.

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What would you like to see at next years edition of the festival?

Whilst the weather was one of the few negatives to come from what would have otherwise been the perfect festival. Going forward and hopefully without any major wind, rain, heat, zombie apocalypse, sharknado or meteorite issues, i’d like to see Hopkins continue supporting new and unique initiatives. Banning plastic bottles and replacing them with reusable, highly fashionable metal drink bottles was an idea that we hope more festivals take on board. Similarly, replacing single use plastics at vendors with plates that can be later washed and reused helped keep the crater clean and in a weird way almost supported the house mates vibe created amongst festival revellers.

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