Subsonic Music Festival 2016
volunteer and photographer
The Subsonic Music Festival should be one of the best festivals in Australia, friends told me. So I was curious to get a closer insight and joined the buildup-team as volunteer. The deal was to work 3 days wherever they need me in exchange for the full ticket price and catering during this time.
For the first two days I was chosen to set up heavy marquees, which was quite tough to stay in the sun all day. On the third day I was helping out at the main stage which was luckily very different to the past work. Less monotonous and stressful but more brain acrobatic.
It was a lovely experience to start in a small community with less than 100 people and observing how the area developed. As a normal guest you have, unfortunately, no clue of the effort and sweat that we put into the setup. But it’s worth witnessing all the preparation and are able to measure quality of the the festival.
- Brilliant location inside the nature and next to a small river
- just annoying flies and almost no mosquitos
- nice lineup mix between international and locals
- good sound quality (Function-One, the only in the southern hemisphere)
- cashless payment system and fast drinks order system
- well dressed up guests with good vibes
- aboriginal dance performance and welcome speech to their land as opening ceremony
- good projection mapping at main stage
- No waste deposit and therefore quite littered environment after
- end of the festival (incl. music) exact at 12am without encore
- high police presence even with dogs and patrols through the camping area
- weak illumination concept
- No description of workshops inside the booklet
Riverwood Downs (3h north from Sydney)
Jan H. Störkel