Not many people around Australia are more excited about a good festival than Adelaidians, especially those little known festivals that attract the weird and wonderful characters that are dotted around our state. The next 'hipster' festival to hit SA is the fifth instalment of BlenheimFest.
Blenheimwhat? That's right, it's the virtually unknown, mellowed out combination of Laneway Festival and the Tamworth Music Festival – and you get to stay there overnight. Just outside of the Clare Valley, for $70 you get a parking spot, a campsite and a two-day concert.
[ADVERT]Starting on midday on Good Friday (April 18) and running til Saturday night, there really is no excuse not to have an early night on Thursday, get up early on Friday, and by midday have your prime position secured, campsite set and beers at the ready. The crowd can only be 1500 strong so don't leave it too late to get a ticket and a ride.
The organisers know exactly what they're doing; check out number one on their banned list. I suppose that's up to the discretion of the crowd. And of course the usual no fires, no pets, no beanbags. There's also no ATM on site so having plenty of cash is a good idea. The festival is sponsored by the Clare Valley Brewing Company, who is the mastermind behind the delicious Miss Molly grape cider so expect to see plenty of it around.
Worthy a look in are Melbourne band Saskwatch, who recently had a hit on Triple J with their song Hands, and also local boy James Abberley who began busking in Rundle Mall. If country music takes your fancy, Louise Adams has unique yet relatable vocals with catchy lyrics that will turn heads. If you're not convinced yet, Blenheim raises money for New Hope Cambodia, a NGO devoted to providing hope, dignity and promise to the people of Cambodia – last year $13 000 was donated.
It will probably be cold at night too, but what a perfect excuse to wear a cow onesie with a pair of gumboots? If you're feeling really adventurous, why not back up the weekend by heading to Groovin' the Moo in Oakbank the weekend after? It's time Adelaide paused the hype about the main music festivals that stopover, and started exploring the lesser-known festivals. There could be thousands of amazing experiences to be had in the most secret corners of the state – they just need to be discovered.
So why not do it? Grow your beard, wear your wellies, don't shower for a few days to acclimatise, and then, most importantly, bathe in the beautiful sounds of local talent.