Love music festivals but hate Southern Cross tattoos? The High & Dry is the festival for you! Pitching at Camp Wollimi, just two hours north of Sydney, High & Dry promises three days of independent music from Sydney and around Australia between November 27 and 29. The festival is 100% independent, artist-run and not for profit, closely tied to the Marrickville warehouse that High & Dry calls home. Festival organiser Claudia Santangelo enthuses, “High & Dry is created by a huge collective of artistic and wonderful people, who are all doing it for the love! High & Dry shows the immense collaborative power of independent artists and creative communities.” If supporting some great local artists – such as Rumpunch, Brian Campeau, The Bakery, Sui Zhen, Cleptoclectics and Lanie Lane – and getting behind this participant funded event isn’t warm and fuzzy enough for you, the festival is also seeking to run entirely on renewable energy within three years and is already one of the most sustainable gigs around. Add to this the BYO license, art installations, theatre and radio station, and you’ve got a festival that is almost too good to be true. So load your wagon, lose your shoes and hark back to the time when music festivals were for lovers not haters. It’s High time.
Nov 27-29, Camp Wollimi, 2hrs north of Sydney, $160 + bf for 3-day pass including camping, www.highanddryfestival.net