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Meredith Music Festival
The Meredith Music Festival is an annual camp-out rock festival held over several days in December, at the Meredith Natural Amphitheatre (Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre 2002 onwards), near Meredith, in Victoria, Australia. The festival began back in 1991.
Artists play on the Saturday afternoon, through Saturday night and into Sunday afternoon. The Sunday afternoon marks the running of the "Meredith Gift", a naked sprint race - in which underpanted dogs could also compete in the years before dogs were banned from the festival for public liability reasons.
In 2001 the festival saw crowds bigger than ever before. Coupled with heavy rains prior to the festival, this made the access tracks cave in bog many cars. While an alternative route was created by pouring gravel over the mud, cars in line to enter were stranded for several hours while missing out on many acts on the Saturday afternoon, including Superheist, Warped and 1200 Technieques.
In 2002 the festival was moved to a nearby farm with another natural amphitheatre feature. This allowed for a more comfortable stay for the growing crowds.
2002 was also the year that the Meredith Friday Night was introduced. Additional tickets were sold for access to the festival on Friday night to extend the festival by an extra night. Bands play on the Friday afternoon and evening. With only half of the tickets available as the main weekend, the Friday night is known as a quieter night. The Friday night has become a regular feature of the festival.
Over the years, the festival has had remarkable luck with the weather. 2003 was the first year it ever rained on the festival, with rain throughout Friday night and Saturday morning. In 2004 the weather situation got even worse, with the site beeing flooded due to a major storm on the Friday night. Many punters and staff were forced to walk around the festival site knee deep in mud from time to time that weekend.
- Meredith Music Festival - History. Retrieved Sept, 2004.
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