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(Last Up to date On: March 6, 2019)
I had the privilege of visiting the third edition of Babylon Pageant this yr – a home, techno, and psytrance bush doof held out within the country of Victoria, Australia. It’s quite a small pageant for what it is – solely about 5,000 individuals – but was the right measurement to be an almost-intimate gathering of likeminded music lovers.
Nestled on some rolling hills and between numerous patches of bush and shady timber, Babylon creates a remote vibe proper from the start. As I danced alongside what was designed to seem like a shipwrecked pirate ship, kicking up dust as I moved to the deep and resonating baselines, I assumed to myself that that is the epitome of what you’d consider a bush doof. Smiling individuals dressed in vibrant colors and sparkles moved concerning the countryside venue, going between yoga courses and purchasing on the markets between dance periods at any of a few foremost levels.
The pageant actually took off at night time, though, when colorful lasers would start to flicker by way of the gang after a cotton sweet sunset. This is when the levels began to get packed because the individuals gathered for what that they had come for – to get lost in the deliciously deep music. The following Babylon pageant evaluate was written from a mixture of my very own and listening to others’ experience, and was designed to either enable you to look back fondly at your personal experience at Babylon or to inform and guide you about each facet of the pageant you’d want to know for your journey there another yr.
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- 1 Babylon Location/Venue
- 2 Babylon Crowd
- 3 Vibe
- 4 Environment/Decorations/Organization
- 5 Lineup/Music/Artists
- 6 Babylon Tenting
- 7 Tenting Facilities
- 8 Pageant Facilities – Different Stuff to Do
- 9 Babylon Transportation/Motels/Parking
- 10 Babylon Meals/Drink
- 11 Babylon Ticket Worth
- 12 Babylon Security
- 13 Loos
- 14 Weather at Babylon
- 15 Trend
- 16 Timings
- 17 Cash
- 18 Broadband/Reception
- 19 Babylon Volunteering
- 20 Last Babylon Pageant Ideas
The Babylon location is out within the bush near Carapooee West, Victoria. Babylon’s venue is sort of small and manageable and potential to walk from one end to the other in not far more than ten minutes. There were four foremost levels, an enclosed unbiased stage, a lot of meals distributors, heaps of market stalls, some art, and a yoga/artwork/chill area that made up the primary elements of the venue. The primary three levels had misters above the dancing areas, to hold individuals cool in the course of the day and ended up protecting dust ranges down as properly.
Although fairly small, the venue for Babylon truly seemed a bit giant for the quantity of individuals there. It appeared fairly empty every day till the solar went down, when a lot of the punters would emerge from the campground for a night filled with beats.
The Mandala Stage was the psytrance stage situated at a extra eliminated nook of the venue. That is the stage that the quicker BPMs would play at, from surface degree minimal/psytrance to some more of the deeper stuff.
The hanging gardens have been an exquisite stage designed like a wonky picket pirate ship where all the deep house and slower playa techno-type vibes would play. It was nestled amongst some timber with multiple ranges for dancing, and was nice to loosen up within the shade or dance in the dust.
Hanging Gardens Stage
Bloc 9 Stage
>Bloc 9 was the techno stage – sufficient stated. Bloc 9 had a bit of bouncy home and tech home through the day but by nightfall it was bona fide arduous techno.
Chillimanjaro was, as its hilariously artistic identify suggests, the coolness stage. It was a bit arduous to discover but was all the time emanating with sluggish and wompy chilled out baselines.
Therapeutic Sanctuary/Hammock Garden/Art Area
Between the levels around the outdoors of the venue was a semi-circle of artistic and chill spaces. Centered around an enormous hammock structure, there was a circulate artwork area, a small art gallery, a jam band area with tons of instruments, a help-yourself art area with body paint and group murals, and extra. The Therapeutic Sanctuary was a tent area with its own lineup of yoga, meditation, healing periods, and even eye gazing.
Day Spa Stage
The Day Spa stage was run by the individuals at the Day Spa event (Sundays at Pawn & Co in Melbourne) and taken over independently by totally different report labels/event corporations each day with their very own lineups. This created a massively Melbourne stage with well-known Melbourne native dj’s in house and techno arenas. A lot of the dj’s here can be residents at Melbourne golf equipment. Additionally they had dress-up themes every day.
Proper outdoors most important pageant entrance have been a couple branded renegade parties that principally went all day day by day – with their very own dj’s and mini-parties. One was referred to as ‘Let’s Get Natural’ and the opposite was ‘District of Love.’
Bloc 9 Stage Crowd
It’s robust to make an overarching statement concerning the crowd at Babylon. There were combined evaluations concerning the crowd’s conduct after the pageant (principally sourced from facebook) however from my expertise Babylon was principally a celebration crowd. That they had additional actions however I might say that most individuals came to this pageant to have an excellent time on the music levels and go exhausting. Individuals have been social however seemed to be a bit extra cliquey/in their own world than some festivals I’ve been to. The basic pageant vibe was still undoubtedly current in that you simply have been in a position to have amusing with strangers and make random associates within the crowd, nevertheless it was undoubtedly a bit scaled back at Babylon.
I might say that almost all of the attendees of Babylon pageant have been Aussie – principally from/dwelling in Victoria. There was truly a very high proportion of British and Irish individuals here, presumably ones that had moved to Melbourne. It didn’t appear to be too many individuals had traveled far and broad for the pageant (perhaps simply from NSW or SA) as Melbourne has a built-in psytrance and techno crowd who attend a lot of doofs within the area.
As with all pageant, Babylon was filled with comfortable individuals roaming round, dancing, laughing, and having an excellent time. Aside from the traditional nice pageant vibes, the vibe might sometimes get a bit intense here. It’s because quite a number of of the punters didn’t actually understand how to properly conduct themselves – either going a bit too exhausting or not understanding how to maintain their own messes/rubbish. This was uncommon nevertheless and it was principally completely satisfied and fun.
Some performers at Bloc 9 Stage
Superb bush sunsets
Babylon did REALLY nicely with the levels and design, and had a fair amount of fun artwork across the venue as nicely. There were quite a couple of colourful shade buildings by way of the venue each above the levels and above some seating areas close to the meals stalls and therapeutic gardens space that added a pleasant vibrant vibe to the area.
The pageant entrance was graced by a completely beautiful feminine buddha-like picket set up that sort-of turned a part of the tree it was up towards. This and the small hut created from scraggly branches near the mandala stage have been my favorite; the hut had somewhat herb backyard and crystals hanging round it that made for a stunning chill area.
The levels have been organized nicely – far sufficient aside from each other that there wasn’t too much noise pollution (although typically there was a crossover between the Day Spa stage and the Bloc 9 Stage) however close sufficient to stroll very simply. As i mentioned before, nevertheless, the venue typically seemed a bit giant for the quantity of people there. I’m unsure if tickets have been undersold, if most people didn’t come into the venue till night time time (totally potential), or if there was merely a bit too much area for the capacity, nevertheless it did typically really feel quite empty to my group and I.
Olivia Daybreak performing reside violin over house music
Reside portray happening on the Hanging Gardens stage
Babylon Pageant had an all-time lineup of house, techno, and psytrance. There have been massive names in all three of these genres that little question brought in plenty of crowds for their specific exhibits.
At the hanging gardens (house and ethereal tech), headliners have been Man J, Eagles & Butterflies, Damian Lazarus, Olivia Dawn, Behrouz, and Undercatt.’
At Bloc 9, the headliners have been Nina Kraviz, Carl Cox, Sam Paganini, Luigi Madonna, Amelie Lens, Solardo, Butch, and Dax-J.
At the mandala stage, a few of the headliners have been Bliss, Laughing Buddha, Waio, Skwid, Earthlink, Emok, and Rayman.
The organization pf the music was nice and the lineup and set occasions have been on level, rising in intensity with the hour of the night time. You might anticipate dj’s to improve the heat until about midnight, where the most important headliners would come on consecutively until about 4am. The heaviest part of the night time was undoubtedly midnight to 4am or so (different levels too?) with the daytime bringing lighter and bouncier tunes.
A couple of artist highlights/mentions:
Nina Kraviz headlined night time one, bringing a really fascinating and pretty intense vibe to the start of the night time. She began out with techno, eventuating even to some extra hardstyle-esque beats with an acid sound. Dax-J introduced the gang up with a heavy techno set afterwards, as did an absoplutely all-time lineup of Butch (rising into the night time with some tech home), into Luigi Madonna, Carl Cox, Sam Paganini, and Amelie Lens IN A ROW on the Saturday night time. This night time of heavy techno was balanced by some vibey home on the Day Spa stage for a change, an evening of native Melbourne DJ’s at the Hanging Gardens, and some heavier psy at Mandala.
As he has for the past three years, Carl Cox and Eric Powell closed out the pageant on Day 3 with their superb, light-hearted Cellular Disco set filled with 80’s bangers and good vibes. This was rivaled by am superb psytrance set topped with superb electric guitar by Bliss, and a really progressive Four-HOUR set by the unimaginable Guy J at Hanging Gardens. It was onerous to determine where to go!
My favorite sets at this pageant have been truly all by artists that I hadn’t seen/heard of earlier than – in all probability as a result of I didn’t know what to anticipate from them but had a tremendous time. These have been by Olivia Daybreak at Hanging Gardens (ethereal home/techno with reside violin), Butch (bouncy + fun tech home at Bloc 9), Eagles & Butterflies at Hanging Gardens (amazingly melodic playa techno), and Bliss (progressive + bouncy psytrance with stay electrical guitar).
Enjoyable in the shade of an attractive little hut made out of tree branches
There have been 5 essential camping areas at Babylon, laid out almost into a grid next to some areas of bush and a glamping ‘alpha camp.’ Gridded roads passed by means of these totally different areas where individuals have been free to camp at their own will. There was no arranging individuals in any particular order; you possibly can actually drive anyplace and set up wherever you pleased.
The farthest corner camp spot from the doorway was in all probability a few 15 minute walk to the venue – not too far at all. There were a couple of timber scattered all through the world, but not too many – don’t rely on tree shade; make certain to convey shade buildings because it may get extremely popular!
As a result of the pageant/venue was quite small, there weren’t any facilities that have been specific to the tenting space in addition to some bogs and showers. all the food, actions, markets, and additional facilities have been inside the venue.
The showers at Babylon have been scattered on a couple of sides of the tenting space, and have been stall-type heat showers that have been free to use. The strains acquired slightly lengthy within the morning but with the mud and dirt the wait was value it!
Some fascinating trinkets for sale close to the general public jam area, and a juggler at work in the move arts tent
Pageant Facilities – Different Stuff to Do
There was a nook of the pageant completely dedicated to different activities, arts & crafts, yoga, and more. Right here’s what that they had:
This was a dome tent full of different kinds of artwork, work, murals, prints, and trinkets for sale. The work of some totally different artists was on display along the partitions.
This was a very cool coated area with tons of different instruments that totally different individuals would decide up throughout the day and play collectively. There were attached microphones, tons of instruments: bongos, guitar, drums, microphones, and even individuals banging alongside on something in any respect to the beat. This was all next to a quirky pawn shop-esque stand selling all types of fascinating trinkets – fun to flick through!
This was a stretch tent and carpeted area that hosted a variety of workshops and activities corresponding to yoga, meditation, pageant restoration, eye gazing, sound therapeutic, and even pilates. There were about 5-6 totally different activities scheduled each day for individuals to come and have a bit of a release from relentless baselines, stream a bit, and let their creativity free.
There have been dozens of awesome market stalls at Babylon, all alongside the again fence of the venue. From door garments to sun shades to special Chili sauces and dread locks, Babylon really had all of it. It was arduous not to get sidetracked taking a look at some superior purchasing choices whereas on the best way from one aspect of the venue to the opposite.
This was an open space with tubs of physique paint for anyone’s use, and open art walls for anybody to contribute to. It was a carpeted and shaded area that was good to chill out or unleash a little bit of creativity both on a wall, on yourself, or on a good friend!
Babylon Market Stalls by night time
Babylon had some official buses touring from the CBD to the pageant run by the popular pageant bus firm, Banana bus. These buses left from the town and dropped off close to the intersection of the Alpha camp, the pink camp, and the bush which have been very reasonably priced and handy.
Aside from that I might say that most people both drove or hired their own bus to transport a gaggle of associates (which is what I did). Parking was anyplace that you simply needed to put your automotive inside the tenting areas (no totally different tenting areas with automotive/no automotive). I highly doubt anybody stayed in motels because the pageant was quite remote and everybody camped.
Some meals choices at Babylon Pageant
The meals at Babylon Pageant was outstanding. There were dozens of vendors providing too many various choices to probably give you the option to choose – all alongside the front aspect of the venue between the entrance and the Bloc 9 Stage.
Babylon had quite comparable food vendors as most of the Victoria doofs – however they’re all superior! They have the chai tea lounge which was well-loved at Rainbow Serpent, the delicious royal Burgers (and mac-n-cheese croquettes) stand, superfood smoothies, El Chivi hour get burgers, the avocado-on-everything booth, tons of various pizza, far more, and my personal favorite – KEBABYLON. I might say most full meals went for about $12 – $17AUD.
Though Babylon was a restricted BYO occasion (allowed one slab and one decanted bottle of spirit per individual – not that they actually checked!), there was additionally alcohol for sale. There were a pair bars – probably the most outstanding of which was right subsequent to the Day Spa stage. The bar was promoting basic combined drinks into reusable cups, a couple totally different pre-mixed cans, and other tender drinks too. You’d be taking a look at about $10 for a can of pre-mix right here.
Babylon Ticket Worth
Babylon tickets go for simply over $220 pre-sale, and go up to about 300. Should you add in transport of $89 return taking the Banana bus, and a specific amount for food/drinks/and so on each day, you need to have your finances!
Hanging out at the Day Spa Stage
Babylon safety was pretty lax. Upon going into the gates, my expertise was that a safety guard came onto our bud (about 17 individuals) and stated hey, requested if we had any glass containers or anything that we shouldn’t have, and upon hearing us say ’no,’ wished us a good time and gave us directions to the tenting space we have been wanting for. We then had a couple of volunteers come on and scan/give wristbands, and then we have been in.
The road to get in took ages, which makes me assume that that they had searched some automobiles better than others. I consider nevertheless that they have been additionally looking for glass to hold the campsites protected.
Babylon Pageant had blocks of porta-potty type bogs scattered throughout the venue. They have been in blocks of about 16 or so and have been the type with miniature sinks and flush features inside them. Truthfully, if I might say one dangerous factor about this pageant it might be the loos,. The yr I went, they have been truthfully a few of the most rank bogs I’ve ever seen at a pageant, which actually is saying something if you understand how many I’ve been to!
I’m unsure if the problem was the individuals being messy, or the truth that they weren’t cleaned sufficient. I feel it was a little bit of both, truthfully – I solely saw them getting cleaned a pair occasions and those close to my tent undoubtedly went almost full days with out being seen to a number of occasions, once they have been already extraordinarily unsanitary and at the level i assumed it might be a reputable menace to well being. I feel having drop/compost bogs would repair this drawback – having tiny flushable rest room bowls that simply clog is an enormous drawback with heavy use and rare cleaning.
My very favorite set up at Babylon pageant, proper outdoors the entrance.
A tremendous sunrise I used to be in a position to catch once I awoke in the midst of the night time!
Weather at Babylon
The bush of Victoria in mid-February can get scorching, scorching, scorching! It might be clever to prepare for high temperatures in the course of the day. My yr it was about 28, 31, and 33 on the three pageant days, which was very bearable and truly fairly pretty. However, it could actually get much hotter around these elements.
It cooled down considerably at night time, to the point that you would in all probability be uncomfortably cold and not using a coat until you have been in the midst of the gang dancing nonstop (which is clearly very potential!). Warmth for sleeping can also be a should – it acquired pretty chilly simply earlier than dawn within the camping areas so sleeping luggage/blankets are a good suggestion.
The Babylon pageant venue was also very dusty! Many people coped with this with bandanas around their noses/faces to breathe in cleaner air and never sniff tons of dust up their nostril (howdy, dove boogers! :P). The ground was additionally fairly rocky so boots can be a good suggestion in addition to a bandana. The solar was also actually robust, so hats and sun shades are also necessary for commutes in the scorching sun (as with anyplace in Australia!).
Some beautiful festie gals on their approach to a stage
Babylon was some fairly basic doof style. It virtually seemed as if the entire pageant had shopped at Tibbs & Bones, Dolls Kill, or Frothlyf collectively and are available sporting the identical outfits. You’d see leotards/high-waisted bottoms and shiny tops, fishnets, boots, braids, colourful skinny sunnies, and tons of stick-on gems and glitter for the women, and either get together shirts and/or tight shiny leggings and foolish equipment and sunnies for the boys. Plus, there were parasols and bandanas throughout! I undoubtedly saw fairly a couple of women in the same costly shiny leotards over the weekend, which appears to be a disgrace provided that doofs have been initially a place of radical self-expression and have develop into their own mainstream style in and of themselves. But hey, the outfits have been nonetheless cute as hell 😛
Babylon ran from the early afternoon every day (Mandala and Hanging Gardens started up round midday each day and 10am on Sunday) until LATE at night time. The Bloc 9 Stage didn’t start till 3-4pm every day (and 12pm Sunday) and ran till 5am with its onerous techno and unimaginable mild exhibits.
Nevertheless, this pageant truthfully seemed fairly lifeless through the day. I feel it attracted the after-party sort crowd who like to go to kick-ons and attend the later-night parties fairly than the daytime ones. It appeared to go from fairly sparse in the course of the day to completely packed and loopy a couple of hours into the night time, and this was something we found actually fascinating about Babylon. A few of the craziest occasions on the dance flooring have been when it was about to close, and a number of the loudest campsite parties have been truly Sunday night time after the complete pageant was over. I’m unsure what meaning, however it was an fascinating remark!
Hustle & Bustle outdoors the pageant entrance
One of the first yoga courses on Friday afternoon on the Therapeutic Backyard
Babylon retailers just about solely took money, in that there wasn’t much telephone signal by any means to join to the web for playing cards. I might just convey plenty of cash with you!
Babylon reception was slim to none. There were a couple of random high factors within the venue where I might receive a bunch of textual content messages (just like the bogs near my camp, unusually enough), however I actually would not rely on being able to get in touch with anyone. You ‘may/ have the ability to ship a textual content or two, but the reception is so scarce that it might be to your benefit not to even attempt to to just take pleasure in being current.
There have been tons of volunteers which helped to make the pageant so successful. Lots of them went around the campgrounds helloing to clear and giving out trash luggage, some went across the crowds to give out water and ensure everyone was okay, and some helped with the gang move out and in of the venue.
In case you are interested to volunteer at Babylon pageant, ensure that to examine the website a number of months earlier than to apply! The volunteers have been very important to the occasion and super helpful.
One of the art installations lit up by night time!
Last Babylon Pageant Ideas
- Take a look at the extra activities – they’re heaps of enjoyable and lots of effort went into the healing backyard program! drop by a yoga or sound therapeutic class to get some zen in your busy day of dancing.
- Make sure that to take a look at some totally different food – the options have been implausible and delish.
- Attempt all the levels and expertise all of the totally different kinds of music that folks come for! Relatively than sticking to what you already know, attempt to department out a bit – the expertise in each genre is top-notch.
- Ensure that to cease by Chillimanjaro – it’s a bit harder to find as it’s technically outdoors the primary venue, m however it’s a cool area.
- Needless to say this venue is extraordinarily dusty – especially anyplace there weren’t misters going (i.e. Day Spa stage). It’s sensible to convey a bandana.