Beyond The Valley 2023 is shaping up to be an utter spectacle

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Beyond The Valley 2023 is shaping up to be an utter spectacle

Words by Jacob McCormack

Warmer days and balmier nights have incited a sense that summer is looming. It’s September and we are dancing on the perimeter of a fast-impending festival season.

Carloads of friends heading off to revel in the sun, soundtracked by beloved artists weaving their performances around the country. They don’t come any better than Beyond The Valley, the renowned four-day festival incites the quintessence of this summer narrative like no other.

In 2023, the festival is returning to Western Victoria, set to take over the picturesque Barunah Plains. Think the type of homestead you would see on a postcard, fully decked out with a sparkling dam, cottage and shearing shed – reinvented to host thousands of eager festival goers. It’s like a country getaway paired with a heaving summer party.

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In a makeover you have to see for yourself, the site will bring on the installation of a ferris wheel, an inflatable wedding chapel, roving drag performances by Poof Doof Pride Patrol, as well as swimming pools curated by Better Beer, the beer label established by Australia’s social media kings The Inspired Unemployed.

Beyond The Valley’s 2023 lineup raises the stakes this year, so potently varied that it’s shaping up to be an utter spectacle.

Globally acclaimed Australian heartthrobs RÜFÜS DU SOL, superstar British rapper Central Cee, and electronic music icon Peggy Gou lead the bill. But this isn’t a festival that relies on the strength of its major headliners – Kelis, Destroy Lonely, G Flip, Channel Tres, Jayda G, Romy, Mall Grab, The Jungle Giants and DMA’S all quickly follow. You’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t attend BTV this year.

Beyond The Valley lineup

  • Central Cee
  • Peggy Gou
  • Destroy Lonely
  • DMA’S
  • G Flip
  • Kelis
  • Mall Grab
  • The Jungle Giants
  • Boo Seeka
  • Cassian
  • Channel Tres
  • Conducta b2b Notion
  • DJ Heartstring
  • Ewan McVicar
  • Jayda G
  • King Stingray
  • Lady Shaka
  • Lastlings
  • Logic1000
  • Mella Dee
  • Overmono
  • Rebūke
  • Romy
  • Ross From Friends (Dj Set)
  • salute
  • STÜM
  • Taylah Elaine
  • Willaris. K
  • 6 SENSE
  • Baby G
  • Becca Hatch
  • Blusher
  • CRUSH3d
  • Crybaby
  • dameeeela
  • Effy
  • Forest Claudette
  • Gold Fang
  • House Mum
  • JessB
  • Mia Wray
  • Miss Kaninna
  • Pink Matter
  • Saoirse
  • Shake Daddy
  • Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir
  • Tyson O’Brien

These artists will be adorning a series of meticulously designed stages situated in the huge natural amphitheatre that is Barunah Plains.

The Valley Stage features a custom design and world-class production, The Dance Dome sports a monolithic 70-metre-wide LED wall sure to hypnotise, and the much-loved Dr Dan’s – the cult sensation famed for its ‘secret sets’ – has been refurbished but retained its unique industrial charm.

The one-of-a-kind Podcast Stage will also feature in the festival this year, set to be headlined by Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay and her famous podcast Scheananigans With Scheana Shay – an Australian festival first.

Yet it still wouldn’t be a true Beyond The Valley experience without the highly mysterious Schmall Klub – a hidden party with spontaneous sets that you have to discover.

Beyond The Valley have reconfigured the ticketing system this year and in a new venture are separating festival and camping tickets to accommodate varying requirements. Pre-pitched tents are available as well as their famous Lux, Premium, and General Camping options. VIP exclusivity is on offer this year too, packed with its own unique perks, as well as payment plans in action to ease the burden of initial up-front costs.

The Sanctuary will also return this year with yoga, sound healing, immersive theatre, speed dating and daily meditation. It’s all part of a

Beyond The Valley ethos that goes far beyond entertainment. BTV have pledged to donate $1 from every ticket sold to the small-scale charity Igniting Change, which advocates for a range of social issues.

Treecreds are also back in a collaborative way this year as BTV offsets its emissions through investment in reforestation projects. What more convincing could you need that this is the New Year’s party for you? Grab your mates, pack your cars and head west.

Where: Barunah Plains, Wentworths Road, Hesse, VIC. When: December 28 2023 – January 1 2024. Tickets to Beyond The Valley can be found here.

This article was made in partnership with Beyond The Valley.