It's back. The beloved festival has risen from the ashes.
Three years ago, Party In The Paddock – one of Australia’s premier festivals – announced that its 2020 edition would be its final event.
The Tassie music festival started in 2012 as a small, 500-people event for founder Jesse Higgs’ 21st birthday. Since then, the festival sold out for its last five years and booked massive headliner acts including Lily Allen and Matt Corby. The festival’s final event, which went down in Tassie in February just prior to the pandemic, featured Hermitude, Dune Rats, Jack River, Sneaky Sound System, Briggs, Mallrat and plenty more talent.
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Now, following some of the most challenging years for the music industry to date, the beloved festival has announced its return for 2023. “Three years on, a lot has changed. We’ve heard you. FEB 2023. The Paddock is back,” the festival shared to social media.
That’s currently all the information that festival has shared about its highly-anticipated return to the Aussie festival scene, so stay tuned for more information soon.
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The company behind the festival, Vibestown Productions, went on to introduce Party In The Apocalypse back in 2021, a two day, non-camping music and arts festival in Launceston.
Bringing some of the country’s best live acts to the state for one of the biggest lineups to hit Tassie since COVID began, the festival’s first lineup announce included the likes of Lime Cordiale headlining alongside rock legends Dune Rats, the angelic sounds of Cub Sport, as well as Methyl Ethel, Ruby Fields, Sycco, King Stingray, Sly Withers, Teenage Joans and Noah Dillion, among others.
Filling the void of both Falls Festival and Party in the Paddock, Party In The Apocalypse went on to announce a second event in March earlier this year, this time taking to Hobart.
As successful as PITA was, nothing could ever really replace PITP though, or its unmatched creativity, uniqueness and diversity. Starting off as a small, grassroots event means that a certain vibe has carried throughout the festival’s lifespan. They’ve drawn in some big-name musicians and growing crowds, but maintained a sense of community that can sometimes get lost in big commercial events.
Whether you’re a one-night wonder or a weekend warrior, a trip to the Paddock is one you’ll be reminiscing on for years to come. Watch this space.
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