Come New Year’s Eve and the world is in full celebration swing. Only a few stragglers are savvy enough to nurse hangovers with a hair of the dog. But there’s a better way to bounce right out of that headache, eye ache and lack of sleep…the Field Day Music Festival.
It’s taking place in The Domain, right next to the Royal Botanical Gardens, slap bang in Sydney’s prime attraction. Keeping with tradition and history, the organizers value the Garden, the first botanical of its kind in the country, and state clearly on their website that the culture and heritage is remained intact during New Year’s Day. So expect rowdy crowds and the typical festival type of shenanigans at this event but without the trash and abuse. The planners, Fuzzy, are really focused on environmentally friendly objectives and absolutely thrive on taking care of the surroundings. From using innovative energy consumption systems to water usage, waste management and transportation, they’re the enviro-boffins that everyone strives to become. If you purchase merchandise on the day, you’re guaranteed the sweats won’t come from sweatshops. So expect a trundle of environmentally friendly displays, trash areas and information about how to make the world better, one dance track at a time.
Keeping with this theme, they partner with local communities, local suppliers and local businesses. The music will be bouncing in the venue but not outside to disturb locals. If you want to recycle, it’ll be hard to not find a ‘Towards Zero Waste’ initiative system within arm’s reach. Every container and drink can will be recycled hourly in staggered increments of five per. If you find a cigarette butt or plastic container by your feet, just throw it in the trash. It’s that simple.
What you will expect is a brilliant way to start 2016 out in the summer sun, laying on the grass, rolling in the leaves and listening to incredible music by a flurry of artists. With a mix of dance, party, house, hip-hop, electronica and indie music, they’ve covered an impressive number of musical genre bases. Also account there are full bars so you can’t BYO and a mass array of food offerings alongside free water (yes, free H2O). If your head’s still hurting from the night before, ask at the First Aid Tent for free earplugs.
The lineup includes Seth Troxler, Sam Feldt, Django Django, Pusha T and Jess Kent. Early bird tickets are now sold out but general ticket prices are available at $145 including booking fee. Or splash out and start the New Year with a VIP ticket at $192 (all in). For the VIP you have access to the Botanic Bar, rapid express entry to the festival, more toilets than you can imagine, great seating, souvenirs and freebie drinks vouchers. It’s just all more comfortable while you chill out and watch the little people.
Just a short ferry ride away is Cremorne Point. You’ve danced till your feet are begging you for a breather so we suggest you return back to Cremorne Point Manor, prop up those aching heels and enjoy the Sydney Harbour skyline. Take out the ear plugs and the serenity will be a calmer music to your ears while you start 2016 with a blast!