02 Mar Adversity, Triumph & Hugs at Earth Frequency 2020
The electromagnetic field of Earth surrounds and protects life at a natural frequency pulsation of 7.83 hertz, also known as the Schumann resonance.
In the field of electroencephalography the average alpha frequency of the human brain is also 7.83 hertz, coincidence? Perhaps.
When we are connected more closely to nature our bodies tune into this frequency, which allows us to heal and restore much faster. The connection we talk about at music festivals is not just with the music and other humans – it is with Gaia, our mother, our protector, and our home.
The Story So Far
This was the 15th chapter of the Earth Frequency story thus far, and it was jam packed with adversity and triumph. Held at Ivory’s Rock Conventions Centre just outside of Ipswich in Queensland, Australia.
Earth Frequency is fast becoming the benchmark for festivals across the globe. Set with a pure intention to bring cultures together on the sacred land of the ‘Jagera’ people so that we may learn, grown and unite as one community. A community that believes in a better future, one of love, acceptance, compassion and working with the land not against it. I am deeply honored to be part of this experience, volunteering my time is the least I can do to say thank you.
Already this year Australia has been dealing with crippling drought, unprecedented bush fires and questionable decisions made by our government to build new coal mines. Never before have we been in such need of rain, and rain it did. Some areas close to the festival site reported 1000ml of rain in 24 hours, so much so that the fate of Earth Frequency 2020 was in question right up until the Thursday before it’s commencement.
I will take this opportunity to express my immense shock and gratitude to the crew that brought this all together in the most challenging conditions I have ever seen. Moving entrances, building roads, supplying gumboots, food, love and support – You did it and you did it all with smiles on your faces, an unbelievable display of human spirit.
As I mentioned above, there is a huge focus on building a genuine community here so the facilities are fantastic, including shower and toilet blocks. This makes the experience more accessible for people with special needs, children and the elderly.
The main stages do not play music all night, this gives everyone a chance to wind down and restore their energy for the next day. Upon waking the vibe is already electric! The site is kept so beautifully clean that you almost forget 5000+ people are living together for the best part of a week. Providing 4 amazing stages, healing area, workshops, a hug deli (yes you can buy various hugs), food from all over the globe and SO much more. This is an immersive experience, a wonderland for all ages.
Let The Games Begin
Friday night, although the grounds we’re soggy and crews are still scrambling to complete tasks proceedings kicked off with a bang! Smokesign and Hellquist absolutely destroyed the Subterran Stage playing face-melting psy-trance as we stomped away in the rain, knee deep in mud, smiling from ear to ear.
We may have been extremely wet but our spirits never dampened. There is something truly special about the people that attend this festival, a type of innate resilience to adversity, a refusal to let conditions dictate the vibe. I find the younger people experience music festivals the more mature and resourceful they are. I will certainly be taking my children to festivals from a young age, especially Earth Frequency.
Soaked And Still Smiling
As I wake on Saturday morning after a rather soggy sleep (don’t buy cheap tents, ever), I am delighted to welcome the much-needed sunshine. If the weather holds up the ground should dry, most people are still arriving and many are already bogged.
Be careful what you wish for, not being used to the climate I almost melted away on Saturday and Sunday. Always make hydration a main focus, in any conditions, especially in Queensland. The Subterran stage pulls most of the crowd until the main stage opens at 16:00.
We witnessed some amazing progressive psy-trance at the hands of local favorites Fractal Fairy, Purple Hayes and the Serbian powerhouse Talpa. We must have danced for almost 6 hours in sweltering heat. That is the power of psychedelic trance – that is the power of music.
Earth Frequency showcases one of the most well thought out and beautiful opening ceremonies that I have ever seen. Starting with a traditional Aboriginal welcoming, dances, storytelling and didgeridoo lesson (my personal favorite). Local children then act out a play that sends a different message every year. This year was focused on diversity, a very important message and integral part of any community.
Kaya Project opened proceedings as I recoiled for some much needed respite and regeneration, saving some legs for the sets of Skwid and Menog, whom never disappoint. High BPMs remove the last of the energy from my body and I am ready for sleep, I managed to catch a talk about Mugwart being very good for lucid dreaming while I dine on an incredibly authentic chicken Pad Thai, I am complete.
I open my eyes after the longest sleep I managed since Wednesday, feeling very rejuvenated I am ready for Sunday Funday. Hydrate, stretch, eat, dance – that is my recipe for a great day regardless of the setting. I plan to spend most of my day and night at the main stage, as it’s only open for 33 hours. I am blown away by Twisted Sibling, Quivver and Gabriel Moreas, amazing artists that I had never seen perform.
As if I wasn’t already having the best time of my life, my soul brother Kurt surprises me by arriving unexpectedly – a veteran of 8 years at Earth Frequency, you can certainly say this is his stomping ground. As the music and our excitement reaches new heights we pay witness to KOAN Sound and K+Lab – moving through booty shaking genres such as glitch hop, dubstep, drum & bass and neurofunk effortlessly, these are two live acts that everyone needs to see.
Survival Of The Fittest
Mad Monday – as referred to by festival lovers across the globe – is perhaps the best day of all. This is because those of us that are still in party mode are musical purists and all round bloody legends. The vibe is worth bottling as we congregate around the Subterran stage and Earth Pod.
Home gown psy-trance heroes such as Terrafractyl and Ryanasaurus continue to push the boundaries as we cut shapes in the relentless heat. Chamberlain and Ultrasloth close out the festival with hard-hitting drum & bass as we gather to watch the closing ceremony. The owner Paul addresses the crowd and pays tribute to the many teams of people that work as a unit to deliver this incredible experience.
I am humbled as I look around at what we can now consider extended family, I will be back in 2021, come and witness the magic.
Photo credit: Psymon Photography
“What you focus on moves towards you”