Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival 2018 was without a doubt one of the most magical experiences I have ever had the pleasure to take part in. The 4 day electronic music festival was held on a beautiful property, surrounded by lush bushland and captivating cliffs just west of Casino, NSW. There was no reception at the site, which meant nobody was attached to their phones and we could all connect as we were meant to. With music from all genres belting around the clock, there was so much energy, vibrancy and love emanating from every single person you encountered, it was contagious.
Friday morning finally came round and as we packed the car, a forecast of heavy rain couldn’t even dampen our smiles. We arrived to the location at peak time which meant a very long and slow crawl up the driveway into the festival. You couldn’t even complain about this though, as you introduced yourself to all the other festival goers who were all as kind and eager to party as the next person. Thankfully the rain held off and once in, we set up camp complete with UV banners, random items to play with and plenty of cold alcohol.
Although there were 3 designated main stages for music, on the walk to main stage we came across numerous renegade stages, (stages built by party goers), there was a light covered boat, pumping some delicious techno, giant dome tents turned into drum and bass havens, with one renegade featuring a pole in the middle so patrons could get groovy on the pole while some banging psytrance played. Honestly, this place is so bright, filled with colour and smiling faces you couldn’t contain the euphoria you felt.
The décor and art surrounding the festival was crazy, everything was bright and psychedelic, with stalls to match and even an art gallery. Fire twirlers and hula-hoop performers lined the sides of the Waabooz stage as the likes of GROUCH IN DUBLAND AND THE LIVE BAND took rabbits to a new level. Other special mentions for night 1 include SUPERGLUE, HEISER (on the hey sunshine stage), MR CARMACK and of course the incredible OSKI.
The theme for day 2 was rainbow and boy oh boy did everybody deliver on costumes. The Lotus stage opened up at 10:30, and after a quick bite to eat at one of the amazing food venders we began the day again.
Dancing from a treetop, I watched the Brisbane artist SLYNK absolutely nail his set, so much energy and happiness coming from the artist as rainbow performers sprayed the sweaty patrons with water.
Saturday was huge, with D-NOX, SMILK, BIGFOOT, GROUCH, AN_TEN_NAE and the boys from EYE OF THE STORM PRODUCTIONS sending everybody into a boogie fever! Gold Coast band PEACH FUR also took stage this night, truly showing the diversity of music that Rabbits accounts for.
Not just music however, there were multiple workshops for you to partake in. Speed dating, acro-yoga and mandala healing took place at the BURROW stage. Which also played adventure time at night, for when all you needed to do was lay down. My personal favorite was the techno-drumming workshop, where anyone is welcome to play bongos alongside a DJ pumping techno.
There was a giant tree nest you could chill out in and stages with hammocks lined around the outside.
SHOCK-ONE, played a huge set on Saturday night, with drum and bass fans peaking at the performance.
As Sunday came around, we got set for another huge day of music. PURPLE HAYES absolutely nailed his morning set at the lotus stage, with a psytrance act that had everybody moving. Following him was CAPTAIN HOOK, and then my personal favorite act of the festival LOUIE CUT! Despite one festival goer pulling the decks off the stage, resulting in about 10 minutes of no sound, LOUIE came back to life and delivered one of the fattest minimal sets I have ever seen, still in awe at how good it was. CISZAC, DUSKY and WILLARIS.K. were all standouts for Sunday night as well.
Monday morning marked the last day of Rabbits and safari theme meant a dance floor full of jungle creatures. DINOBITCH completely floored the patrons with her massive tunes, and despite the festival going into its final leg, so much energy still lingered amongst the crowd. Massive house tunes from COLOUR CASTLE and MIGUEL CAMPBELL.
Rabbits Eat Lettuce was honestly one of my most memorable festival experiences and I cannot wait to see what the team can come up with for their future productions!
Review by Chloe Sankey