Lost Paradise: What A Way To Say Goodbye To 2016 & Hello To The New Year
WARNING: You are about to feel severe FOMO. To those that are sensitive to this material, go ahead and get yourself a ticket for next year’s Lost Paradise and thank us later.
It’s safe to say that the old mould of what a good festival should be has changed. Gone are the days of throwing the big names in one stadium and packing it tighter than a sardine can.
Lost Paradise is the nuanced, well-rounded, quiet achiever of Aussie festivals; big enough to deliver on the great acts, but small enough to still have an air of intimacy about it.
We’ll get the obvious out of the way: yes, it was bloody hot. But the Lost festival-goers stoically pushed through a 40-degree sun to revel in all the hidden wonderland.
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The campsites were home base for those three days. It was easy to distinguish the rookies from the vets. Blow-up lounges, gazebos, eskies, 8-man tents, speakers, and fold-out tables are the tell-tale signs of “this ain’t my first rodeo.”
But the real winners were the lucky buggers in ‘Glamping’. The shower lines were slimmer, a private bacon-and-egg-slash-coffee-shop was provided to nurse the morning hangovers, and there was even a gigantic makeup station with plenty of mirror space for any pre-festival pampering.
As for the food, the Lost Village did not disappoint. Among the usual festival fare of kebabs, pizzas, burgers were amazing smoothies, acai bowls and our personal favourite: ‘Spurritos’ (think rice paper roll meets burrito).
But we can’t go past the Lost Feast, which is coined as ‘the first fine dining experience at a festival’. The menu was delivered by Hunter Gatherer’s Michelin-trained Head Chef, Paul Micklewright and included a three-course onslaught of deliciousness. There was also a high-energy rockabilly duo who played the meal’s soundtrack and got even the shy diners off their feet.
After filling our bellies, we scoured the stages for the standout performances, which would have to be Big Scary, Young Franco, Gang of Youths, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Flight Facilities’ New Year’s midnight set.
But a poignant mention must go to our pick of the festival: Sticky Fingers. The lads lit up the stage with an emotional second-to-last show following the news that they are going on an “indefinite hiatus”. We wish with them the best going forward.
When we packed up the car to head home, there was a spring to our step and joy in our weary hearts.
With 2016 in the rear-view and 2017 stretched out in front of us, those three days of sweat and bass – amongst the stunning surrounds of Glenworth Valley – were the enema for the soul that we needed to end the year.
- Aaron Taylor
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