The 2018 rendition of Bohemian Beatfreaks was a gathering of unique and eccentric, like minded individuals who on the 23-26th November, came together to form a community based on the collective appreciation of artistic expression, nature, dance and an impeccable lineup of music.
Despite the last minute site change, (which required the production crew and volunteers to pack up and move the festival from their planned NSW site to an alternate location near Warwick QLD just days out from the event), Bohemian Beatfreaks was one weekend that those who attended will never forget. Brought to you by the same people who run the Rabbits Eat Lettuce electronic festivals (who are clearly passionate about bringing people together and providing events that appeal to the playful side within us).
Rolling up to the festival we were met with winds parallel to that of a small cyclone, which although made setting up our $20 kmart tent an event in itself, made no impact on the buzzing energy emanating from the growing number of party goers as they set up their homebases for the weekend. Every campsite had its own personality with Uv banners, Fairy lights and unusual props hung from gazebos and decorating the makeshift streets.
Although the festival had 2 main stages, on the walk from the camp grounds to the main area was numerous mini stages to break the journey. A neon lit boat met you halfway on your trip with huge speakers and bass heavy tunes humming from the party boat, it was almost impossible to not stop in on your way through for a “quick” boogy.
To complement the full moon, Friday nights theme was party animals and the costumes put together by some of the patrons added such a fun element to the dance floor. They say a full moon brings out the wild in us and I dunno whether it was the moon or the quality musical acts, but the first night of the weekend was epic with so much energy. Those who played included Webber & Ben Jackson, STAUNCH, Hoten and DINOBITCH who set the scene for the event to come- loud, funky and chunky. Laser lights illuminated the sky and dancefloor. Although the music plays around the clock, Friday night was an Early one as we prepared for the rest of the event.
There was no better way to start day two of Boho, than with a groove to Zigmons encapsulating progressive tech house set. Smiles all round as we all got down to his unique, melodic sound. Following this was crowd favourites MoodSwing & Chevy Bass, dressed in their usual bright attire and matching hats, bringing a funky set and an upbeat party vibe. Honestly, the bohemian team provided us with an outstanding lineup of electronic music so there was always something of high quality playing 24/7, Saturday included the incredible Cat Dealers, Robina and Smilk as well as Shadow FX, Tetrameth, Grouch, U-phoric vs Dreamatic and DANG3R.
I spoke to Matijo AKA Maddy McClelland after her Brazillian Bass and pumping house music lit up the night on Saturday, who said “Going to Bohemian Beatfreaks as a partier is always a blast but it can't quite compare to how fun it is being on stage and playing your music to such a big crowd of people. I can't wait to be back next year.”.
As Sunday dawned and the final day of the festival began, one of the greatest Sunday sesh’s I have ever had the chance to take place in went down. Despite the heat and dust, the wind had surpassed and the liveliness of the crowd was unbeatable. I don’t think I left the brightly colored mainstage the entire day as the morning began with Samsara’s progressive psytrance act, with his cheeky smile and driving basslines. Surges set was as usual a crowd pleaser with absolutely everybody throwing down to his sound. Sundays internationals JACOB and Chris Lake were without a doubt the best way to end a vibing weekend.
Max Tavner from SAMSARA and member of KODAGRAPH had this to say about the weekend
“Was very impressed by how quickly the team managed to pull everything together despite the unfortunate last minute site change, definitely believe it worked out to be their best year yet. Super keen on coming back next time, whether it be for Rabbits Eat Lettuce or Bohemian... Some of the most fun crowds around”.
I couldn’t agree more! Until next year, thanks for the good memories Bohemian.
Words By Chloe Sankey