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Red Deer, Brisbane’s BYO Music Festival

On October 3rd, Brisbane will once again play host to Red Deer Music and Arts Festival. This is a festival unlike any other in Brisbane. Red Deer boasts an intimate, laid back experience for festival goers, and is an entirely BYO event, from drinks to furniture and camping gear if you’re wanting to sleep over. As there’s no waiting in enormous queues for overpriced drinks, it gives festival-goers more time to relax and enjoy the great live music and festivities that on offer.

Following some permit-related issues with the council that prevented the event from going ahead last year, the festival will be held at D’Aguilar National Park this year, a picturesque natural wonder in Northwest Brisbane and a very fitting location for the  recently announced ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ theme.  This year’s event promises a killer music lineup, with Aussie punk legends Frenzal Rhomb at the top of the bill, and joined by the likes of Andy Bull, Salmonnella Dub Soundsystem, Hey Geronimo, AYLA, WAAX, and Cheap Fakes.

As Red Deer is a BYO festival, we thought we’d share some tips about how to approach it practically and get the most out of the experience;

  1. Avoid any glassware. There’s just too many things that can go wrong. Stick to canned drinks, or if you’re feeling particularly classy, perhaps a nice boxed wine.
  2.  There is nothing worse than a lukewarm beer. Make sure your esky is loaded up with ice bricks to keep everything perfectly chilled throughout the day.
  3. WATER. It can be very easy to get swept up in the spirit of things and forget about keeping hydrated, but your body will be very unforgiving of this lapse in judgement the next day. Take some water bottles in your esky and have regular intervals in drinking. Hydration is the key!
  4. Have fun! Enjoy not having to pay $12 for a drink that you just end up spilling all over yourself anyway.

For the full festival lineup and to buy tickets, head to the Red Deer Festival website




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