Strawberry Fields Music Festival to return in 2021

Strawberry Fields will be returning to its stunning home on the banks of the Murray River in Tocumwal, NSW from 29 – 31 October 2021.

After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, organisers are bringing the 12th edition of Strawberry Fields forward one month, to reunite music lovers and restart the contribution of festivals to regional economies.

Having sold out months in advance for the past few years, tickets will no doubt continue to be a hot commodity in 2021.

Discounted Early Bird & First Round tickets will be available by ballot only – register via www.strawberry-fields.com.au by Tuesday 19 January to be in the draw. The first general public on-sale will be on February 9.

The festival will continue to facilitate the Low Income Ticket Program, where patrons who are socially or economically disadvantaged can apply for a half-price ticket. Applications for the program will open on 1 April, with successful applicants notified mid-year.

If your birthday happens to fall on the festival dates, Strawberry will continue to offer the famous Birthday Tickets program. Rock up with your ID in hand as evidence to gain FREE entry to the festival.

This year, Strawberry commences a new partnership with social enterprise Humanitix – a ticketing platform which donates all booking fees towards programs aimed at closing the education gap globally.

Moving forward with the event and continuing to introduce initiatives promoting positive social change, Festival Director Tara Benney said;

“We are thrilled to partner with Humanitix who will donate 100% of booking fee profits to fund scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Humanitix believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive no matter their background, and so do we!”

While organisers appreciate the ever-changing environment presented by COVID-19, they have expressed their commitment to delivering an experience true to the Strawberry Fields brand whilst also being transparent with patrons by introducing a COVID-19 cancellation fee.

“We want to bring back the Strawberry you remember. Diverse live music, dancing, the bush spa, swimming, art, workshops and boundary-pushing sustainability initiatives. But let’s not ignore the elephant in the room; the world has changed a little since our last dance. We will be doing everything within our power to plan our most fantastic festival to date and will stay in close contact with planning authorities on how to do that. We will keep you informed as much as possible and will not go forward with an event which doesn’t stay true to our roots.

If we are forced to cancel due to COVID-19, we will reschedule the festival. Tickets will roll to those new dates. If you cannot make the new dates, you will be guaranteed a 90% refund of your ticket price. We will introduce a 10% COVID-19 cancellation fee to cover the considerable cost of planning & building a damn fine festival all year long. We have introduced this policy because insurance companies refuse to provide cover for COVID-19 cancellations. So, if you want your favourite music, arts & camping festivals to return, we need your support to make it happen. As a small collectable token of thanks, we will be giving every ticket holder a limited-edition badge, showing you voted for music & art in 2021.”

Ticket Prices & Release Dates

  • Low Income Tickets $180 + bf By application only
  • Early Bird $280 + bf By ballot – register by 19 Jan, ballot is drawn 20 Jan
  • First Round $320 + bf By ballot – register by 19 Jan, ballot is drawn 20 Jan
  • Second Round $340 + bf General Public on sale – Tuesday 9 February
  • Final Round $360 + bf

Coopers Brewery Provide hope for Live Music // Crooked Colours, The Rubens and Bad//Dreems

WORDS BY TARA CAMPBELL

After the fall of Live Music in 2020, many companies have banded together to bring back the sounds of music into pubs all around Australia. Coopers Brewery and Live Nation have teamed up to bring ‘Live, Loud and Local’, a series of gigs across Perth, Sydney and Adelaide, supporting Australia’s hospitality and entertainment industries, as well as the local communities hit hard by COVID-19 and related social gathering restrictions.

Thanks to the success of Coopers Brewery’s first livestream events, they’re back again with another brilliant program.

Melanie Cooper, Coopers Brewery Director spoke, “Our first series was all about bringing the pub experience into Australian lounge rooms so patrons stuck at home could still enjoy a night out on the couch,” Mel said.

Now we want to help bring great Australian live music back to the stage and encourage people off the couch and into their local pub.”


Kicking it off is Crooked Colours, a Perth-based Alternative Dance Group who have secured quite a name for themselves with over 50 million streams across their tracks. The group will be playing the first show of ‘Live, Loud and Local’ on the 17th of January at Hotel Rottnest in Perth.

The schedule can be found below with more information on the Coopers Brewery website https://cooperslocal.com.au/

Perth – Crooked Colours January 17, 2021 – Hotel Rottnest

Sydney – The Rubens February 3, 2021 – Selina’s, Coogee Bay Hotel

Adelaide – Bad//Dreems February 19, 2021 – The Bridgeway Hotel

EXCLUSIVE // Tracks That Inspired ‘Jacobus’ – Voodoo Bloo

Track by track commentary:

Holland, 1945 (Neutral Milk Hotel): This track was a very big influence (hell, even this whole album) on how I’m currently writing and how I was during the creation process of Jacobus. There’s something that feels so magical about Jeff Mangums song-writing, and it’s always captivated me in it’s simplistic yet rich sound. Sometimes less is more, and I think that’s exactly what lesson in songwriting this track provides me with.

953 (Black Midi): On the complete opposite side of the spectrum to Holland, we have the intro track off of my favorite album from 2019, Schlagenheim. The pure chaos and abrasive sound definitely played a part in tracks like “A brother, A son, A war that never changes” and “Handfoot” (which we released alongside MMA earlier this year). 

1049 Gotho (Idles): Lyrically, this track is exactly what Jacobus is about, the pure depths of your head, and the heads of those around you. It puts depression in a different light, and though simplistic in nature, explains how very very different it can be from peer to peer.

I Am The Sun (Swans): A great post-rock banger. This style of music that Swans were doing in the 90’s really captivated me during the writing phase of this album, due to its erratic, haunting sounds while still being able to captivate the listener so effortlessly. The great annihilator is a truly harrowing experience, and this track captures the energy of it in its entirety.

Denmark/Van Gogh And Gone (Psychedelic Porn Crumpets): This honestly has become one of my favorite songs of all time. PPC absolutely hit it out of the park with High Visceral Parts 1 & 2, and every time I revisit them they never cease to amaze me. The psychedelic realm this track sends you to is truly beautiful, I’ve never been able to visualise a song so clearly upon listening to it, and it’s one of the prettiest pictures I’ve ever seen.

Atmosphere (Joy Division): Another one that is so simplistic in nature, yet so captivating in its storytelling. I won’t pretend I’m a huge fan of Joy Division, but this is a track my mum would always play in the car and for some reason it just stuck with me, the slow build and release of the track is a structure I’ve fallen in love with over time.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled (Queens Of The Stone Age): A truly suave sounding song, you can almost feel the swagger in it’s step. I don’t know man, it’s almost dirty sounding in a way, but I can’t quite put my finger on it, maybe it’s that low booming bass? Or the harrowing guitar leads? I’m not sure, but either way this song opened my eyes to what new areas in music I could explore.

Pink (Boris): I put this on during a lot of road trips during the summer before I started writing the record, but there’s definitely a huge influence that this song (and LP) had on me. This song just takes me back to the simpler times of being in a band, it just feels like a couple of people getting together and just bashing out some noise, not to mention the fact that the drummer is the singer, that blows my mind to this day.

Pretty Visitors (Arctic Monkeys): Arctic Monkeys are a band I love dearly, there’s a lot of nostalgia there for me, my mum always used to play their 2nd LP in the car when I was younger, but after seeing this tune live when they came to Auckland last, it’s instantly become a favorite for it’s pure energy and up-tempo beat that I can’t help but dance to.


Sunglasses (Black Country, New Road): This song terrifies the absolute sh*t out of me. It’s so feel-good in it’s first half, but man does it go to some weird places. Brass instruments in rock are highly underrated in my opinion, and when it’s done well it makes for a killer song, like this thing really explodes towards the end, so chaotic, so beautiful.

CHECK OUT JACOBUS

EXCLUSIVE // Kingswood’s Favourite Christmas Traditions

With a brand new Christmas Album under their belt, the boys from Kingswood let us know their favourite Christmas traditions.

1. Crackling, it’s all about preparing the perfect crackling, and if you succeed, it is talked about for years to come, “remember uncle Tony’s 2012 crackling?” “Oh yeah that was a ripper.” To fail, to burn it or produce a non crispy crackling is shameful, and you may never be allowed a second attempt. 

2. PK, we can’t talk about Christmas without talking about Paul Kelly’s ‘How to make Gravy’, my brother and I sing this together and replace some names in the song with some of our family members. There are a lot of sing’a’longs at my Christmas, there are many musos so everyone has a few new songs ready each year and we play long into the night, usually around a fire.

3. Cricket, wherever we are we must play cricket. Now that I’m thinking about it believe playing cricket having a beer with the gang is one of my favourite things to do. I have big family with lots of cousins and we are all close so it can get pretty epic.

4. Help with the dishes, now if Mum reads this she’ll bring up the many years that I did not help, I recall my defence being that she and my uncle and aunties love doing all the dishes cos its their time to catch up. But I’ve leaned to appreciate the hard work that goes into putting on a Christmas do, so if you’re reading this, do the bloody dishes.

5. Pretending to like Pudding. One of the elderly always make pudding and set it alight and we all go “wooooow” and then it gets cut up and we all get given a slice and you smile and say “this is delicious, best one I’ve ever had” and it goes on and on, its cyclical, never-ending, pudding pudding pudding, gross.

EXCLUSIVE // Harves’ Favourite Video Game Soundtracks

Composed of Matthew Wright (The Getaway Plan Frontman) and Samuel K Sproull (Japanese Wallpaper & Montgomery Engineer), duo Harves are already smashing the music industry. Brand new track ‘The River’ is finally here, and to celebrate the release, we had a chat to the boys about their favourite video game soundtracks.

1. Hotline Miami (PC) – (SK)

Synthwave came back in really, really hot at some stage and I’m pretty sure Hotline Miami was at the head of the front of the line. 

2. Bloodborne (PS4) – (SK)

The greatest game of all time, so of course the soundtrack is in here. The boss fights are seriously hectic and the grim af soundtrack is a big part of that. 

3. Death Stranding (PS4) – (SK)

This game and soundtrack is really influential to the way Matt and I make music. It’s not so much about the songs individually (altho BB’s Theme is perfection) – but more about the way the music helps to build the world and double down on the tons of melancholy. 

4. Mass Effect 2 (PS3/Xbox 360) – (SK)

Second greatest game of all time. Synth / Orchestra combos layered to perfection. Every time I hear ‘New Worlds’ I get chills of sci fi nostalgia and flashbacks of world map and menu diving.

5. Final Fantasy VIII (PS1) – (SK)

Nobuo Uematsu is probably the king of video game soundtracks. An absolute masterpiece from an artist at their peak.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) – (MW)

Koji Kondo has been responsible for so many important video game soundtracks. His body of work is seriously intimidating. OOT was such an incredibly engaging experience for the time, and still holds strong today. IMO This soundtrack was as important to the game as the gameplay itself.

7. The Last of Us (PS3) – (MW)

I’m a sucker for anything post apocalyptic. I really think The Last of Us took the genre and nailed it in nearly every way. The soundtrack work is equal parts grim and desperate- It’s perfect.

8. Silent Hill (Series) – (MW)

The Silent Hill series have some of the darkest, most disturbing soundtracks I’ve ever heard in any games. They also vary wildly in style. Some tracks are straight up Trip-Hop, some are full on Industrial-Ear-Bleeding-Noise-Core, and some are full on J-Pop vocal ballads. It’s a wild ride.

9. Journey (PS4) – (MW)

One of the most immersive and emotional experiences I’ve ever had in a game (I wept). It would be nowhere near the same without the accompanying OST. It starts orchestral, makes it’s way through beautiful minimal electronic arrangements and re-emerges as a massive triumphant symphony at the other end. All of this is executed with an incredibly seamless flow. I don’t think I’ve played a game like this since, and I don’t think I ever will.

10. Doom/Doom Eternal (PS4) – (MW)

Mick Gordon must have one of the funnest jobs on the planet. The soundtracks to these games make me wish demons were real and that I was DoomGuy. I don’t have a lot of room for metal in my life these days, but these arrangements are so well done, I can’t help but love them.

CHECK OUT ‘THE RIVER’ BELOW:

LIVE SHOW GALLERY + REVIEW // Creo + TILD (The Lansdowne)

WORDS BY EM VIOLET
IMAGES BY JADE GUIDA

Another boring Thursday night calls for the perfect opportunity for a great night of live music and what better way to do that than having two talented bands play great sets at the Lansdowne. Sydney band CREO used this opportunity to have a single launch for their brand new track “Demon To Love” – which is definitely a great track by the way.


It was dark upstairs of the venue as everyone took their seats and watched as TILD took to the stage for the first show of the night as the low, red lights shone over the band. As soon as they started to play, I could tell this was going to be good. Their songs went hard and were gritty and grungy which I loved. They had excellence stage presence as they played through their hard hitting songs. I was amazed at how hard these guys rocked and especially loved their new track which is set to be released next year – the riffs were catchy and the vocals were great. It was definitely a good idea to get TILD to start the night off.


When headliner CREO took the stage, they started off with a slower song that sent chill vibes throughout the air. The vocals were strong and they engaged the audience – the band then all came in together and it was mind blowing as the sounds of the drums crashed in alongside sick guitars and strong bass. Their sound to me is a mixture of indie and rock & roll as they create a unique rock sound that makes them great and stand out. CREO played through their set with catchy songs and a lot of energy.


All in all, it was a great performance from both bands and definitely one hell of a night.

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘We Are Fine’ – Holly Hebe

Words by Isabella Ross

Holly Hebe has blessed our ears once again with her second release for 2020 We Are Fine. When she isn’t in her study writing/producing she can be found sharing her beautiful voice with friends in the park. We Are Fine arrived at the end of lockdown in Melbourne, reminding us that after so many weeks locked away the trivial hiccups of day to day life are not out of arms reach.

This track is introduced with some quiet bird sounds and a little musing on the piano which becomes the foundation of We Are Fine. Throughout the track Holly contrasts crisp vocals with blown out and distorted sounds to create a textured depth. Additional layers of percussion add to the tangible atmosphere created in this track.

“Nobody can get hurt when nothing is a fact” is a haunting lyric sung in a delicate voice that will catch you off guard. Holly’s groovy rhythm and playful production sound like a more refined take on her debut Sink. Complimented by the PictoChat video on Spotify as well as the colourful collaged artwork We Are Fine oozes a subtle nostalgia for the memories we are now creating.

Holly’s angelic sound reminds me of Chelsea Warner, Odette and Arlo Parks. Fans of neo-soul, angelic voices and young Australian talent; We Are Fine is for you.

LIVE SHOW GALLERY + REVIEW // The Buoys + Mission: Banana (The Cambridge Hotel)

Words by Nadene Budden

Images by Matthew Waddingham

Marking a return to gigs in the Warehouse at the Cambridge Hotel, The Buoys return to Newcastle with a bang supported by local favourites Mission: Banana.

Entering the hallowed Warehouse at Cambridge Hotel, we are first greeted by a redesign of the main bar area, the iconic Rolling Stone covers that previously lined the ceilings replaced with merch from a variety of local bands from Newcastle legends, Dave The Band to niche artists like blues singer C.W. Stoneking. It’s a fantastic nod at what’s to come – a night of amazing Australian music that tempts you to abandon COVID rules and get up out of your seat. NOTE: please keep your butt on your seat, we don’t condone breaking COVID safety rules.

Entering the stage with a quick ‘hello’ before cracking into their setlist, Mission: Banana prove their chops once again as a live music staple in the Newcastle scene. For the uninitiated, Mission: Banana will blow you away with their Novocastrian psych rock blend. The boys get straight into headbanging territory performing a set of tracks both old and new, including a sneak peek of their new single “I’ve Been Dreamin’ (For No Reason)” released 4 December.

Mission: Banana continue on to do a fantastic job of setting the tone for the evening, getting the audience to participate in a big cheer to Dylan who filled in for guitarist Sam Murphy on the night as well as a shout out to glasses straps for making the gig possible and everyone’s favourite show, The Mandalorian.

After a quick break to mentally prepare for even more face-melting guitars, headliners The Buoys enter the stage quite fittingly to iconic 2000s hip-hop track “Blow Ya Mind” by Eve and Gwen Stefani. And they do indeed get straight into blowing our minds with the fast and furious “WAH”. The girls shine on stage and the energy amongst the crowd is electric, wriggling in seats, tapping feet and hands and banging heads.

It’s gigs like this that truly make you feel alive. Between the endless ‘thank you’s and short stories about their lives over the past few months, The Buoys continue down the set list shouting lyrics, taking their guitar solos from the ground and playing with a fury and passion that happens after all live shows are cancelled for a good portion of the year.

With news of a new EP that materialised within a matter of months, the band is leaping to start playing the new material. Interspersing the new in between The Buoys classics, it’s nuts to hear the band’s growth in sound. While giving us just a taste of what’s to come, these new tracks are sure to get everyone screaming and dancing along, providing the emotional catharsis a lot of us will need after the year 2020. They’re sad and angry and frustrated, and it’s obvious the band still feels every emotion when playing the tracks live.

The performance continues along its wild path all the way to the end, the band’s playing becoming more erratic with each song, filling ears with wild guitar solos and furious drums. So it’s no surprise when the crowd hassles The Buoys for an encore and they play their very first single, Liar Liar short, fast and loud.

Finally catching our breath after two tight sets from both The Buoys and Mission: Banana, it’s the type of the night where everyone rushes to the merch desk to snap up whatever shirt they can grab before their size is sold out. It’s totally reinvigorating, and the positive energy around this tiny room as every person, whether they came in together or happened to sit at the same table, cannot stop talking about what we all just witnessed.

PREMIERE // ‘LSD Chimpanzee’ – Martom

Image By Tara Campbell

WORDS BY TARA CAMPBELL

The debut single from Sydney band ‘Martom’ is finally here, and it’s even better than anyone could expect. ‘LSD Chimpanzee’ is the first that we’ve heard from the emerging band consisting of Martin Atencio, Chris Modderno and Tomas Somera II, however, it easily shows the world that Martom aren’t here to mess around; they’re here to make great music and challenge expectations.

Martom met in high school back in 2008 and had been playing in different iterations of the band up until early 2020, when they finally solidified the trio.

LSD Chimpanzee was inspired by a group of scientists in the 1970’s who gave acid to a chimpanzee, as they wanted to observe the interactions it had in the wild (Yep, that actually happened), and if that doesn’t convince you to give the track a listen, I don’t know what will!

This is the sort of track that will make you reconsider how you see the world, it’ll challenge your thoughts and make you drift away into a state, concentrating on nothing but this song.

“I hope you find your peace, I hope I find my peace”

We’re fortunate enough to be premiering the track right now, here on Temporary Dreamer. If you’re a fan of Alt-J, Rex Orange County or just want a new go-to track, I highly recommend this one.

Check Out Martom:

https://linktr.ee/martom

SINGLE REVIEW // ‘Every Time You’re Here (I’m Gone) – Luca Brasi

Image by Nick Green

WORDS BY EM VIOLET

Legendary punk rock band Luca Brasi kill it with every release and their brand new track ‘Every Time You’re Here (I’m Gone)‘ is just showcasing that. The track is about the important people in life and is a reminder that life flashes by so you should stop and let people know how important they are .


The Tassie band consists of Tyler Richardson, Thomas Busby, Patrick Marshall, and Danny Flood, These guys are a force to be reckoned with their flawless talent and amazing songs. This new track is taken from their fifth album, Everything is Tenuous which is out 12th February and comes after their 2018 album Stay.

This track feels like a warm summers night before sunset, driving around and blasting it out of the car stereo. Hard hitting, steady drum beats followed by pop punk guitar chords that hit you and make you become hooked before the strong lyrics and sweet vocals come in, transforming this song into a melodic masterpiece. The chorus is so catchy that you will be screaming along to the lyrics and air drumming to the beat. As a whole, this track radiates such strong energy and I love that – the instruments are incredible and the melody will always get stuck in your head.

This band do not ever disappoint and I’m sure that fans will be excited to hear the new album in February. The track is engaging and strong which is a good indicator that the new album will be the same. It’s always good to see bands from Tassie getting recognition as they have so much talent down there that doesn’t go noticed. If you haven’t listened to this melodic rock track then do yourself a favour and listen to it!

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