Fancy dress, furry animals and five stages of music are on the cards for this year's Playground Weekender outside of Sydney.
Set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, the Weekender is a boutique camping and music festival that takes its cues from Rob Da Bank's Bestival: it's three days long, it happens at a holiday resort, and it has a fancy dress day on Saturday. But the Aussie reincarnation does have at least one major difference. Where else you can happily party alongside the resident kangaroo and wallaby population?
Besides the friendly locals, there's also a round the clock music programme with indie leanings headlined by former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown, indie-poppers The Wombats and JJJ darlings Josh Pyke and Ben Lee. This year the dance bill has been extended with G-Stoners Kruder & Dorfmeister; big names in minimal/tech house (Steve Bug, Tiefschwarz), drum'n'bass (LTJ Bukem) and electrohouse (Spirit Catcher); UK label chiefs Will Saul, Ben Watt and Ralph Lawson as well as Notting Hill institution Norman Jay all making the trip. Well worth leaving the rat race for, then.