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Apollo Bay’s WinterWild Bonfire Festival Is On This Weekend

By James Shackell
25th Aug 2018


The night is dark and full of terrors, particularly this weekend.

Yep, the second instalment of Apollo Bay’s annual WinterWild fest is going down today and tomorrow.

If you haven’t heard of this one before, it’s pretty much the Great Ocean Road version of Dark Mofo. Minus the international bougie hype, but with additional open flames and roadside vanilla slice.

There’s events with names like ‘Dance Hall Deliverance’ and 'Quietus', plus sets from Tropical F**k Storm, and the whole thing takes over the sleepy coastal town of Apollo Bay for two weekends every year.

The first instalment of WinterWild was ‘Death’ (Aug 10 + 11) and that’s done and dusted. This weekend it’s ‘Birth’. The order of those seems befuddled, but I guess that’s what makes it a cosmic mind-f*ck.

So what’s on this weekend? The good news is tickets are still available to most of the big stuff. There’s Moksha, which is on tonight (a late-night electronica concert feat. Null, Various Asses, Post Percy,Golden Syrup). There’s Yam Daisies And Cider Gum this afternoon (a walk through the history and culture of Aboriginal food). There’s also the Dark Light Outdoor Cinema, which is kicking off tonight with a screening of Terror Nullius.

As always, check the full line-up for all the info. It’s probably worth hopping in the car now and heading down for the whole day. And make sure you stick around for the big bonfire celebrations after dark.

WinterWild has some helpful hints to get prepp’d over here. Someone buy the CC’s—we’re going on a roadtrip.

The Details

Where: Apollo Bay (various)
When: Friday 24 August – Sunday 25 August
For more info, click here.

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Image credit: WinterWild 

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