This electronic music festival goes down in a volcanic crater

With a slogan as wholesome and inviting as “music and mateship”, what’s not to love about Hopkins Creek?

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Rhys Newling

Better yet, the three-day boutique music and community festival employs a volcanic crater as it’s venue, so we reckon this is the kind of festival you’ll want to get around with your mates, if not brag to them about. Set to come in for their third instalment next month, we’ve lined up the ultimate guide to help get you there and having an absolute ball. 

Wait, where is it?

Hopkins Creek goes down at Kulkurt Crater, Tatyoon, in Victoria’s north-west district. That’s right, a damn volcanic crater. For the scientifically inept, that means there’s a large, bowl-shaped depression in the ground caused by volcanic activity, and the HC team decided it would be a pretty heckin’ spot for a music festival. We agree.

Hopkins Creek champions the land on which is stands, and invites punters to indulge in and connect with this otherworldly natural phenomenon. On top of that, they want festival-goers to connect with each other, and of course, the music. Now, on to the lineup.


Across an intimate single stage, Hopkins Creek 2018 will offer a spectacularly curated roster of local and international talent. International guests include UK house lords Ess O Ess, Japan’s Mitsuki, Berlin-based DJ Paramida, Slovenia’s Samo DJ and Canadian acid-electronic artist, Ciel, while on the local front you’ll find DJs Jess Zammit, Adi Toohey, Norachi, Sleep D, Millú, Josh Keys, Ben Fester and more. A slice of indie-pop and roots will come from Melbourne five-piece Sagamore, while funk, jazz and hip hop-fuelled outfit Sunnyside and acid-jazz purveyors Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange are also on the bill. For the full lineup, head to the Hopkins Creek website.

Getting there

The drive to Hopkins Creek is a scenic two-and-a-half hour journey north-west of Melbourne – totally doable with your mates. Grab a $10 car park pass alongside your ticket, and you’ll be able to rock up at the gates from 2pm until midnight on Friday November 30, and they’ll be be open again from 9am-10pm the following days. Punters may also choose to purchase a bus ticket ($60)  as their mode of transport, which will depart from outside the Regent Cinema, 191 Collins Street, CBD, at 11am on the Friday, and depart the festival at 10am on Monday December 3 to return to the same point. You’ll be allowed two suitcases or equivalent camping equipment on board.

Food & Drink

If not for the numerous food stalls that’ll be dishing up their goods, Hopkins Creek is also a fully BYO event – just no glass please! And there to ensure that you can keep those bevvies cold, the local Tatyoon Hawks football team will be slinging ice throughout the event, too. Booyah. Also note that there won’t be any cash out services available on site, so make sure to bring enough dosh to keep those bellies chipper. In a nod to the environment, Hopkins Creek will also ban all plastic water bottles from the festival, instead issuing punters with a free drink bottle to fill up around the site. Double booyah. 

Hopkins Creek 2018 goes down at Kulkurt Crater, 1939 Delacombe Way, Tatyoon from Friday November 30 until Sunday December 2. More info and tickets available via www.hopkins-creek.com