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:: The Hills Are Alive 2018

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Hills Are Alive …and they’re gonna be well and truly goddamn kicking this time ‘round! The 2018 edition of Victoria’s fave tastemaker music shindig marks the festival’s 10th birthday and the Farm is ramping up for what is set to be its most memorable year yet. It’s been one hell of a ride for the Hills fam. Throw it back to 2009, when two brothers who grew up on a dairy farm in rural Victoria realised a dream, turning their family home into a mini-mecca of underground music.

Back then you had to know someone to purchase a ticket. Twelve bands played for $100 each. Their celebration of good people and great music in a stunning location (and some sweet MySpace invitations) was a hit and The Hills Are Alive was born.

These days you can get a ticket without knowing a band but the festival’s ‘friends-of-friends’ philosophy has endured along with the unique Hills community vibe, where mates and soon-to-be pals come together to camp, dance, share drinks and watch no-filter worthy sunsets.

Helping to blow out the candles this year will be an incredible batch of Australian talent, from old favourites you’ve partied with on the Hill before, to fresh faces of the future.

Staying true to their roots, only 2,000 tickets are up for grabs for their 10th anniversary celebration.

The Hills are Alive has sold out for the past nine years. So, hype up your mates and file 23, 24 and 25 March in your calendar under ‘time of your life’!


THE HILLS ARE ALIVE!
10 Year Anniversary Addition
Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 2018
The Farm - 10 mins from Loch Village | 20 mins from Wonthaggi | 95 mins from Melbourne

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First Line-up announcement

Here’s one hot as hell, algorithm-free lineup for lovers of good music:

ALEX THE ASTRONAUT, ALI BARTER, ALICE IVY, BATTS, THE BENNIES, BOAT SHOW, BOO SEEKA, COOL OUT SUN, DEAR SEATTLE, DORSAL FINS, DJ SAFETY, FOSSIL FUEL, HALCYON DRIVE, HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS, HORNS OF LEROY, JACKSON FIREBIRD (REUNION SHOW), JAKUBI, JAMATAR, JOSH CASHMAN, KIM CHURCHILL, LUCA BRASI, MANCHOIR, MIKE WATERS, PLAYWRITE (REUNION SHOW), REAL SLINGER, REMI (WITH FULL LIVE BAND), SASKWATCH, THANDI PHOENIX, THEME TEAM, THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES, TIMBERWOLF, ZOE FOX AND THE ROCKET CLOCKS, ZIGGY RAMO and comedy acts bill to be announced!

Before the bands, beers and sold-out crowds THAA’s co-producers Aidan and Rhett McLaren could never have dreamed that the hilly paddocks of their family farm would one day play host to some of the hottest acts in Australian music.

When it all started you had to know someone to purchase a ticket. Twelve bands played for $100 each to just 330 ‘friends-of-friends’. They danced, camped, shared drinks and built the foundations of the totally unique vibe that still exists today. The Hills Are Alive has gone on to sell out every single show since.

We’re so excited to be celebrating 10 years! The Hills’ community is made up of so many amazing people and we can’t wait to all gather on the Hill once more. We’ve got a few exciting things in-store for the anniversary edition so it’s going to be a particularly special Hills this year - said co-producer Rhett McLaren.

A decade on, the festival still calls The Farm home. And while you no longer need an ‘in’ to get involved, true to their roots only 2,500 tickets are up for grabs for their 10th Anniversary bash. Tickets also include three nights of free camping and the option to BYO alcohol. There’s licensed bars onsite too, including the infamous Edge of the World Bar, that is quite literally perched on a cliff at the very edge of the site.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION - 2018 - ON SALE NOW here

Early Bird - $159 (+booking fee)
First Release - $179 (+booking fee)
Second Release - $189 (+booking fee)
Final Release - $199 (+booking fee)

The Hills Are Alive 2018 is an 18+ event, HOWEVER PARENTS CAN BRING THEIR CHILDREN (12 to 17 - $99 +booking fee, Under 12 - Free) if they complete the family registration process.

Pssst. If you have “The Farmer's Secret Password” will receive a $10 discount on every ticket.

For more information, visit

www.thehillsarealive.com.au