Australia’s most “out there” music, culture and arts festival is happening again in 2017! If you love adventure, appreciate unique immersive environments, and could see yourself enjoying lush sounds in an oasis in the beating heart of Australia, then Wide Open Space Festival invites you to join the party.
This will be the 9th instalment of the Wide Open Space Festival, a multi-day festival held at Ross River Resort, nestled in the East MacDonnell Ranges under an hour's drive from Alice Springs. The festival celebrates desert culture and the ancient landscape through its incredibly diverse creative program of music, art, workshops, performance. There is fun for all the family, and plenty of family to be a part of. Expect headliner artists from around Australia and some big name Internationals.
The festival is still an intimate affair, run by an independent team of locals, who are committed to keeping it real through quality entertainment and bringing people together. With 1,600 people at the 2016 event, and plenty of magic brewing, 2017 is looking to be the freshest WOS yet.
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Book your tickets, pack your costumes, make your travel arrangements and get to Wide Open Space Festival in 2017. There are so many reasons this one will be the most memorable experience of your year. Earlybird tickets available NOW!
Wide Open Space Festival 2017 Line Up
CHIMPO / MOJO JUJU / J:KENZO / PLUTONIC LAB / AVERAGE RAP BAND / WONQI ROSE / THIS WAY NORTH/ GRIFF / RED DIRT CREW / KNOBS / RESIN MOON / KODIAK KID / KARDAJALA KIRRI-DARRA / CUTLERY presents: THE POOL PARTY / KING MARONG & THE TAMALA EXPRESS / DINOBITCH / EDI DONALD & THE TRANSIENTS / BUMBLE / MISS MONEYTOAST / COOPERBLACK / HIATUS KAIYOTE / GRIM TILLA & THE DEAD / EDWARD FRANCIS / SKANK & SHAKE / DADDY LONG LEGS / COMMON UNDERGROUND / STELLA SEA + LOADS MORE
About Wide Open Space Festival 2017
Back for the ninth year in a row, Wide Open Space festival is set to bring a smorgasbord of entertainment to the stunning Ross River Resort in the heart of the East MacDonnell Ranges.
Just under an hour’s drive from Alice Springs, Wide Open Space festival celebrates desert culture and ancient landscape through an eclectic and exciting program of creative events spanning music, art, workshops and performance.
Wide Open Space Artistic Director, Scott Large says of the event, “We embrace all kinds of music at WOS! We’ve always celebrated sounds from across the spectrum from straight up live bands to experimental electronic to the downright theatrical. Alice Springs style has always been a bit of a mash-up, and that adds to the magnetism of this event.”
This year’s festival brings a whole host of exciting acts to the WOS stage with Melbourne’s future soul quartet Hiatus Kyotie, New Zealand’s international loopologist, Reuben Stone, as well as acts such as J:Kenzo (UK) bringing dance and electronica down under, Chimpo (UK) who blends hip hop, bass, trap and more, as well as the fabulous Mojo Juju with her unique blend of blues and alternative rock.
When it comes to celebrating the local culture and getting a real taste of Australia, thanks goes to the traditional custodians of the N’dhala Gorge/Ross River area as their involvement gives festival goers the chance to experience their ancient land. During the festival there is also a pause to stop and acknowledge the culture by watching the men perform a ceremonial dance. Traditional aboriginal culture can also be experienced during the festival workshops such as a bush medicine workshop where you can learn how to use the local plants for healing.
Wide Open Space brings together a really special group of people from around Australia, who are seeking something a bit beyond the normal festival style...
Taking place over three days, WOS 17 is the perfect weekend away where you will get to experience desert culture in a unique setting. Held within stunning surroundings where you can take in the rugged views of ancient rocky escarpments alongside the winding, sandy river bed while immersing yourself in music from world class artists. The weather in Central Australia can be extreme with the days ranging from dry-warm to quite hot, with nights becoming very cold. Although Central Australia enjoys a fantastic climate all year round with approximately 300 days of sunshine every year, meaning there’s minimal chance of rain.
The resort itself offers a unique festival experience as you can cool off with a pool party in the on site swimming pool, chill out in the shade under the many trees and enjoy home comforts such as proper showers and loos.
Getting to the Ross River Resort is also nice and easy as you follow the Ross Highway out of town and turn off just south of Heavitree Gap. Or if you’re without a car you can get picked up by the WOS shuttle operating from Alice Springs airport and town heading to the festival site on the Friday. The shuttle will meet incoming flights from the airport and drop you in town for 1 hour to grab any last minute essentials before heading on to the festival, providing a return service on the Monday morning for outgoing flights and back to Alice Springs.
Don’t miss out on this exciting festival in the heart of Australia.
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J:Kenzo is the leading member of a new wave of artists on pioneering UK label Tempa, as well as the founder of the influential Artikal Music UK imprint. Since 2008 he has cemented himself knee deep in the underground music scene with his signature minimalistic sound of Dub, Jungle and Techno. We catch up with, J:Kenzo ahead of his appearance at Wide Open Space 2017.
You’ve toured their before, what do you like about playing Downunder?
The Australian people always bring the vibes. The last tour every show was full of energy such a great experience to play to crowds the other side of the world.
What can WOS goers expect from your set?
Beats & Bass – rolling dark and heavy.
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28th - 30th April 2017
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Party perfect - average temperatures range from 12 - 27°C (53.6 - 80.6°F)
Ross River, Resort an Oasis in the desert
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