The smell of sweat and the clinging of other bodies is usually something I would try to escape. But the sensation of feeling the excitement and vibes through other people was unforgettable. As you got closer and closer to the speaker the music began to thump louder and louder creating an unknown reality of your heartbeat and the bass. Whatever beat was coming next I knew me and sweat from other people’s bodies were ready for it.
Piknic has been a weekly ritual for Melbourne students and has played its final song for the year.
The event was held everySunday at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, after beginning on Sunday 1 January .
Piknic provided Melbourne’s dance goers with quality dance music, an uplifting social space and great food and drinks.
Originating in Montreal in 2003, Piknic Electronic Melbourne has continued to grow with ever-populating crowds forcing the venue for this year’s festival to upgrade from Federation Square to Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
But what truly sets Piknic Electronic apart from the rest?
Is it the family friendly nature, the wide stream of artists from local to international, or the continual Sunday ritual from the beginning of summer?
Sometimes festivals can become an inaugural sweat pit for festival goers to push and shove each other for the best spot.
But thankfully for us, Piknic is alive and here to stay for another year as its spacious location allows you to still hang back in the open air and enjoy a set.
After a sizzling summer of great dance music, the Piknik Electronic Festival held its final installment on Sunday 19 March.
Since then party goers saw everything from local to international talent including Spain’s Alex Ferrer and Melbourne’s own Danni B.
From playing records in her bedroom to returning from her Berlin residence to showcase her house/techno house music on the main stage at Piknic, Danni B has always held a great passion for music from a young age.
“ I love playing outdoors, the vibe was out of control and sadly we don’t have many gigs like this in Melbourne, so it sets itself apart for sure,” Danni said of her experience.
“The feeling I get from a good crowd response is so special to me and I feel like I really connect with the Australian crowds on this tour,” she said.
Danni B also confirmed she is continuing her support for Piknic Electronic heading into next years festival season.
“The guys have already confirmed me to play again next year when I return to Australia, after having such a wonderful experience, they will always have my support” she said.
The area is open to all ages and everyone from families right through to 60 year olds came out to enjoy the insane summer festival that was Piknic Electronic.
Although families were of the minority of the crowd, the festival catered to their needs with their family friendly version, Petit Piknic.
This modified festival allowed parents to leave their kids to participate in interactive games and music making sessions whilst they enjoyed the front row of the moshpit.
Along with an exciting mix of house and techno music, festivalgoers are also treated to an array of mouth-watering food trucks that tops off the piknic experience.
The summer of Piknik Electronic was vibrant, fun and well organised and is a definite must heading into next year’s summer season.
If you’re looking for something similar heading into the cooler months check out Peninsula Picnic and treat yourself to some great food, music and wine amongst the sea breeze of the Mornington Peninsula.