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American woman living in Melbourne shares what it’s REALLY like to go to an Australian festival

Young American woman living in Melbourne shares what it’s REALLY like to go to an Australian music festival: ‘You make Coachella look like a nightclub, you are crazy’

  • A young American woman has questioned how good US music festivals are
  • She is currently living in Melbourne and attended the Beyond The Valley festival
  • Tate explained that the vibes were excellent and you could drink ‘anywhere’
  • The same cannot be said for Coachella, which has designated drinking zones 

A young American woman living in Melbourne has explained why Australian music festivals are far better than the ones she used to frequent in her home country.

Tate, who goes by the username @twaynne on TikTok, shared a video on Sunday detailing her three-day camping experience at Beyond The Valley festival, which runs over the New Year period.

‘In the New Year I went to my first Australian music festival and this needs to be discussed,’ the footage began.

Tate, who goes by the username @twaynne on TikTok, shared a video on Sunday detailing her three-day camping experience at Beyond The Valley festival, which runs over the New Year period

'In the New Year I went to my first Australian music festival and this needs to be discussed,' the footage began

Tate, who goes by the username @twaynne on TikTok, shared a video on Sunday detailing her three-day camping experience at Beyond The Valley festival, which runs over the New Year period

‘Nobody warned me that Australian festivals make Coachella seem like a nightclub. Oh my god you Australians are crazy in the best way possible.’

Beyond The Valley, shortened to BTV by festivalgoers, was held in Gippsland Parklands in Lardner, Victoria, from December 28 to January 1, 2023.

‘First of all let’s talk about the techno music. I have recently been transformed. Australians do techno music so well. I was never a huge fan of it back home, I was a big pop girly but now I’ve dipped my toe in the water and there is no going back,’ Tate said.

‘Secondly I feel like most American music festivals are all about the look of it, the fashion, what people are wearing, what pictures we’re taking. 

‘Here I camped for three days, barely put on mascara and wore a swimsuit top and just everyone was there for the vibes. By the end of it I was looking so feral but nobody cared.’

Beyond The Valley, shortened to BTV by festivalgoers, was held in Gippsland Parklands in Lardner, Victoria, from December 28 to January 1, 2023

Beyond The Valley, shortened to BTV by festivalgoers, was held in Gippsland Parklands in Lardner, Victoria, from December 28 to January 1, 2023

She went on to explain how different it was attending a festival you were allowed to drink at without entering a ‘designated’ drinking zone. 

‘So this was a big music festival right and I felt like it was crazy you could just hold drinks on the dancefloor, walking around with them, which makes sense because most people there are 18 but at a festival like Coachella there are designated drinking areas,’ she said.

‘Or you have to be super secretive about it, which is just not the case here. I also learned what an esky is. We do not call it that.

‘Lastly I never found myself as a huge camper but it was nice to know that literally everyone was camping because this festival was pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

‘So unless people were driving in everyday, highly unlikely… whereas all the festivals in the US had hotels or Airbnbs nearby so most people would go there to shower and then come back. 

She went on to explain how different it was attending a festival you were allowed to drink at without entering a 'designated' drinking zone

She went on to explain how different it was attending a festival you were allowed to drink at without entering a ‘designated’ drinking zone

‘So safe to say Australians know how to throw a good music festival.’

Her high praise for the Australian music scene was well received by her followers, who questioned why American festivals seemed more ‘fun’ than they actually are.

‘As an Aussie who went to Coachella I have never seen such DEAD crowds. Legit felt so out of place because I was dancing and giving the artists energy,’ one woman replied.

‘It’s because we all (for the most part) respect the people around us and the rules so we can just get lit and vibe with no issue,’ said another.

A third added: ‘you shouldn’t be shocked by now that everything is worse in the US’. 

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