Lost Paradise has become the best way to see in the New Year for those down under. Rather than cramming yourself into a sweaty club, paying over the odds for drinks, getting hustle by drunkards, this place is a real feast for the sense that allows you to reset your mind, body and soul in a stunning ovation.
That location is the beautiful Glenworth Valley, just north of Sydney. It’s a place where lush greenery meets tropical temperatures, where a cooling river snakes by to reflect the sunlight and hammocks hang from trees. It all makes for a cosy, friendly atmosphere that feels like a very personal party where people laze about tin the sun, float on inflatables and enjoy all manner of tasty treats from the food and drinks stalls.
Even before the music, there are plenty of massage and yoga classes to enjoy, as well as acrobats, a roaming mobile disco and plenty of stunning stage designs. Once we’ve arrived and got our tent set up we go about getting stuck in. The first night offers up many treats, from an intimate set from Late Nite Tuff Guy to some warm and woozy house from lo-fi star Mall Grab. The sound is crystal clear and loud even though we are out in the open air and the crowd love every minute.
Day two was red hot, literally, as the sun beamed down uninterrupted and baked us all. It slowed the tempo and allowed us to explore some the extra curricula activities, and also made the likes of Inner West Reggae Disco Machine a perfect musical fit with their low slung dubs. It is this variety of acts that really make Lost Paradise a perfect place to explore and get, well, lost.
When the big night of December 31st came, this was no different. Se chose to get our freak on to some techno from innovative outfit Apparat and tech house king Patrick Topping, while elsewhere Cut Copy and Client Liaison were also, apparently, on fine form. A high energy, no punches pull set from Jackmaster going back to back with Jasper James was another highlight that saw people punch the air and climb on each other’s shoulders throughout. Add in a crowd that was happy to dress up, strip down and dance round and round, and great organisation, and Lost Paradise really is a winner.