All those indebted to the Australian underground community would have noticed the waves of anticipation and sadness on announcement of the tenth and final anniversary of Inner Varnika. The single stage festival was born of a humble scale and has been dedicated solely to procuring the finest underground musicians and DJs. Located on grazing plains a couple of hours west from Melbourne, the growth of this event has never been fuelled by glitzy marketing or crowd catering lineups. It has grown simply from the legendary stories that have continued to echo from this iconic doof.
The timing of this gathering couldn’t have been more critical. The scene had been sitting within a slump, following a summer littered with cancellations and closures of many reputable clubs and events. Activists had been doing it tough, with many already beginning to look abroad in search for their sonic fulfilment. The heavy clouds that continue to ravage regional dance blowouts began to open as many set up camp or journeyed along the Hamilton Highway.