As the dust settles across Djab Wurrung country, and that very same dust pours by the barrow load out of the bodily crevices of Melbourne’s dance music community, it is time I try to take stock of what on God’s green earth happened over the 2023 Labour Day weekend.
Pitch Music & Arts whirred into life for its sixth edition, having had the good fortune of only losing one edition to the coronavirus pandemic in 2021. By now the operation is a well-oiled machine that requires very little tinkering or reorganisation. Set in the breath-taking scrublands just shy of the Grampians National Park, Pitch welcomes some of the best line-ups Australia will ever see paired with Funktion-One sound systems that are barbarically tuned to blow the wind out of your chest at 100 paces.
With a capacity of roughly 7500, Pitch is neither an intimate, boutique affair, nor is it a sprawling and immersive temporary city in the style of Boomtown or Glastonbury in the UK. This makes the rather modest offering of official stages – just three – feel far more satisfying than they might otherwise, since you can easily come across groups of friends again and again whilst still feeling blissfully lost in the crowd as you always should at a proper rave.