Rainbow Serpent Festival permit granted; surprise act added

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UPDATE [TUESDAY 22 JANUARY]: The promise of one of the world’s most eminent DJs has been delivered.

Rejoice: organisers say this weekend’s Rainbow Serpent Festival will go ahead after the Pyrenees Shire Council today granted all necessary permits to operate the 16th annual Australia Day weekend event near Beaufort, Victoria.

Festival organisers conveyed relief and a promise to give its legion of fans their best celebration yet after council originally denied the required Places of Public Entertainment permit late last week. “We are very thankful to council and emergency services and thoroughly appreciate the extra time required of them to reconsider our permit application,” a statement reads. “It’s been a tough week and our entire team are now working harder than ever to produce the most spectacular Rainbow Serpent in 16 years as thank you to our army of fans who gave nothing but support and encouragement when we needed it most.”

As a show of appreciation for the support from Rainbow Serpent fans, the festival is adding to the line-up “one of the world’s most eminent DJ’s who has been pivotal in the worldwide electronic music industry for over 25 years.” The surprise guest will be announced tomorrow.

From a small gathering in the Victorian bush, Rainbow Serpent Festival has grown into a weekender that people travel from far and wide to experience. Our reviewer at Rainbow Serpent 2011 had much to rave about. “Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the better part of the last decade, this annual event provokes a mass exodus from Melbourne, Sydney, Australia and even lands beyond the sea, as thrill-seekers and city-dwellers alike travel in search of an extraordinary experience in sound and sight,” tben wrote. “Camping over a lush hillside just outside of Beaufort, the festival encompasses four days, three nights, dozens of international and local acts, 10,000 plus attendees, and about half a million doses of the unexpected. Do yourself a favour and jump on this rainbow-coloured bandwagon – you’ll spend the next 350 odd days waiting for a carnival you need to see to believe.”

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