CSU's very own music festival

At a time of year when the summer music festivals seem like a long-lost dream, CSU's Village Fair, held in Bathurst on 31 March, fills every student's calendar. With this year's line-up including Sneaky Sound System, The Potbelleez and Pez, Sam takes us on a photographic memory trip of years past, and provides some info on how you can get involved - on stage as well as off it.

Village Fair is CSU Bathurst’s most exciting event, and over time has grown to become the biggest and greatest music festival this side of the Blue Mountains. Beginning life in 1974 as a university-run family day out and parade, the last three decades has seen a number of transformations, with Village Fair becoming a first rate festival with local indie bands, DJ’s, and top Australian headline acts.

Bathurst: an idyllic location for a festival.

Originally held on the John Oxley Village residence green, a number of site changes means Village Fair now welcomes over 2000 music fans to the base of the well known Mount Panorama racing circuit adjacent to the CSU campus. This site is twice as large as the festival’s previous home, and Village Fair now boasts two main stages, a dance tent, markets, rides, food, drinks and good times. 2012 sees another major change, with the date being moved to late March instead of the traditional time in late September-October.

Mt Panorama racing circuit: the Village Fair's venue.

Typically, the festival is organised, managed and staffed mostly by volunteer CSU students, and if you’re coming to CSU, volunteering at Village Fair is a great way to meet new people and looks great on your resume. Ask any previous volunteer and they will tell you that it is great experience, especially for those studying any of the related Arts degrees such as Design for Screen and Stage. And if you’re in a band then you can apply for a position to share the stage with the headliners, which previously has included Sparkadia, Miami Horror, Owl Eyes, Van She, Yves Klein Blue, 28 Days and British India.

My tips for making the most of Village Fair include:
 - Bring a jacket or something warm. While it could be the hottest day on record, come nightfall the base of Mt. Panorama is known to get pretty chilly.
 - As with any festival, drink plenty of water.
 - But most importantly, party!