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WELCOME TO STORYLAND

What is STORYLAND?
STORYLAND is SWIFF's new music festival. DATE TBA. Park Beach Reserve, on Gumbaynggirr Country. Check out the line-up below.
LIVE MUSIC
STORYLAND comes to life with performances by some of Australia's most exciting live acts
COURTNEY BARNETT
In the hands of Courtney Barnett, fragments of everyday life become rich and riveting. A deft lyricist and virtuosic guitarist, she is an emblem of millennial wit and one of Australia’s most successful musical exports.
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HIATUS KAIYOTE
Melbourne-based, worldwide-beloved, twice-Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote returns in 2021 with their new album Mood Valiant. Comprised of Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield, Paul Bender, Simon Mavin, and Perrin Moss, their music continues to defy categorization.
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ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
After years spent looking out at landscapes and loved ones and an increasingly unstable world, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have turned their gaze inward, to their individual pasts and the places that inform them, on their second record, Sideways to New Italy.
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EMMA DONOVAN
ARIA-nominated Emma Donovan is an acclaimed Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter, with soulful sounds resonating from growing up as part of the famed Donovan family of singers of the Gumbaynggirr people. Emma has toured and recorded with Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, Spinifex Gum, Christine Anu, Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Little and Paul Kelly among others.
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HACHIKU
Hachiku is the brainchild of German-Australian bedroom-producer Anika Ostendorf who writes and produces her home-made dream pop from whichever bedroom she is currently inhabiting.
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HORNS OF LEROY
Horns of Leroy have become one of the country’s premier brass bands. Inspired by the sounds of New Orleans and fused with the energy of the Melbourne streets, the group has earned themselves a reputation for delivering raucous shows built on strong foundations and insatiable energy.
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Creative Directors ZAKPAGE

With so much happening in the world, we invite you to leave it behind for a day and travel to the land of stories. For thousands of years, humans have constructed narratives to try and make sense of the world. It is a fundamental part of being us. These stories are expressed in art; from music and dance to sculpture and film and encourage us to gather and share and create an emotional connection to each other. But the place where these stories came from is a magical place far way.

Welcome to STORYLAND. 

From the moments the gates are thrown open, you will be fare welled from Gumbaynngirr Country to enter STORYLAND; a world built by light and sound that will immerse you in the mythology of stories and take you back to the place where stories were created. You will discover worlds within worlds; immersive and kinetic sculptures and installations that will surprise and delight. STORYLAND is an adult playground that you can discover with your mates that reignites your memories and will inspire your imagination. To find out the first chapter in the story of STORYLAND, you need to get your passport to this new world. Come and be a part of the story. 

THE BEINGS
In a time where technology is so advanced it feels indistinguishable from magic, The Monarch and The Traveller are the creators of STORYLAND. We build icons in their images. Artwork designed by Caleb Cowie.
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ONE SECOND OF FILM
An obelisk stretches 10.5m into the sky in the centre of STORYLAND. Two film strips twist 24 times into a double helix DNA strand, which at dusk comes alive to spin the whole structure, coming to life with laser animation drawing up and down the endlessly spiralling DNA film strip. Artwork designed by Clint Hurrell.
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Amongst the throng of food trucks sit three caravans in a makeshift trailer park – complete with astroturf and lawn flamingos – each trailer with a full interior diorama versus battle between two feature films, which STORYLAND guests can view through the windows. Artwork designed by Sarah Stollman.
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THE YURT LOCKER
BIZ · DJ BAM · ICE G · PAPA BOOM · COCO VARMA · PSUB · MC FITZROY LEE · featuring SKENG TENG HI FI

STORYLAND features a second music stage, an explosive film-themed DJ tent called The Yurt Locker featuring performances from ethnocyberfunk godfather Coco Varma, veteran Jamaican MC Fitzroy Lee (debuting his new album ‘Nu Roots’ at STORYLAND), reggae, dub and jungle turntablist Papa Boom, drum and bass break beats artist DJ Bam, techno revivalist Biz, Coffs Harbour veteran dance DJ Ice G+, and bass evangeliser PSUB, creator of the Skeng Teng Hifi. 

As one of Australia’s pioneer techno DJs Biz has been a key player in the evolution of the techno movement. Few rival his passion for the art form, and his ability to work the dance floor with his soulful, yet tuff grooves is truly a pleasure to experience. He has had the chance to work with some of the world’s greatest techno artists and has been a major inspiration and mentor to a plethora of contemporary Australian artists. As a producer he has released sought after records world wide as the artist Biz and under the alias of Calix, and has been charted by the likes of Derrick May, Laurent Garnier,  Ben Sims and Dave Clarke. He has run three import record stores over the last thirty years and compiled releases for labels such as Detroit’s Submerge and Germany’s Force inc.  Today Biz is still 100% committed to living and breathing the art of djing and production and his addition to the Tronic and Transmat family couldn’t be better timed. 

DJ Bam, is a vinyl enthusiast who owns and runs “Beans And Music” record & coffee shop in Coffs Harbour.  He did his first gig in1992 and has been Dj’ing ever since in various clubs bars and the occasional Doof. A lover of Drum and Bass from 1994 and hard core break beats better know as rave in the UK. Best party.

Has been playing in the local area since 1992 aka DJ Sven part of “Groovemeister and Sven” He has put on heaps of nights at different locations and changed over to Ice G+ in 2010.

 

Ice G has supported many big names that came to Coffs over the years including

Kid Kenobi (Ministry of Sound), Endorphin, John Course (M.O.S.), Groove Terminator, Greg Schiff (New York) tipper to name a few (Brain Fog) to name a few. As well as playing a ton of of Doofs and opened countless night spots sometimes multiple times over the decades.

 

With the love of most electronica music choices playing mainly progressive house in the past, loves to throw in Drum and Bass and Breaks into the mix nowadays.

Boom for the bass. Pappa Boom delves into sonic frequencies from jungle to dub. SoundSystem Operator, Promoter and DJ in Sydney, has produced and performed events all over Australia and NZ. Love for Reggae and dub, all mixes are fused with the flavour. Getting around with the Foreigndub crew, the heavyweight sound for Reggae, Jungle and Drum n Bass in Australia.

Coco likes to tell sonic stories as diverse as his own musical journey.  Starting out at Street Sounds Records working on the first ever Hip-hop album made outside the USA by Faze One to releasing original UK rave anthems as The Altered State (TAS) on the infamous Profile Records home to Run DMC.  Coco’s live band, Earthtribe, are originators of break-beat, drum’n’bass, jungle, breaks featuring Bollywood and other global sounds alongside fellow ‘Asian Underground’ artists, State of Bengal, Talvin Singh, Nitin Sawhney and Asian Dub Foundation.  Coco’s Sitarfunk and ethnocyberfunk movements played Glastonbury, Womad, The Big Chill and Tribal Gathering as well as regular residencies at London’s Scala, 333 Club, The End, Shepard’s Bush Empire, Ministry of Sound, and Blue Note.  Growing up in East London with an enviable record collection Coco has played with all the greats from Nile Rodgers to the Prodigy and has produced new works bringing his love of soul, reggae, funk, house, rave, techno, drum’n’bass, breaks and jungle into a new sound – all original – all bass heavy and all live and direct.

Fitzroy emerged on the reggae music scene in the mid 90’s regularly MC’ing on the ‘Ghetto Rock’ sound system in West Negril Jamaica.

Since moving to Australia in 2007 Fitzroy has been sharing his culture and the spirit of roots reggae on his popular radio show ‘Reggae Mixtape’ from the 2NVR radio station based in the Nambucca Valley.

Fitzroy fronted the well-loved Bellingen based reggae band ‘Drama King’ from 2014-2018 who performed at various music festivals around Australia. Fitzroy’s performance style is spirited and spontaneous as he often improvises his sets and likes to feed of the energy of the crowd.

In 2020 Fitzroy released his solo EP entitled ‘More Spirit’ and is set to launch his new album ‘Nu Roots’ at Storyland Festival in 2022. The album is a celebration of the strength of the human spirit. Fitzroy said that ‘’After dealing with the global challenges we have all been faced with in 2021 that it’s important for him to lay down new roots in the new year.”

He hopes that the album uplifts peoples’ spirits so that we can come together and celebrate love and joy and give people a message of hope and unity.

Skeng Teng Hi Fi was born out of the love of bass music.  Owned, operated and built by Shane Kellahan (PSUB) this compact sound system packs a heavy bass punch. While helping restore a waterlogged Foreign Dub Sound System, Shane was inspired to build his own sound and contribute to Australian bass culture. Hailing from South West Sydney Skeng Teng has moved to the Mid-North Coast joining Coco Varma in bringing dub, reggae, jungle and dnb sounds to the Coffs Coast.

VENUE & SITE MAP

SWIFF’s STORYLAND music festival will be held on a date TBA, right on the waterfront at Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour NSW, on Gumbaynggirr Country. 

Entry to STORYLAND is via the main gates, which can be accessed via the Orlando Street and Ocean Parade underpass. 

Parking can be found a short walk away at the Jetty Foreshores, a three minute walk to Park Beach Reserve which can either be accessed via the path along the beachline, or via Orlando Street. 

EVENT SCHEDULE

To be announced shortly. 

EVENT TIMES

To be announced shortly.

FOOD & DRINK

Over 10 food trucks will be on site with tasty treats and hot meals available to purchase.  Card & cash options available.

TRAVELLING TO COFFS HARBOUR

First time coming to Coffs Harbour? Check out this handy guide on how to get here, where to stay, and what the region has to offer too. 

ACCEPTING DISCOVER VOUCHERS

NSW Discover Vouchers are accepted until 30 June 2022, which means you can put $25 towards your ticket to STORYLAND! To redeem, just enter the code from the Service NSW app voucher on the Payment Checkout page. There is a limit of one voucher per order. For detailed redemption instructions, click here. 

FAQ'S

Full Terms and Conditions here.

STORYLAND is a playground for grown-ups. Over 18. Our friendly crew will ask you to present ID upon entry and either a printed or a digital ticket.

Please do choose your tickets carefully. Incorrect purchases DO NOT qualify for a refund. There are no refunds on tickets except as required by the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice.

How will this event be run in a COVID-safe manner?

The festival organisers are regularly monitoring NSW Public Health Orders and updating the event COVID-safety plan as these evolve.

Being COVID-safe is a joint effort, meaning it’s also your responsibility to follow the guidelines, to use hand sanitizer, to maintain 1.5m distancing and to stay at home if sick.

Under the current guidelines, the following safety measures will be in place:

  • Written and QR code check-in will be displayed at the main site entrance.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at various points throughout the event site.

First Aid

First Aid services will be provided on site.

What is the venue address and how do I contact you?

The venue is Park Beach Reserve, on Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour, along the banks of Coffs Creek, adjacent to the Coffs Harbour Surf Club.

To contact SWIFF, head here.

What is the best way to get to STORYLAND?

We recommend utilising public transport, rideshares, walking or riding a bike to STORYLAND.

There is a drop-off point at the entrance to the Park Beach Surf Club carpark, (see event map). There is NO parking anywhere along Ocean Parade.

Carparks are located at Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore. Park Beach Reserve is a max. 10-minute walk north along Orlando Street or along the beach pathway.

If travelling to Coffs Harbour for SWIFF and STORYLAND, find transport options here.

I have special access needs – how do I find out more?

Park Beach Reserve is relatively flat and lacks any major barriers to mobility and other sensory restrictions. There will be a wheelchair-accessible toilet on site and a designated set-down / pick-up point for patrons with mobility impairments. We’re keen to help by providing accurate advice, so please contact us to discuss any special needs.

Wristbands

You will be issued a coloured wristband upon entering the festival. You must keep your wristband on and display it to festival staff and volunteers upon request. Lost wristbands will not be replaced.

Will there be pass-outs?

No.

What should I bring?

Bring your hat and a smile! We recommend bringing sunscreen, an empty refillable water bottle and both card + cash. All STORYLAND bars are cashless. Most food and drink vendors will accept cash and card payments – there is no ATM on site.

Can I camp overnight?

STORYLAND is a one-day event. There is no camping on site and camping is prohibited on adjacent public land. For Coffs Harbour accommodation options, head here.

Is this a BYO event?

No. This is a licensed event. Valid photo ID is required to purchase and/or consume alcohol.

Can I smoke at the festival?

Smoking or vaping is not allowed in undercover areas or any dining areas. Please be considerate of other people and also bin your butts.

Can I bring a chair or an umbrella?

Sorry, no chairs, no umbrellas. If rain is forecast, bring a waterproof and wear your hat and suitable footwear. If seating is required by government regulations, it will be provided.

Pets

No pets or other animals allowed on site – registered guide dogs are permitted.

Weather

The Event will take place rain, hail, or shine – unless dangerous conditions are forecast. If rain is forecast, bring a waterproof and wear your hat and suitable footwear. 

Drinking water

Free drinking water will be available at filling stations on site. Food vendors will not be selling water in plastic bottles. Please bring your empty, refillable water bottle.

Waste

We operate a Leave No Trace policy at STORYLAND. Please make use of the bins provided. We’re aiming for zero waste to landfill. Remember to place all cardboard and tin in the yellow bins for recycling, while food waste and compostable packaging from food vendors may be placed in the green bins. Take pride in your surroundings and keep this precinct litter free.

Fires

No fires allowed. Anyone starting a fire will be removed from the festival site.

Can I buy food at the festival?

A variety of food vendors selling substantial meals will be available.

How can I get involved in the festival as a stallholder or volunteer?

You can apply to volunteer here, or reach out here for stallholder enquiries.

Can I bring my baby/toddler?

As an 18+ event, our liquor licencing means nobody under 18 can be allowed on the site – no matter how unlikely it is that they’ll be consuming alcohol. Trust us – this one will be worth the babysitter.

What will SWIFF be doing to keep audiences COVID-safe?

The festival organisers are regularly monitoring NSW Public Health Orders and updating the event COVID-safety plan as these evolve.

Being COVID-safe is a joint effort, meaning it’s also your responsibility to follow the guidelines, to use hand sanitizer, to maintain 1.5m distancing and to follow testing and isolation guidelines if unwell.

Under the current guidelines, as of 1.2.22, the following safety measures will be in place:

  • Written and QR code check-in will be displayed across all venues.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available across all venues.
  • Encouraging mask wearing and testing.
  • Regular cleaning and sanitising in venues.
  • Favouring outdoor spaces where possible.
  • Favouring contactless payments and scanning.
  • Additional staffing where appropriate.

Where the public health order is subject to change, it may become mandatory to be seated at the event, wear a mask, provide proof of vaccine/negative test result – Please check back prior to attending the event for any changes.

What if I can’t attend due to a regulation change after I purchase a ticket/what if the event changes date or line-up due to regulation changes?

If you choose to purchase SWIFF or STORYLAND tickets, be aware that government regulations and venue requirements may change at any time and that festival terms and conditions will reflect this.

This means no refunds or exchanges will be provided on tickets except as required by law &/or as specified by the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice.

In the unlikely event that it is required by law, or is of best interest to public safety, SWIFF and/or STORYLAND may be postponed. Should SWIFF or STORYLAND change date, patrons will be able to transfer tickets to new dates or request a refund. If any event is outright cancelled, all patrons will be refunded.

Some facets of SWIFF or STORYLAND may be altered at any time, due to changing regulations. This could include but not be limited to seating, queueing, capacities, line-up changes, film changes or guest and artist changes. Unless required by law, event changes will not entitle ticketholders to a refund. Any changes will be made known on our website, e-news and social media.

ACCESSIBILITY

STORYLAND is an outdoor event on a grassed reserve. The site includes a hilly area as well as wide level terrain and paved walkways to help with mobility. Disability parking is available closer to event gates. Accessible amenities are available onsite. For more details regarding access and special requests, please email contact@screenwave.com.au or call the festival office on (02) 5626 5051.

For accessible parking at STORYLAND venue, please view STORYLAND VENUE & SITE MAP – available soon.

COMPANION CARDS

SWIFF proudly accepts Companion cards to all sessions, including STORYLAND. For patrons requiring assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder. Contact the box office at contact@screenwave.com.au or call (02) 5626 5051 to make a companion card booking.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

SWIFF’s STORYLAND takes place on the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr people. We acknowledge the original storytellers of this land and pay respect to Elders, past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuous connection to country, community and culture. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

STORYLAND is supported by the Australian Federal Government through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, the Department of Regional NSW via the Regional Event Acceleration Fund, Create NSW via the Arts & Culture Projects fund, and through Regional Arts NSW’s Regional Arts Fund. 

SWIFF’22 is proudly presented by Ashton Designs. 

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