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Is it an electronic music festival, performing arts event, psychedelic gallery or virtual reality? You decide

“Do you remember the first day you got your driver’s license? That’s the kind of sensation we want to create when people step through that doorway – when you get that sense of freedom.”

This is Peter Suwara: creator of new boutique festival Fourcolours. On first glance, the event presents like an inner-city bush doof – the impressive lineup features international psytrance, techno, ambient and progressive acts like Brazil’s Waio, Denmark’s Be Svendsen and France’s Suduaya doing a world-premier performance with world electronica artist Irina Mikhailova.

Look again, and you’ll see that there’s much more beyond the music. ‘Smart’ wristbands that let you compete challenges and collect points. Circus acts, belly dancing and pole performances. Tarot readings. Face painting. Psychedelic art. Citrine, azure, viridian and crimson. What’s with the four colours, and what will 500 ticket-holders find when they show up at Revolt Artspace in October?

Rewind several years to when festival planner Peter Suwara first started getting restless. “I’ve been involved in Earthcore, Yellow Sunshine and Bliss, but I decided that I really needed to have my own creative outlet – to add a touch of my own experience," he says. Naturally, Suwara drew from his connections in the music industry – but it was his experience in the world of video games that really became the catalyst for something entirely different.

“I thought it would be interesting to create an interactive theme park,” he says. “It’s like a dance party, crossed with a video game adventure story.” On entering, visitors will find themselves in a ’60s airport setting – a gateway from which a world of psychedelia beckons. According to which colour they’ve chosen, visitors will be led to a separate ‘portal’ (or as Suwara calls it, a “stargate”) and allocated a smartband, which will allow them to collect points, compete quests and win prizes. “We’ve even got someone designing fragrances for each colour,” he says. “It will set the tone for their own experience.”

But if you're just in it for the music, you're still well looked-after. Alongside the internationals, local psytrance and techno artists Mish’Chief, Alma Danza and Chromatone will keep the dance floor going. While you’re there, we doubt you’ll have any hard feelings diverting your attention over to dance ensembles Shimmy Bliss and the Celestial Circus. Later, let yourself wander into the Gallery of Visions, filled with mind-bending paintings. Perhaps the trick here is not to bring any expectations with you through the portal – just surrender to the unknown, and let the experience unfold.

“It’s a great opportunity to look inside and let that primal energy out, feeling safe and comfortable to do that,” says Suwara, brimming with excitement for an event that clearly represents his greatest feat of creative expression yet. “There’s definitely a fine thread of spiritual energy that permeates this.”

Early bird tickets to Fourcolours have sold out, and tickets are only available through the event website (below).

SECOND ROUND LINEUP:
Suduaya (Fra) with Irina Mikhailova (US) - World Premiere, Waio (Ger), BeSVENDSEN (Den), Lucca Tan, Ozzy, Mish'chief, Pakman - 24/7 Rec, Thankyou City, Chromatone, Shantaraam, Ben Abrahams, Alma Danza, Uranium Mind, Azrin, Golden Rae, Tekxture, UONE, Van G, Aquaggaswack and HandsDown.

By Rose Johnstone   |   Photos by Boaz Nothman (Ferly Feminine)

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Fourcolours details

Address
12 Elizabeth St, Kensington 3031

Telephone 03 9376 2115

Transport
Nearby Stations: Macaulay; Kensington; South Kensington

Buy tickets Price $59.00 to $79.00

Date Sat 11 Oct

Open 2pm-5am

Fourcolours website

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