Welcome To Lost Paradise!
Our intention for your New Years spent at Lost Paradise is for you to have nothing short of an epic life-changing experience filled with fun, connection and expansion. What you feel and experience here should last forever.
Each year we create a four-day Paradise with some fundamental guiding principles that we are proud to share – in the hope that you can better understand our motives, passions and aspirations and ultimately join us for the adventure.
We believe that having experienced the hidden wonderland that is Lost Paradise, you too will become a life-long Paridisian.
All at Lost Paradise HQ x
We exist to inspire, excite and enrich your lives. Creating a community of fun-loving, music-loving, earth-loving individuals who together create the most epic energy of love, constant smiles and good times! We curate with an open heart, an experimental ear and an ambitious vision which drives us to evolve Lost Paradise annually to be more incredible than ever before and leave you with your mind blown, soul touched and hearts on fire for the year ahead.
Everyone is invited to be part of the Lost Paradise community and celebrations. Your participation is as vital as the artists, performers and teachers and team behind the scenes. We aim to throw open minds to new experiences and ideas. We applaud acts of kindness, and hope to be the setting for new friendships and interactions.
We’re passionate about nature and sustainability. Lost Paradise is inspired by, and woven through the unbelievable landscape we call home. Our drawing board is a stunning valley which is home to horses, flora and fauna.
Have fun, take care of yourself, your friends, your neighbours and anyone you feel may need a friend at that given moment. Being a good Paridisian is all of this and of equal importance, actively respecting and protecting the land upon which we gather to celebrate. This means no littering, ensuring you take everything you bring to Lost Paradise away with you and disposing of items no longer required, correctly, off-site. Let’s keep paradise clean and green together.
Lost Paradise has a broad and unique programme that celebrates each offering with equal significance.
Everything you find in your hidden wonderland is brought to you with love and passion.
It’s all for you.
Each of us has a role to play in taking care of ourselves and each other. Number one priority has to be safety – without that we can’t create an epic pop-up community of over 15,000 people. Please make sure you equip yourself and your mates with the knowledge and tools to prevent unnecessary mishaps and be armed with info to aid those who may be in need, including yourself.
DanceWize NSW crew are here for you
We’re stoked to have DanceWize NSW, NUAA’s latest harm reduction outreach program at this years Lost Paradise providing support, information and a safe space to chill. DanceWize NSW utilises peer education to reduce drug-and-alcohol-related harm at NSW dance parties and festivals. a 50+ strong team, DanceWize will host a chill-out space; discuss safer drug use with peers and disseminate health resources. Click here to find out more (FAQs)
Stay Hydrated! Free water = less single use plastic.
The fact is we’re in the middle of a pretty hefty drought and it can get hot in the valley across the new year. It goes without saying but we’re gonna state the bloody obvious – Please stay hydrated and drink at least 1-2 litres of water per day, bare minimum. Bring a re-useable water container with you to refill regularly from the multiple free water stations throughout the campgrounds and festival main site.
Fight the war on waste, together!
The Earth Warriors will be out in force at Lost Paradise, mounting daily campsite cleanups and dance-floor patrols to make sure no Waste Invaders are allowed to escape. In particular, a D-Day campaign will be launched at the festival close to make sure no Waste Contamination is left behind. This includes large-scale Invaders such as tents, eskys, marquees and other abandoned resources. All operations will all be launched from E.W. HQ, the homebase where all Earth Warriors are supercharged with sustainable workshops, events and jams.
Our Boardi space, located within Shambhala Fields, is the Aboriginal and cultural area of Lost Paradise. It is the spiritual centre of the festival, connecting everything at Lost Paradise to the sacred Peats Ridge Valley in which we are being held. Lost Paradise is passionate about acknowledging the first nations people of this country and are deeply grateful for their participation and willingness to share knowledge with us and everyone who comes to the festival. The Boardi space will have ongoing activities all day, where we recreate an authentic community atmosphere. Join us for an immersive cultural experience.
Lost Paradise is proud to host a special Indigenous Opening Ceremony on the 29th of December on our main stage, Arcadia and we welcome all Paradisian’s to join us in paying respect to the traditional land owners.
QUOTES & REVIEWS
“Lost Paradise was like a big backyard party that just spiralled out of control; in the best way possible. A beautiful setting, a lovely cool river to swim in (or to hold an unofficial mini rave, as the case turned out), an entire corner of the grounds devoted to yoga and meditation and relaxation, and barely a bright neon flashing alcohol sponsorship logo to be seen, it carried the casual and laidback vibe of a much smaller festival — while still attracting some of the country’s most exciting and beloved live acts.”
– HUFFINGTON POST
“Lost Paradise is the nuanced, well-rounded, quiet achiever of Aussie festivals; big enough to deliver on the great acts, but small enough to still have an air of intimacy about it.”
– MTV TRAVEL
“I had such a good time at Lost Paradise! It’s one of the coolest festivals I’ve been to. I loved playing the Lost Disco stage, the atmosphere was wicked, the decoration was class and the lit up signs the crowd brought with them, added to it too.
After my set I went on the dancefloor with a few of my mates and saw the new year in listening to Jackmaster & Jasper James, was a memorable new year!”
– Patrick Topping
“Lost Paradise was a totally unique festival, nothing like it in Australia. Thank you to everyone who made it such a beautiful place.”
– RÜFUS DU SOL
“The thing that really makes this festival shine is without a doubt the sheer variety of acts in that world class lineup. Dense, ambitious, and not afraid to throw in a few curve balls, Lost Paradise is much more than your average doof, but a playground for all, no matter what your age or musical alignment.”
“Keep doing what you’re doing! Such an amazing, intimate festival. Felt like everyone there was one big family. Had a really amazing feel – everyone was supportive and comfortable and wanted each other to have a fabulous time.”
– JANICE MULLER, LOST PARADISE TRIBE
“You escape the city, the smog and traffic, and lose yourself in a forest for a weekend, to the soundtrack of cicadas and a bubbling creek and some of your favourite music. Lost Paradise is one of the more beautiful festivals currently on the calendar”
– Huffington Post
“I remember the first time I played this festival I went for a walk around and thought, ‘this is the kind of festival that if I wasn’t working at I’d go to’. Last year after I played I walked around out the front to see Motor City Drum Ensemble and my feelings were the same – I’d happily do it again…”
– TOUCH SENSITIVE
“One of the most magical spots we’ve ever played in Oz and a night complimented by generous staff and hospitality that really looked after us. A show we’ll never forget”
– STICKY FINGERS
“This is one of the best and most organised events I’ve attended (and I’ve been to a lot!) and whoever curated the masterclasses did a brilliant job of taking us out of our comfort zones. “
“….I love to dance, dress up boho-style and get out of the big smoke once in a while. Lost Paradise was all this and more – right on our doorstep.”
– Lisa Messenger, Editor-In-Chief, Collective Hub
“Re-awaken your sense of wanderlust and adventure with the festival’s secret hideaways, glittering late night discos, and inspirational art and performance”
No1 NYE 2017/8 Event in the World – Buzzfeed
“Deep in enchanted bushlands it’s always a super diverse line up of DJs and acts playing to an audience down to dance all night. One of my favourite festies to play and attend. Topping off the year on a high note.”
-Shantan Wantan Ichiban
“It’s fun, silly and beautiful, all at once, and hasn’t yet failed to serve up a good time.”
– Huffington Post