You know those events that you missed out on by 12-18 months that eventually take on mythical status? Strawberry Fields was that event for me.
To be fair, I wasn’t even 17 years old when it happened. The Prodigy’s Voodoo People wasn’t even a thing. And I was living two hours drive away from the Gold Coast location. So I didn’t really miss out, and have managed to live it vicariously through my uncle many times over anyway.
For the event’s 20th anniversary, I pulled together the promoters and DJs behind Strawberry Fields to tell the full story of an event that wouldn’t get past liquor licensing in 21st-century nanny state Australia.