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ACID BURNS: Local council puts bite on drug-addled Rainbow Serpent music festival

Rainbowserpent760The notorious Rainbow Serpent Festival has been refused a permit by the western Victorian council Pyrnees Shire.

Those unfamiliar with the Rainbow Serpent should get out more, with unreliable source Wikipedia explaining:

The Rainbow Serpent Festival is a large electronic music, art and lifestyle festival, located in Victoria, Australia.[1] The festival is mainly known for Psychedelic trance and Minimal Techno music, but also features other genres of electronic music and non electronic music in the smaller stages. The festival also has many art installations, work shops and other attractions. Recent years have seen the festival expand from a purely music-driven event, to one that places an emphasis on sustainability, well-being, performance and art.

The name Rainbow Serpent comes from the Aboriginal dreamtime creation myth of the Rainbow Serpent.

Naturally, the indigneous-titled event is overwhelmingly attended by Greensparty-voting, city-slicker, private-school white kids of affluence enjoying some a summer bender. Some fifteen thousand youth attend the event in Lexton, north-west of Ballarat.

Last year, after a young man died at the Rainbow Serpent Festival after he supposedly took “some very bad acid, man” there were calls to stop the event which is widely understood to be a wild and free marketplace for psychedelic and other drugs of all kinds.

The Police usually attend and have made dozens of arrests in the past at festivals of this kind.

The local council denies it’s stopped the event because the young man died from “very bad acid” and the Rainbow Serpent organisers say it has something to do with their decision to change security and safety consultants. It seems the previous incumbents had some pull with the local council and authorities and have been able to get the whole event cancelled. Might be worth looking them up if you’re planning a rave or a Cory Worthington-style Facebook gathering some time over summer.

The organisers are still hopeful the event can proceed. They have launched a petition to persuade the authorities to give hippy love a chance.

They have even resorted to the language of economic rationalism to persuade the oldies they should be allowed to let it all hang out:

It is estimated that Rainbow Serpent Festival generates close to a million dollars annually for the local community.

And that conservative number excludes the informal pharmaceutical trade known to flourish during the festival.



VEXNEWS TRANSCRIPT FROM 9:00 Daniel Mirante – Visionary Artist commenting on the Rainbow Serpent Festival: “It’s an alien world, you know, what’s so great about being here is being able to contact the native trees and wallabies, I met my first two wallabies out here and the trees are shimmering in an enchanted way, and the sun is so powerful, it’s completely different from anywhere I’ve been before.”


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  1. I have zero sympathy for the organisers of such things. Their ‘bill posters’ daily plaster the telegraph poles of my suburb and they pay nothing for the advertising space or the money councils spend cleaning it up.

    Any fuckwit drug-addled DJ can call themselves an ‘event promoter’ and if people die, they die.

    It’s nice that they can get lots of young trendy kids to sign petitions, but they are fundamentally a commercial enterprise with very few morals.

    Posted by Dan Lewis | January 17, 2013, 14:57
  2. What a fucken stupid article, so many lies and misinformation i don’t know where to begin

    Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2013, 15:10
  3. Mind blowingly good journalism.

    Posted by Jake | January 17, 2013, 15:13
  4. Show us ya tits love

    Posted by Petro Georgiou | January 17, 2013, 15:23
  5. Real Journalism http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/01/17/3671464.htm

    I do not know who usually reads your publications but after seeing this article I hope I never have to talk to them.

    Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2013, 15:33
  6. You people don’t know jackshit.

    Posted by tessa | January 17, 2013, 15:33
  7. “Vexnews” that is.

    Posted by tessa | January 17, 2013, 15:33
  8. Words can’t even being to describe how fucking stupid the retard that wrote this article is. Enjoy your sheltered, ignorant, pathetic, sad excuse of a life you fucking downey. Hahahaha!

    Posted by GavinSpaceFace | January 17, 2013, 15:48
  9. you just hate culture

    Posted by vex sux | January 17, 2013, 15:58
  10. The red neck council is a disgrace, their probably waiting for a bribe.

    Posted by bigots | January 17, 2013, 15:59
  11. It’s my fault

    Posted by Daniel Buccianti | January 17, 2013, 16:01
  12. very disappointing decision by council. there will be consequences

    Posted by Tony Mokbel | January 17, 2013, 16:03
  13. That pic is disgusting.

    Posted by armpits | January 17, 2013, 16:04
  14. What a trash opinion piece with barely, if any, facts. Didn’t realise I was reading a trashy women’s magazine.

    Posted by Vexxxx | January 17, 2013, 16:11
  15. Yeah, embarrassingly bad article.
    As the author ever been to a festival? I don’t think so…
    Ever been to a club in the city? Heaps more drugs there.
    And no one has ever died from ‘bad acid’ look it up
    People die mainly from alcohol, available a pub near you

    Posted by Disbelief at | January 17, 2013, 16:13
  16. Don’t encourage Landeryou and co. to attend a festival, bad things will happen. He’ll probably set up a ‘bad acid’ kiosk to take out all the Greens.

    Posted by oh noes | January 17, 2013, 16:21
  17. If you attack the Serpent, the Serpent will attack you

    Posted by wombat arse | January 17, 2013, 16:23
  18. I sincerely hope anyone reading about Rainbow Serpent Festival for the first time, here, takes the time to read further.

    This article is horrendous.

    Posted by Jason | January 17, 2013, 16:25
  19. What a bullshit article, there are problems with every festival,
    And rainbow is by far the most amazing and caring festival I have been to.

    Vex news….. Wankers

    Posted by Wheels | January 17, 2013, 16:27
  20. What do you mean the festival is off? I’ve been growing my armpit hair all year and even braided it for the occasion. Typical misogynist capitalist pig council!

    Posted by Madam Minge (Chaz of Northcote) | January 17, 2013, 16:29
  21. This article is pathetic. If everything where up to people like this, the whole world would stay at home and live miserable, boring conservative lives. Ever heard of a thing called having fun?

    Posted by Peter | January 17, 2013, 17:23
  22. This article is ridiculous and completed undermines this website. What a crock of s***. The author of this absolutely has no idea what he/she is speaking about

    Posted by James from Sydney | January 17, 2013, 17:28
  23. What a sad, pathetic excuse for journalism. Hope the RSF team can pull through the red tape!

    Posted by Yikes | January 17, 2013, 18:13
  24. Hehehe… this writing is hilarious in its awfulness. I have no idea what Vexnews is and based on this ridiculous bit of writing I will never bother finding out.

    Posted by Lee | January 17, 2013, 18:27
  25. Worst article ever! Whoever wrote this is obviously an idiot. Go Rainbow Serpent!

    Posted by Steven Willis | January 17, 2013, 18:31
  26. Objective journalism at it’s worst. Incredible what a bigot with a computer can produce.

    Posted by amazed | January 17, 2013, 18:37
  27. Magnificent article. I laughed, I cried, I even felt deep respect for the local council who recognize that the feral dollar isn’t worth it.

    It also proves that post-modern female hippies and East German swimmers circa 1980 have much in common: Hairy armpits, copious drug taking, and a love of all things communist.

    Posted by Fred | January 17, 2013, 18:59
  28. They-can’t-cancel-this-festival. It-is -where -I -am -launching -my leadership- bid. Silly -council -have- ruined -everything.

    And -who -gave- vex- permission -to -use -my -private summer- pix for -this- story?

    Posted by Not SHY Hyphenater | January 17, 2013, 19:29
  29. THE TRUTH HURTS Ey Hippies less crack more work maybe it would happen

    Posted by David | January 17, 2013, 20:21
  30. Well done Pyrnees Shire.

    A victory for morality and decency.

    Posted by Stinking Violet | January 18, 2013, 0:16
  31. There is no place for this sort of thing in the bush.

    All that jumping around destroys the habitats of rare hairy legged spiders.

    Sorry green hippies, the same rules apply to you as they apply to multinational miners.

    Posted by Stinking Violet | January 18, 2013, 0:24
  32. Greensparty-voting, city-slicker, private-school white kids of affluence enjoying some a summer bender. Yeah all 10,000 of them fit into that categorization suuuuuurrrreeeee dumb ass

    Posted by not a private school kid | January 18, 2013, 1:25
  33. Whoever this young Gillian Anderson lookalike is I hope she personally delivers a cease and decist and a defamation case.

    This article is such a joke it is actually funny.

    Posted by Jay Cooper | January 18, 2013, 11:22
  34. One of the main reasons for the council not approving this hairy festival is that they didn’t want 10000+ ferals getting BBQed by a wildfire. Imagine trying to evacuate all these drugged-up hippies if there was such an emergency!

    Posted by Fred | January 18, 2013, 13:37
  35. If the hips caught on fire how far would people have to be not to inhale secondhand bad acid.

    Posted by H the B | January 18, 2013, 13:47
  36. Extremely poor biased article that really shouldn’t be called journailism.

    Posted by RT | January 18, 2013, 14:18
  37. Chill out at home with a bong and some Jimi Hendrix dudes. Do some macrame and fold paper cranes.

    In these days of austerity we need ‘stay at home’ festivals.

    Posted by Disillusioned | January 18, 2013, 14:44
  38. Stinking Violet…..wanna play with the Rainbow Serpent in my pants???

    Posted by muddy | January 19, 2013, 2:08
  39. Why do I get the feeling that someone associated with the event has sent a message to their young minions who have stormed this comments page? Look at the timestamps from all the ‘new’ readers and the common themes (and Gen-Y spelling) of the posts.

    Online petitions? Angry blog comments.
    Slacktivism at its finest.

    Posted by Dan Lewis | January 19, 2013, 8:20
  40. Andy why no story on Inga’s clumsy attempts to get her son a mayoralty. Inga the failed king maker.

    Posted by Control freak alert | January 19, 2013, 9:02
  41. Muddy, no problem but I’m afraid I might destroy the habitat of the rare hairy legged spiders.

    Also a maths equation “misandrist + mysogynist = green misanthrope”.

    Posted by Stinking Violet | January 19, 2013, 13:18
  42. This is so bullshit it’s funny. Worst article ever

    Posted by Vexnews sux cox n dix | January 19, 2013, 13:37
  43. Anyone who claims to havd witnessed what goes on in this drug crazed event was not really there…

    Posted by Truth hurts | January 19, 2013, 14:19
  44. VEXNEWS = Quality Journalism

    Posted by Stinking Violet | January 19, 2013, 14:54
  45. Sav please try maybe try a little pill I could do with a little thrill after that nasty lefty rubbish printed in today’s Age.

    Posted by Inga Binga | January 19, 2013, 15:44
  46. Stinking Violet….don’t worry about the consequences or collateral damage to the hairy legged spiders. Once you experience my Serpent Rainbow you’ll be in a trance-like state and voting Greens at the next election.

    Posted by muddy | January 19, 2013, 16:28
  47. Remember it is never over in the South East until the FAT Ladyhas sung.

    Posted by anon | January 19, 2013, 17:17
  48. Inga has been useful with the inga army along the frankston line but judging by the stealth bomber like liberal leaks in today’s Age it is obvious Lib HQ is about to sink her boat.

    …will be lovely to watch the preselection in the south east….

    Posted by Past use by date? | January 19, 2013, 17:21
  49. So what’s your point? You obviously support straight capitalists making megabucks selling legal booze to yobbos in the CBD giving them the courage to king-hit some hapless youth either killing or maiming him or her.

    Your hypocrisy is breath taking. See your physician and look into a change of medication.

    Posted by Michelle | January 19, 2013, 21:24
  50. ps

    ‘awaiting moderation’ = gutless wonder = The Age’ = ‘herald sun’ = ‘the Australian’

    Posted by Michelle | January 19, 2013, 21:26
  51. Cr Shonke Ronke ( who is efficient with the truth) is clearly positioning himself for mayoralty again by having a wack at the Empress of the South East. This should immediately earn him the favour the local Labor machine and Labor bloc on Kingston.

    Posted by Anon | January 19, 2013, 21:27
  52. So Wenchy and her hit squad are taking on the Empress of the South East? Do they have a political death wish?

    Posted by Cyclops | January 19, 2013, 21:37
  53. Sav remember to clean little Paulie’s Pee Pee during his bath this evening.

    Posted by Inga Binga | January 19, 2013, 21:48
  54. rainbow serpent my ass……..
    festival of the pharmacists…more like it
    you eastern states fools…..are west aust vomit
    try working in 50deg heat and dust…

    shit onya breakfast es…… we hate ya filthy black lovin’ guts

    Posted by edmund | January 20, 2013, 0:42
  55. Lets solve two problems with one stone. Move all the Rainbow Alliance Hippies and their desire for a counter culture living on the dole to Tasmania and allow it to succeed from Australia. It could sustain its economy the Amsterdam “Van Diemen’s” drug culture State and become the drug capital of the world. We could even turn it into new Jewish-home land state and solve the middle east crisis with the one stone

    Posted by Counter Culture | January 20, 2013, 6:28
  56. Dirty stinking hippies whose seats would be toxic and unsniffable.

    Posted by Roy Tuswell Seat Sniffer | January 20, 2013, 8:00
  57. safety is paramount. sorry left-wing latte sippers and drug-users, your festival is doomed. go and die in your own backyard.

    Posted by storm | January 20, 2013, 10:51
  58. mullumbimbi; what an aberration of aust law…. but lets pay out on the corruption that the guinea has brought to nsw…..to the hippy fool on the guineas drugs……..
    you es illiterate gargoyles dont see the ethnic minority out to destroy your side of our land…die out ethno..
    die out black….die out hippy vomit

    Posted by edmund | January 20, 2013, 17:57
  59. None of you hairy hippy women txt me, would not be hot.

    Posted by RDR | January 20, 2013, 18:32
  60. advertising first annual “ultra right wing haters festival ” Jan’ WA
    we dont want your ticket in we want “proof of earnings”…….screwups;hippys;kikes;guineas;ragtops;and blacks; need not showup…..
    as arne said “hatred is more useful than despair”

    Posted by edmund | January 20, 2013, 20:50
  61. Permit now granted; fuck yeah. Looks on faces of the do-gooder-my-shit-doesn’t-stink-I-take-more-dangerous-legal-drugs-than-you-because-I’m-an-uneducated-simpleton-redneck-facist-nazi-discriminatory-feral-bogans; PRICELESS! You dumbshits are hopeless addicts to the worst drug on the planet; PROHIBITION! Before you start spouting propagandist fear mongering misinformative bullshit about drugs you couldn’t even give the chemical name for, do some research and actually learn than 80% of the drugs we take are a hell of a lot less damaging to your health than any legal drug. You people remind me of the Ss. That says a lot about the pathetic state of ethanol soaked mindlessness that is this “country”

    Posted by Rain | January 21, 2013, 18:57
  62. I still have all my old Hippy Shirts from the 70’s. F**k the Capitalist System.

    Posted by Taliban fan | January 21, 2013, 20:45
  63. “Rainbow Serpent Festival to go ahead this weekend after it receives last minute council permit.”

    What a sicko prejudiced bastard you are Landroiu. An intellectual pigmy.

    Posted by TimLeary | January 21, 2013, 21:15
  64. eh screwups;hippys;and numbnuts;
    do u know your(festival) drug money goes to the guineas;the panheads;(bikies);and the pump fakes;(criminals)do u know they are the pharmacists mixin’your sh./t man;
    do u know u es fools have been pump faked’ ya retards……..

    Posted by edmund | January 22, 2013, 1:33
  65. Edmund, you obviously know nothing about the drug scene and how it works. Stick to your more dangerous legal mindless drugs.

    Posted by Rain | January 22, 2013, 12:08
  66. The festival is now going ahead numbnuts, you go drown your liver in volatile solvents while I use drugs proven to be so much safer than your legal poison it’s not even funny. Suck it up whingebag! You don’t like it? Don’t fucking go!

    Posted by Rain | January 22, 2013, 12:12
  67. eh rain i need to come up with a more elaborate “retort” pardon the pun…
    but “proven to be so much safer”
    the kid died ya fool…..young just like you…..young ;stupid ; and naive;
    dude the guineas chemistry set is sh/.t they wouldn’t know a catalyst from a cat whisker
    u tards are paying the guineas to kill yourselves……. look if you are going to buy that sh..t at least do some good with it…can feed it all to the greens and the faggot greens ..now that i’d like to see.. the festival of the dead faggot green retards….German sparkle party got nuthin’ on that one……

    triumph of the will…or Sieg Heil

    Posted by edmund | January 23, 2013, 1:13
  68. Those who beleive there is no such things as pharmaceutical quality drugs around are just as naive thAn those who BELEIVE all of them are fine. Cannabis, LSD, psilocin/cybin, mescaline, MDMA just to name a few are a lot safer than alcohol and tobacco. What about the severals “kids that die” from alcohol? Baby and bathwatet mate, baby and bathwater.

    As I said, if you don’t know anything about drugs or festivals other than your culturally influenced propagandist brainwashing then shut the fuck up, and don’t go to the festival. One person dies in 16 years, no toxicology reports done or anything, ad there’s intense uproar about drug deaths blah blah blah… How much violence and deaths are caused by alcohol everyday? How many evictions are there in crowd of only a few hundred max at several pubs and clubs? Many many many many. There was ONE eviction last year. Says a lot.

    Just accept fact mate. And if you can’t take it the. Go drown your sorrows in ethanol. Just another word of advice, the way in which you word yourself suggests you are quite immature, or severly brain damage from alcohol. Either live and let live, or fuck off and die. Grow up simpleton.

    Posted by Rain | January 23, 2013, 12:10

    LSD, dmt, psilocybin, mescaline, cannabis ; never a single death attributed to these in history. It’s time to accept the facts, or if you don’t like them shut the fuck up and cop it mate.

    Posted by Rain | January 23, 2013, 12:13
  70. Gillard proves again she is an IDIOT! Celebrity Politics has been SO SUCCESSFUL hasn’t it?? Justin Madden, Kirsty Marshal, Maxine McKew & Peter Garrett!!! If that is the A-List of Talent – GOD HELP US!!

    Posted by anon | January 23, 2013, 12:18
  71. Love to spike you nazi dogs with some acid. It would be so cute to see you big ego’d bastards trying to fight it and getting your asses kicked, lying there crying for your lives. But it seems you guys all give it to your horses, because they are fucking high!

    Posted by Rain | January 23, 2013, 12:21
  72. Oh anon, what about the new non-party Member in Capitain Brumby’s old Seat who was the first to leave the sinking Ship “Vic ALP” after telling everyone he is a stayer?

    Posted by Taliban fan | January 23, 2013, 15:17
  73. please come back Rain. We need more hippy input on this website. I think you gots to chill and smoke some bongs though, who cares what Vex or his readers think? The rainbow is going ahead so rejoice and be glad.
    How pathetic is it that Ted banned bongs while the rest of the world is moving towards legalisation.
    His only idea for stimulating economic growth was to build more private prisons and to abolish suspended sentences!

    Posted by Ralph | January 23, 2013, 21:48
  74. Gotta laugh at the “greens” comment and others saying we are just hippies in the dole… I work 60+ hard hours a week and only got Xmas day off while all u fat rednecks probably got drunk and biffed on with yr wife n kids.

    This is my time to relax now, not take bad acid but just relax in a festival atmosphere and get amongst people interested in music not binge drinking.

    Just so u know, I’m a local guy in my 30’s and it’s either this or “Farmer wants a wife” as far as entertainment goes in thus area.

    Posted by Riley | January 24, 2013, 6:33
  75. Why is a young woman so obviously wanting to let it all hang out wearing two bras? Displaying her breasts and hiding them at the same time? Yeah, they’re all so free…….

    Posted by Grandma | January 24, 2013, 16:07
  76. Drug taking, tofu eating, sandal wearing, muesli chewing, Gaia worshipping, soy milk latte sipping, basket weaving, CAGW believing, inner city green misanthropes with Arts degrees decrying mining billionaires is an outrage.

    Posted by Stinking Violet | January 24, 2013, 17:08
  77. Nene King is looking for a lift to the festival, apparently someone stole her money whilst she was engaging in a little gunga an lost track of time

    Posted by Maxwell Smart | January 25, 2013, 18:45
  78. Our bogan PM announced the Australian of the Year today calling her Ida instead of Ita.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | January 25, 2013, 19:36
  79. Except for Rain, those arent real hippies. Some of them can actually spell.

    Posted by Bill | January 29, 2013, 16:13
  80. I watching a dreadlocked male piss openly in front of the servo while eating a chiko roll… one hand on each roll. Then not ten meters away a female dressed as a fairy scampering through her bag with mysterious satchels falling out and across the road someone pushing a trolly with what appeared to be all his worldly belongings in it. I saw so much that weekend. Landeryou, I suggest that you load a truck with chiko rolls next year and visit the event.

    Posted by Kerry Black | February 1, 2013, 4:03
  81. no rain ; and others; there is an absolute inconsistency with your argument;
    and that is the “individuals” reaction to the “drug that is taken”
    its “fire and pardon the pun “ice”
    a case in point is the Brazilian man recent in Sydney.

    rain and “others” may have taken the same drug with little”ancillary” effects but for that individual it was “fire”….
    and as is often the case… the fire effects are deadly and spiral out of control super quickly…….

    the police ; the doctors; dont know what chemistry set u have inside u .. u want them to analyses u and come up with an anti chemistry set for u in 10 mins……is that it?…..

    and all while trying to issue commands to an out of control man….
    running violently on the streets of Sydney……

    in what universe is that reasonable?……
    please be aware the future u are handing small children
    that is not a culture….or rather it is a culture…a culture of disgusting retards

    Posted by edmund | February 6, 2013, 23:18
  82. oh yeah and just one more thing…
    there is no way i’m searchin’ that armpit….so all u druggies out there
    plait your eccy in that fur …the only way im takin anythin uota there is with tongs…….

    Posted by edmund | February 6, 2013, 23:23


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