Return to Rio 2018

Return to Rio 2018

Return to Rio has announced the massive line-up of magic, mischief and mayhem set to dominate Del Rio Riverside Resort for the ‘Ultimate Weekend Away’ this November 9-11.  I’m excited that this year I’ll be going to experience this with a great friend of mine. Could be my end of year YouTube video.

The massive bill of international artists flying in for the occasion is a roll call of some of the biggest names in electronic music. Headlining proceedings is Sasha the world’s first superstar DJ. The Last Night on Earth founder will be taking guests on an unforgettable journey alongside Burning Man favourites Lee BurridgeHoj and  Öona Dahl.

Pack the glitter and get ready to shimmer as Greg Wilson and Late Nite Tuff Guy will be igniting the disco vibes poolside. Dress up to get down as they dig deep in the archives to recreate a tropical boogie wonderland.

Elsewhere, the super-skilled producer, Skream will be taking to the wheels of steel before fellow Brits Roni Size and Mr C. hit the decks.

Australia’s most vibrant fancy dress party will be in full swing morning, noon and night with otherworldly creatures and extraordinary critters around every corner.

Single? Not for much longer, with a bespoke match-making service designed to find you your perfect partner in crime. A devoted team of cupids will hand-match you with a Riopian rascal of your dreams and arrange your festival first date. All you need to do is bring your razzle dazzle. -> could this be my ticket to love at Rio?

Ricky Cooper, Chief Mischief Maker, Return to Rio comments “The event is unique in that over the years we have created a very special Riopian community, a gathering for likeminded spirits. People come for the weekend and make friends for life.  We’ve had Rio weddings and just recently, offspring. Festival first dates is designed to get people off Tinder and find them their happy ever after in our magical kingdom.”

In amongst the music and matchmaking, guests can take part in the rest of the Rio festivities on offer, which include immersive performances, crazy golf, water skiing, a giant jumping cushion and splash park. Guests are also invited to contribute to the colony with a random act of kindness. Defined as a selfless act to make people smile, this creative bunch will ensure its happy campers all round. 


* A pop-up Bloody Mary bar
* Round of sausage sarnies
* After party hospitality
* Give someone a hand setting up their tent

Sydney’s finest mixologists will take care of the cocktails and a selection of fantastic food trucks will make this a gourmet getaway to remember, plus the site boasts all the premium facilities you’d expect from a world-class resort. On the accommodation front, Del Rio has riverside air-conditioned cabins along with camping spots amongst the friendly kangaroos, whilst Simple Pleasures will be adding a touch of glamour to the campgrounds.

Hot-tub-houseboats are available for hire too, cruise the Hawkesbury at your leisure and then moor up at the port of Rio for an adventure like no other.

Ricky Cooper says: “This November will be an epic explosion of colour and fun sound tracked by the world’s best artists. Once again, we’re going where no-one has gone before in bringing the best sound, light and vision to the ultimate weekend away.”

Just a mere 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney, You. Don’t. Want. To. Miss. This.

With a large portion of passes already sold through the pre-sale ballot, those remaining won’t last long. Golden Tickets are only available via the melodic grapevine from July 1 with any final tickets available for purchase online from August 1. Tickets range from $250-$300 and include a $10 Eco-Bond (in keeping with the Leave No Trace policy). This will be refunded if you do your bit to help preserve the beautiful surrounds of the tranquil camping areas.

Return to Rio
9 November – 11 November 2018
Del Rio Riverside Resort, Wisemans Ferry

Artists: Sasha, Lee Burridge, Skream, Roni Size, Greg Wilson B2B Late Nite Tuff Guy, Mr C, Blond:Ish, CID INC, Hoj, Tara Brooks, Oona Dahl & More TBA

Cost: $250 (1st Release) $275 (2nd Release) $300 (3rd Release)

Golden Tickets: Ask your neighbours, reach out on social media and hit up those musical friends. Any remaining tickets will be available online from August 1.


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