The Jungle Love story so far

From a house party in Highgate Hill in 2013, to a summer weekend camping festival since 2014 and battling all of the odds to keep it going. It’s been one hell of a ride and yet it’s only the beginning.

Long gone are the days of the completely DIY house-party called Jungle Love that inspired the festival 12 months later in 2014, when Raymond Williams crossed paths with co-founder Lincoln Savage and shared his vision of a new kind of festival that celebrates the plethora of incredible music bubbling up in south-east Queensland and bring together a community of open-minded, fun-loving, outrageous bonkers people to connect and create meaningful memories. Lincoln, who at the time was throwing art based warehouse parties a-la Andy Warhol’s Factory, was eager to help bring the dream to life and create this wonderland. And so, without really knowing much about how to run a festival, but backed by high-hopes and aspirations, the two set out to create the best festival ever.

Luminescence String quartet playing in the jungle
Photo by Lauren Crabbe (@jalebi_dreams)

After staging five festivals, and facing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows together, as what happens sometimes in life, the relationship had run its course and the two realised the best way forward for both was to go separate ways and lead their own projects. It was agreed that Lincoln would start a new festival on the same weekend as Jungle Love used to be held (go check out Yonder Festival, it’s awesome) and Raymond would carry the Jungle Love torch and move it to Autumn.

The plan was to hold the very first Autumn Jungle Love over the long weekend in May in 2020. We all know what happened that year. It was heart-breaking for the whole team that had been working on bringing together a new vision of Jungle Love for more than 12 months, and honestly, it was damn near the end of the festival. But once the dust settled, and everyone mourned the loss of our 2020 festival which we had such high hopes for, we all got to rest a bit, reflect on what we value. We had come to realise that as grueling as the work is, nothing is more valuable to us than seeing the smiles and hearing the life-affirming stories of this special bunch of people that make the pilgrimage each year. That’s why we’re coming back in 2021 and that’s why we’ll keep on keeping on, as long as we have energy left in the tank and haven’t lost our marbles, we’ll fight to keep this community alive and thriving, for what else are we going to do?

People - Planet - Charity - Arts

There were always two main causes, or what we call pillars, for creating Jungle Love. We aim to bring together a community of like-minded, kind, loving people to connect with each other, and to champion incredible music, irrespective of any perceived popularity… of course, all while having an absolutely legendary party.

A group of friends sitting in front of a Jungle Love sign
Photo by Kalem Horn (@kalemhornphoto)

Our ethos is made up of four pillars that guide the direction of the festival:

People

Bringing people together to connect with one another is the very thing that drives all of us to build this festival each year. We need more of it in this world!

Jungle Lovers are a varied collection of humans that come together from all different walks of life. As eclectic as we all are, respecting and accepting our differences allows us to celebrate each others' expressions. This is a core aspect of what makes Jungle Love so unique.

Festival goers posing for a photo at Jungle Love Festival
Photo by Kalem Horn (@kalemhornphoto)

All who attend the festival, patrons, crew, volunteers, artists and guests share this pillar. We are all equal and on the same ride together, as one.

Planet

With every decision we make, we ask ourselves 'how might this impact the planet?' and if it does, we ask ourselves 'is it worth it?' and 'what are the alternatives?'.

We avoid making decisions that will negatively impact the planet for future generations. We seek to offset our footprint through green initiatives, by investing and partnering with other organisations and community groups who promote and conduct sustainable practices.

Jungle Love Festival Patrons riding Rainbow bikes
Photo by Markos Huges (@markosy)

But it's the little things we all do that inspire others to make positive changes to their lives, just as we've been inspired by others. With everyone's collective help, we can make Jungle Love a waste-free and carbon positive event. Not tomorrow, but gradually over time.

Charity

Jungle Love relies on the kindness and generosity of many people and we strive to give back to our community wherever we can. We've recently made the move to become a Not For Profit organisation which further solidifies our vision to become a festival for the community.

A landscape daytime photo of the Jungle Love Festival site
Photo by Kalem Horn (@kalemhornphoto)

We hope this pillar encourages everyone to give more to those you love, including strangers you haven't met before and those less fortunate. Giving can come in any form and can be as simple as a smile.

Arts

We want to showcase music and arts we believe to be innovative and incredible, rather than relying on the hype. There are many artists out there who have the ability to reach your soul in ways you're yet to discover, and we want to bring them to you!

Pic: Tae Young
Photo by Tae Young (@mellumae)

This pillar informs how we curate our program and deliver a one-of-a-kind soundtrack each year that you won't find elsewhere. We've already got some seriously incredible acts and performers lined up and can't wait to reveal them soon.

As a footnote, we want to say it loud and clear that we are a non-commercial festival that receives no major corporate sponsorship. Many have suggested we should, to help pay the bills but it wouldn't be Jungle Love if we did. We don't want to be the subject of corporate influence, we just want to keep it Jungle Lovey.

People, Planet, Charity, Arts.