rapture
/ˈraptʃə/
noun: rapture
a feeling of intense pleasure or joy. "Leonora listened with rapture"
synonyms:
ecstasy, bliss, euphoria, elation, exaltation, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, cloud nine, seventh heaven, rhapsody, enchantment, delight, exhilaration, happiness, pleasure, ravishment

Rapture is not an event but an experience. Immerse yourself in undulating soundwaves of bliss set in the groves of one of Victoria’s finest wineries and prepare to chill yourself into sonic submission with friends old and new.

This is the only event in Australia dedicated to presenting the world’s finest boutique downbeat producers alongside stunning multimedia displays covering architectural masterpieces.

Artists

With downbeat electronica and atmospheric grooves, the program embodies the ultimate enriching experience for connoisseurs of the chill genre. All artists featured will be performing a selection of their own compositions, creative independent and evolving musical and visual expression.

During the day you can immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of grooves and rhythms, whilst the night time sounds will be delivered by some of the world’s best virtuosos complimented by philosophers of digital artscapes.

We'll be announcing more amazing friends joining the program soon...

Ott

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Globular

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Spoonbill

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Zen Baboon

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Griff

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Hypnagog

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Zen Baboon

Hailing from Portugal, Zen Baboon are Daniel Rosado and Henrique Palhavã.

Drawing on their love and close connection with nature, their work samples recordings from the natural environment whilst giving us glimpses of various genres as they take us through a stunning soundscape. And it’s no surprise given Daniel, a sound engineer, has worked on National Geographic documentaries and Henrique, a zoologist living and working on his own farm, started out as an ambient DJ and producer.

Simply put, Zen Baboon’s production quality is outstanding. Whilst their personal musical preferences come from different backgrounds, they have a deep appreciation for different musical styles and original compositions.

Having graced the stage at events all over the world, from Boom Festival (Portugal), Ozora (Hungary) to Psy-Fi (Netherlands), this will be the first time Zen Baboon will be performing in Australia.

Griff

With a string of full-length album releases and world class festival appearances including the legendary Shambhala Music Festival in Canada, Boom Festival in Portugal and performances across Australia from Rainbow Serpent, Dragon Dreaming to Eclipse Festival, Griff has cemented his place as one of Australia’s favourite music producers.

With qualifications in audio engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, his career includes working alongside some of the world’s biggest acts including Grammy Award winning producers and engineers at one of Melbourne’s premier large scale recording studios, Sing Sing Studios.

Griff likes to approach his music writing in a conceptual way, drawing on all his experiences and tried and tested techniques learnt from the best in the industry. Griff’s sound is laid back and relaxed, taking many turns and twists, which has seen him working with the likes of The Cat Empire, John Butler Trio, Blue King Brown and more. He’s released music on labels including Omelette, Addictech, Enig’Matik, Slurp Music and Buxton Records.

He’s an all-round great guy who enjoys laughing and is uncomfortable talking in the third person. We look forward to welcoming Griff at Rapture.

Hypnagog

Having been raised on a diet of classical music, opera and jazz, Felix trained as a bassoon player and worked professionally for several symphony orchestras before switching over to electronic music full time.

Since then he has been weaving jazz, classical and contemporary threads together whilst incorporating his addiction of piano and what some may call a slight obsession for building analogue and digital synthesizers.

Felix has been creating both software and hardware synthesizers to use in his creative endeavours since 2009 and in that time has released four full length albums and one EP under his alternate musical project name Terrafractyl. A new chill project under the Hypnagog brand will be announced in 2020, with the launch at Rapture.

Kukan Dub Lagan

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Kukan Dub Lagan

Hailing from Spain, Itay Berger first started his career in Israel. With a background as a sound engineer and record label owner, Itay has been drawn to chill sounds since the early 2000s. He works closely with some of the world’s best musicians and has been producing for two decades.

Those who are familiar with his sound will know that it’s more than just chill. Itay’s style fuses dub, world music, down-tempo with a sprinkling of funk to create a sonic journey for the listener.

He calls his creations “sunshine music for smiling people”.

News - COVID-19 Update

It has become clearly obvious with the current situation that we are unable to go ahead with our plans this year. Our minds and hearts are with everyone severely impacted by the new restrictions, especially all our amazing friends throughout Melbourne, who we know are doing it really tough at the moment, with lockdowns extended.

We remain fully committed to this amazing project, and it has been a dream of ours for a long time to host a dedicated chill music event. We’re really disappointed but we have also been positively overwhelmed with your encouragement for Rapture and we thank you for your ongoing messages of support! Therefore we have decided to put Rapture planning on hold until such time that it is safe and legal to proceed. We have decided to not seek refunds on the deposits we have paid for our artists as we feel that they are the ones who need support the most during this difficult time. Now is the time to donate via your favourite artist's Patreon or professional profile. After all, it will be the creative minds that keep your entertainment going during this dark period.

What does this mean for us and Rapture? Well, we’re treating it as a period to slow down, reflect and be ready to re-commence delivery of the event as soon as we’re allowed. That means making plans to bring all the amazing musicians and artists together, so that we can co-create something unlike anything available in Australia right now. If you wish to support us, that’s fantastic – thank you. That means your ticket will be valid for the day we are able to go ahead (to be announced following easing of government restrictions). If you’re sure you’ll be able to join us in the future but need to seek a refund right now, that’s fine too – please email us at tickets@festivaldirector.com.au to request it.

In the meantime, we'll continue to share with you discoveries from artists and musicians across the globe which we hope will ease this challenging time for you.

The Venue

The Venue

The iconic Mt Ophir Estate

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The Region

Explore the Rutherglen

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The Experience

Sonic and Visual Bliss

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Your Stay

Discover the full Rapture experience. Unwind with your special loved one or a group of friends with accommodation options right at the very heart of the event, so all you need to do when you arrive is relax.

We know that some prefer to feel the grass beneath their feet whilst others like a little luxury, which is why we have on offer indoor accommodation, glamping and general camping.

You just need to get here.

Accommodation options for every taste

Indoor Accomodation

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Glamping

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General Camping

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Indoor Accommodation

For those with the ultimate experience in mind, a stay on cloud nine awaits you at one of the houses located at the vineyard. All houses are an easy few minutes’ walk from the event venue, have heating, cooling, crisp linen, towels, body wash, hairdryer, tea, coffee and coffee making facilities, bottle of wine on arrival, bread, milk, tea, butter, condiments, salt, pepper and olive oil.

All indoor bookings are for a minimum of two nights minimum, and all guests receive early access to the event. Please let contact us if you would like to make a booking for more than two nights.

Glamping

If you still want to enjoy the luxuries of your own hotel style accommodation mixed with a sprinkle of outdoor adventure or perhaps a pinch of romance under the starry night sky, then the Rapture Glamping experience is the right option for you.

Featuring yurt tents kitted out with all the attributes of an un-paralleled glamping experience, access to all the necessary amenities including hot showers, this is your charmingly elegant solution. We are offering a range of options and bedding configurations, with real mattresses (not airbeds) meaning you’ll be snug and back-pain free.

The Glamping village will feature a communal area where you can hang out and a few extra little surprises. Because let’s face it, you’re all creatures of comfort at heart.

General Camping

For those wishing to bring their own comfortable camping gear, we’ll have a dedicated camping section set aside. As this is an environmentally conscious event aiming to be plastic free we do encourage you to bring only well designed gear that is built to last. Good quality camping products go a long way in terms of reliability and reuse.

Please note:

  • There will be a complete fire ban – no campfires, butane cookers or sources of flame permitted on site.
  • Help us leave no trace – take your rubbish with you.

General camping is included with your Rapture ticket.

Tickets

Super Early Bird

$70

First Release

$105

Second Release

$115

Final Release

$125