Return to Rio has announced another 55 artists set to shine as part of the ‘Ultimate Weekend Away’ this November 9-11

Local legends, Black Angus, Murat Kilic, Robbie Lowe, Tristan Case, Kali, Andy Ef, Start Cue, Nick Law and festival founder Ricky Cooper are just some of the names set to join the topnotch bill of international talent.
Headlining the three days and nights of magic, mischief and mayhem is Sasha, the world’s first superstar DJ and Last Night on Earth founder. Testament to his four decades at the top and with no sign of slowing down, the melodic music maestro will be joining the party fresh from his 2018 Ibiza season which includes performances at Pacha, DC10 and Privilege.

Another stalwart of the scene, Lee Burridge of All Day I Dream fame, will be taking the Riopians on a magical musical ride with a rare Australian festival appearance. For many his sunrise sets at Burning Man have become an annual pilgrimage and a riverside sunset set promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Fellow All Day I Dream residents, Hoj and Robot Heart and Mayan Warrior princess Öona Dahl will be setting the tone with their signature grooves. The madcap good time continues with Skream, the super-skilled producer who’s raw sound and lose-yourself madness has made him legendary worldwide. He’ll be taking the reins from long-standing Rio resident and original Superfreq, Mr C.

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 create a tropical boogie wonderland. Roni Size the D&B innovator and Full Cycle Records founder, will also be bringing his unique sound and flavour with a history lesson in beats and bass. Rounding off a bill of momentous music is Cid Inc who’s hypnotic progressive house and techno will leave the Riopians in a spin, the dynamic duo Blond:Ish and rising star of the underground scene, Tara Brooks.

Not just a dancing destination, Return to Rio is a paradise for those with a penchant for good times. Australia’s most vibrant fancy dress party is 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. Ticketholders will be able to register to take part via or

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.


· Run a Bloody Mary pop-up 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 soundtracked 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 most passes already sold through the melodic grapevine, golden tickets are available online now. Third release tickets are priced at $300 and include a $10 Eco-Bond (in keeping with our Leave No Trace policy). This will be refunded if you do your bit to help preserve the beautiful surrounds of the tranquil camping areas.

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