Spiro Boursine Biography, Earthcore, Death, Cause of Death, Earthcore founder has died


Spiro Boursine Biography

Spiro Boursine (Spiro Boursinos) was the founder of Victorian dance festival Earthcore. He died on 20th October 2018 after a scuffle at Antique Bar in Elsternwick. He lost consciousness while in police custody and despite paramedics efforts to revive him he died.


Spiro Boursine founded Earthcore, an Australian outdoor dance music festival and electronic music event, in 1992. The outdoor events were held held in forest environments around Victoria, Australia, with some events held in Queensland and overseas in New Caledonia.

Earthcore took a hiatus after the Earthcore Carnival that ran from the 28th to 30 November 2008 before returning in November 2013 to celebrate their 20-year anniversary celebration.

In November 2014 Earthcore held one of its largest lineups to date with Hallucinogen and Shpongle as headliners. Earthcore operated in Pyalong until 2016 before and moved to Elmore Victoria for the 2017 festival.

According to an interview conducted by stoneyroads.com here are some of Spiro’s timeless earthcore memories

  • The doofnado hitting earthcore 2015 just up the hill from the Hydra floor and everyone running towards it and in it.
  • Dj Hell telling me to get off his house boat in 2000 millenium NYE earthcore because it was German Territory
  • Aphex Twin playing sunrise on the mainfloor with a blender, a mic and 1 turntable in 1996 or was it 1998 ?
  • Martin Solveig upon entering the event realising that he was in the bush at a doof and his shoes would get dirty if he stepped out so stayed in the car and refused to play and demanded to go back to Melbourne because the “bush” wasnt for him
  • Realising that Ive put on 36 earthcores over a 24 year period and still absolutely loving it
  • Perry Farrell from Janes Addiction cooking up the BBQ in my backyard after playing at earthcore in the mid 2000’s

Spiro Boursine Death/ Earthcore founder Death

Police officers were called to Antique Bar in Elsternwick at 2.00 am on Saturday following reports of a man assaulting patrons in the premises. The man, now identified as Boursine, was abusing patrons and was ‘acting violently’.

He was reportedly pinned down to the ground by several patrons when the police arrived and handicuffed him. He allegedly lost consciousness while in the police custody. The paramedics tried to revive him but he later died at the scene.

In a statement Victoria Police spokeswoman, Leading Senior Constable Melissa Seach said ;

“Police arrested the man and placed him in handcuffs when he lost consciousness, police attempted to revive the man until Ambulance Victoria arrived and took over. Despite the efforts of emergency service personnel, the man died at the scene. A post mortem examination will be conducted to try and determine the cause of death.”

Gary ‘Binaural’ Neal, the former Earthcore general manager, told The Age that he had confirmed Spiro’s death.

“Spiro created a subculture in Australia that turned in to one of the biggest alternative community followings that I think Australia’s got within the dance scene. I mean, it created dance, it created fashion … it became a lifestyle for many, many people. Without Spiro, we wouldn’t have that. He’s given me some of the most valued times in my life, to be honest, as a young person going to his events and then again working for him – it was my dream working in events and something I was proud of.” Gary said.

“Today the Australian electronic music scene lost a polarising icon. Love him or hate him, he was still an icon and RIP Spiro.” Jimmy Barber, Dark Riddims managing director, posted on Facebook.

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