TOP MUSIC FESTIVALS IN AUSTRALIA
1. SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
Easily one of the biggest festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass is in a beautiful location, and always brings a top-notch line-up covering a wide variety of genres. This will be a festival experience you’ll never forget.
When: 21 – 23 July 2017 SOLD OUT
Where: North Byron Parklands
Australia’s largest electronic music festival definitely needs to be on your festival bucket list. Every year they bring the biggest acts in the industry, build impressive stages, and create an incredible atmosphere.
When: End Of November / Beginning of December
Where: Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne
3. FIELD DAY
When: January 1 (New Years Day)
Why: Set on the first day of the year at its beautiful iconic Sydney venue, The Domain. Field Day is the smart way to celebrate New Years and is also our city’s most popular boutique music festival. It’s known for a super-friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups mixing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic artists from around the world.
When: Beginning of November
Why: The one party a year with the view people travel 20,000km to see, Harbourlife brings quality house music to the best-located dance floor in the country. Tickets can be hard to come by, so act fast and secure them before they sell out!
5. LOST PARADISE
When: Over New Years Eve
Where: Glenworth Valley, New South Wales (75 minutes outside Sydney)
Why: A 3 day festival of camping, music, food, art and yoga, lovingly wrapped in community. Top-notch line-up, amazing venue, and one of the best new years eve music festivals in Australia!
- STRAWBERRY FIELDS
When: Mid / End of November
Where: Australian Bush, 2-3 hours outside Melbourne
Why: Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held for three days each November, a few hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. Each year we bring you a diverse selection of both renowned and breakthrough electronic music from both Australia and overseas. Indulge yourself in a sensory feast, including soul shaking sound, world class decor, dozens of eclectic market stalls, artistic installations, live performance art, workshops, forum discussion and more.
When: Beginning of December
Where: Riverwood Downs, New South Wales
Why: Subsonic is a solid weekend of exceptional electronic, roots and soulful music in the gorgeous surrounds of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort – a therapeutic three hour drive from Sydney. Nothing but the best minimal, house, and techno. From what I’ve heard, this is a party that should not be missed!
8. LISTEN OUT
When: End of September / Beginning of October
Where: Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney
Why: Listen Out is the antidote to many of the things you don’t like about bigger music festivals. It is a carefully handcrafted party, with a killer lineup of the dance music that matters and a philosophy of best, not biggest. Say goodbye to endless timetable clashes, long hikes to the 12th stage and spending your day with several thousand people you can’t relate to.
9. WIDE OPEN SPACE
When: Beginning of May
Where: Central Australia (1 Hour from Alice Springs)
Why: 3 days of Australia’s best underground beats held in a resort at the foot of the MacDonnell ranges, about an hour’s drive out of Alice Springs. This sounds like the ultimate outback festival!
10. GROOVIN THE MOO
When: End of April / Beginning of May
Where: Oakbank, Bunbury, Benoigo, Canberra, Maitland, and Townsville
Why: On the cusp of winter, Groovin the Moo has become a place for those seeking warmth, a space for like-minded people to gather and open their ears to both new and familiar sounds. It’s a tradition for local host communities to participate in and celebrate. This upcoming 2016 edition has one of the best line-ups that I’ve seen so far during my time in Australia. With this festival hitting up each state in the country, you’d be a fool to miss out!
11. THE TOWN
When: Easter Weekend
Where: Strathbogie Ranges (2 Hours Outside Melbourne)
Why: ‘A place of like-minded folk who’ve declared the real world a joke. We’re heading back to bikes and letters and the simplest of pleasures. From sustainable partying and funky-ass tunes, we invite you to get wild under the Easter full moon’. Welcome to our interactive Village, part parodying every-day life with absurd theatrics and awesome set design, and part exploring what makes a healthy sustainable Town, all to a soundtrack of incredibly fun music. We aim to deliver a wacky new experiment never before seen on our Festival circuit
12. HAPPY DAZE FESTIVAL
When: End of May
Where: Central Queensland
Why: A 3-Day Open Air Music & Arts Festival. The Happy Daze Festival brings fresh eclectic flavours to Central Queensland. Gaining momentum from last years event, this realm of stimulating sights, sounds and activities is sure to tantalise the senses.
13 ) RETURN TO RIO
When: Mid November & Mid March (Summer & Opening & ClosingParties)
Where: Wiseman’s Ferry
Why: A 3 day- weekend filled with music and fun, dancing and drinking, and laughter and sun. If you haven’t heard of Return to Rio before, you’re definitely missing out. It’s an intimate weekend away that feels like just a gathering with friends to listen to top-notch underground house music. This was honestly one of my favorite weekends in Australia!
14) LET GO FEST
When: February 4, 2017
Where: Mornington, Victoria
Why: One beautiful summer day of quality dance music, food, and entertainment. While it may be one of the newer festival on the list, it will definitely be a solid event. The line-up this year is looking amazing with Australian favorites RUFUS, Set Mo, and Hayden James
15) RABBITS EAT LETTUCE
When: Easter Long Weekend
Where: Byron Bay (Doofville)
Why: 4 days of camping, BYO, 24 hour sound, yoga, workshops, awesome vibes… & good music. “Open your Heart. Develop your Mind. Move your Body”. Everyone who has been has told me it is an absolute must!
16 ) BIG PINEAPPLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: End of May
Where: Sunshine Coast, Queensland (woombeye
Why: Whether it’s the magical energy that radiates from the pristine, tree–lined surroundings, or the laid back atmosphere that brings out the best in the performers and crowds alike, there’s a special vibe to the one- day camping event that continues to attract punters from all corners of the country.
17) RAINBOW SERPENT
When: End of January (27-30, 2017)
Where: Lexton, Victoria
Why: This is arguably one of Australia’s most popular festivals, and is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime. For music festival junkies, this is a no-brainer. “It’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony. No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.”
18 ) EARTHCORE
When: Nov 24 – 28, Nov 2016
Where: Pyalong, Victoria
Why: “What is this Parallel Universe that beckons beyond the darkness?” Set on 1500 acres of pristine land one hour drive from Melbourne feat 5 epic stages across 5 days, Boutique Camping, Worlds Beyond Speakers Forum, Fractured Reality Art Zone, Yellow Sunshine Chill Out, Muffplex Cinema, Elemental Planet Lifestyle City, District 13 Theme Camp Zone, DIY Social Calendar, Kinky Karnival Freak Show, Mind Bending Art Installations, your closest mates and you!
19) FALLS FESTIVAL
When: End of December – Beginning Of January. New YEARS EVE
Where: 3 Locations. Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay
Why: The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of the finest, longest running, boutique music events in Australia. The festival is based on European style events, featuring a diverse mix of over 70 renowned bands, DJs and comedians from throughout Australia with over 20 international acts. Definitely a solid choice for bringing in the new year.
One the Australia’s Best New Years Eve Music Festivals
20) DRAGON DREAMING
When: Mid October , 2016
Where: Wee Jasper, NSW
Why: Enter the mind and imagination of the Dragon for four days in October in witness of a most beautiful festival! Dragon Dream…ing takes pride in nurturing local artists, live bands and DJs while providing an environment suitable for families and children of all ages. Dragon Dreaming Festival is approaching its seventh year and intend leaving all attendees feeling satisfied, fresh and inspired. Dragon Dreaming Festival admits to getting down to a wide variety of musical tastes and we will present a carefully selected line up ranging from live bands, gypsy, dub, tribal rhythms, psytrance, breaks, dubstep, glitch, progressive, ambient, house, reggae and the list journeys on… Find your groove over the weekend on three different amplified stages. So put on your stomping shoes or your belly dancing jewels and have a boogie with your friends and family.
21) BURNING SEED (BURNING MAN AUSTRALIA)
When: September 28th – October 3rd, 2016
Where: Matong State Forest, NSW
Why: Red Earth City will rise once more in 2016 in our beautiful Matong State Forest location. This regional burn in Australia is something that you defintiely should not miss if you’re in Australia. For those burners who can’t make the trek to Black Rock City in Nevada — this is the festival you’ll need to attend!
**Unfortunately had to cancel it’s 2016 edition due to weather, but will be back in 2017
21) MAITREYA FESTIVAL
When: Mid-March (March 11-14, 2016)
Where: Lake Wooroonook, Charlton, Victoria
Why: Maitreya Festival emerged from the cosmic counter culture organic superfood soup bowl ten years ago! The ultimate intention was to provide a global platform for investigation into the self, the setting within which we live, and the places we might be able to go together as a species of intrepid travellers and explorers! Any revolutionary platform without art and dancing is definitely not one worth having, so we wanted to present you with an immersive visual and aural experience as well!
22) THE PLOT
When: End of November / Early December
Where: Parramatta Park, Sydney
Why: With an impressively large and eclectic line-up, The Plot is a one-day festival that shouldn’t be missed. Located in the beautiful Parramatta Park, spread over three stages, this festival will keep your feet moving the entire time.
23) LANEWAY FESTIVAL
When: Check Facebook dates for upcoming events (there’s tons)
Where: Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road
Why: This festival is touring all over Australia, New Zealand, and even stretches as far as Singapore. With an amazing, large, and diverse line-up — Laneway Festival is going to be an experience worth checking out. If you don’t go for anyone
24 ) ELECTRIC GARDENS FESTIVAL
When: End of January
Where: Centennial Park, Sydney — Perth Ampitheatrre
Why: This one day-festival in both Sydney and Perth is an absolute must. Having experienced the Sydney event for myself, I can confidently say that this will be a party you will never forget. They bring amazing talent, it’s very well organized, and the production value was top-notch! Don’t miss this one! Read all about my Electric Gardens Review !!
25 ) WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
When: Dec 27 – Jan 1 (New Years Eve Festival)
Where: Woodfordia, Queensland
Why: Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events (and one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world). It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.
26 ) MUSHROOM VALLEY
When: October 7-9, 2016
Where: Near the Whitsundays
Why: 3 Day Music, Art, & Lifestyle festival near one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia. Definitely could easily fit into your travels, or would be a great weekend getaway.
27 ) BYRON BAY BLUESFEST
When: March 24th- 28th, 2016
Where: Byron Bay, NSW
Why: Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.
28 ) MONA FOMA FESTIVAL
When: Mid January
Where: Hobart, Tasmania
Why: Tons of different events spread over three 3 days. Definitely worth checking out if you find yourself down in Tassie.
29 ) GOLDEN PLAINS FESTIVAL
When: March 12-14, 2016
Where: Meredith, Victoria (110 Minutes from Melbourne CBD)
Why: Golden Plains is a Premium Music Festival on an Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors. It is staged in Autumn so the weather is warm and stable. Afternoon goes on all day, the sun like honey on the trees, then a giant spike of excitement goes kabloooey at nightfall. Join for an electric line-up, amazing food, and solid festival atmosphere.
30 ) SOUTHBOUND FESTIVAL
When: Dec 27 – 29, 2016
Where: Busselton, Western Australia
Why: Work off the Christmas Calories at an epic 3 day music and camping festival. If you’re living around South Australia, than this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.