Summer in Australia is pretty awesome for many reasons: perfect beach-going weather, longer nights, outdoor BBQs and having an excuse to eat bulk ice-cream.
But possibly the best thing about summer in Australia is the amount of music festivals popping up – seriously, the line-ups could give the European summer program a run for its money.
Whether you’re looking for a chilled-out folk vibe or a three-day marathon techno affair, we’ve compiled the definitive list of the music festivals you need to attend this season.
This is the first of its kind for this small rural community! Just four hours west of Brisbane, Chinchilla’s Fusions on the Field is the perfect opportunity to road trip with a bunch of friends (plus there’s the Chinchilla Races on the next day if you’re up for an extended party!). Hosted by Triple J’s Alex Dyson and bands including Kingswood, Good Boy, Gawurra, Clea. Plus, as they couldn't pick just one winner, all four bands from the Raw Fusions competition (Woodshed Music, Venice On Fire, Woodlem and Sang-Froid) will join the huge lineup! This is definitely one worth chucking a sickie for on Friday, November 4.
Brisbane’s newest festival, Park Sounds, will be held in an open-air amphitheatre at Pine Rivers Park, just north of Brisbane on Saturday, November 12. The line-up features Aussie hip-hop faves Bliss N Eso, as well as Drapht, Nicole Millar, Running Touch, Pon Cho and GG Magree. What are you waiting for? Head to the website to score yourself some tickets and get ready to soak up the summer vibes.
Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held from November 17-20, just a few hours outside of Melbourne. Known for hosting renowned and breakthrough electronic music from both Australia and overseas, this year’s line-up features Andy Hart, Chaos in the CBD, George Fitzgerald, Move D and Moodymann. Explore a sensory wonderland with world-class décor, eclectic market stalls, art installations, live performance, workshops and more.
This two-day camping festival in rural New South Wales has earned a reputation for being a high-quality, boutique electronic music festival. Beautiful lush green landscapes and world-class artists are what Subsonic is known for. This year the festival will run from December 2-4 and will host artists such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Seth Troxler and Ben UFO.
The legendary Falls Festival is a New Year’s celebration held all across the country. This year, the line-up includes Childish Gambino, London Grammar, the Avalanches, Violent Soho and more. The Byron Bay and Lorne festivals have both sold out, but if you’re keen for a road trip, Marion Bay (Tasmania) and Fremantle (Western Australia) are still on sale.
A veritable feast of music, art, craft, dance, comedy and more, Woodford Folk Festival is somewhat of an institution. Attracting a huge array of nationalities and ages every year, this festival runs for six days from December 27 – January 1 and is set in the picturesque natural landscape of Woodfordia.
If you currently have no New Years’ plans, Beyond the Valley Festival could change that! Held from December 28 – January 1, Beyond the Valley will bring a diverse selection of bands, electronic music and more to Lardner in Victoria. With three stages, Beyond the Valley will host DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats, Carl Craig, Hermitude, Japanese Wallpaper, Skream, and Eats Everything.
Boutique electronic music festival Let Them Eat Cake has earned a steadfast reputation as the place to be if you’re in Melbourne on New Year’s Day. For the fourth consecutive year, Cake will once again romp into the new year in the sublime gardens of Werribee Mansion, just 30 minutes from Melbourne. All about uncompromising attention to detail, a stellar line-up of international and local talent and an eclectic smorgasbord of food and art is on offer.
This one-stage, no-clash festival is once again held at the Brisbane Riverstage on Saturday, January 7. Expect a fun line-up of electronic artists; Empire of the Sun, Peking Duk, Hannah Wants and George Maple are just some of those on the bill.
Now in its 13th year, the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival will be held in Brisbane on January 26 2017 (correct – that is Australia Day). So if you’re feeling a little patriotic this year, or even if you’re not, have a dance and listen to some music. Expect the sounds of Bob Moses, Floating Points (Live), Tame Impala and Tourist plus heaps more.
If the thought of raving in a sweaty tent until the wee hours of the morning isn’t your thing, chill out with some drinks on a grassy knoll and soak up some live jams instead. The Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival will feature headliner Russell Morris, and will run from February 17 – 19 in the beautiful surrounds of Anges Water and 1770.
The Red Hot Summer tour will be dishing up some retro artists and classic tunes all over Australia this summer. Held at locations such as Mount Gambier, the Hunter Valley and Jacobs Well (for somewhere a little closer to home), The Red Hot Summer will feature artists such as Icehouse, Daryl Braithwaite, John Farnham and Taxiride.