Bucket List: Australian Music Festivals
Festival Season? Pfft, Australia parties all year long! We’ve compiled a lineup of must-do festivals that you’d be crazy to miss.
Whether you think King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are the bee’s knees or want to interpretive dance to Broods, our native Music Festival scene has something for every one. Which ones have you crossed off your bucket list?
Port Fairy Folk Festival
10-13 March 2017
Port Fairy, Victoria
Grooving since 1977, Port Fairy Folk Festival initially celebrated its roots by showcasing strictly Irish bands, however times they are a-changin’ and this quaint gala now encompasses a wide variety of folk, bluegrass and contemporary artists. This year you’ll see the likes of Tash Sultana who describes her sound as “alternative roots reggae,” swoon over the iconic Paul Kelly and be mesmerized by Les Poules a Colin- Making folk cool once again!
Byron Bay Bluesfest
13-17 April 2017
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, New South Wales
This five day multi-award winning festival conveniently falls on the Easter long weekend, so you wont have to worry about taking time off of work (Bluesfest has got your back). Pulling patrons from all over the globe, you’ll see many relics in Bluesfest Shirts from decades ago. This festival is one of a kind and lures return fans time and time again for it’s laid back, hassle free ambience. But it’s not just the festival goers that love this place, performers alike are grateful for this home grown favourite.
“Somehow Byron Bay festival (Bluesfest) has given me a microphone that projected out to the world stage. It is the most important festival of my life”
– Ben Harper
It’s seven stages host some of the biggest acts from around the world so why don’t you and your FOMO mates camp on site and lap up all of the action. This year you’ll find Santana, The Lumineers and Jethro Tull amidst the jam-packed line up and you’ve just gotta have some Thai Lemongrass goodness at Owen’s Noodles for dinner!
Groovin the Moo
End of April, beginning of May 2017
Bunbury, Bendigo, Canberra, Maitland, Oakbank, Townsville
Groovin the Moo covers all bases by rocking around the country to every state each autumn. You’d be the silliest to miss out on these one-day extravaganzas stretching from chilly Canberra to sizzling Townsville. The Jezabels, Harts, The Kooks and Mat Corby are among past years’ programs so it’s safe to say that you’ll be in for a treat on January 30 when 2017’s line up is released.
Splendour in the Grass
July (dates to be confirmed)
North Byron Parklands, New South Wales
There’s no denying that Splendour has hosted some of the biggest names in music. Past acts include Arctic Monkeys, Spiderbait, Grinspoon, Outkast and more recently, Florence and the Machine, Avalanches and The Cure. Camp on site for the ultimate festival experience and follow the cascading crowds into beautiful amphitheaters nuzzled within the walls of valleys. There is a definite party vibe lingering in the air at Splendour so only the best food will do, to keep you upright day and night. Cruise through makeshift stall alleys and trendy markets on your way to some well-earned grub to re-fuel between shows.
Airlie Beach Festival of Music
Airlie Beach, Queensland
Situated in the exotic Airlie Beach and nestled amongst the Whitsundays, this festival trumps all others when it comes to location. Sit back and soak up the view while headliners play at the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the Coral Sea laps at your toes. If our ammo is last years Mason Rack Band, Hillbilly Goats, Richie Ramone and Gold Coast’s own Electrik Lemonade then this year’s lineup is destined to be explosive.
Festival of the Sun
Port Macquarie, New South Wales
As one of the last standing BYO venues in Australia, FOTSUN is the ultimate beach side festival. Waking up the sleepy town of Port Macquarie with acts such as The Smith Street Band, Violent Soho and Goons of Doom, you’ll be dancing your heart out on this sandy mosh pit. And the best bit? Camping is right next-door (and included in the ticket price) so you’ll have no worries heading back to camp for supplies and hitting the beach between bands.
Falls Festival: Music and Arts Festival
End of December, start of January
Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, Fremantle
Can you think of a better way to bring in the New Year than rocking out with your best friends to your favorite bands? Because I can’t. In the past, the Falls line has been full of sparkly unicorns singing magical words such as ‘Blondie,’ ‘King Giz and the Liz Wiz’ and ‘Grouplove.’ More than a musical celebration, you’ll find circus, cabaret and comedy performances at this jam-packed, star-studded fest.
What’s not to love about having a whole bunch of extraordinary musicians in the one place? With such exceptional acts on offer you had better start planning your 2017 music escapades now! Which festivals will you be checking you’re your bucket list this year?