15 February 2018 by Amy Cimpaye
12 Australian Music Festivals Worth It For The Goodtimes
As the end of 2017 closes in summer quickly approaches. Get ready to crack open a cold one with your mates because there are 12 Australian Music Festivals nearly upon us. We’ve compiled a list of festivals for this 2017/2018 summer season that is guaranteed to get your blood pumping with grooving beats, heavy tunes, dehydration, and gallons of sweat all worth it for the memories and experience. Some of these festivals churn it out year after year and bring the biggest names in music others are more for the eclectic taste. But, no matter which festival you go to your in for one hell of a ride.
The New Year’s Festival rivalry kicks off every year with a bang in four amazing locations around Australia; Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, and Fremantle. All punters will agree, no matter your choice you are in for a wild celebration of arts, music, and entertainment of all kinds. Falls Festival 2017 marks the 25th annual event featuring exclusive acts like Flume, Total Giovanni and Glass Animals. Major hip-hop fans will not want to miss Run The Jewels and Brit-pop diehards will want to catch Liam Gallagher’s set at Falls among the rest of the amazing line-up. Word is Bryon and Lorne are already sold out which leaves two epic road trips for the keen.
2018 Laneway Festival picks up just as everyone has finished recovering from their New Years benders and given up on resolutions. Taking place in 5 major Australian cities, Singapore, and Auckland in 2018 towards the end of January through early February, the line-up is sure to please. Featuring BADBADNOTGOOD, Cable Ties, The Babe Rainbow, Slowdive, Father John Misty, and Mac Demarco to name only a few of the massive names on the bill, it’s a music festival guaranteed to appeal.
Psych-rock Australian legends, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and Flightless Records have been putting on an amazing self-headlined festival for the last few years and 2017’s rendition is proving to be another legendary weekend in late November – early December. Taking place all over Australia, Gizzfest features many Flightless acts with a rotating roster of guests and friends. You will be able to hear the likes of The Murlocs, Orb, Kikagaku Moyo, Leah Senior, and Parsnip along with specific bands depending on the city you are attending. If prior years are any expectation, Gizzfest is a festival where life-long memories are made.
Taking place at the “exquisite 60-room Italianate Mansion” on a 10-hectare bed of luscious gardens at Werribee Park, Let Them Eat Cake brings their 6th festival to us on New Year’s Day. Featuring international artists like Ame, Jackmaster, Jon Hopkins, Nadia Rose and Tourist alongside local acts Bella Sarris, Kllo and much more. Definitely, a fantastic way to kick off 2018.
2018’s Rainbow Serpent reintroduces punters to the world of the bush doof in Lexton, Victoria over the 26 January weekend. With arts, entertainment, and many amazing electronic artists, those familiar with the Serpent will know all about how life changing of an experience the weekend always is. The internationally renowned gathering has developed into one of the most highly regarded music and arts festivals on the planet. The lineup hasn’t been fully curated but if French legend Vitalic drops FILM NOIR expect the crowd to lose their shit! Other artists worth checking out include Solee, G.M.S, Third Son and Desert Dwellers.
Newcomer, yet not to be underestimated, Hey Sunshine Festival of Burleigh Heads boasts the talents of Australian acts The Belligerents, Bootleg Rascal, Galaxy Girls and another handful of upcoming artists. Setting it apart is its series of surf-film projections created by local Burleigh Heads filmmakers and pop-up market stalls. One to check out because Hey Sunshine is no doubt taking off in the years to come.
Sydney’s Field Day is held on New Year’s Day 2018 and features a fantastic line-up of international and local acts. With the likes of Thundamentals, Stormzy, Wafia, Flume and Vince Staples to only name a few of the massive names. You will not want to get too crazy the night before so you can check out the amazing acts at Field Day 2018.
Can’t really have summer festival list without having BTV on the bill. The New Year’s weekend camping festival has a bloated lineup of promising good times from the likes of Schoolboy Q, The Presets, Matt Corby, DMA’s, and The Preatures plus an endless amount of musical euphoria. Beyond The Valley is taking place at Ladner Park this summer and should not disappoint.
Technically Yours and Owls takes place in spring. But, with a lineup featuring a surprisingly large list of outstanding musical talent we needed to add it to the list. Yours and Owls 2017 takes place in Wollongong over the September 30 weekend and is a must for any music lover. Allday, Ali Barter, Bad//Dreems, The Orwells, Dumb Punts, Dune Rats, Ruby Fields, RaveTapes… to be honest, we could probably just list the entire line-up for the weekend because it’s THAT good. Check this festival out for one of the best of the year.
The upcoming FOMO Festival features a tight-knit cast of musical acts for one night in selected cities across Australia. With a rotating list of artists specific to certain locations, all venues will hear the talent of Post Malone, SZA, Kaytranda and Dena Amy on this astounding weekend in mid-January 2018.
UNIFY may be Australia’s last major metal, punk, and hardcore festival after the unfortunate demise of Soundwave. However, the show runners have been holding to their name and continue to deliver amazingly heavy lineups over this January 12 – 14 weekend long camping festival in Gippsland, Victoria. Ruin your bones and pull a muscle or two in the pit to Architects, Parkway Drive, Polaris, The Amity Affliction, and more brutal, muddy acts.
Two of Sydney’s key players UNDR Ctrl and Motorik have teamed up for their inaugural festival Output! Taking place in a remote setting by the ocean, where time fades into nothing and everything that exists is pleasure from the bass. A festival lovingly hand-crafted at Middle Head, one of Sydney’s most spectacular locations. Set within the iconic Sydney Harbour National Park at an abandoned fort, Output is hidden away in a remote setting by the ocean. Be prepared to sidewalk shuffle to the likes of Optimo (UK), Mall Grab, CC:DISCO!, Fishing [live], Willaris. K [live] + many more artists to be announced across 3 outdoor stages.