Australia’s Top 5 Music Festivals
Louisa Peterson tells you about the top 5 music festivals that you must absolutely attend when in Australia
So what do we know about Australia? It’s full of stunning landscapes and crazy critters that fall into two camps: the cute and cuddly, and the downright deadly. But creatures and pretty scenery aside, if you’re a music-lover, you might be interested to know that Australia hosts some amazing music festivals all year round. These sumptuous banquets feature a diverse mix of the hottest new acts, artists with solid track records, and up-and-coming local bands. In addition to checking out your favourite artists and sampling some of the local talent, this is a chance for you to get up-close-and-personal with the Australian in his natural environment. And don’t forget that actually getting to the festival provides you with the opportunity to catch a few natural wonders on the way. After much deliberation I’ve cut it down to five festivals.
#1 Stereosonic Festival
When? November, December
Where? All over Australia
If you are an EDM lover, this is where you need to be! Started in 2009, Stereosonic Sydney broke the record for the largest festival ever held in Australia – since then, it has only gotten bigger. If attending this two day festival once isn’t enough for you, you have an option to go for more! Held in 5 different locations i.e Brisbane, Adelaide, Perthy, Sydney and Melbourne, Stereosonic 2013 lineup included some of the best artists in the EDM industry; Zedd, Nicky Romero, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, Afrojack and a lot more. The 2014 lineup gets better with Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Skrillex, Dash Berlin, Alesso and many more.
#2 Soundwave Festival
When? Mid February early March
Where? Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
If you’re a rock, metal, punk or hardcore fan, the Soundwave Festival will sort you out with a serving of heavy riffage and double-kick drum action. Whatever style of metal you’re into: thrash, doom, death, grindcore, or industrial, you can headbang to your heart’s content at the Soundwave Festival. The 2014 line-up included Greenday, Panic! At the Disco, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains,The Living End, A Day To Remember. While 2015 boasts: Incubus, Lamb of God, Fall Out Boy, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Soundgarden, Slipknot, Faith No More, Gerard Way.
#3 The Byron Bay Bluesfest
When? End of March early April
Where? Byron Bay, NSW
Starting out in 1990, the Byron Bay Bluesfest has been running for 25 years! Over that time the festival has broadened it’s musical scope, so that these days in addition to blues and roots artists, you can catch musicians from all over the world, in one of Australia’s most beautiful locations.The 2014 line-up included: John Mayer, Michael Frenti and Spearhead, Passenger, Backsliders, Aaron Neville, Beth Heart and a lot more amazing talent. (Pssst! Whether or not you actually make it for the Byron Bay Bluesfest, you should definitely head to Byron Bay!)
When? Mid March
Where? Botanic Park, Adelaide
The southern hemisphere’s biggest world music festival, which takes place across seven stages in a beautiful Adelaide park. If you want to hear music you won’t get at any other festival, it’s a must. More than 300 groups from 80 countries have appeared at the festival since 1992 portraying their culture, traditional tunes and dance moves. So let yourself loose and get lost amidst the enchanting cultures of the world. This festival also houses an visual art exhibition, a KidZone and a Global Village market area with a variety of food stalls and bars.
#5 The Falls Festival
When? 28 December to 1 January
Where? Lorne, Victoria; Marion Bay, Tasmania
If you’re looking for something special to do for New Year’s Eve, then book a ticket to The Falls Festival. This year’s line up includes internationals like Alt-J, Glass Animals, Röyksopp & Robyn, Run The Jewels, Todd Terje, Jamie XX and Australian artists like The Presets, John Butler Trio, DMA’s, Jagwar Ma, Vance Joy, and many more The festival takes place simultaneously at Lorne in Victoria and Marion Bay in Tasmania – both beautiful locations. Before or after the festival at Lorne, take a trip down the Great Ocean Road to experience some of Australia’s most spectacular coastline, including the Twelve Apostles. If you’re a surfer, head to Bells Beach for some of the world’s most serious breaks, or visit the Yarra Valley for some R&R and take the opportunity to taste some of Australia’s best wines.
About the Author
Louisa Peterson is a food, lifestyle and travel blogger from Delivery Hero (making it a cinch to order takeaway since 2011). When she isn’t blogging about all things food-related, ordering takeaway pizza, or experimenting in the kitchen, she likes travelling and going to the beach.