Are you a music fan? Do you also upload pictures on your Instagram holding a guitar with caption “music is my life”? Do you not go anywhere without your Spotify and earphones? Then, mate, you gotta attend these 5 music festivals in Australia if you are studying here.
Australia is a fun loving country and the people are always up to something. There is always something amazing to do. Whether you are living in Australia, are an international student, just visiting or are there on a working holiday visa, this is the list of the best music festivals in Australia.
Here you go with the list!
1. Splendour in the Grass
You must have heard about Tomorrowland, right? It is one of the most popular music festivals in the world. Tomorrowland started in the year 2005.
Have you heard about Splendour in the Grass? It is being held every year since the year 2001 in Australia. And it is one of the largest winter music festivals in the country. Did you know that Splendour in the Grass started as a one-day event, evolved to a two day even in 2002 and is now a three-day long event catering to a crowd of almost 30,000?
What’s an event without a little drama? The 2005 event tickets were purchased for a price of A$125. What happened shook the internet. People were selling the tickets they bought on eBay for the price as high as A$3000! Boy, that is some clever planning. Anyway, the ticketing system was made more secure the following year.
End of July or early August, every year
North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, New South Wales
2. Falls Festival
Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the best, longest running, boutique music events in Australia of them all? The Falls Music & Arts Festival! This festival is based on European style events. It features a diversified stage of more than 70 renowned bands, comedians and DJs from across Australia. Moreover, there are over 20 international acts as well! Definitely a solid choice for bringing in the new year.
The inception of this festival was in 1993 and is held annually to welcome the New Year in Australia. Spread to 4 different locations of Lorne (Victoria), Marion Bay (Tasmania), Yelgun (New South Wales) and Fremantle (Western Australia), it is a music festival including line-ups of rock, hip hop, blues, indie music, roots and electronic music.
New Year’s Eve. Ranges from the end of December to beginning of January
Marion Bay, Tasmania
Yelgun, New South Wales
Fremantle, Western Australia
3. Rainbow Serpent Festival
No, it is not a festival of snake-like music.
If you want an experience like no other and electronic music is the only thing that you listen to, then you definitely should visit it. Trust me, Rainbow Serpent Festival is one the most popular festivals of Australia and not just me but everyone says it is an experience of a lifetime.
This is nothing less than heaven for music festival junkies.
This open-air electronic music festival is held for 4 days every year to celebrate art, music and lifestyle. 26 January is Australia Day and around that weekend is the Rainbow Serpent Festival. The main stage has minimal techno, psychedelic trance and chill-out music while other genres of electronic music and non-electronic music are featured on the smaller stages.
One can say that it is the Tomorrowland of Australia. Every year, the festival caters to almost 12,000 visitors since its start in 1997.
End of January, on the Australia Day weekend
4. Woodford Folk Festival
One of the largest Folk music festivals not only in Australia but in the world, Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s most iconic events. An annual event with the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia, the programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression. There is 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.
The event hosts almost 2000 performers distributed into 438 events and has local, national and international guests. The festival is hosted over a span of 6 days, starting on 27 January and ending on 1 January. The festival is so huge that there are artists can be found playing at 25 different venues within the festival grounds!
You welcome the New Year in a candlelit gathering with the silence of 3 minutes. You listen to the Tibetan chants as the crowd greets the first Sun of the year. And a spectacular ceremony ends the event.
27 December – 1 January
5. Strawberry Fields
Do you miss the smiles, the sky, the sunburn and the cloud? What about strangers and friends – new and old? Do you miss the long drive to the unknown which was followed by dancing and laughter? Then Strawberry Fields is a music festival for you where you will embark on a journey through the ghost gums, discover tea lounges, a jazz quintet improvising on the beach and a disco legend who is releasing funk and soul from a treehouse.
This music festival will take you through long days of wild river swimming and those quiet moments of reflection that will make the greatest weekend of your life.
The Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression which lasts for three days in November of every year. The festival presents the patrons a wide offering of renowned and breakthrough electronic music not only from Australia but overseas as well. Giving sensory feast, soul-shaking sound, a state of art decor, dozens of eclectic market stalls, the visitors are also given artistic installations, live performance art, workshops, forum discussion and more.
Mid or end of November
Tocumwal, New South Wales
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