TOP 10: Music Festivals in Australia 2019

TOP 10: Music Festivals in Australia 2019

Splendour in the Grass, Beyond the Valley, Falls Festival: we run you through the best music festivals down under.

Electric Gardens

Headliners: Underworld, Erick Morillo, Eats Everything, Fatboy Slim

Electric Gardens' founders Damian Gelle and Anton Marmot met in London way back in the 90s. In 2004 they launched the now world-famous South West Four festival on the city's Clapham Common, attracting the biggest DJs in the world year after year.

Now back home, they've been taking their latest baby to cities across Australia, wowing fans in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide with their thumping dance lineups.

Where & when: 26 January 2019 – Sydney | 18 January 2018 – Melbourne | 19 January 2019 – Perth | 27 January 2019 – Adelaide

Origin Fields Festival

Headliners: Cardi B, Migos, Khalid, The Kooks

Origin Fields is western Australia's largest New Year's festival, showing off a diverse lineup from indie to grime in Perth's Langley Park. Formerly Origin NYE, the event has expanded to two days and a new location for 2018. But what it hasn't changed though is its dedication to booking the very best artists. 

Where & when: 30-31 December 2018, Perth

Return to Rio

Headliners: Sasha, Lee Burridge, Skream, Roni Size

Held at the beautiful Del Rio Riverside Resort in Webb's Creek, Return to Rio brings a taste of the Brazilian city to down under. Enjoy a lineup of house, reggae, soul and funk while sipping a cocktail by the pool, recharging with a float on the river or indulging in some yoga and meditation.

Where & when: 9-11 November 2018, Webbs Creek

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Rainbow Serpent

Headliners: Patrick Topping, Oliver Koletzki, Super Flu, Patrice Bäumel

Taking its name from an important aboriginal creation figure, Rainbow Serpent festival operates with a mission for sustainability and a lineup that plays 24 hours a day. It may be a pretty standard, modern take on the music festival format, but it's also pretty remarkable for its attempt to (at least in theory) join up aboriginal culture with Western pursuits.

Where & when: 25-28 January 2019, Lexton, Victoria

Beyond The Valley

Headliners: The Kooks, Joey Bada$$, Bonobo, Tash Sultana

After debuting on Phillip Island in 2015, Beyond The Valley has become one of Australia's number one New Year's Eve events. Less than two hours' drive from Melbourne, it's a super relaxed and beautiful way to welcome in the new year in the company of some of music's finest names. 

Where & when: 28 December 2018 – 1 January 2019, Lardner, Victoria

Festicket Guide / Book Beyond the Valley 2018

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival

Headliners: Florence + The Machine, Denzel Curry, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Jon Hopkins

Over a decade on from humble beginnings in Melbourne, Laneway Festival deals in off-kilter venues and combining international starts with to be discovered gemts. Critics and crowds alike prize Laneway highly, marking a touch-point for Australia's music scene.

Where & when: 9 February 2019 – Melbourne | 3 February 2019 – Sydney | 2 February 2019 – Brisbane | 8 February 2019 – Adelaide | 10 February 2019 – Fremantle

Splendour in the Grass

Headliners (2018): Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Khalid

Despite boasting not a single blade of what could reasonably be called 'grass', Splendour is easily one of Australia's most popular and most respected festivals. Timing it in mid-winter may not help the yellowy-brown colour underfoot, but it does help Splendour pull in genuine A-listers on their way to other dates in Asia.

Where & when: July 2019, Byron, New South Wales

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Headliners: Jack Johnson, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

A festival that trumpets itself as "Australia's premier contemporary Blues & Roots music festival," yet presents Jurassic 5 as one of its frontline acts of the last 25 years, has got to prompt a bit of noggin-scratching. 

But we can let Bluesfest off the hook for bending its own rules a little, especially when crowds of 100,000 show it's obviously doing a lot of things right.

Where & when: 18-22 April 2019, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Grapevine Gathering NSW

Headliners: The Wombats, Client Liaison, Dom Dolla, Miami Horror

Fancy experiencing music, food and wine in the picturesque Hunter Valley in New South Wales? If the answer is yes, then look no further than Grapevine Gathering where you can kick back and enjoy the sounds of some of our indie, dance and alternative favourites while indulging in the finest of culinary delights, such as wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers and slow-cooked, smoked treats. 

Where & when: 1 December 2018, Pokolbin, New South Wales

Festicket Guide / Book Grapevine Gathering NSW 2018

Falls Festival

Headliners: Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Interpol, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Vance Joy

Sitting proud atop the tree, Falls Festival whips up a reliably hyped atmosphere as the end of the year approaches. It's a darling of triple j radio station, and it's just about the truest representation you could imagine of the country's alternative music scene.

Where & when: 28-31 December 2018 – Lorne | 29-31 December 2018 – Marion Bay | 31 December 2018 - 2 January 2019 – Byron Bay | 5-6 January 2019 – Fremantle


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