TOP 10: Music Festivals in Australia

TOP 10: Music Festivals in Australia

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

Electric Gardens

Lineup (2019): Underworld, Erick Morillo, Eats Everything, Fatboy Slim, Sigma, Paul Van Dyk, Patrick Topping, MaRLo, Matador

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:  January 2020 (Dates TBA); Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide

Origin Fields Festival

Lineup (2018): Cardi B, Khalid, M.I.A., The Kooks, Pendulum, Bonobo, Tash Sultana, Tchami x Malaa, AJ Tracey

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 expanded to two days and a new location in location in 2018. But what it hasn't changed though is its dedication to booking the very best artists. 

Where & when: 31 December 2019 - 1 January 2020; Perth

Subsonic Music Festival

Lineup: Ricardo Villalobos, Derrick May, Leon Vynehall, Craig Richards, Sonja Moonear, Young Marco, Saoirse, San Proper, ROi Perez

Now more than a decade into their ongoing journey, the team behind Subsonic Music Festival put underground electronic exploration firmly at the fore, billing the event as 'a place for creativity to bloom'. Amidst the scenic surrounds of the rural Riverwood Down, heightened by the flamboyant and psychedelic production, the lineup boasts some house and techno most revered figures

Where & when: 6-8 December 2019; Riverwood Downs (NSW)

Subsonic 2019 Festicket Guide / Subsonic Tickets & Packages

Rainbow Serpent

Lineup (2019): Patrick Topping, Oliver Koletzki, Super Flu, Patrice Bäumel, Matador, Way Out West, BEC

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: 24-27 January 2020; Lexton (Vic)

Beyond The Valley

Lineup (2018): The Kooks, Joey Bada$$, Bonobo, Tash Sultana, AJ Tracey, Peggy Gou, Duke Dumont, Kölsch, Mall Grab

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 2019 – 1 January 2020, Lardner (Vic)

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival

Lineup (2019): Denzel Curry, Jon Hopkins, Gang Of Youths, Courtney Barnett, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Parquet Courts, Mitski

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

Where & when: February 2020 (Dates TBA); Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Freemantle

Splendour in the Grass

Lineup (2019): Tame Impala, Childish Gambino, Foals, SZA, James Blake, Santigold, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Hilltop Hoods

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 the festival pull in genuine A-listers on their way to other dates in Asia.

Where & when: 19-21 July 2019, Byron, New South Wales

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Lineup (2019):  Jack Johnson, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Iggy Pop, Ray Lamontagne, Snarky Puppy

The festival that bills itself as 'Australia's premier contemporary Blues & Roots music festival',  although in reality the musical offerings frequently stray from that specific musical path – Iggy Pop, Lionel Richie and Kendrick Lamar have all played in recent year. 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: 9-13 April 2020; Byron Bay (NSW)

Grapevine Gathering

Lineup: Two Door Cinema Club, Flight Facilities, Crooked Colours, Mallrat, Jack River, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Touch Sensitive

If you fancy experiencing music, food and wine in picturesque wine country, 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: 23 November, 30 November, and 1 December; Mickleham (Vic), Pokolbin (NSW), and Caversham (WA)

Grapevine Gathering Festicket Guides / Tickets & Packages

Falls Festival

Lineup (2018): Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Interpol, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Vance Joy, CHVRCHES, Toto, The Vaccines, First Aid Kit

Sitting among the true elite, 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 (with plenty of international stars chucked in for good measure).

Where & when: Lorne (Vic) - 28-31 December 2019 |Marion Bay (SA) - 29-31 December 2019| Byron Bay (NSW) - 31 December 2019 - 2 January 2020| Fremantle (WA) 5-6 January 2020


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